Fine coffee, somewhat clunky form factor, couldn't resist deeply discounted price
Positive Product Points
Price point: I got this for $39 from amazon. It makes a fine-tasting, strong cup. 4-6 cup shortened brew cycle. Stainless thermal carafe.
Negative Product Points
Broken clock, so auto-on is unusable. Takes up a decent amount of counter space.
Buying this machine is my first foray into making good drip coffee at home. I like strong-tasting coffee, and I inherited the idea of using a faberware percolator from my parents.
The st600 makes a strong cup without any of the burned flavors I'm used to getting from my percolator. It does so with fewer grounds too.
I was interested in trying the auto-on feature, but the clock on my unit is mad fast. I set it using my laptop's clock, and after 2 hours had gone by, the st600's clock was a full 30 minutes ahead of the laptop. I'm going to contact Capresso to see what's up with that.
It also takes up a pretty good amount of real estate on the counter; it's about 13.5 inches high, probably 10-12 inches wide, and probably 12-16 inches deep when the carafe is in place. I have a good amount of horizontal counter space, so this doesn't bother me. The biggest problem of these dimensions for me is the height; it fits under my cabinets, but I need to pull it out to open the top to add grounds and/or water.
I paid a measly $39 for mine from amazon (look at that, the price there is already back to $79 as of this writing). At full price, I'd definitely have bought a mt500 instead, but it seems like a steal at the price I paid.
This is the first upscale home coffee appliance I've bought.