I'm new to the community and I'm looking to purchase a cheap, easy to use laser engraver and I was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions / advice?
I've been eying the affordable Chinese models on Ebay, but I've read a few reviews and I'm worried I'll end up with a broken model and I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I needed to repair one. Who is a reliable vendor for the more affordable Chinese models?
Money is tight, my budget is right around $800 / $1000 max.
I'm looking for a desktop model that can engrave around 12"x12"or less.
Something just strong enough to etch, glass, wood, plastic etc.
I use Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop on Windows 7, 64-bit, so knowing the format it accepts is important.
A one year warranty is a plus, but depending on the price I know not to expect much.
This is primarily for hobby, but I expect to use it a lot, what is the life span of the machine and what expected costs should I factor in?