My first ever electric guitar, got one of these about 14 years ago and it still sounds as good as the day I bought it. I can't personally compare it to much, but it has a pretty good sound for such a low end/low cost guitar, and should do new players pretty nicely.
My only gripe with the guitar is that it is not always that comfortable when you play it standing. The neck level strap button is not well placed as it is on the back of the guitar (as opposed to being traditionally on the side of the guitar), which (personally) makes the guitar feel less comfortable and stable when I'm playing on my feet.
I own the 1st version, before the asymetrical redesign. Very light guitar, super fast neck, nice paint job. The original pickups were somewhat weak. I removed them with Gibsons. It's a super deal if you consider spending an extra 200€ for various upgrades (pickups, tuners,etc.)