I've heard the 2011 was a lemon, but don't know why. 2012's should be fine.
I have the 2010 in 9m, and I like it a lot. Fast turning, very reactive, and lots of feedback.
It doesn't forgive you anything. It just keeps pulling.
It doesn't depower much either. You have to hold the gusts with your legs.
I don't really know about 2010 one.....but 2012, 2013,2014 are not unforgiving kite at all ! Depower is good....Maybe not exactly the same than an hybrid kite but way enought !
In the strongest and gustiest wind (respectively to your kite size), you may have to use your leg to slow it down.....But in this kind of condition most of the time you will be overpowered with your hybrid kite without possibility to edge your board (the kite will no fly forward!)