Have no headroom for a true suspended ceiling. Was looking into those firring strip 12"x12" tiles. Are these junk? I do not see the total advantage with them for "easy" access to basement joist area. Better than sheetrock, I guess, but a pain. Are these dated...do they look OK? I guess if you did a "perfect" install, they may look decent...but I guess I envision cracks between all the tiles and bumps and waves, no?
What about CeilingLink or CeilingMax...any issues? Supposely they attach to the joist and only use 1" of drop.