The daiwa with anywhere from 11 to 26lbs of drag is some reel and a matching price of over $200
The abu x is well priced at $100 but only 10- 13lbs drag
The pflueger is best price at $80 but less drag 6-14lb
Myself i'm a penn guy and hate my 5500sst but it work's and have used it from rockfish to salmon.. once it dies I'll go to shimano nas2500
I have the standard Pfluger president 6930 size and love it. Very smooth and good drag. I'm typically fishing for bass with it. It handled about a 4 pounder without trouble, I'm sure it can do a lot more.
I would put the Daiwa AG series in the same category as the Plueger President XT, even though it’s priced lower, it is a phenomenal reel. Very smooth and the price isn’t a killer. I look for them on sale at Cabela’s for $39.99 a couple times a year, which is an absolute steal for a reel of this quality.