Yep, sure sounded like it. Defense for any possible buyers remorse from a lot of people.
However, I guess with good reason for that from what people have pointed out with the power of the laser, I do supposed that definitely having better tech will net a better result, even before having the unit in our hands.
The price is competitively the same. But with a lower power laser, there really is no point to pay almost the same money for less. $1000 less with air filter in comparison for the basic model, is worth a $1000 less in laser power after already deciding on the investment.
The design of the Mr Beam is a lot sleeker in some senses with a more industrial tech look to it while the GlowForge, although a stronger name, looks more soft and consumer home desktop printer like even though that is the intention. It’s definitely cooler to show off something that looks cooler, than to try and sell someone that the unseeming desktop machine is a powerfully cool personal laser cutter and engraver.
Aside from their kit model, being able to have the pro model ordered with a pass-through feature, is worth more than double the cost of the Mr Beam. Depending on how well it works, this basically opens up the restrictions and abilities you can have with GlowForge over time, even for a “home” use laser.
Bottom line, point for GlowForge in functionality, features, and value… point for Mr Beam for design. (It must have been the little mustache face on the laser head that got me…)