Not for those who like the process of making their own. Also a little large on the counter compared to others.
For those who like espresso regularly and don't have time to always tamp and fuss this is a great machine. Look for a bargain on e-bay. Got mine as a floor model for just over 400. It had only been used for several days. The directions are very self-expanitory and has an easy to follow de-scaling program. My wife would have liked a smaller machine. Their are some cool looking ones on the market. However she has come to like the ease of making the coffee without a mess. There are different settings which allow for adjustments in the kind of espresso one enjoys. For some, the process of grinding, tamping and extracting can be a relaxing endeavor. While you don't get that with this machine, you will use it more often.
I have lots of other coffee devices, but this is my first quality espresso purchase. I have friends who have bought other models.