The best 3D printers for beginners

By TECHBOOK | Apr 07, 2022 at 8:09 p.m

The 3D printer has now been around for 35 years and it is hard to imagine industry without it. In the meantime, it can also be used more and more in private. Innovative handicraft fans can easily give their ideas a shape – from key rings to smartphone cases, there are no limits to your imagination. But which 3D printers are particularly suitable for beginners and what should you pay attention to when buying?
Printing technology, printing material and the software are decisive factors in how quickly you can get to grips with the new device and whether it is the right one for your own needs. Some printing techniques require more post-processing, others less. The possibility of using different inexpensive materials is also part of the simplest possible handling. TECHBOOK presents 3D printers that will convince every budding technology enthusiast.

What makes a good 3D printer?

Depending on which technology is used with the respective 3D printer, you have to adapt to different printing processes: The products of printers who print with filament are manufactured quickly and are relatively stable. Since individual print layers are visible with them, they usually require post-processing. SLA and resin printers work with resin, their prints look as if they were cast. On average, less post-processing is necessary here, but a subsequent treatment with a solvent and some cleaning up work. In addition, the results show a high level of detail, but are relatively unstable.
When it comes to handling, the 3D printers differ with various connection options and displays. Whether with a practical LCD touchscreen, control using end devices connected via WLAN or navigation via the folder structure on a USB stick – saving and retrieving print samples should work perfectly.
The print quality depends on the factors layer height, print speed and positioning accuracy. All 3D printers presented by TECHBOOK perform better than average compared to other devices in the same price category.
The Rugged One: Prusa Original i3 MK3S Finished Device
The model Prusa Original i3 MK3S finished device is available as an inexpensive kit (construction time: approx. 8 hours) and as a finished device. If you want to get started right after delivery, we recommend the finished device. Due to its easy handling and very good print quality, this was awarded the test winner among the 3D printers by the Stiftung Warentest. This is a device that prints with filament, which is why it is particularly well suited for the production of stable, small objects. Print patterns are read from a memory card. The housing is robust, but the 3D printer also consumes a comparatively large amount of electricity during operation.
Equipment of the Prusa Original i3 MK3S finished device

Prusa Original i3 MK3S finished device

Product type3D printer

Technology FFF

Printing speed 200mm/s

Printing MaterialsPLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, PC, CPE, PVA/BVOH, PVB, HIPS, PP, Flex, Nylon

Filament diameter 1.75mm

Printing area 250 × 210 × 210 mm

Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm

ConnectionsCard reader

Card readerSD

Dimensions 550 × 400 × 500 mm

Weight11 kg

Color orange

Scope of deliveryUser manual, power adapter, 1 kg filament spool from Silver PLA
Advantages and disadvantages of the Prusa Original i3 MK3S Finished Device

Rating at idealo: grade 1.7 | 4.5 out of 5 stars


+ High print quality + Very fast print speed + Quiet operating noise
– Relatively high power consumption – Without display for controlThe user-friendly: 3D System Cube2
Award-winning and praised by users: The 3D printer 3D System Cube2 is characterized by its user-friendliness. The device is delivered ready for operation, installation takes just a few clicks, the first print samples are quickly created using the manufacturer's Cube software and a handy touch display with LCD. The 3D printer is compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs. The print results require little post-processing and are relatively stable. The samples can be easily transmitted via WLAN.

Equipment of the 3D System Cube2

3D System Cube2

Product type3D printer

Technology PJP

Printing speed 180mm/s

Printing MaterialsABS, PLA

Printing area 140 × 140 × 140 mm

Layer thickness 0.2 mm

Display typeLCD touch display

ConnectionsUSB 2.0, WLAN

Supported Operating SystemsWindows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X

Dimensions 260 × 260 × 340 mm

Weight 4.3 kg

ColorsSilver, various colors

Scope of deliveryUSB stick, Cube software, 25 3D data as samples
Advantages and disadvantages of the 3D System Cube2

Rating at idealo: Grade 2.0 | 4 out of 5 stars


+ Plug & Play+ Practical control via WLAN+ User-friendly operation with LCD touch display+ Intuitive Cube software + Relatively light, portable housing
– Push button sometimes hot– With filaments, print interruptions are possible
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The price-performance winner: Qidi Tech X-Plus

3D printing with the Qidi Tech X-Plus is guaranteed to work, even if you have never used a 3D printer before. Handling is particularly easy, but the results are all the more impressive. The printed products made of filament hardly need any post-processing, if at all. Even with the standard setting, no plastic threads and hardly any layers can be seen. The device also allows manual fine tuning for even more delicate results. The design has been thought through down to the smallest detail: the housing is robust and durable. The pressure board is also made of coated, magnetic material, offers optimal support and can be removed for cleaning. The printed products are simply peeled off after cooling. Rear fans ensure that the printer does not overheat even during prolonged operation.

Features of the Qidi Tech X-Plus

Qidi Tech X Plus

Product type3D printer

Technology FFF

Printing speed 100mm/s

Printing MaterialsTPU, PLA, Nylon, ABS

Filament diameter 1.75mm

Printing area 270 × 200 × 200 mm

Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm

Display typeLCD touch display

ConnectionsWLAN, USB

Supported operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X

Dimensions 662 × 57 × 558 mm

Weight 23 kg

Color: Black

Package ContentsPower Adapter, User Manual, Screwdriver, 16GB USB Flash Drive, Acrylic Cover, Filament, LAN Cable, Spare Parts
Advantages and disadvantages of the Qidi Tech X-Plus

Rating at idealo: Grade 1.0 | 5 out of 5 stars


+ Fully assembled, ready to use+ Very good equipment+ Impressive print quality+ 0.05 mm high-precision printing+ Quiet operating noise+ Safe, closed printing space


– No integrated filament sensor – Relatively heavy housingThe best price: Elegoo MARS UV LCD

Features of the Elegoo MARS UV LCD


Product type3D printer

Technology LCD UV light curing

Print MaterialsRésine

Printing speed 22.5 mm/h

Printing area 115 × 65 × 150 mm

Display typeLCD touch display


Dimensions 56 × 286 × 278 mm


ColoursBlack, Red

Included in delivery Pressure plate, resin tank, U disk, gloves, metal scraper, plastic scraper, measuring cup, spare screws, funnel, UL adapter, tool box, user manual
Advantages and disadvantages of the Elegoo MARS UV LCD

Rating at idealo: Grade 1.0 | 5 out of 5 stars


+ Very good print quality, especially for smaller objects + Good equipment included in delivery + Quick and easy start-up


Product type3D printer

Technology SLA

Print MaterialsRésine

Printing speed 60 mm/h

Printing area 192 × 120 × 245 mm

Display typeLCD display

Supported Operating SystemsWindows (7+), Mac OS X (10.7+)

ConnectionsUSB, WiFi

Power consumption in operation 120 W

Dimensions 290 × 270 × 475 mm

Weight 10.75 kg

ColoursBlack, Yellow

Package ContentsUser Guide, SD Card, Tool Kit, SD Card Reader, Scraper, Resin Vat, Platform, Power Cord, Service Card, WiFi Antenna, Gloves

Rating at idealo: Grade 1.2 | 5 out of 5 stars


+ Relatively large construction volume for devices in this price range+ Practical remote control via app+ Reliable UV cooling system+ Precise 8.9-inch 4K monochrome LCD display

– Software with bugs conclusion

If you decide to buy a 3D printer, you have to make a small investment – but with the models presented, it will be worth it. Depending on the use for which the device is intended, some printing technologies may be more suitable than others. Although they are equally easy to use, they are operationally diverse. The inexpensive 3D printer Elegoo MARS UV LCD is suitable for beginners. However, if you can invest in a powerful all-rounder right away, TECHBOOK recommends the Qidi Tech X-Plus, which prints with filament.

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