I thought the same when I first saw the seat a few years back. It was a little uncomfortable and found the recline to be poor. The good thing was that you are not dsiturbed by the perosn infront reclining their seat, especially in the middle of a meal.
However, one time I flew CX257 using the A340-300 where it was the old seating, and found the recline of the person infront was just far too much for me. So now I am converted to the new seating and best of all is the IFE, so muh choice to choose from.
Will probably be choosing CX again for my UK trip in August.