Thanks for everyone who contributed Helpful advice and pointed out some existing threads with good insight from owners.
I ended up ordering a green Robot which is on its way from Hong Kong and finding a second hand Linea Mini via my WTB ad which I will pick up in two weeks.
In the meantime I'm again enjoying Shanghai's amazing cafe culture while visiting here and looking forward to two new espresso making devices when I get back home. Both minimalist in their own ways. Once the Decent settles into a more mature product and my espresso funds recover I may look to add something completely different like that.
Thanks again, I'll report back in a few weeks with some side by side user experience.
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