I have a ms310 and for a non pro saw its not bad. I cut wood 5 days a week for a yr and a half with its smaller brother the 290 and never had any complaints. Well because at that time i hadn't used a pro saw. Now they sit on the shelf. If you haven't run a pro saw and don't know the difference you will be happy. It will get the job done and is a reliable saw. If you open up the muffler it will help also.
I agree with cgraham1. You would be much happier since weight is the issue with a 026/ms260. Very nice low weight saw that performs well. I have 5, and they are great limbing saws that would be a great combo with your 044.
If you don't already have an MS310, if you go with one of this series, get the 039/MS390 as it's the same weight and more power than the 310. I have an MS310 but have not used it all that much. I've had many 1127 saws and like them. Parts are plentiful and cheap. They're a good firewood saw for the money.
A muffler mod makes a huge difference on these saws.