Longer LK5 Pro
Filament detector / Easy assembly / Touchscreen interface / Heated print bed
Have you been thinking about getting into 3D printing for a while now? Ordering in China too stressful? Want the “luxury” of warranty or the convenience of ordering from Amazon? Then the LONGER LK5 Pro 3D Printer for $349.99 could be for you.
I can spare myself a test at this point (we will probably order the LONGER LK5 Pro anyway), because it is a clone of the Alfawise U30 Pro, which I tested about 9 months ago. The conclusion at that time: A few unnecessarily given away points, but it can definitely keep up in some points compared to the very popular Creality3D Ender-3.
The setup time is about 30-60 minutes – depending on your skills. But of course there are also many 3D printers that can be assembled in 5-10 minutes. A manual, which is completely labeled “LONGER” is included.
I can now easily refute another point in the conclusion of that time: The available mods. Meanwhile you can also find addons for the Alfawise U30 Pro ehm LONGER LK5Pro on thingiverse – nice.
The two unique selling propositions compared to the Creality3D Ender-3 are definitely a) the touchscreen or the operation, b) the filament sensor and c) the TMC2208 stepper drivers, which make the printing much quieter. When I order the 3D printer, I’m also curious about the firmware. It’s supposed to be open source (probably Marlin) and the user interface seems to offer much more options than the U30 Pro.
Visually, compared to the Alfawise model, the red accents and the cover of the quite stable aluminum profiles are missing. Have a look at my test of the U30 Pro again for comparison.
The printing space of 220 x 220 x 250 mm is of course a limiting factor. If you want to print larger parts, I would always recommend the Creality3D CR-10 V2 with 300 x 300 x 400 mm (for ~350€). But this print space should be enough for 95% of the cases.
Longer LK5 Pro Prices
Specification: Longer LK5 Pro