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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The 3Doodler is fully unlike any product we've seen. Be warned, however: It's easy to use, but hard to master.

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Pros
  • Innovative
  • Affordable
  • Simple setup
Cons
  • Tough to master
  • Tethered connection
  • Can get old fast
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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90
Engadget
It's pretty well-baked, as far as first-generation crowdfunded products go. Hopefully the company will ditch the cord in future builds, and maybe there's something that can be done with the runoff strands.
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TechRadar
You do need to be a touch creative and know what you are trying to make before you put pen to paper but you will have a lot of fun doing it.
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Stuff
Drawing in the air takes some getting used to though. All we managed to produce was an abstract swirl on our first attempt but we reckon the learning curve won't be too steep and we're more than willing to put the time in.
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GigaOM
The pen is noisy, smelly and sometimes difficult to control. But it is simple and addicting to use.
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SlashGear
3Doodler is arguably a hot glue gun on steroids, with a fine nib and twin speeds to give a range of control over how quickly the heated plastic is extruded. In the hand, it’s a chunky pen with an exposed metal nib, with two buttons near the end and a power switch.
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Engadget
It's easy enough to use, but actually drawing a three-dimensional object takes a good deal of trial and error. We're sad to say that we hadn't quite mastered the thing by the time we had to give it back.
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PC Authority
As well as being quicker than 3D printers – you'll tend to create hollow objects rather than dense parts due to the nature of the 3Doodler process – it also means you don't have to contend with 3D modelling software to realise what's in your head.
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MSN UK
During our time spent with the pen we practised drawing both on paper and in the air - it really doesn't take long to start creating some pretty awesome things.
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Tech Advisor
The 3Doodler is simple and fun, but the best you can say about what you can create with it is that it’s simple and fun. No matter how careful or artistic you are, the nature of working with hot plastic means that your creations will always be rough and knobbly.