The Festool is a nice router but it's hard to quantify it's quality/value vs. all the others mainly because of the Festool "system" and the features built into the unit.
The router I have that comes closest to the "feel" of the Festool would be my older (pre China?) PC 7539. That feel is the sense that the unit is well machined, smooth spinning with no "rattles", strong bodied and more than capable of doing work within its range of power. Subjective, I know, but I guess it's that power to weight/balance thing in terms of control, fit and finish, etc. The PC unit is 8 lbs heavier.
It took me a while getting used to the handle on the 1400. The single wrench bit change setup is the best config I've run across. Fine adjustment setting is excellent (metric indicators) but most newer plungers appear to be sufficient in this area. Dust control is very good and the included accessories kit/case is very complete.
The routers I have in this range are- Bosch 1617 & 1606, DW 618, PC 8529 and Milwaukee 5650. The Festool is definitely a notch (or a few) above these units but it costs a pant load more than these units, too. The Bosch 1617 (the two base kit) comes close in terms of included accessories and storage case. The PC 8529 ( little brother to the 7539 and discontinued, I believe) compares well to the Bosch with plunge base. Makita normally puts out good stuff and there are many others out there that I've not had in my hands to compare.
Value wise? Within the power range, the Festool is top dog in my shop but there is no reason to believe that one couldn't get better "value" with a good unit and take the extra money to augment elsewhere as Phil suggests.
A side note: I've had the Festool for over 6 years and it actually "feels" better now, don't know if it is a getting-used-to-it thing or a breaking-in thing. When I first got it, it was smooth but felt a little stiff (plunge wise) but it's now smooth as silk and haven't noticed any degradation in performance elsewhere.