I have now made peace with mine, and I enjoy using it on a regular basis.
I can cook:
chicken curry in 10 minutes, not 1 hour
boston butt or chuck roast in 45 minutes, not 3-4 hours
chicken or turkey stock in 30 minutes, not 2-3 hours
chili or stew in 20 minutes, not 2 hours
hey, do not forget about braised short ribs...
One word of warning: get a big one. I got mine from Fagor, and it is only 4 quarts. That sounds like a lot, but you can only fill it 1/2 full, so you get 2 quarts or about 4# of food, which comes to 3# of meat and 1 pint of obligatory water. An 8 or 10 quart one is just about right for family. My small one is more suitable for feeding 2 people.
I conciously tried to avoid this thing for most of my adult life, but now I enjoy it on a regular basis and recommend it highly to all you skeptics out there, since I used to be one.