I am a big fan of panasonic breadmakers. This is actually our third, and don't worry, they don't wear out quickly! I swapped the first one we had for my parents which had the raisin dropper and that one lasted us for many years at a rate of about 1 loaf every other day... If we had taken better care of it (As in the instructions) it would have lasted even longer.
So - for those of you who have older models, these are the most noticeable improvements.
1) The raisin dropper now opens to the side so it doesn't leave a big dent in the top of the bread.
2) The pan has super special non stick coating which actually really really works - very little bread stuck anywhere.
3) There is a brioche programme - delicious.
4) Much less sugar used, slightly less salt, no Vit. C powder and no milk powder for standard loaves - much easier to store the ingredients with so few of them.
5) Handy little place in the lid to store the tbsp/tsp measurers - no more hunting through kitchen drawers to locate them.
The best thing about all panasonic breadmakers is the reliability of the recipes. If you do what it says in the instruction book then you get a good loaf of bread, it's quick and easy to do and the quickest loaf of bread takes less than 2 hours to bake. It takes no more than 5 minutes to add all the ingredients to the pan if you have them on hand and press go.
Would highly recommend both this brand of breadmaker and this particular one.
Happy Baking :)