I had a previous generation 2D Maglite LED. This one is good as you can select the power level and so the batteries can last longer and was the main reason for my purchase. The focus to spot is good but the flood diameter is small on this new model and does not go very wide. The previous generation maglite had a nice wide flood setting (even if it did have a black spot in the middle). The new model is lighter and a few centimeters shorter. As for brightness and throw it is much the same as the previous generation but I did not test them side to side.