This is quite a good bible. On the practical side the text is a good size and easy to read. There are good foot notes and references. There are many commentaries on a vast range of subjects hence the description of an Apologetics study Bible.
These articles provide a good starting point for a further investigation into the various fields of study concerned. The quality of the commentaries as I said provides a stating point as some of them are good and some commentaries quite trite and light weight; but having said that they give a place to begin one's own investigations which can only be a good thing. After all this is a study bible and that is what it encourages one to do. This is a good reference tool indeed. The text of the HCSB I find an excellent alternative to the too literal versions and the too paraphraised versions.
This comes with numerous apologetics essays and verse notes, as well as neat little additions called "Twisted Scriptures" which go into how various verses of the Bible have been perverted to create cults and denominational sects.
There are also great maps and charts in the back of the bible.
The downside to this splendid bible is that the words of Christ are NOT in red. If they had been then this, along with the HCSB Study Bible, would probably be the most fantastic bibles I've yet to own.
The HCSB Apologetics Bible is a great resource for believers and non believers to garner a greater understanding and appreciation of the Bible. This Bible provides execellent commentary on the interpretation of passages of scripture. This Bible also provides great study notes, and articles througout the text that has enriched my understanding of the Judeo-Christian worldview. I recommend it for anyone who is serious about understanding the Christian faith.