I have the Old Gen MES 40 with remote and love it...other than you really need a good thermometer to go with it so you know the temp of the chamber (mine runs 15-25 degrees cooler in the chamber than what I set it for, so I never get 275 degrees). Depending on how much food you want/need to smoke, will help you decide if you need a larger smoker.
Unfortunately I know nothing about the analog smoker. I doubt that the 30" digital will have the remote if you say they are close in price.
Would you mind updating your profile to include a location please? It helps folks when answering questions, etc to know what part of the world you are located in.