- Feb 22, 2008
I'm more worried about the space and power requirements, since I live in a pretty small apartment. The little HeNe is already taking up a significant amount of my hobby space. If I saw one for a great deal, though, I still might have to jump on it.
How small is small? Small air cooled argon lasers aren't too bad. My place isn't big either ... that said, I've got a 42U rack loaded with networking and server equipment so I don't really count when it comes to worrying about apartment space...
Power isn't a huge issue unless you plan on running the thing 24/7 or want something other than a small air cooled. I run mine for 30 minutes now and then, doesn't really have an impact and power here is $0.35/kWh.