Slow run in on the wire is a good feature to have. It prevents wire stubbing and making a mess at the start of the weld. On higher wire speeds, especially with flux-core, it can be a real problem. Sometimes there can be a little slag or the wire doesn't ground the instant it hits the metal. Better machines have the slow run in feature. It's only for about 1/2 a second.
Don't know much about Eastwood welders but they seem to specialize in auto-body type machines and tools. If it uses common consumables is a big plus.