Which is the Best Laser?
The xTool blew me away from the day I had it set up and running on my bench, but I also gave glowing reviews to the Gweike Cloud recently, and I have always said that the Glowforge was the laser that allowed my wife to start her laser business.
Which is the best really?
It’s hard to make a choice on your behalf, but as you can see below I managed to figure out who I would recommend should look at each one, and made a conclusion based on my experience.
Overall, the xTool P2, Glowforge, and Gweike Cloud are all powerful and versatile laser engravers that can be used for a variety of projects. The best choice for you will depend on your individual needs, your level of experience, and your budget.
|Feature||xTool P2||Glowforge||Gweike Cloud|
|Laser tube||55W CO2||45W CO2||50W CO2|
|Working area||24 x 12 inches |
(495 x 279 mm)
|20 x 11 inches |
(500 x 300 mm)
|20.08 x 11.8 inches |
(510 x 300mm)
|Max cutting depth||20 mm||12 mm||18 mm|
|Max engraving speed||600 mm/s||5.58 inches per second (141.732 mm/s)||500 mm/s|
|Software||XCS/Lightburn||Glowforge Cloud||Gweike Cloud/LightBurn|
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THE BEST LASER CUTTER: xTool P2
The xTool P2 features a powerful 55W laser tube that can cut through thick materials in one pass. It also has a high engraving speed of up to 600mm/s. The machine also comes with two 16-megapixel cameras, a wide live preview of the entire working area, and a close-up focusing camera for a precise view of a particular area.
- Engraving/cutting area: 600 x 308 mm (23.62 x 12.13 inches)
- Power: 55W CO2 laser
- 55W – Powerful and fast
- Two cameras, one wide and one for close inspection
- Expandable workspace with riser and conveyor options
- Unique features such as engraving on curved surfaces and batch engraving
- Most expensive when fully kitted out
- Slower camera view than Glowforge
- LightBurn is as yet at the time of writing not fully compatible
THE BEST LASER CUTTER FOR BEGINNERS: Glowforge Pro
The Glowforge is a great choice for anyone who wants to get started with laser engraving or cutting. It is easy to use and has a wide range of capabilities, designed for both hobbyists and professionals. It uses an up to 45-watt laser and has a decent capacity of 20×12 inches. The instructions, software, and features make it easy to use, such as autofocus and a built-in camera that allows you to see your design in real-time before you cut or engrave.
- Engraving/cutting area: 49.5 x 27.9 cm (19.49 x 10.98 inches)
- Power: 45W
- Capable and well-regarded laser cutter and engraver
- Easy to use with a huge community of support and designs available
- Camera for positioning and easy-to-use autofocus
- Requires third-party inline fan for good ventilation
- The high price for the Pro, plus the advanced software is a monthly subscription
- Cloud-only software, no offline options
THE BEST LASER CUTTER ON A BUDGET: Gweike Cloud Pro
The Gweike Cloud laser engraver is a powerful and versatile machine due to its 50W laser tube that can cut through thick wood in one pass. It also has a large usable working area of 20 x 11 inches, making it suitable for a variety of projects.
- Engraving/cutting area: 51 x 30 cm (20.08 x 11.81 inches)
- Power: 50W
- Affordable price for the specification
- Capable 50w laser
- LightBurn compatibility (extra purchase)
- Steep learning curve due to poor instructions
- No autofocus
- The camera does not work well as yet