I have been a user of X-Ways Forensics since 2015, and it is undoubtedly my favorite forensic tool, and also my favorite software of any kind! Compared to competitors, X-Ways is simply faster, and recovers more data. It is frequently updated, and is rare that each update is significantly better than the last, improving what is already the best tool on the market. There seems to be a perception in DFIR that X-Ways is somewhat difficult to use or understand - this couldn't be further from the truth. One of the great things about X-Ways is it's highly detailed Help manual, which explains exactly what the tool is doing, and how you can get it to do what you want it to. X-Ways is also extremely competitively priced, especially when you choose the BYOD yearly renewal. I have attended the X-Ways I & II training courses taught by Jens Kirschner. I uselessly despise most tool training, as it's little more than a sales pitch for something you've already purchased, but X-Ways training is different. Jens takes the time to explain the low-level ways that X-Ways does its thing, and forensic and computing concepts in general. You'll learn more in a 4-day course with Jens than you will on most 3-year undergraduate degrees in forensics. The only negative I can think of is that X-Ways does not have native support to decode encrypted file systems - you'll have to decrypt outside and provide that image to X-Ways for analysis. This is unlikely to change, as X-Ways have stated that they're not experts in encryption, but is more of a inconvenience than a serious issue. I look forward to using X-Ways for many years to come - I would choose it over any other tool.