Well that's a shame, sorry to hear that.No idea, probably not
They've been having some problems with high powered Spyder III units, though the lower powered models seem to be doing just great.
Same here, we've been especulating about many things regarding the Spyder III construction... I guess we'll just have to waitWell that's a shame, sorry to hear that.
I hope that someday soon somebody here would get one of those 473nm units to review, I'm quite curious to see what they're like.
Nice review. Good Pics. That laser looks sweet, but is it sweet enough for it to cost over $500....no. I coult make that laser where I work on a CNC for less than $150...including the shinny coating. $250 is the absolute maximum that this laser should ever cost and that's still with a generous profit.
It's too bad that it is priced so high....it truely is a thing of beauty.
Sure, actual production costs can be very low, but you must also take into consideration the process of designing all these new units.
People often overlook this part of production when design is a very important, and under-appreciated, part of the process.
When something looks and feels this good, you know there was a lot of time, effort, and money invested in the development.
Good artistic design is something WL seems to pay close attention to, and this is part of what justifies the cost of Wicked's 2010 series.
Besides the look and feel, there are other things to consider. Coated lenses, manufactured specifically for this purpose, for example, surely cost a pretty penny (how many 1mm beam diameter <1.2mRad Violets do you see these days?). Also, I doubt Wicked buys Blu-Ray burners, harvests the diodes, and runs them well beyond their rated specifications like we do here.
There are many builders here that do impressive work, but WickedLasers is not a hobby shop.
Also, if you check what Laserglow sells their Electra Pro series for, you may reconsider your statement "$250 is the absolute maximum that this laser should ever cost."
I'm not saying that I would pay that much for a 20mW violet, but taking all this into consideration, the price seems right. IMO.
Don't yell at me... I'm just trying to be fair!