PSP is a great value for the price. In my opinion unless a person is a professional and needs Photoshop for file compatibility with several vendors then PSP will do everything that is needed. Now in my experience, with PSP X5 and Aftershot Pro(until most recently) Corel is very slow to address new cameras and customer issues. I was using Aftershot pro with a D80 without any problems. I purchased a D7100 in April and in June there still was no Raw support. The CS rep told me that AFtershot pro and PSP X5 does not support the D7100 and I should either shoot JPG or convert using View NX prior to editing in Aftershot. Since I purchased Aftershot as a non destructive raw editor that was not an option. So I purchased Lightroom and have not looked back.
recently Corel sent out a free update and now AfterShot pro will edit D7100 files.
It may be wise to spend a few minutes on the Corel user forum to see if user sentiment has improved.
Also, elements is in the same price range as PSP..................
Thanks for the first-hand experience info. Since Adobe essentially issued an ultimatum for PS users with their CC announcement, I don't trust them to leave LR and PSE as perpetual license products. Therefore, I am not spending another dime with them. I still use CNX2 most of the time, but I am considering PSP for edits I can't do with CNX2. Does PSP have anything like LR's Clarity control? That would be one thing I'd really like to have in CNX2
PaintShop has been a good tool for me over years. For a while after Corel took over I was somewhat disappointed, but recently they have been making real progress, especially related to photography. The new X6 version, just out, adds quite a bit in the way of adjustment tools using the slider format.