Well, I can say that eLearn's course is more of a reading / viewing experience, or at least it was, expecting you to then take the knowledge to your own labs for testing. I know Armando and his team have been working on creating their own attack labs, and more hands on experience for their courses. Could be significantly better, for hands on experience, by now. I haven't had opportunity (and my temporary access will likely expire, due to lack of time) to their latest labs. But lifetime access - to the materials, slides and info covered - does make a nice bonus, if you ever want to go back and review.
OSCP is a really about the effort. They make you go outside of the box, do your own outside research on a lot of topics, and really spend your time going in depth on the various pieces. There's a lot of 'Try Harder' (one of their favorite hints / taunts / motivators) strewn throughout the online labs, and they really push you to figure things out, even if not fully covered in the reading / videos. I personally enjoy that type of learning, so it was a bonus for me, to just dig in, get my hands dirty, and go after it.
Again, I think if you're really motivated, and can dedicate the time, you could likely pass OSCP. But I think if you're concerned about those factors, I can tell you that eLearn's course was top notch, and can be taken at a more leisurely pace, while still honing your skills, learning new topics, and gaining lots of good information. Both courses come with great support, by way of email, chat, etc, and both have a good community built up around them, to assist you, now.
In the end, it's going to come down to a personal choice, which obviously, we can't make for you. But in the end, whichever way you go, you're in for a good experience, IMHO.
Edit: Oh, and as far as point'n'click versus CLI... Much of what is done, in the eLearn stuff, is done with GUI tools, at least, in the webapp side of things. And that's due, in large part, to the fact that a lot of the current webapp scanning / testing tools are GUI-based. You could still do much of that from a CLI, but when tools are available, makes more sense to use them. Much COULD be done with GUI tools in OSCP, as well. OSCP definitely has you spending a lot of time in Metasploit framework, and at a coding level, so you'd definitely want to be comfortable with a command prompt / shells. But either way, for BOTH courses, you could do a lot. At the end of the day, you'll be using both, and want to be comfortable with both, and if you've done some programming, I think you'll do fine, either way.
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- Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War'
OSCE, OSCP (Former - GPEN, C|EH - both expiring / expired)