This is my travel machine. I pack it in a pelican case with my little Pavoni cruddy grinder, accessories and martini shaker (for espresso martinis) and I'm off! It gets the job done. My shots are 1/10 of what they are with my Isomac but it's still 95% better than any cafe I might happen upon. The frothing is surprisingly adequate. For this purpose I would highly reccomend the Gusto. It gets beat up pretty bad during travel, but no probs yet. I got it on eBay so I have no idea how old it is, but it looks to have some miles on it. Overall very satisfied.