I made a realization last night that I probably should have sooner: if I go with an Elecraft, it will likely become my main radio at home too. This makes the decision for me I think.
Right now, my home rig is an old Kenwood TS-520. I love it, but as I’ve gotten more into CW operation it’s been less ideal. It doesn’t have a cw filter, and they’re ridiculously expensive. I’ve had several aborted QSOs result from people moving in nearby (which, without a real cw filter, doesn’t have to be all that near). From all I’ve been reading, the Elecraft radios are really stellar when it comes to cw operation (great filters etc).
That said, I think my decision now is between a KX2 and KX3. I don’t have the room for 160m operation, so that’s not a draw for me with the KX3. The option for 2m is nice, but I have a 2m HT that makes it more a luxury than a necessity. The extra 5w with the X3 would be nice, but I am not sure it’s worth the extra size. Off to read some more.