If the goal is to have a small amount of ice made for you at regular intervals, then this unit performs quite well. It's not silent, but the noise it makes is not intrusive for being in the same room, and it regularly makes ice that fills the drinks of two people. The ice is made in two sizes.
The only problem with this unit is that it doesn't keep the ice it makes cold, which means it melts, reforms into ice, and keeps going around in that fashion. The side effect of this is that when the ice melts, it "joins" each other, meaning that you sometimes get clumps of ice rather than them all being loose.
Not bad, not brilliant either, but a pretty good step in the right direction.
Edit: Bought my first in June 2011, it broke, got a new one, and by January 2013, that one broke as well. Expect an average of 9 months use out of the product.