I have one of the older bench top tables from sears and I sealed the top with spray poly because of the black marks mentioned. I have other larger tables and use then most of the time. The sears table gets set up now and then when all the rest have set ups I don't want to change but have to do a special project. It does a decent job but it's not for anything big. This new one looks like you could install a different router plate, something to consider.
But for the money you are going to spend, if I were you I would go for the bigger table so you get more bang for your buck. You will be adding accessories later on if you are anything like most of us and a lot of them aren't built for this small footprint.
Good choice on the router, you can grow with it.
Hope this helps,
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