Thats pretty much everything I wanted to know about the cooler. Thanks for doing my homework for me. I'm pretty much sold on it now, I just have to convince my wife.
I too read the 1/2 bottle trick. I tried it with a screw-cap 1/2 bottle (was a cheap chardonnay) the other day with a red that had little or no sediment. It seemed to work well enough, there was a very small bubble of air left in it. I thought the wine after 3 days was as good as day one, although I did not do the proper scientific control of a bottle opened at the same time and stored in the original bottle with just a stopper.