So far I am happy with the character creation time. Once I got the packet printed and bookmarked with tabs, finding the info was easy and the descriptions were just enough to say "I want that" or "No, not that." Granted, nothing will beat the Old School 1974 set for creation speed, but with 4e's ungainly approach to character creation, it's nice to see things trimmed down. So far so good. Took us about ten to fifteen minutes per PC going from the ground up, and that was including distractions.