Cheap and reliable to date. You still want to have a quality balance to verify the calibration of your digital from time to time.
Also make sure you educate your self as to the quirks of precision digital scales. They are very susceptible to outside influence such as air flow, vibration and temperature. In reality, any precision measuring devise is but the digital scales can be a bit more finicky than a high end triple beam or other quality analog equipment. Check out any good lab. Their scales are all mounted on extremely heavy, stable stone bases and enclosed in glass or plastic housings to eliminate ambient air and vibrational influences.
I've used inexpensive and expensive and, hands down, the best I've used is the Dillon D-terminator (on the expensive end). Reliable, accurate, runs AC/DC and easy to calibrate. You might skimp on some reloading equipment, but be very careful when it comes to scales; inaccurate powder weights can mean big trouble. When you are weighing powder charges, you should be absolutely confident in the scale (balance or electronic) you are using.
I have a Frankford Aresenal battery powered scale that I'm about to take a hammer to. It worked great for about a year, then it would be 50/50 if I could get it to even turn on, even with completely fresh batteries. Been using a beam scale lately, but am planning on getting a Lyman digital scale soon.
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