A bit noisy... but probably about the same as others in this range Steamer isn't super - works better without the plastic steamer tip Crema device makes a nice frisbee for the dog
I actually have the Starbuck's Proteo Romanza which is a rebadged Gaggia Coffee. You'll need a good grinder for this machine with it's powerful pump system - or your shots will be too quick. The quality of the end product is great. Shots with my fresh roasted beans are full of crema. You'll love the sight of twin crema laden streams of hot espresso oozing out of the PF! I think it's best to grind a little finer and tamp a little lighter rather than grind coarser and tamp harder - I think there's a big difference in the end product.
It has a powerful heater, so it's ready to go in minutes from when you switch it on. WWL's site recommends leaving the unit on for 6 minutes though to stabilize the temperature.
Steaming milk is ok, but it's not easy to make good microfoam! The machine feels very solid and I think it should last a long while - reading other's reports here it seems that many have had it for years without any problems.
I bought this off of e-bay and it was a good experience.