The paint was top notch. There were no scratches, dings or anything that might take away from the total aesthetic package.
Also, I couldn't find a single sharp edge anywhere on the case.
The video card brace is a good idea, I do agree with you on that, but just took up room in the case. I am sure that many people will use it and love it but for me, the only reason I would use it would be to cover up some of the mess made by the wires and cables.
All in all, I really liked this case and with the option of converting it to a BTX case, it is useful for a much larger market than a strictly ATX or BTX case would be. (BTX has finally caught on hasn't it?