Quoted from Lermods:
We run three ender3s nearly nonstop and only run PLA because we don’t have access to good ventilation to run other material. These ender3s, which we’ve upgraded some parts, have pretty much been flawless. We have replaced a hot end on one, and get an occasional clog, like one every few months, but otherwise, they work well. We do have to re-level the bed every now and then, which can be a pain, but I’d say it’s pretty rare. No adhesion issues, we use acetone to clean the bed. What’s the main benefit(s) of the Prusa, which costs 4x more? Is it that they are more versatile and handle a broader set of material better?
Automatic bed levelling
Z-height control to the ten-thousandths of a mm
Even after upgrading springs, I had to re-level my Ender after -every single- print. Never have to level again ever
Keeps track of settings for individual filament material when you change
Automatic filament loading, including when the sensor detects filament has run out. The print immediately stops and records its last position until you refill it
Pretty sure the slicer is better than CURA, I never have runaway code errors or have to stop a print halfway through to re-slice and rotate the object on the bed
Dual z-axis threaded rods so no “sag”, no wearing down rubber wheels
Spring steel magnetic print surface. This is a game changer. You can get multiple for various filament materials, and you can take the whole thing off and flex it to pop all the parts off. Even ABS, even PETG. And you -don’t have to re-level afterwards!
And the biggest one for me: no constant fiddling snd tinkering with the printer just to get it to do it’s job
Lots of people have great experiences with the Ender. I was not one of them. I upgraded the fans, extruder, firmware, countless other parts, and was still spending hours messing with the printer. That couple hundred bucks hurt at first, but my time is way more valuable. The Ender was the best sales job for the Prusa ever. As someone else stated earlier, now I just hit print and come back in a few hours and it’s done.