Monoprice creates a lot of quality 3D printers. I’ve reviewed high quality brands on this site before, but I haven’t done Monoprice printers. For my first Monoprice printer I wanted to do a Monoprice Maker Select V2 review.
This printer in particular has gotten a lot of love in the community. This piqued my interest which in turn made me want to do a review.
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Factors To Look For
The factors I’m looking at are going to be the same as other 3D printers I’ve looked into. Those 4 factors are:
1. Print quality
I’ll go through each one to make sure we go in-depth.
Monoprice Maker Select V2
Monoprice started in 2002. It’s known for providing great service and products. It’s best known for giving consumers affordable tech products.
Their product lines range from cables, audio components, computer accessories, and more. They didn’t start making 3D printers until recently. But, late starts from 3D printers didn’t stop them from making quality.
If you do a quick Google search, you’ll see they rank first for “best selling 3D printer brand in the world”.
Their Maker Select V2 is one of their highest-rated products alongside the Monoprice Select Mini. It contains a big print bed, simple design, and versatility. It also helps that it’s not priced out of this world.
You can’t forget about the features too. A lot of what makes this printer appealing are the prominent features of this printer making it convenient for the user.
- Compatible software
- Heated build plate
- Filament versatility
- Open enclosure
Breakdown Of The Monoprice Maker Select V2 Review
From the models I’ve seen, the print quality of the Maker Select is solid. It’s not the most precise, but it’s consistent.
It provides consistent quality which is all you can ask for. The quality of the print could depend on what material you use. Knowing whether PLA or ABS works best for your models is key. The ability to switch filaments helps determine whether or not you create high-quality models.
Most users who use this printer prefer PLA because it prints with few issues. When I saw the “3DBenchy” model, I didn’t see any noticeable blemishes. This is a good indicator this printer provides consistency. There were some problems with the z-axis though.
For those who don’t know, the z-axis is the vertical axis. And the z-axis of the tugboat in this instance wasn’t the smoothest. Even switching up the material won’t matter much improving it. Creating models more complex than the tugboat will yield some problems though. If you plan on making something more complex, you should use another printer.
For those who are new to 3D printing, please know that there are a lot of factors that go into a good print. Things like filament, calibration, temperature, and more need to be considered.
The initial set up to this printer is easy. All you have to do is put some wires together and attach the base. Although initial set up is easy, attaching the spool holder is a little harder. After that, you have to manually level it which gets a little more frustrating.
Everything else is standard. This goes from changing filaments, using the software, and more. One big complaint I have is the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual has to be downloaded from Monoprice’s website. If you need help, there’s some instructional videos you can watch on YouTube that’ll help.
This printer comes with some sample PLA filament. To be honest though, I don’t think this should be a feature. I just felt like it was something worth mentioning.
Real features this printer comes with are a microSD card with sample 3D model files. The advantage of a microSD card is you can store your print files and plug it into the printer for printing. There’s no need for a computer.
It’s also nice to know that the software is compatible. You can use it with open-source and enterprise software. The last feature worth mentioning is the heated build plate. A heated build plate will help create smoother prints.
Combine the heated build plate with this printer’s ability to use a variety of filaments and you can create a lot of things. Some of the filament this printer uses include ABS, PLA, PET, and more.
The Maker Select has an open enclosure which is a con for me. And, the reason why I think it’s a con is it affects durability and the models. But, it can also be seen as a positive. An open structure allows for upgrades. Similar to open-source, an open structure lets you modify what you need.
Imagine if you want to enlarge the heated bed. An open structure makes it easier to do that. The frame for this printer is made with aluminum. It’s obviously big so make sure you have a dedicated space for it.
The Maker Select also has a control box with an LCD interface. This is used to display important metrics like temperature and print progress.
Alternative 3D Printers
Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer
- Filament versatility
- Manual not included
- Small print bed
The Select Mini is Monoprice’s highest-rated 3D printer.
Similar to the Maker Select, the Select Mini uses all filament types. This includes PLA, ABS, wood, and more.
A good complement to the filament versatility is the affordability. This printer is considered “low-budget”. Knowing that you don’t have to spend as much on the printer itself leaves you with money to try different filaments.
Another factor that makes this a good printer for beginners is it’s ready to go out of the box. Monoprice says they calibrated the printer at the factory which takes a lot of set up time away.
Inside the box are some accessories that you’ll need. This includes a hex key for leveling the print bed, an AC power adapter, USB cable, and more.
One inconvenient thing about this printer is you have to go to the website to download the full manual. I wonder why they can’t put the whole manual in the box. Other annoyances worth mentioning are how small the print bed is, and how loud this printer can get. It’s ironic how much sound this produces relative to its size.
The design of this printer is simple. The interface is easy to find, and the print bed is open. You can also find the spool holder on the right side of the printer. There’s no complexity to this printer which is how it should be.
The best quality of this printer is its print performance. From the standard tests I’ve seen this printer create, the model always comes out smooth and accurate with every layer. For a low-budget printer, all you can ask is consistency, and you’re getting that with this.
Creality Ender 3 Pro
- Resume print feature
- Rapid print bed heating
- Print performance
- Manual work
I talked about the Creality Ender 3 when I reviewed the Anycubic Photon.
One thing the Ender 3 has over the Monoprice printers is they include documentation to get you set up.
There’s a lot more manual work involved. Get ready to use your hands for screwing bolts in along with setting up wires. Don’t forget about leveling the bed either.
There’s also adjustment knobs for adjusting the bed height. This isn’t required as part of the manual work though, but it’s interesting to me because I’ve never heard of adjustment knobs.
New users looking into the Ender 3 will notice the spool holder on top of the aluminum frame. A small LCD interface is located on the right of the printer. The interface is an LCD display with a clickable wheel.
There are 2 features from this printer that I like. The first is its ability to resume print after getting randomly disconnected. Another feature is the rapid heating of the print bed. All you need is 5 minutes and your bed is heated.
As for the print performance, the Ender 3 is great. There are some blemishes you might experience, but like I said earlier, there are a lot of factors that go into print quality.
One quick tidbit worth mentioning is the Ender 3 is low-budget. With all the manual work you have to do, they better make it really affordable. This type of printer definitely appeals to the hobbyist looking to tinker.
- Quiet printer
- Easy set up
- No automatic bed leveling
- Limited documentation
- Filament versatility
FlashForge is another low-budget quality printer.
The print quality of this printer is solid. The software used with this printer makes it easy to design models.
From the standard tests I’ve seen, the FlashForge prints models with smoothness. The curves and layers on those models don’t have any noticeable blemishes.
FlashForge is also easy to set up. It’s a plug-and-play printer which means you can take it out of the box ready to print. One manual part you have to do is download the software. This can be done by downloading through the site, or installing from the USB drive.
A downside to the set up is you can only set one type of filament up. FlashForge is limited to only PLA filament which dampens creativity.
A cool feature of the Finder is the calibration for leveling. It has a detection system that calibrates itself. Finder is also quiet when printing. You’ll be able to print something while taking a nap.
Once you’re done you can also remove this build plate. Instead of scraping from the inside, you can take it out and elegantly take it off.
The Finder is a single extruder closed printer. In comparison to other printers on this list, this is the only one with a closed enclosure. Its sleek design contains a 3.5-inch touchscreen that’s easy to use.
Should You Get The Monoprice Maker Select V2?
I personally feel like there are better options than the Monoprice Maker Select V2. It’s not the best option for affordability nor print performance. If I were a beginner I would try out the Mini Select first.
It’s a cheaper option and it’s simpler to use. This isn’t to say the Maker Select V2 is trash though. Anyone looking to print bigger models with different filaments should try it. I would definitely get this as a beginner instead of a DIY 3D printer.