The Blichmann I have is very nice. It is shiny. Never would have bought it, but it was a retirement gift from all of the gals and guys I had mentored over the years. They really did give me a great gift. You can maybe do temp control the way I do in the winter in the garage - use a controller to add heat. Right now I have a trouble light with a 60W bulb and 40W of thermowrap.
Others guys I know use the MoreBeer temp controlled conicals and like them, just for another option.
These are other things you can do with a conical of any brand. Dump trub after 1 day out the bottom port. Easy gravity samples through the racking port. You can use CO2 to blow the yeast off the bottom if it has flocced out early (2 PSI in the dump port is more than enough). You can use CO2 to blow dry hops off the bottom (but I have not done that). I am going to also try to use the Hop Rocket that I have as a torpedo to dry hop - think I have the hoses and layout to do it, just have to try. You can also top crop if you want, don't clamp the lid down, and harvest as needed, slide the lid back on.
You don't need a conical to make great beer. But you will find it nice to have. It is shiny.
One down side, I have had beer stone build up using RO water. SS, PBW, SS sequence and elbow grease will remove it. make sure you have plenty of Ca in the water you are using.