First and foremost, the study notes are clearly presented and accurate. They are consistent with most well respected independent reference sources such as Vine's and common guidelines for Bible study. The notes are appropriately placed and the concordance is fairly exhaustive and easy to use. The study notes are presented in a denominationally neutral manner and are free from biases often labeled along the lines of a range of conservatism.
I have purchased two of this particular edition and style of binding. I recently bought a second one after giving my first copy of this excellent resource to a friend who has developed a keen hunger for spiritually mature Bible study. The binding is very durable, printing clear, and layout of study/reference resources intuitively placed.
In short, it is one of the best study Bibles in print.
There is no bible that will please everyone. There are a lot of versions of the bible available, and I suggest everyone use several versions when studying.
This particular bible has very clear text and is easy to read. It is Smyth Sewn (not glued), which will allow you to use it for years to come.
I grew up in a Mennonite Church reading ONLY the KJV, but am now enjoying time with other versions of the bible. I really like the 1984 version of the NIV and would not have purchased this if it had been the 2011 version.
I always wanted a Study Bible and the version NIV. I saw this NIV Study Bible and I fell in love with it. I purchased it and it came within a week. I like it because it's the first NIV and it's nearly the same with recent NIV update 2011. I highly recommend this to a newly believer.