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Greetings, @ hudejo,
Not sure which country you are in, in the EU. We would be pleased if you would add some information to your profile.
1. The Bosch GOF range are workhorses. I recently bought a GOF1300, but have not used it much yet. Fair value for money. The limitation is the maximum 8 mm shaft bits. You might want to look at the GOF 1600, which will take 12 mm and also 1/2” bits (but you may need to buy a 1/2” collet, depending on your country).
It does not have the fine depth adjustment, but to be honest, I have never used it on my routers that have it. For about 20 yrs all I used was a single-speed 900 W Hitachi 1/4”, 6mm, 8mm. With no fancy bits and pieces.
2. As you say, there is the Bosch Green range, which is less powerful. If I remember correctly, the POF 1400 will also take 8 mm bits. I think they are bulkier than the GOF range.
3. The Makita 710 W is more properly what Tom calls a trim router, but like Tom, I often reach for my trim router first, because it is so convenient. If by the three attachments you mean three bases (that model is optionally sold in a kit with fixed base, plunge base and angle base), it would make a great start-out router, but it will struggle a little with heavier work. Still, 1 hp is not to be sneezed at - it just means multiple passes compared to a more powerful machine.
4. The Makita MT 3602 is a compromise router: industrial grade, but with no bells and whistles. Perhaps for a production environment, where a number of dedicated routers are used with permanent bits and depth settings. It can take smaller bits - it usually comes with a reducing adapter. With that much power, it can be somewhat awkward without variable speed. Soft start is not a must-have, but once you have had it, you wonder why anybody would make a router without it. Like James, my 3612C has never quit, and has variable speed. The current equivalent is a model RP1800X which ticks all the boxes, but may be a lot more expensive.
5. The last Makita is pretty basic. I have never looked at one, as it would be no better than my trusty old Hitachi, but I remember some guys on this forum complaining about a sloppy plunge action.
6. If available in your country, have a look at Hitachi. There should be a reasonably-priced 1600 W model. Also nothing fancy, but just keep going.
7. Finally, you might have Ryobi available in your geography. I have not had much joy with the smaller router (1600 W - fully featured but poor quality), but my 1900 w is great (and heavy).

Your choice will depend on whether you will remain limited to small projects, or want to try bigger stuff as you develop your skills.
I have to warn you that buying a router is addictive - no matter which one you settle for, you will find cogent reasons why you need another one (or several, as in my case).
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