Comparison of the top drill press models in my opinion
In case you're searching for some detailed reviews to help you make the decision of which benchtop drill press model to buy then check out this article about drills and powertools drillpresspro.com/ . choosing the best drill press for your needs will be part of what you need to consider. Also consider whether you have enough room for a large floor drill press, or if you'll go for a benchtop one. There's also a significant price difference within different models and capabilities, as always you get what you pay for.
The benchtop drill press is a very multi-purpose tool, it has no trouble boring holes in just about any material, but as well as that you can work it as a grinder, or to sharpen blades. Most woodwork professionals own at least one high quality drill press, personally the first one I ever got was a wen 4208 benchtop design. However, I have since upgraded to a free standing model since I have a huge workshop now.
Consider how much power you need, for instance if you only plan to drill into wood you will be fine with a low powered machine. However metals, and in particular hard steel will need something with greater HP (horsepower). The RPM of the spindle is also another deciding factor of how powerful the drill is.
As mentioned before, speed is an important factor. Some models these days can even come with adjustable speed settings. So depending on the material you're drilling with you can simply raise or lower the RPM based on what you want. IF you're working with small pieces, or need to hold it securely in place it's a good idea to use a vise. A drill press vise is designed specifically to mount the workpiece in place.
IN the meantime I will be looking into some other powertools to add to my collection. I've considered get a mini version of the dp as well, for when I work with small pieces. However at the moment I can just use my WEN dp for that. On that note, I should also mention, the WEN 4208 has variable speed settings/RPM so it's pretty great if you don't know for sure, right off the bat, if you will use wood or metal.