The positives that I see with this printer are:
- zero offset probe (load cell type)
- nicely design frame with extra stiffeners
- seems like it is well put together inside and out, and easy to assemble
- full size CR10 class printer 300x300x400 volume
- Price is great at 300 bucks!
- Will likely be more difficult to upgrade due to the color touchscreen
- the USB port by default only works for a compatible camera (so no Octoprint in the stock config). It is an easy fix but requires re-configuring some connections (but no soldering). Also the mod leaves a hole in the case.
- I have not heard great things about Creality's Cloud app and don't trust it. It is a requirement if you want to print remotely with this printer - unless you do the simple mod to re-enable an actual USB port, or use the SD card to print. I would definitely lock things down on the network if the stock network functions of the printer were going to be used. Even barring nefarious stuff, they seem to have problems with software even when it is 90% written for them (Marlin), so I don't think I would trust their code for the network module, which is going to act as a client for their cloud service.
- Some poor reviews of the printer (though that is an issue with all printers more or less). Still if planning to buy, it would be good to watch some videos of reviews good and bad.
Some other things to be aware of is that the bed is fixed and I have read some comments about the touch probe being difficult, but there are downsides to every printer. I think if one is willing to do some simple mods to get the USB port back and bypass the need for Creality's cloud, then it is a very worthwhile printer for the price. If you would like a printer to tinker with then it may not be the best due to the touchscreen and again the USB, but if you tinker with printers then you probably know how easy it would be to swap the board and the screen if needed.
Below is the link to slickdeals where I saw this deal today: