THis is a quantum leap up from the earlier DeLonghi (Pump) machine. THe Portafilter holds twice as much grinds and gives the impression of doing some serious damage if used as a weapon. The temperature output is much higher than the earlier machine. After dialing in the grind I am able to get a good shot almost everytime (The perfect shot is still eluding me!)
Negative Product Points
THe unit as a whole is a little light. Probably due to the All plastic body. THe steamer wand is just the wrong length for steaming into a large jug. It does run out of steam but does regenerate quickly.
THe unit is a capable performer. Heats up quickly. I found the steamer wand to be a "bit" short. I modified my approach to use a smaller steel jug - steaming enough for one cappa at a time. This has the side benefit of letting the unit regenerate steam between jugs. It does this quite efficiently usually in the time it takes to pour steamed milk into the first cup. I would like to be able to remove the froth enhancer (looks like a steel cylinder covering the actual nozzle). I does take a little while to dial in your grind but after establishing the parameters easy to maintain a consistent shot. Fairly easy to service with instructions included in the manual.
This was the first item I Ebayed... the vendor was helpful and although initially couple f parts were missing she mailed them as soon as she discovered that they were missing.