well, to be completely objective, it a fleet level ship that matches any of the traditional sci ship layouts, only the wells, orb, nova and vulcan/ballship have a variation it cant create. for certain builds, those ships may be able to have a slightly more ideal setup, its personal preference at that point.
and just because it can have its stations spread widely among the varies types, that doesn't mean that its just an unoptimized jack of all trades. quite the opposite, with ether tactical or eng LTC stations its got new disable, hold, or heal options other ships that specialize in those things don't have access too.
plus all its nice built in perks, the great station flexibility, useful console powers, 3 very nice console setups to chose from, 2 AtB fits it like a glove, the hanger, DHC use, and the aux powered DHCs
dont forget that the turn rate is nice and the inertia isnt too bad.
its the best all around science ship that can also focus on a single aspect of being a science.
the only thing itd need to make it even better is a 4th fore weapon slot. but then itd be an "escort" and not a science ship -rolls eyes-
Originally Posted by mancom
Frankly, I think the only sound advice that one can give new players at this time is to stay away from PVP in STO.