The PC 1071 is reliable, economical and easy to install. I typically get about 2000 miles out of them before a chain fails the stretch measurement test. Maintenance is important though-you need to clean and lube any chain regularly. Also, I run SRAM drivetrains so the 1071 is designed to run well with the other parts. I have no experience using these with Shimano drivetrains, and can't comment on interoperability.
Mated this SRAM PC-1071 10-Speed Chain and SRAM PG-1070 10-Speed Cassette with my 4 year old Shimano series 6600 drive train (SG-X 53B and 39-B, RD-6600, FD-6600, Ultrgra shifters) with no issues what so ever Easy adjustment, clean shifting, more even and better steps between gear shifts. I replaced a Shimano SG-6600 1225 cassette with the SRAM 1128. This gave me notably faster flat speed and easier pedaling on the hills.
The chain quick connect link is noted by SRAM to be a onetime use item. It was difficult to engage, but seems to hold well. No issues after a few hundred miles.