This machine does what a drip coffeemaker is supposed to do: brew coffee at the right temperature, brew quickly yet allow enough time for coffee and water to interact. The Presto has a dual heating process before mixing with the coffee. One typical heating element and one right before the water goes into the brew basket (to make sure it is within the right range of 195-205F). I am very happy with the end product: Hot, tasty coffee.
That being said, today's consumer desires more in a coffeemaker: quality build and ease of cleaning. These points are where the Presto comes short. For me, these are not as important because of the quality of coffee the machine produces. But the point does need to be made that the carafe is not easy to clean (aka the top is not large enough for a medium size hand to fit through). And the build is plastic and some parts are flimsy.
Also, the hot plate inevitably deteriorates the taste of the coffee. Although I try to drink the coffee in less 30 minutes, the damage to the coffee is noticable, but not great. If this is an issue, just pour it into a thermal carafe after brewing.
All in all, this is a great machine and would suggest it to anyone in to the market for a drip coffeemaker (even though that sounds pretty cliche). I would buy it before a Technivorm, for the reason of the price and its effectiveness of producing a great drip coffee. It does not have all the bells and whistles of other new machines, which in my mind is better. Simple. Good. Coffee. The way its supposed to be.