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Rotorhub, It's a while since I saw that school, there was no Enstrom in sight when my career stopped by, but things have obviously changed with the new owners.
As Rotors88 correctly pointed out, it's not going to matter in 500 hours, but it will matter for the first job. I needed 25 hours on type before I could get an R44 job, but it's not always like that.
You don't have to do all your training in one type. As long as you do 20 hours minimum per type, you can use 2 types.
Given your height, if you're an average weight you'll also run the risk of putting the R22's C of G out depending on your instructor, so the Enstrom is going to suit you better. There's also enough room to spread your knees to allow cyclic travel without giving your instructor the wrong idea.
The Enstrom has a number of features that are similar to larger machines, and together with the 47 is the only thing I'd be happy doing touch down autos in. Auto performance is awesome, much more flexible than the R44.
The tail rotor on the A model was adequate, the F is much better, in fact the F is an enormous improvement is almost every respect, but you won't have a choice for now. Neither is as good as the R44, but virtually nothing is.
Ferrariflyer correctly points out that you'll be flying an R44 in your first job unless you're in a minority, so I'd suggest you budget for 70-80 hours in the F28 and finish off the rest in the R44. Dynamic had a near new R44 when I was there, but if not, you can always move on when it's time.
Another thing to remember - blades don't fall off Enstroms.
Good luck, this is the easy bit!