I bought this gift as a present for someone, but I've been able to see it make enough coffee, and tasted enough of said coffee, to be able to offer a good review of it. First, it looks great. It's a bright but slightly dark red that really stands out in the kitchen. My only negative about this coffee maker is that the buttons are fairly small. There is an alternate black label that you can apply over the red and silver buttons on the top face of the coffee maker that helps somewhat, but I prefer the "plain" look of the original face plate.
The features are quick to learn and easy to use. I love the idea that it includes a water filter inside the machine to remove some of the impurities in the water you pour in. Good coffee requires good water, so this is a great idea that more machines should consider (just be sure to change the water filter regularly!). I believe there is an option for a permanent coffee filter, but it works just fine with regular paper filters. The programmable features are really nice and easy to use. You can change start times for automatically starting the coffee, the warming time (how long it keeps the coffee warm- great if you tend to forget about your coffee mid-morning), and the auto-pause is a great feature for when want coffee NOW and don't want to wait for the whole pot to be brewed. The pot holds a lot of coffee, so this is equally good for a large number of guests as it is for smaller batches in th morning. So long as this unit keeps going like it has been, this is an easy five stars for those who want a bright, functional, and tasty coffee maker.