I personally went with the Schrodinger option to try to gain some inspiration for a build. Really love that those options will have more fun options from their designer rather than the already pretty stunning default options. It is the first time I’m buying a soldering board but plan on getting some practice/help before it eventually ships.
While I agree the base aesthetics are definitely preference based, I think the value of the board speaks for itself, and it doesn’t feel like it is priced wildly over it’s value, especially considering how much they resell for if you grow tired of it eventually and want to swap for something new.
I was considering holding out for the next Dixie Mech board to drop but wanted to get an order in sooner than later especially considering the unlimited group buy. I think in the end I’ll build this one out, and then potentially use it for a really nice gift at some point.