Summary: I finally decided to get one of these being tired of having slicing onions and carrots. I really know nothing about food processors as I've never had one before and I was expecting good things. What I did not realize is that all this particular machine does is mush things up. It doesn't chop, it just pulverizes. I'm now considering buying the large food processor with adjustable slicer, because to me, that is the most important reason why I would want one of these.
Summary: I chose this little food processor based on the Cuisinart name and its small size. I'm a single person and don't really need more than 4 cups. I also don't have a lot of counter space. So my aim wasn't to go cheap. I wanted a quality food processor that would kick butt and not take up a lot of space. As another reviewer in here stated, yes, I *do* expect it to do everything a larger model would do, just in smaller quantities. I was sorely disappointed.
Summary: I always try to read reviews before buying something, and I'm glad I read about this. Several people gave helpful tips and after reading the pluses and minuses I decided on this mini-prep. It suits my small household and in the short time I've had it I've been pleased with its functions. It turned out some fine salsa that would've taken me half an hour with a knife.