I would think that is not up to us to decide, but to the individual user, LOL.
Seriously though, the way some guys will abuse the dual layer option, it’s a lot of extra fader-moving, with still the option of odd effects. Unless you are very careful, rapid movements to “catch-up” can lead to unintended overshooting of the catch-up point, thus increasing/decreasing the pitch in a direction/amount you didn’t quite intend.
Been there, done that, never mind the t-shirt.
I agree with the price thing. On the other hand, it would not have been THAT significant a change in price at this price point. If I look at the prices at which live mixers are sold, often with 24+ motorized faders, a simple calculation tells you that they are not hundreds of dollars each :-).
The design decision has been made though, so we will all learn to deal with these things. After all, what is left to desire if there is nothing left to desire?