Okay, sorry, but I am laughing that people honestly care that others think the machine is fugly. I think it's ugly and looks really cheap. Who cares?? If it has a great touch I will probably buy one eventually.
And as far as ragging on Stenograph, I think if anyone just paid almost 5 grand for a new MIra the week before the Diamonte was released, and no one at Stenograph told you, can you honestly say you wouldn't be furious?
For years I'd been wondering why the heck I loaded my dictionary into my Mira. Until one day about six months ago at the beginning of an all-day surgeon's depo (from India!) right after my client asked the doctor to state his name for the record, my laptop started making funny noises and ping sounds and a little man with a hatchet started walking across my laptop's screen! I held my breath and then I started panicking -- right in front of everyone. I wasn't able to get the computer up and running again, but I was able to read my notes from the Mira screen. I'm so glad I don't rely on audio and that I ask for things to be repeated if I drop or can't hear something because I was reporting w/out audio backup, too.
Once a month, I now load an updated dix into my Mira. Better safe than sorry :)
I saw the machine in action at the convention, and I've also seen the You Tube video about it - it looks like a really good machine, and I suppose like all machines out there, some will love it and others will hate it, it's all a matter of personal opinion :)