Pro Minimalist interface
Crunchbang lacks a typical start menu on the panel, instead it relies heavily on keyboard shortcuts. It also avoids excessive use of icons where text can be used.
Pro Limited system requirements
Crunchbang does not require a very powerful computer to operate, and although not specifically designed for older systems it does run great on computers with low system specs.
Pro Debian compatible
With a few exceptions, Crunchbang can use all Debian packages.
Pro Pure Openbox desktop
Openbox is the window manager used in Crunchbang and is the default desktop as well.
Pro Built in compositing
Crunchbang has the Compton compositing manager installed by default on its latest release.
Pro Tint2 panel
Tint2 is the software used to display a panel on the Openbox desktop. It is highly configurable through its config file with Crunchbang supplying a script that restarts the panel so changes can bee seen without leaving the desktop session.
Con Compton version is old and has bugs with Intel
The Compton compositor currently used in Crunchbang has screen tearing issues on Intel device at the top of the screen. Newer versions of Compton have fixed this but to be able to install the newest version it has to be built as there is no .deb for Debian Stable.
Con Software is old
Crunchbang is built upon Debian Stable which itself is based on older packages. This allows for more stability in the system but does mean a lot of the software is not very up to date.