Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer V2 Review

I recently reviewed the Monoprice Maker Select V2. And, during this review, I listed the MP Select Mini V2 as an alternative to that printer.  

To my surprise, the Select Mini was a better overall 3D printer. I try my best to be as candid as possible in everything I write. 

 

If I think this printer isn’t the best quality, there’s no point in saying that it is for a commission. Furthermore, writing that review made me want to do a review on the Select Mini since it’s rated highly. 

So here’s a Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer V2 review.

Table of Contents

What To Look For

There are 4 qualities in a 3D printer you need to vet before purchasing it.

 

Those 4 are:

1. Print quality

2. Set up

3. Features

4. Design

You can probably add more criteria to this, but these 4 are the foundation because if one of them doesn’t meet your standards, I believe it’s not worth going after.

I excluded price because I assume you know what you want to spend. In addition, I listed these factors from most important to least.

These 4 factors are geared to beginners like myself which is why I have set up second. Set up could be last depending on what kind of work you’re willing to put in. You might want to assemble a printer which is fine. But, I’m writing this review for those who don’t want to deal with that. There are a lot of 3D printer hobbyists who enjoy tinkering with printers and this is no knock on them.

Now, let’s talk about the Select Mini in-depth.

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer V2

The MP Select Mini is a low-budget printer perfect for new 3D printer enthusiasts. 

Monoprice in general has a great brand because it consistently delivers quality products. I mentioned this in my last Monoprice review post, but they were rated as the “#1 best-selling 3D printer brand in the world”.

All3DP even gave them the titles of “best budget 3D printer” and “best 3D printer”. For those who don’t know, All3DP is a big online publication talking about 3D printers. Getting recognition from them means you did something right.

The MP Select Mini is Monoprice’s highest-rated product. It’s small, but there’s more than meets the eye.

Pros

Cons

  • Filament versatility
  • Heated build plate
  • MicroSD card
  • Software compatibility
  • Simple interface
  • Sturdy
  • Overhangs
  • Calibration needed
  • Open enclosure

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer V2 Breakdown

Print Quality

I’m not going to say for certain that they will because there are a lot of factors that go into print quality.

But, just to let you know, there is only so much information you can get from print samples. From the sample prints I have seen though, it’s easy to see that this printer can give you solid models.

When I saw the “3DBenchy” model, you can tell the z axis works great. And, the way you can tell that is by looking at the vertical areas. If they look anything less than ideal, that’s a red flag.

The overhang of the 3DBenchy wasn’t bad for my standards, but I could clearly tell it wasn’t perfect. Overhangs like this is a sign of how the temperature and fan are controlled.

3DBenchy standard test
Source: Hackaday.com

Set up

Monoprice advertises this printer as needing no calibration, which is ugghh kind of true. It comes fully assembled, but the part about being calibrated at the factory is half true. You might have to use the hex key (which should be provided in the package) to calibrate the print bed.

If you don’t have to deal with the hex key, you’re definitely going to have to do some calibration with the interface. The interface will be used for feeding your filament, adjusting levels, preheating components, and more. There’s no need to worry though as the navigation is made simple with their layout.

If everything goes according to plan, you should be up and running within 30-40 minutes. The set up isn’t difficult. Monoprice also provides instructions on basic set up in the package. Or, you can download the whole manual from Monoprice.

Features

One of the first things I look for in a 3D printer is filament versatility. Being limited to specific filament turns me off because it limits what you can make. This is not the case with the MP Select Mini. The heated build plate in combination with the extruder lets this printer work with ABS, PLA, wood, metal, and more.

Another positive is its compatibility with Cura and other software. This saves you the headache of dealing with more technical issues. Monoprice also gives a microSD card as part of their package. This makes it so you don’t need a computer to print your files. Just put your microSD card in your printer and it’s good to go.

Design

The Mini Select has a simple design. The open printer bed never sits right with me, but that’s a personal preference that seems to only change when the price tag is much higher. But, there are some 3D printers I’ve seen with a closed enclosure at a similar price.

At first glance, you can tell it has a simple interface. This is accompanied by the essentials of a 3D printer including a cooling fan, nozzle, and filament feeder. The overall build of the Mini Select oozes sturdiness. It has a folded sheet metal that contains all the wires and chips to operate.

Alternatives To The Monoprice Select Mini V2

Monoprice Cadet 3D Printer

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to place
  • Precision Levels
  • Small print bed
  • Build plate is not removable

The Cadet 3D printer looks unique to me. Usually closed 3D printers are wider. This one is built more vertically. There’s a lot to like with this bad boy though. It’s advertised as a great 3D printer for schools because it’s safe, easy to place, and easy to use.

Another great quality is it has full auto leveling. Installation is made hassle-free which is why they labeled it as “the world’s easiest to use 3D printer”.

You also get solid print quality. The Cadet 3D printer gives you 3 different resolutions. The micron levels from least precise to most range from 200 microns, 100 microns, and 60 microns. Just remember, the more precise you get, the longer the print takes.

MP10 Mini 3D Printer

Pros

Cons

  • Durability
  • Features
  • Print quality
  • WiFi connectivity issues
  • Noisy

This 3D printer looks somewhat similar to the Creality Ender 3. 

 

What I like about the MP10 Mini is its durability. You’ll have this printer for a while assuming you take care of it. 

It also contains a print head which simplifies the cleaning and maintenance process. The extruder is removable which makes it convenient for the user to change extruders whenever they want.

There’s a lot of features to like. You also have the “resume print function” and the “Dual Y Gantry”. I’ve talked about the resume print feature before, but not the Dual Y Gantry. Basically, the Gantry stabilizes prints minimizing wobble. It provides for cleaner prints and constant manualling.

The MP10 also has great print precision. It prints layers at a level of 50 microns. Combine this with the Gantry feature and you should expect quality models. Negatives to be aware of are the noise and the WiFi issues. Make sure you place this printer in a place where it’s not clogged up with other devices that require WiFi.

Easythreed Nano Mini 3D Printer

Pros

Cons

  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • Quiet
  • Small print bed
  • Interface
  • Print time

This is a relatively new printer in the marketplace. It was made available on Amazon just last year so the jury is still out in my opinion.

For those willing to take a chance, the EasyThreed 3D printer is a small compact printer. One worry I have is where the interface is. Having an interface makes it easier to navigate personally because you control everything from one area.

You also have the issue of a small print bed so you’re limited to what you can print. Unlike the Mp10, this printer is quiet. A compact quiet printer means you have options when placing this printer. 

It’s also a great printer for kids since its whole design is transparent to make sure kids don’t burn themselves. It’s also known as a plug-and-play printer which means kids can download models from the internet and start printing.

As for print quality, I would say it’s standard. It won’t blow you away, but it’ll get the job done with a few blemishes here and there. 

It’s also worth mentioning that this printer is slower when it comes to print time. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of taking a chance on a newer 3D printer.

Is it Worth it?

I would say yes. 

It’s affordable and comes with consistent print quality. The features also make it convenient for beginner 3D printer users. Everything from the design to the set up is catered to making it as easy as possible for the user to just focus on printing.

Don’t get this though if you’re planning on printing complex or large models. Get this if you’re looking for a low-budget 3D printer, or are a new user to the 3D experience.

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