I bought the Breville 800ESXL about two months ago, and if this is anything like it, you may or may not be pleased with the end result.
I was no espresso snob at the time of purchase, and really, I'm no espresso snob now, but I've learned a thing or two since making the purchase. First thing's first -- the "dual-wall crema extraction" system is pure carp. The pull ends up taking half the time it ought to, and the shot of espresso came out bitter. I didn't once experience the "subtle bouquets of flavors" all the coffee dorks on the coffee dork websites were raving about. After reading a little bit more coffee dork web literature, I came to the conclusion that the pressurized filter basket is to blame. Luckily for me, the same coffee dork web literature that suggested a change in baskets also provided a link to a non-pressurized and compatible filter basket from Krups.
My guess is that it'll work just fine in this machine, also.
That said, Breville certainly makes a pretty machine. As it ships to you, it'll work just fine, and I guarantee you won't sleep for 3 or 4 days after receiving this thing on your front porch (provided it doesn't take a dump on you -- it IS a respiff, after all). The first few days are the most fun with a new espresso machine.
If I may make a suggestion (and you know I will...), spend some time farting around on all the coffee dork websites. Google anything with the search term "espresso" in it, and you'll see just the sites I'm talking about. You'll learn a load of useful info, and you will be sorry for it. What I mean is that you'll find yourself about $200 under on espresso-related accessories, ingredients, and appliances, and that's not including this machine. What you'll find you'll need are the following:
-Double espresso shot pitcher (two shot glasses won't work, since the pull tends to take turns dripping from the holes in the porta-filter)
-A conical burr grinder (spend at least $100 on this machine -- you'll be sorry if you don't)
-Non-pressurized filter basket
-Portion-control pumps for your chocolate sauce and coffee flavors for milk-based espresso drinks.
Okay, I know that I sound like some sort of complainey-Janey, but I promise, I'm just being realistic, not pessimistic. This entry level machine will do you just fine, especially if you're a beginner, like me. Learning how to pull the perfect espresso shot is a labor of love, and the machine you get is only half of the picture. The other half is in the bean, roast, grind, and the tamp. Keep in mind that learning how to work with your machine is where the fun lies, and once you've figured out how to make that hoss do what you want it to do, then your espressos and espresso-based drinks will take on a quality that is unique to you and your machine.
So what are you waiting for? Click on that "I Want One!" button already!