I'm not a fan of the Meade ETX series mounts as they are poorly designed, their Achilles Heel the declination lock which is easily broken and not really fixable. As a 'vendor' I've had about a dozen or so come my way and I think I've thrown the mount away in all cases but two. The OTAs however are usually quite good throughout the line.
However I have changed my tune a bit in favor of the ETX-60, especially as a first time scope if it comes with either Autostar hand controller. The OTA is light enough that perhaps it doesn't load the declination lock as badly and the goto and optics are great. The icing on the cake, and the reason for posting this in the beginners forum, is the ETX-60 is common, cheap, does a good job of introducing the user to computerized go-to and is often found on Craigslist for $100 or so with an Autostar hand controller, tripod, hand controller and eyepieces, sometimes the case for the scope.
I recently got an ETX-60 with the simpler Autostar 494 hand controller (no 1-9 keypad) and decided to pretend I was a rank beginner. I set it up in my backyard and followed the instructions. Even with just a one star alignment it found what I wanted (using the widest FOV eyepiece of course) and the views of the Moon and Jupiter were very satisfying. By satisfying I mean if I had not seen them before with my own scope I would have been pleased and certainly felt I got my $100 worth. A great way to get into computer controlled go-to observing for the first timer.
I haven't had an ETX-70 yet but I suspect the same praise will apply to it.