Your options are pretty slim. If you want a midi sequencer / sampler with pads, you basically have MPC's, ASR-X's, and Roland MV's, and I gotta say that in my honest opinion a MPC is by far the best option. If you want VGA out, just use a damn computer.
The MPC 1000 is ridiculously powerful. Yes, the lack of a tiltable screen sucks but for the price it is a powerhouse, especially with JJOS. You can also inexpensively slap a hard drive in there and store more samples and audio than you will likely ever use. I did upgrade to the 2500 from the 1000 but that is basically only because I *needed* the 4 midi outs, and also because I just prefer the larger size since I started out with a MPC 2000 XL.
I don't know what it is about the 1000 that you didn't like in terms of layout and feel, aside from perhaps the small size vs. a 2500 or something. Sometimes small can be good! If you like the MV, go for it, but personally I feel as though the MPC line is so intuitive that I wouldn't even bother. It's about as easy as beat-making gets, especially since these newer models have hard drives and CF storage, so there's no need for floppies or SCSI drives anymore.
If you didn't like the 1000, you're probably not going to like the 2500 since it is essentially the *exact same* unit, only larger and with a couple more features. Just go with what works best for you. Personally, I dunno why anyone would prefer a MV to a MPC, but that's just me. *shrug*
The Ensoniq ASR-X and ASR-X PRO are options, but I wouldn't recommend them. They have a great sound quality to them and some surprisingly good effects, but they are plagued with weird sequencers and crappy encoders that are known to be skippy. Pass.
The Tempest is cool but has no sampling option, and it is not really designed to sequence and control a bunch of other midi gear. It's also really expensive. The Tempest is basically a synthesizer that can be played like a MPC, more or less.
If you want the best of the best, get the MPC 4000. You get the tightest and most accurate timing of all MPC's, basically every option you could ever want, the large size of a traditional MPC, and a super clean 24-bit sampling engine. It's the one to get if you have the cash.
Also, the E-Mu command stations are basically ROMplers, so once again, no sampling. They are also confusing as all h**l to learn at first.