I have the original E. To be fair my DH actually tore apart my E, reconfigured it and now it works like a high end die cutter. Before he went in and rebuilt my E she worked like a great workhorse. She just works better now.
I do have an Imagine. Right now my Imagine is down. I need to fix something on her. It's been down awhile because there are some things going on where loved ones need us right now. Die cutting is on the back burner. The Imagine is no longer made. I bring up the Imagine because I absolutely loved the touch screen. That touch screen was the absolute for me! Best Cricut invention ever. I go back and cut with my E and glare at it because I missed my touch screen, lol. I didn't really glare at my Cricut.
I am thinking of getting an E2 just for the touch screen. I have seen the cuts with the E2 and they are better than the E. PC changed some of the algorithms on the E2 for more precise cutting. My E cuts precise too. I can get 1/4" cuts to perfection. Again she has been rebuilt too for that purpose.
This is the big problem with the E2. The machine needs updated. Personally for me I never had trouble updating any of my machines through PC. I always hold my breath when I do need to update. PC is notorious for destroying machines through updates. In the last few months, since Autumn, it has gotten better. They have a new IT team apparently. This is the only reason why I am hesitant to buy an E2 because PC is famed for bad updates that break our machines.
Besides the updating thing I think the E2 is a good machine. My friends that have an E2 love their machines. The E is also a good machine. I think the E can take being "beat up" a little more than the E2 because it has less computer components in it.