Ask Engadget best entrylevel 3D printer

We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Andrew, who wants to print all the things, you know what we mean? If you're looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

"Hi, I've been looking into 3D printers for some time, and I think I'm ready to take the plunge. Do you think it's worth getting an entry-level (sub-$500) model for tinkering, and if so, is there one that you'd recommend? Thanks!"

Given the number of entrants into the 3D Printing market of late, we're reasonably sure there's something that'll let you whet your appetite for additive manufacturing. Solidoodle's second-generation printer, for instance, retails at $499, while the Portabee is similarly priced. Now, the only question is, of course, down to which of these two (or any others) our audience has tried and prefers. So, dear friends, which one do you suggest?