to answer my own question:I just got a refurb Pro for eighty bucks from Newegg and I'm very impressed. I was planning on installing a custom rom but so far haven't found it necessary.
Wish I had bought a couple more but they are sold out now. Anyway, its been awhile since anyone has posted here. Anyone have any feedback on recent ROM work? I believe KitKat is out there, but not completely done...
Hisense has released the source code! XDA members are working on custom ROM based on KitKat!!