To give you an idea of my play style, my main is a fed engineer in an escort. My Klingon toon in an engineer in a BoP. I'm loving the warbirds on my Romulan, even if they don't turn as well as my Defiant-R.
I've bought C-Store ships as I leveled and bought the new Ar'kala when I got to Commander. It's not as pretty as the D'deridex I flew on tribble, but it's fun to fly.
Now that I've hit VA I'm trying to decide what T5 ship to get The dreadnoughts seem to do a sick amount of damage in ESTFs and they look cool. But, if I get the T'Varo retrofit I will get the 2-piece console set. Plus, my Rom is a Fed Rom who will join my fed f leet. IIRC there is a Fleet T'Varo that is very similar to my Fed's trusty fleet Defiant.
The Scimitar slaughters everything in its path, there's absolutely no denying that. If you want top DPS numbers and brutally short missions, the Scimitar is king. But for fun, the T'varo, especially with LtCmdr Sci, is just a laugh to fly. APO3/APB3 + GW1 + Spread3 + Destabilized Torpedo is just hilarious in a crowded environment. Based on how you've described yourself, I'd go with the T'varo.
I forgot about the Ar'kif. I've never flown a carrier- although the Armitage looks cool. I think I'm leaning towards the T'varo. Although if Santa is nice to me I might get the dreadnought bundle for my Reman and try both.
My science captain flies a T'Varo.
I'll still be flying it when/if we ever get a dedicated T5 science ship, it's that much fun.
I agree, everyone should at least try it. Sure, my Torp'varo dies once in awhile, but it is a challenge, and wow, can it dish out the plasma balls. I finally rearranged my boffs and got Tyken's and GW slotted in.
I still love the Ar'kala and will probably spring for the Ar'kif-R eventually for some variety, but the Big Red Ball'o'Death is just too much fun to do without.
I've got the scimi 3 pack and the zen + fleet t'varo, and I have more fun in the t'varo.
(The Scimitar is more powerful - really can't argue with the results - but the t'varo is just a joy to fly, especially with a full plasma or transphasic torpedo loadout, and the red ball of doom is definitely more useful and fun than the thalaron pulse.)
Additional data point:
Girlfriend's got an Ar'kif, and loves it. She seems to be doing pretty well in eSTFs with trash/pre-rep gear. I still say the T'varo is better if you don't mind being one-shotted every so often, though.
Yeah, My Torp'Varo is sooooo much fun to fly. MY main 3 are a T'Varo, a D'Deridex, and a Mogai. My D'D is a beast, my Mogai is good, but the most fun is the T'Varo. It's just something that plays in such an interesting way.