I've only read the first few books of this edition of the Bible, but I'm very pleased with what I've read so far. The commentary seems consistently helpful. The layout is nice. Extra features are appreciated as well. In terms of content (in addition to the ESV), I appreciate the consistency with which the commentary relates what is happening in the Old Testament to Christ and his work recorded in the New Testament.
As a lifelong Baptist, I'll have to agree to disagree on the explanation of infant baptism, but even that discussion was fair in presenting both sides of the subject. The reformed theology sets well with me, and I pleasantly smile at the frequency of the references to "the elect" in the notes.
I usually read a new translation or study edition every 1-2 years, but so far this has the feel of earning a longer-term place in my usage. I recommend it highly.
The footnotes and the essays are very informative. I still use "The Spirit of the Reformation" study Bible in NIV alongside this Bible because that has footnotes to the reformed confessions which are in the back. But I prefer the ESV translation and the general footnoting in this Bible.
First I love the brown like leather cover. It has several blank pages in front of bible for personal notes. I'm also loving the ESV translation, it's got a good flow to the reading of it. Easy to understand. The theological notes are very helpful for learning doctrine and understanding some of the heavier topics. Love it!!! BIG D