Given that this is entry level equipment, with a little practice and the right grind you'll be pulling shots you only see in mags.
Positive Product Points
Simple to use and easy to clean Nice lines - Good look Consistent Shots Price
Negative Product Points
Drips a little through the shower head Plastic catch draw
My first Espresso machine so tried to do as much homework as possible. Couldn't afford the E61 Rocket so I was really looking in this market. The machine heats up quite quickly, 2 minutes then your ready to get cookin.
Started off a bit rough with consistency of shot but that was due to the crap grinder I purchased.
Once I matched the Nemox with a good conical grinder I was having no problem pulling shot after shot with good cremá. I found the pressure gauge a very handy guide as to whether the grind was fine enough or the temper to hard.
The grinder I purchased was a Sunbeam EMO480 conical grinder. Tried to source the Solis Maestro Plus but couldn't from New Zealand. I was recommended the Sunbeam by Alan Frew of Coffee for Connoisseurs (Australia) as it had similar features. For a grinder that's $200nz - $126us it was well worth the money.
I belive this machine punches above its weight for price. The machine is a bit of a no frills look, obviosly the price is kept down with fetures like the plastic draw but this has no detimental effect on the quality of your coffee which is what it's all about. The money has been spent where you can't see it (stainless steel boiler, brass portifiller etc). If you can afford more then go for it. But for 3 or 4 cups a day you wont be disapointed.
I purchased the machine off JAVA JON of Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. He recommended the right machine for my needs and price.
A Coffee legend in these parts and roasts a bloody good bean to boot.