This seems like a great refractor option for a beginner and experienced observers that like f/10 and longer f/ratio refractors. You are going to get excellent optics for an achromat refractor. It comes with a good mount, diagonal and a couple decent eyepieces.
I think one of the big problems is when somebody looking to get a start in this hobby has a budget of $200 for equipment. You pretty much need to consider a 3-5" table top reflector in that price range. That is not a bad starter scope, but if you are going to start with a refractor, then this Takahashi seems like a far better option than the low cost refractors coming from China.
The best alternative to this option might be the 80mm f/7 Astrotech refractor. But to get started with that you will need the following:
80mm f/7 OTA ($399)
Vixen Porta II mount ($299)
Star diagonal 1.25" ($70)
Two eyepieces (say two paradigms for $120)
Total cost: $888
So that would be $278 more than the Tak Starbase.
The Tak Starbase seems like a decent value as a starter refractor. You can obviously get a lot more for that price with a 4.5" to 8" dob, but that can be said for any refractor you want to buy.