What I like about the new Interface is that you see what is being researched along the top and you can move the order in what gets researched first, even something that is currently being researched. I also like the search function; it makes it so much easier to find the exact research I need.
I also like that once you have the correct number of Labs when you click on the ship build menu, it has a red button if you haven't researched it yet, by purchasing the first ship, it automatically starts the research. That is also true for ship Components and orbital structures. That actually saves you from having to open the research tab at all.
I did like how the old research was laid out and I like that you could research from different tabs at the same time. I hope they kind of blend in the new system with the old layout so that research is not so linear.