I cant say Ive got any personal experience with the DeLonghi you mention.
I cant say Ive had much experience with machines in the category youre talking about either - but I can tell you now, if you drink espresso, then to get the best out of ANY machine youre going to need to spend a minimum of $170 on a grinder (that price being what many folks here are paying for the Sunbeam Cafe Series EM0480 grinder at Good Guys etc). You just cannot get away without a grinder, and this seems about the cheapest reliable (from a consistency of grind perspective) grinder on the market.
So if your budget is only a couple of hundred dollars, I think youre kind of stuck. In that case, something thats "free" will help keep the budget on track, but will you get reliable quality espresso?
And of course, the quality of the espresso is only as good as the combination of 4 things - the grinder, the espresso machine, the BEANS (freshness in particular), and the skill of the barista, you.
Many people find an acceptable quality of machine in the ~$500-$750 category, and names like Silvia come to mind. Theres even a duo of EM0480 and Silvia for sale by another member here, perhaps check that out if the budget can stretch. I suspect a lot of others would suggest holding off, saving until you can afford a better machine.
You could always look at it this way - buy a decent grinder, then get the "free" machine. Use that for as long as it lasts, or until you have saved for a machine. That way you havent outlayed anything for a machine that may not go the distance or be something that lasts long-term, and your grinder would still be ok if/when you do get upgradeitis.