I’ve been running my 500i for a few months and can confirm it’s no 395, it’s also not a leaf blower or a papaya. I too have found the AV system to be a bit soft with a 32” bar it seems to be a lot of leverage on it. I’ve opted to run mine with a 25” light bar, I would like to try a 28” I suspect that’s the sweet spot. It’s a great saw but perhaps has been hyped up too much. I replaced an older 372xp and have found the 500i a capable replacement and pretty fun to run. But I’m still grabbing my Madsen’s built 661 or my 395 when I’m getting into larger timber or snags.