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xTool F1 In-Depth Review: 2 In 1 IR & Diode Portable Fastest Laser Engraver for DIY Creation

Overview

xTool has been popular with their machine on laser engraver market for a while, they have launching xTool D1 pro, xTool P4, xTool M1 etc, and  today, we’re plunging into the thrilling realm of laser engraving with the outstanding xTool F1 – the speediest portable laser engraver on the market. Brace yourselves for this compact, yet impressively swift galvo laser engraver that delivers power with not one, but two laser sources! Believe me, it’s a paradigm shift. Dive into our xTool F1 review to witness the practical applications of this revolutionary laser engraver!

xTool F1

xTool 2 In 1 F1 Portable Laser Engraver

The xTool F1 is a sleek and portable laser engraver featuring a galvo system that epitomizes high-end quality. It’s equipped with a robust 2-watt infrared laser, packing enough punch to engrave metals with astounding accuracy and a remarkable engraving pace. Whether you’re crafting intricate jewelry or handling large metal or plastic components, this powerhouse won’t let you down.

But that’s not all! The xTool F1 also comes equipped with a potent 10-watt blue diode laser, which shines at both engraving and cutting materials like wood and acrylics, along with a multitude of other materials compatible with the blue diode laser module.

It can hit velocities up to 4000 mm/s, Yes, indeed, you heard it right—4000! It holds the crown as the swiftest portable laser engraver in its class. No more endless hours laboring over intricate engraving tasks with traditional laser engravers. This laser engraver prioritizes efficiency, without sacrificing an ounce of quality.

Unboxing & Assembling of xTool F1

When they send me the machine, it came with xTool F1 and smoke purifier together. They are arrived housed in a luxuriously designed package, it is all well packaged to protect the machine from shipping damage, and each item is carefully arranged within individual cardboard enclosures, creating an unboxing experience akin to revealing a high-end smartphone. This vastly deviates from the typical unveiling of other laser engravers.

Package List

Below is item list I receive from 2 package.

F1 Package

  • xTool F1 laser engraver
  • Manual user guide for F1
  • Power supply
  • Material pack
  • Safety lock Key
  • Crease
  • Pipe
  • USB cable
  • Triangular prism working panel
  • L-shaped positioning piece
  • Lint free cloth

Smoke air purifier

  • Aire purifier
  • Instruction guide
  • Air pipe
  • Usb cable
  • Power supply

Design

Unlike the labor-intensive manual adjustments required by traditional engravers, the xTool F1 offers a more user-friendly and efficient approach to machine setup.

This knob is used for manual focus adjustment. And the button below is used for enabling the preview function.

xtool f1 knob

The xTool F1 establishes a connection to the computer either through a USB-C cable or a Wi-Fi network.

xtool f1 usb connection

Beneath the machine, the galvo lens is prominently displayed. The bottom plate can be detached, allowing for the effortless engraving of larger items by simply positioning the machine over them.

Auto/Manual Focus

The xTool F1 laser engraver comes equipped with a motorized Z-axis for focal adjustments. Users can manually tweak the focus by spinning the manual adjustment knob, which causes the laser head to move up or down. The laser casts two dots—one red and one blue—on the material’s surface. Once these dots converge, it indicates that the material surface is impeccably focused. Manual focusing comes in handy when engraving shapes that are not easily measurable with a digital caliper.

Alternatively, you can adjust the focus automatically simply by inputting the material’s thickness into the xTool Creative Space software. This auto-focus feature is incredibly convenient!

Ultra fast speed 4000mm/s

Without question, with its 4000mm/s engraving speed, the xTool F1 holds the title as the speediest portable laser engraver available. It’s hard to fathom that the xTool F1’s engraving speed outpaces the average laser engraving machine by twentyfold. Even the xTool D1 Pro only reaches a speed that’s a mere tenth of the xTool F1’s. How astonishing is that! It’s genuinely mind-boggling that you can complete an engraving task within a scant 10 seconds using the xTool F1.

Live Engraving Preview

The xTool F1 has the ability to preview both the engraving frame and the outline of the graph. Unlike with previous laser engravers where you might have needed to troubleshoot multiple times to locate the optimal engraving position, the F1 portable laser engraving machine simplifies this process by offering a blue light outline preview.

Safety Management

As is commonly understood, the 450nm ultraviolet light emitted by laser engraving machines during operation can be harmful to the eyes. Even worse, this emission can negatively impact those in the vicinity of the laser engraver, creating an environment that’s not conducive to focused creation.

However, the xTool F1 laser engraver appears to have ingeniously addressed this issue. Its fully enclosed cover contains the potent laser lights and any undesirable smoke that’s generated. The comprehensively sealed cover of the device effectively confines the intense laser lights and unwelcome smoke produced during operation. With the rapid action of an integrated fan and air purifier to eliminate smoke and odor, you can confidently carry out your engraving tasks in private or demonstrate the process in public without any concerns.

Note: The air purifier needs to be purchased separately or you can buy them at bundle price.

On the backside, there’s also a USB locking key that, when removed, secures the machine, thereby preventing usage by children or unauthorized individuals.

xtool f1 lock key

Software Support

When it comes to the operating software, the xTool F1 utilizes the “xTool Creative Space,” accessible through a mobile app. Data transfer is conveniently facilitated via Wi-Fi. The application supports three types of devices: smartphones, iPads, and computers. With over 100 processing modes at your disposal in the software, effortless engraving on any material is at your fingertips.

F1 is compatible with most engraving software Lightburn as well, but most of time, we found xTool creative space software was more than enough for getting the most out of the xTool F1. Anyway, you can download the xCS software on xTool website.

xtool software

Engraving Testing

With an engraving accuracy of 0.002mm, the xTool F1 portable laser engraver is capable of creating lines or details as narrow as 0.002 millimeters with supreme precision. The engraving result is akin to a photograph, brimming with minute details. Consequently, this portable laser engraver is ideal for projects that demand high precision on small objects or parts, such as jewelry, circuit boards, or other intricate components.

When I test it, I find that infrared laser source has better results for metal, stone, plastic, stainless and acrylic engraving. for wood,  you must use blue light.

Now, let’s try engraving something on different materials.

F1 Extension Kit

The xTool F1 laser engraver also supports the connection of the slide extensionfor increasing the working area to 110*400mm, this is ideal for rectangular object engraving, or batch processing that increases the engraving work area.

xtool extension kit

Below is engraving creation from extension kit.

Pros & Cons

Now, let’s conclude pros and cons for this machine.

Pros

  • Dual laser source in a single machine is much more affordable and convenient than having two separate lasers
  • can engrave almost most types of materials
  • portable laser engraving machine that can be taken anywhere
  • desktop smoke purifier is very good
  • it supports rotary attachments and slide extensions
  • very premium and quality feel
  • well designed safety systems
  • Software is super user friendly
  • precise engraving accuracy up to 0.002mm
  • Super fast engraving speed up to 4000mm/s
  • automatic laser focus adjustment

Cons

  • small working area which only has 115x115mm
  • Unable to swap in a more powerful laser head for cutting materials of greater depth.
  • not very good for cutting materials thicker than a few millimeters
  • infrared laser is only 2W which is much less than traditional fiber lasers (but it is also at a fraction of the cost!)

xTool F1 VS LaserPecker 4

The LaserPecker 4 portable laser engraver is the most significant competitor to the xTool F1. Upon closer inspection, these two portable laser engravers appear to share a respectful rivalry. When compared to the LaserPecker 4, the xTool F1 seems to have the upper hand regarding engraving speed and accuracy. However, the LaserPecker 4 has an edge in terms of ease of laser type swapping and boasts a superior engraving area relative to the xTool F1 portable laser engraver. The table below provides a comparison of the essential features of these two machines:
key featuresxTool F1 portable laser engraverLaserPecker 4 portable laser engraver
Lasers10W 450nm laser 2W 1064nm infrared laser10W 450nm laser 2W 1064nm infrared laser
Laser change methodchange the laser type in xTool Creative Space softwarechange the laser type with a swipe on the display
Engraving Speedup to 4000mm/sup to 2000mm/s
Engraving Area115mm * 400mm with extension kit160 mm*300 mm with the slide extension
Cutting ability10w 450nm blue laser cut 8mm wood10w 450nm blue laser cut 8mm wood
Cylindrical engravingAvailableAvailable
Engraving Precision0.002mm0.003mm
PriceCheck on xTool websiteCheck on LaserPecker website

Specification

Below is specification from xTool official website.

TypeDetails
Laser type10W diode laser +
2W 1064nm infrared laser
Product size179mm*235mm*334mm
Product weight4.6kg
AccuracyMovement accuracy:0.00199mm
Repeat positioning accuracy:0.000248mm
Working area115*115mm rounded rectangle
Expandable to 400*115mm with accessories
PreviewRect & Outline
Preview speedRect:12000mm/s
Outline:8000mm/s
Up to working speed4000mm/s
ApplicationsXCS / Lightburn
ConnectionWiFi & USB
Support fileSVG / DXF / JPG / JPEG / PNG / BMP,etc.
Support systemsAndroid / iOS / iPad / Windows / macOS
Input24V 5A

Final Thought

The xTool F1 is a superior portable laser engraver, offering exceptional precision and high-quality results in mere seconds. Indeed, it stands out as a distinctive and appealing choice for consumers in the laser market. Priced at $1399, it is quite affordable. For DIY creation enthusiasts, investing in this xTool F1 portable laser engraver is well worth it.

In summary, both the product quality and the brand reputation of xTool are dependable, as they have been proven in the market. I’m eager to see the transformative impact that the innovative xTool F1 will have on the laser market.

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