I guess this is really a personal thing but when I want a shift to happen, I want it almost the mili second before I knew I wanted it, meaning I do not want to pre cog or have to go through any additional steps to make it happen. I love the lighter and more immediate shift action of these new actuators, it really entices me to paddle the car manually more often.
Because I live in Los Angeles I am often in auto mode, which by the way I think is a way better software program than the auto mode I had for my 458. When in sport active auto mode, the kick down to lower gears is immediate, it holds rev's where I need it to and is really sensitive to throttle position and time in the position. It is very intuitive to when you want to relax the driving style again or when you want to "go after it", they did their homework in this mode IMO.
The thing I did not like about this car, as compared to my 458, was that to access the performance envelope it took so much effort in comparison. The throttle travel is much longer and stiffer, shifting actuation was two stepped and more resistant, steering is a bit slower. The new paddles, for me, eliminate one of the barriers to engaging the Dr. Jekyll from Mr. Hyde, which I like to do often. The ultimate parameters of performance seem higher to me than the 458 it's just that getting there was a bit of a chore, if you will. I bet the software updates make the throttle more similar to the 458, I would wager on this, than we will all have the perfect balance between daily driver and hyper sensitive "super car", it will be the clear winner.
Mclaren should make available this new steering wheel update to every current owner at the dead cost of what it cost them to make the wheel, no mark up whatsoever, create some real "good will" so we can all be satiated for a bit until the updates come, if and when.