We only used the machine to make the occasional weekend coffee and also to make coffee when we had guests, and the bugbear about manual machines is that by the time you've finished making the third or fourth coffee, the person drinking the first coffee has finished theirs.
I liked having a manual machine, but that probably relates back to being a man who likes watches, cars, bikes and other mechanical things, so I liked being able to fiddle around with it and experiment. My wife, however, disliked it intensely - she found it to be too much trouble and to be much too slow.
Whilst the Nespresso machine doesn't give you much control at all, as it does everything for you and you can't do much to change any settings, it is very fast and very clean. No mess, no fuss, just a few coffees in a minute once the machine has warmed up. So, it's great for dinner or lunch get-togethers, which was my wife's main concern, and it also makes a reasonable weekend coffee - not great, but surprisingly good, particularly when using some of the stronger blends.
I apologise to any coffee enthusiasts whom I may have offended with this post [bearing in mind that I only ever drink black coffee, preferably espresso, as I can't stand coffee with milk in it]!