Makes great coffee whether you're travelling or at home. (I have to warn that your buddies will laugh at you when you pull this out on a camping trip, but they'll start begging once they smell the proverbial coffee.)
Negative Product Points
Nothing wrong, save that perhaps the manufacturer is delusional about what constitutes 8 cups.
I wouldn't have imagined there was much to say about a french press until I started thinking about it... I'm sure you know already that this is one of the cheaper ways of turning out excellent coffee.
Just to attempt to add some value, here's a few ideas.
Get (or better yet, ask yer Mum to make) a Bodum cozy that either wraps or completely covers and insulates the vessel. Mine completely encloses the top, which keeps things warmer, but I have to put some heavy-duty tinfoil over the top of the glass while the coffee is steeping, as the cozy and the plunger don't play well together before you've actually plunged.
I used to use a blade grinder and mash the beans to fine dust... this works, but produces a ton of sludge at the bottom of the cup that some would find pretty yucky. Now that I've got a burr grinder, there's essentially no more sludge and the coffee seems to taste better than it did. (I ought to do a real head-to-head comparison to prove/disprove this notion.)
After steeping the grounds and before plunging, give the whole thing a shake to give the grounds a chance to settle a little. Plunging will be a whole lot easier.
I do have to laugh that the manufacturer labels the 32 oz model the "8 cup" size. Perhaps mine was somehow defective, but I get two mugs out of it...
I can't even remember where I bought this, it was so long ago.