Top positive review
OK so far.
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2017
It is a toy single stage pump, but for the price it actually seems to work reasonably well. It is rated on the compliance plate at 5 Pa ultimate vacuum (or about 37.5 micron). I get about 120 micron out of it with nothing but the thermocouple gauge. Like most pumps it will bubble and spit some oil out when pumping a gassy load, a small trap would prevent this, I'll likely make one for it.
I suspect the oil it ships with is not very good vacuum oil. It has a distinct odour which is generally a bad sign, if you can smell it the vapour pressure of something in it is non-trivial. I will replace the oil with a high quality vacuum oil and see if it can pump a bit lower. Anything around 100 micron is pretty good for a single stage pump anyway, for $60 bucks I am not disappointed.
No sign of ceasing or an exploding motor-start capacitor as others have reported yet, but I have only run it for an hour or so.