Is the new xTool S1 the most powerful laser cutter for everyone?

xTool S1; a laser machine on a wooden table
(Image credit: xTool)

The race to bring powerful laser cutters and engravers into the home for DIY and crafting projects is well and truly on; the new xTool S1 promises to be the ideal laser machine for crafters. 

While xTool has a history of creating elegant laser machines that can be used in the home, such as the award-winning xTool M1, if you need more power in a safe, less messy form than offered by open-frame diode machines, then you'd be lacking. I love the new xTool P2, for example, but it's large and heavy and maybe too powerful for home crafting. The new xTool S1 sits between the the brand's two newest laser cutters - offering more power than the M1 but smaller and cleaner to use than the P2.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.