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Monoprice Select Mini v2

By Adam Casto / Jan 19, 2018

Monoprice Select Mini v2
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Monoprice Select Mini v2

You might be skeptical at its $220 price point, but the diminutive Monoprice Select Mini V2 delivers. With its small but usable build volume and impressive feature set it brings tremendous utility to the table.

A Pleasant Surprise

The steel body is unexpectedly sturdy, and the heated bed is insulated with a textured build surface. It also sports a simple 3.7″ display with a functional knob-controlled interface. You can print from the microSD slot, USB, or even Wi-Fi. There’s also a remarkably robust online community.

Limitations, Not Deal-Breakers

Printing ABS can be a challenge since the bed temperature maxes out at 60°C, and proprietary firmware and onboard controls may be a sticking point, although there are workarounds. Whether you’re looking for a first printer or a secondary standby, you can’t go wrong with the Select Mini V2.

Specs
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Manufacturer:Monoprice
Price as Tested:$220
Build Volume:120×120×120mm
Bed Style:Heated, insulated with textured build surface
Filament Size:1.75mm
Open Filament:Yes
Temp Control:Yes, extruder (250°C max); bed (60°C max)
Print Untethered:Yes, Wi-Fi, microSD card
Onboard Controls:Yes, 3.7" color IPS display
Host/Slicer Software:Cura
OS:Mac, Windows, Linux
Firmware:Proprietary
Open Software:Yes, Cura is AGPLv3
Open Hardware:No

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Why To Buy

Whether you’re just getting started or an experienced user looking for a little versatile printer, the Select Mini V2 offers performance at a price point that can’t be overlooked.

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