So far I really like the Ascaso Dream PID. The fit and finish is really nice. Its a compact machine with a lot of nice features. It's on the quieter side. Warmup time is fast. The switches and knobs are very robust. There is nothing visibly cheap about this machine. Nice rubber feet.
The only negatives for me are the small water tank. You can only fill it from the right side and must remove it first. The jumbo double spout portafilter makes it hard to pull a single shot into a small espresso cup. I might go for the bottomless portafilter to fill this purpose. Finally, the double shot non-pressurized basket is slightly too small for my 58mm tamper. It works fine on all the others which is weird.
Getting used to the multifunction switches also takes a minute. I can't see talking my wife through making a cup over the phone.