IMO… squonking when your out n’ about is a PITA no matter how you spin it with anything but the topside.
Like Suomynona said though, it really is a preference thing… Best way I’ve found what’s worked the best for me is by deciding what messes with my vape experience the most and mitigating it.
#1- I’m either chain vaping or I’m not, and that plays the biggest role in what I would go with. I’m all about reliability & performance, and can’t stand having to fiddle with my rig when I don’t have the time to. IMO, the “tinkering” aspect of vaping belongs at home (which includes filling/dripping)
#2- a byproduct of the prior, is how much juice I go through… If I was going through 60% less juice in a day, my preferences and options would change drastically for the better (and R(D)TA’s would get a lot more attention from me).
For that reason the topside (with a profile on top) is a pretty phenomenal option regarding the dependability that I require:
-b*tchin’ battery life
-massive juice capacity
-minimal fiddle factor (this is the Profile’s win, the most bulletproof RDA I’ve ever used, but it’s ‘expensive’ to keep running IMO… worth it though)
-phenominal flavor (also the Profile… I think the chip in the Topside is “bleh”)
Only cons I’ve found; It’s heavy, and can tend to beat itself up… One tends to think light means weak, but it’s easy to forget that weight = wear…the topside doesn’t stand the test of time well outside of calm environments. It’s really good at beating itself up being used as a daily. It’s a heavy duty mod that’s not designed to be heavy duty.
If I were on my feet more with it daily, I’d go with the unity on the lightest/smallest mod possible that delivers the performance you need.
I have yet to try the topside lite. It might be the magical middle ground because it does away the ridiculously weak design regarding battery containment that the original topsides have.
It really depends on what you need/want most from your rig. Pros and Cons change drastically from one environment to the next.