Here you can see it compared to my old standby, Monaco. Monaco is a good font – it comes with Mac OS for free, and it looks good at small sizes. But with my 30” display, I can stand to have a font that’s a little larger – 14 point seems to work well.
My favorite feature of this font is its italics. Just look at that! Monaco doesn’t even have italics – many fixed-width fonts don’t. But italics come in very handy, and I find Consolas’ very helpful, legible, and even kind of cute! It’s a bit of a departure for a programming font, but I like it.