Unboxing from this AM. If you find this helpful please give a thumbs up..
It was double boxed with plastic corner protection on both the inner and outer box for all 8 corners. With thick foam all around the parts. As seen here:
Here is everything that came with the grinder (espresso cups only included for size comparison):
Overall fit and finish are excellent. I have not cleaned or done anything beyond taking these items out of the box. Here are some shots from each side:
I did notice that the base is a different texture from the rest of the grinder and has a slightly brushed appearance as can be seen here:
There is a small 1MM in diameter spot on the brushed base towards the front of the grinder that you can see here. Its nothing major and I think it will rub off pretty easily. This is the only place any defect that I have found and it is minimal. Possibly the base was held in place by a tool that might have had some rust on it. I left the resolution of this file a bit higher so folks can zoom in if desired.
I also noticed a slight difference in the amount of space at the bottom of the grinder on the left side vs the right side. The difference is much less than a mm. Here is a comparison of the left and the right sides. I do not think this will impact function at all or if anyone else would even notice such a difference.
Tolerances everywhere else externally are about perfect to the naked eye
If anyone wants additional pictures let me know. I will do some basic bench testing later today and additional evaluation over the coming weeks.
Overall it feels very solid, heavy and well built. Testing will give a better sense of design and function. I will be testing on 3 possibly 4 different espresso machines including a DE, LM GS3 and an MCAL. If I can I may also try with a Synesso time permitting.