An impressive feature set coupled with a rock-bottom price point left us generally impressed with the Elegoo Neptune 2 but the printing experience is not quite up to par with other entry-level printers.
With a direct price of $160 (or $169.99 on Amazon), it should come as no surprise that Elegoo has had trouble keeping the Neptune 2 available and in stock at various resellers. The feature set of the machine is similar (and in some cases, superior) to the Creality Ender 3 Pro, which usually sells for around $240 and is one of the best 3D printers.
Because Elegoo’s printer has a familiar build volume of 220x220x250mm and a 3.5-inch touchscreen, it’s easy to draw comparison between the Neptune 2 and Ender 3 Pro, but this printer has some surprises under the hood that bump it into a more future-proof class of machine. In addition to a 32-bit controller board with a color touchscreen, the Neptune 2 uses a removable fiberglass build platform and includes a custom version of the popular slicing app Cura, called Elegoo Cura.