I have used two of the internal filters, on a 33g and a 40f,and for a few months I had the one rated for 40g on a 70g tank. They are good at moving the water around, which can be adjusted. They do good mechanical filtration. I never replaced the carbon that was in the insert, just allowed the filter to function as mechanical. I do have plants, and floating plants, which makes a difference (less "artificial filtration" is needed).
I used HOB back in the 1980;s but never since. I did not like their strong flow (I believe today they can be adjusted), and I certainly did not like the "waterfall" but I believe that too is different (?). The power went out one time when I was not home, and since I could not re-start the suction, the motor burned out. Lucky there was not a house fire. This may be another thing no longer relevant. I would not even consider HOB if I needed a new filter.
BTW, not sure "canister" applies to internal filters, just the large canisters that sit outside the tank.