Tough to say!! Only problem i see with the AWE is who wants to intentionally block one of your A/C vents. On the other hand I think it looks sloppy and a symetrical to have a gauge hanging croocked off your steering column. But if those are the options I guess I would have to say the AWE looks a little cleaner. Just my two cents though.
I personally likethe offset boost guage more. Plus its more practical your boost gauge is in the same field of view as your other guages, the AWE guage in the vent means you have to look over to check your boost, not a good idea to draw your attention away from your driving anymore than you have to.
I may be completely oblivious or just plain dumb... but I'm not an expert on cars... what's the purpose of the boost gauge? I like the AWE. I have a completely stock, brand new 07 MKV GTI. Do I need one? Because I kinda want one now...
I think pretty much just to see how much boost you are pushing. It's also a good thing to have if you suspect a boost leak or like a loss in power since you will be able to see that you aren't boosting as much as usual.
ill wait for my boost gage until i get any mods... for now stock there just isnt a pressing purpose for me... i think once u get mds the more likely there will be serious fluctuations in your boosting.. when i do grab one (if no others come out) im just na have to go with the awe one.. love that the colours match the dash ..