Rating: 4 / 5
[the rating is to be used for comparing to other task/proximity lighting headlamps using ONLY 5mm LEDs. this rating has no bearing on the Aurora's capabilities when compared to dissimilar headlamps using 1W LEDs.]
for an older 3xAAA headlamp used for proximity/task lighting, this headlamp is still a good choice. it only uses 3 5mm white LEDs as opposed to some newer competing models using 4 (or even 5) 5mm LEDs.
when compared side-by-side to the original Tikka/Zipkda and the newer Tikka+/Zipka+, this is how the side-by-side comparison turned out (all with new batts - all on "hi").
the Aurora was noticeably brighter than the original 3LED Tikka/Zipka. this may be due to the configuration of the 3LEDs in a triangular arrangement versus the linear arrangement of the Tikka/Zipka??? however, the newer 4LED Tikka+/Zipka+ was noticeably brighter than the Aurora. BTW, the lesser known 7LED Streamlight Septor is a fine headlamp and is brighter still, with all 7 5mm LEDs "burning", as one would imagine, but has a much shorter batt life, is slightly heavier and bulkier. and, as such, to my mind at least, even though a fine headlamp, is not to be preferred over the Aurora.
the Aurora's button requires a bit too much force to operate and can be difficult with thick gloves or mittens.
the infinitely adjustable friction hinge is very good and has yet to loosen up.
the headband and the headlamp are quite comfortable on the head even for long durations of use.
the flatter profile of the Aurora is to be preferred (it carries better in the pocket) over the Tikka and Tikka+ more rounded profile.
battery life has been quite good. i haven't kept "score", but this means only one thing, viz. i haven't noticed batt. life to be so short, that i felt the need to keep track for the next set of batts.
until the newer 4LED Tikka+/Zipka+ came out, this was my choice for a task/proximity light (when a single LED Photon Microlight was insufficient for the task at hand). now, the Tikka+/Zipka+ would be my first choice, IF i needed just a little more light than the Aurora provides on "hi".
[note: cf. my review of the Tikk+/Zipka+ in the Review Thread for the Tikka headlamp.]