What to consider when buying a mini laser engraver:
If you are buying your first ever laser engraver, you need to determine the purpose that you are buying the laser engraver and for what materials. Do you want to engrave wood, glass, crystal, metal or any other material? Not all engravers are suitable for all materials and each has a different functionality. Some machines are good on two-dimensional surfaces like wood and leather, while some machines are good on leather and plastic but not on other surfaces.
You also need to know that you can’t have a machine that fits all. You may find a few that claim to do that but they may be a jack of all trades but a master of none – in other words, they don’t provide a refined result on any specific.
Most laser machines have their own customized software to control and operate the engraver. As is usually the case, not all software is user-friendly and easy to comprehend. In case, you don’t understand the user manual, you might have to call the company support or try to figure it out through trial and error and googling.
Picking the Manufacturer
Since this may be your first laser engraver, you want a smooth experience, right? There are many competitive products in the market, and all claim to be great in their results. So, when you are making a decision, make sure you opt for one that has a strong warranty and provides technical support. You will also want to know if the company produces and provides spare parts for the engraver as well. Otherwise, looking for repair or replacement parts might be a challenge.
6 Best Mini Laser Engravers for Hobbyists
1. Suncoo 40w co2 laser engraving machine
The Suncoo co2 laser engraver is a multi-dimensional machine that engraves wood, paper, leather, plastic and all other non-metal materials. It features the latest laser beam cutting technology to give precision and detailing to craftsmen and hobbyists. The hard, thick body of the machines makes it a solid and safer choice for transportation. Many laser engravers emit but this one is built in heat dispersed fan, which reduces the temperature of its components and increases technical volatility.
It uses CorelDraw software, and also works well with NewlySeal and NewlyDraw, hence giving you more options for cutting and carving. Suncoo is also compatible with all models of printers and scanners, international standard fonts and gives multiple language options.
- A portable and durable option for travelling hobbyists
- A much more compatible version than its other products
- Easy to set-up hardware
- Perfect to be used for gifts, garments, toys, computerized embroidery, shoemaking and furniture industry.
- Laser tube life is up to 1300 hours
- CorelDraw isn’t as user friendly as some other packages
- The instruction manual is not explained in a comprehensive manner
- Doesn’t work on curved and uneven surfaces properly
This is another multi-dimensional DIY mini laser for engraving metal and paper. Made up of aluminium alloy and acrylic, Sunwin is a strong and durable machine with not much weight, it can generate 15-watt adjustable laser with low-light positioning, positioning freedom and high accuracy. Although Sunwin looks mini it has no object size limit.
A bit pricey compared to other laser engravers, Sunwin is a long-term investment in stainless steel, iron, aluminium, ceramics, stone, wood, leather and plastic engraving.
- Supports Chinese, English and Russian language
- Compatible with Windows 7/8/10
- Faster on paper and slow on metals
- If used on high intensity, the efficiency decreases and you cant do multiple projects at the same time.
Eleoption is a DIY laser machine designed for plastic, wooden, paper, bamboo, leader, rubber and spongy material. Being a non-metallic laser engraver, it uses blue-violet light and a cooling device to maintain the machine temperature. The machine consists of bulk parts that need to be assembled properly through the instruction manual. The software is easy to understand and the company provides free upgrades, along with compatibility on Windows XP, 7/8/10.
Consists of 170-200 mm working area
A desktop engraving machine with no height limit.
Doesn’t heat up like other machines and makes lesser noise.
Heavier than other engravers
For most heavy items, it seems underpowered
Takes time in assembling
This DIY 10w mini laser engraver can carve materials from stainless steel to plastic and leathers. With a software 255and adjustable laser power for different materials, it also provides low-light positioning, positioning freedom and shortest path algorithm. Applicable on windows 7/8/10, the software supports English, a Chinese and Russian language with instruction manual in the same languages. Evervictory claims to have an explanation rate 30 times faster than Arduino + grbl and demonstrate efficient completion of tasks.
It has an engraving speed of 0.02-0.2 seconds/pixel and laser power 10w, which gives every engrave precision and detail.
Engrave all types of metals
Easy to install driver software
Made up of a durable and solid body
The instruction manual contains poor English and very short descriptions, therefore not easy to comprehend.
Wood and plastic engraving emits smoke
Orion is a high-quality laser engraver for wooden and non-metallic surfaces. With a 12×8 inch engraving area, it works well on flat, even tops and can even cut wood and acrylic material. Pretty much like other engravers, Orion is compatible with CorelDraw, Shenzhouyi and other graphic design programs, that run on Windows XP, 7,8 and 10.
Users consider it a useful and effective machine but not as an easy nut to crack. They say it requires much of understanding, alignment and modification to make it work as advertised, but once you get a hang of it, you will enjoy doing projects and artistry.
Features German built-guide rails and durable machine parts
Can easily be updated from 40W to 50W
Includes a smoke and fume ventilation fan
A worthy choice in fair price
Not at all an easy, plug and play machine
Poorly described instruction manual
Not compatible with IOS
Qiilu 1500mw Laser Engraver is a high power, a high-resolution machine that works with all operating systems. It does a fine job on plastic, wood, acrylic, paper and all other flammable materials. It has a spacious engraving surface and an accurate cutting machine which can be installed with a USB interface.
Qiilu also features an offline operation system, which means you can use the machine without having your computer. It can easily connect with external drives, USB ports and Bluetooth technology to lend images. Qiilu software also comprehends in English, German, Japanese, French, Italian and Chinese languages.
- Uses a powerful electronic fan for ventilation
- Super quick and minimal set-up required
- Compatible on all system and uses an easy software
The machine needs to cool down after every 30 minutes as its get heated.
Small in size as users have expected
Users complain of a short battery life
Cannot engrave or cut glass or metal
These are a few of the best options available for mini laser engravers. They all are different in their software, comprehension and functionality. But they all do their job well and provide solid options. Even if you aren’t a practiced engraver, you can easily get started trying out customizing your items and giving personally crafted presents to friends and family.