Re: Is the NX 01 one of the better ships (aesthetically)?
The real test was up against the USS Defiant in the mirror universe episode.
Yes. I didn't get to see that episode until this past January (and didn't see the entire series until last month). I still see too much Akira in NX-01, but the side by side scenes with Defiant really work. It shows that John Eaves (design) and Doug Drexler (CGI mesh & detailing) knew what they were doing all along. The two ships show how right Matt Jefferies was with his original concept of minimal exterior features representing the future.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For duty and humanity! --Men in Black (1934)