When Santinelli first launched the LEX1000 they created a marketing brochure that proudly featured the option of ‘two color tones’ for the exterior side casing. These two color-tone options were blue, and blueish-purple which of course matters to the optical’s customer-base whom will without doubt be impressed by this machine that they will never see; excuse our sarcasm. Generally, when a manufacturer leads with exterior color options it’s a bad sign that few innovations will be noted in their new product. Unlike drapes for your wife’s new she-shed or wall-paint for your husband’s new man-cave, the color of the exterior paint of your edger shouldn’t matter and thankfully the LEX1000’s new features don’t stop at the new lavender tint of the plastic casing. Santinelli’ LEX 10000 has indeed been the product of better software, and manufacturing, coming together to not only create a better lens, but also a better and more efficient operation. The first thing you’ll notice when cutting your first job is the noise reduction when compared to prior Santinelli models. Instead of a droning garbage disposal sound mixed with a dull chainsaw cutting into concrete, your ears are graced with what Santinelli calls a “whisper quiet operation.” It’s quite evident and you’ll actually be able to have a conversation back in the lab while cutting a job thanks to the sound proofing seal on the chamber door. You’ll also immediately notice that the 1000 uses about 40% less water than other prior models– although Santinelli doesn’t exactly go into detail as to how they’ve done this, we figure it has something to do with quicker cutting and less friction within the chamber. The LEX1000 is also easy-to-use thanks to an on-screen (did we mention the LCD display is in full color!) information bar that guides the operator through each step- kind of like a video game tutorial. New software features offer all-new 3D beveling displays, advanced shape editor (for post-trace adjustments), and color-coded blocking methods (all) as standard. Overall, the LEX1000 is a much improved retail optical edging unit not only for the features we described prior, but also thanks to a more computer-aided system unit that communicates with tracing, edging, grinding, beveling, and grooving procedures better than the past’s more ‘mechanically-guided’ systems. This translates into a more consistent and robust unit- which is what you want and need over subtle lavender tones paint.