Here is my opinion. There are hundreds of cadcam systems out there. They range from freebies to some in the high thousands. If you are trying to compare it with mastercam or surfcam, well its not in that ballpark. Youre also talking about a 15 thousand dollar price difference. Dolphin offers its software for right around a thousand dollars, for what it cost, I think wonders of it. It has paid it self back several times over to me. It all depends on what you are trying to do. At work we have a seat of surfcam and sure it's quite powerful. But I know myself, I could never afford it. When we have very complex 3d prototypes surfcam is a must for us. For our everyday work, dolphin is very simple and gets the job done very nice. So the question for yourself should be, do you have a couple grand to drop or are you on a budget. If you have a few grand, look at options like mastercam, surfcam, gibbs, espree. If you're on a budget, I think dolphin is a very good option. Take a look at some of they're videos. That will give you an idea of what its capable of.