I've had this reel since July. The HXW comes with low gear, 1.9:1, larger power handle, and no "cast control". It weighs 29 oz. and is the smallest, lightest, strongest 30 range reel ever made. You can get 42#, at strike setting, with no "binding", and 54# at full setting. It casts better than any 30 size reel [sardines], and is very easy to use. It comes in HXW, HX, and HXJ. HXW and HX have 1.9 gear and 3/4" pinion bearing. HXJ has 2.2:1 low gear [jig reel] and 3/4" pinion bearing, and HX and HXJ have cast control, but no power handle [ it's optional]. HXW holds 500 yards of 100# spectra, with 100 yards of 80# mono. I won't get a chance to try it till December 10-day. Included is a picture of a 300# tuna, caught with HX 5/2, small handle, and 2.2:1 low gear and smaller pinion bearing. Note: HX's were changed to 1.9:1 low gear, and 3/4" pinion bearing, after 100-200 were released. If you buy one, make sure it's a later version. Price of HXW 5/2 Raptor $569.99. Should be terrific for medium sized tuna 100-200#, dropper loop fishing, or trolling. Especially casting sardines! The first two HX Raptors I bought, were early production versions, I had to return them and get a later , improved, model, shown in picture. The later, improved model is significantly BETTER!