The Minilab MKII is the next generation of Arturia´s Minilab Controller. It features 25 slim keys, 16 knobs, 8 pads, 2 touch strips (pitch & modulation) and comes with a lite version of the Analog Lab (Upgrade to Analob Lab Lite 2 available for 29€ /$), Ableton Live Lite and a sampled Grand Piano Model D. Designed and built very well, it´s definitely an eye catcher for your home studio that feels good playing.
The Minilab MK2 by Arturia is one of the best phurchases a starting producer can do. In Europe, it's only 99€ and it includes amazing software like ableton live lite and the analog lab (lite) by Arturia. It's great for playing live electronic music and has an amazing build quality for the price.
I have been using this for about two months now and it is ideal as far as simple, compact, and highly useful MIDI controllers go. It fits perfectly on the desk in my college dorm and it always gets the job done.
I'll definitely continue collecting more midi devices, but this one does everything I need it to do when I hit record in Reason 10. Not too large, it fits perfectly on my minimal desk, alongside other midi devices.. not so minimal.