rhino I very seriously considered this machine. It does have a lot of the features you want (old maid drawer, deck warmer, etc). I believe it is basically the same quality as the Great Northern machines. A lot of people have them and are happy with their purchase.
After a lot of going back and forth I went with a Gold Medal machine because it is a higher quality, heavy duty machine. It was more expensive (the machine was $249) so I bought the popper first and then got the cart later ($165). My reasoning was that if I am going to spend $200 on a popcorn machine I want one that is going to last a long time.
This is not to say that the Elite & Great Norther machines won't last because there are some people that have had them for years. But if you compare the Elite & Great Northern machines you will see a great difference in construction (especially the kettle) from the higher end machines like Gold Medal, Paragon, Star, etc.
Good luck with whatever you decide -- a popcorn machine is a great addition to a home theater and game room.