A step in the right direction, but in my opinion still too much $ for not enough machine. The only thing going for them is their presence in Rockler and Woodcraft’s retail stores. For many it is probably the only machine they have seen, and most are not aware of the many other options (other than the more expensive Axioms also on display in some stores).
I have VCarve Pro (not desktop), the spindle, 4x the size, 4x the speed and 4x the mass, a gantry driven at both ends, stiffer structure, and more capable controller, and spent $800 less than the base machine shown.
Tubular latex pressure vessel configuration engineer