Eric F.wrote a review of Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 Stainless Pedals on August 16, 2011
My experience may be much different than yours. Most people love these pedals. I purchased these for a Bacchetta Corsa recumbent bike. Because it is a little difficult for a newbie to get started and clip in on a recumbent (especially uphill), a four-sided pedal can be a big advantage. A lot of recumbent riders use them. The Egg Beater 3s work fine, but I don't think I clip in any faster than I did with my Ultegra SPD-SL pedals. Part of the problem may be a modification of my right shoe to account for a leg length discrepancy. My cleat is on a 3/8" platform made from hard rubber, which sort of guided in the SPD-SL pedal, but does not aid in guiding in the EB cleat. I end up fishing around to clip in. I also use the road cleat adapters.
As for pedaling, I don't feel any hot spots. They are comfortable with my Sidi Genius 5 Pro shoes. I have never accidentally unclipped. The pricing was great and delivery very prompt.