I think that you are wrong. For example you have the chapter about session management and how to test the tokens. Then you have three labs where you can practice. Like this you'll apply what you've just read, and you'll better understand and remember.
I plan to do at least a lab from each category. If I a do OK I'll move on, otherwise I'll do another one.
If you'll read the book, and then read one about network secutiry, then wireless... you'll be cabbage. Honestly.
At the beggining I was upset about the fact that they only give hourly access (I still think that it is too expensive). But, for lazy guys like me this will be a motivation to really use that hour.
I think that they are loosing money by putting a price so high on the lab. It is like the horses you can find in the malls. I will not pay 1$ for my kids to play 2 minutes, but I will pay 50 cents (maybe I will have them play 3 times).
I will keep you informed about the quality of the labs.
CISSP ISSAP, CISM/A, GWAPT, GCIH, GREM, GMOB, OSWP