This thing is loud. It’s way louder than my Taz 5. Is it supposed to be this loud? It’s really almost a deal breaker. I have had my Taz since February and it’s still in the room with no enclosure. The noise of the Taz doesn’t even bother me. I often watch movies while my prints are printing. The mini is at least twice as loud as the Taz. It is definitely going to need some sort of enclosure. Do I have a defective unit? I only ask because I haven’t read or heard of any other complaints about the noise. When this thing first started moving it shocked me how loud it was. I really wasn’t prepared for that at all. My printing room is the spare bedroom right next to my bedroom. Most nights if I have a long print to do, I’ll leave the Taz running with the door to the room closed. I don’t even think that’s an option with the mini.
Other than the noise level, I have been extremely impressed with this machine. The setup was way faster than the Taz. Not having to level the bed was a definite plus. The auto bed leveling and nozzle cleaning were cool to watch, but it did scare me the first time that I hit the home button and the z axis went up. I immediately hit the power button and turned the machine off. I thought that it must have been wired backwards. Lol, I guess I’m just used to the Taz homing towards the bed and not away from it. The rocktopus that I printed on this unit as a first print was leaps and bounds ahead of the one that I printed on the Taz as a first print. I would say that it was probably a good month before I learned to level the bed properly and get awesome prints on my Taz. With that bit taken out of the equation, this machine prints beautiful prints right out of the box. If they can bring these functions to the Taz 6 without raising the price point too much, they will surely have a winner on their hands. And maybe this ease of use will attract more people to 3d printing. This is by far the best experience that I’ve had out of the box. I just need to find a way to make it quieter.