there's nothing like gear for beginners and pro's, there's just pro gear and toys.
if you are in teh ability of buying good stuff, you should, in the end you'll be happy that the extra investment you made really got your skills to the next level.
like I recently did, go for the technics. most common models are the sl1200mk2 (the grey ones) and the sl1210mk2 (the black ones). Right now there are a few more models with some extra functions but trust me the standard ones are perfect.
You don't need a pitch reset and all other sort of technical stuff to mix.
It has a reason technics has been the industry standard for over 20 years. there's just nothing better on the market.
for instance, technics has a solid metal body, which absorb a lot of vibrations. you can do the test yourself, tap on the body of a stanton or synq while a record is playing and tap on a technics. you won't hear the tapping trought the needle on a technics.
Another great thing on technics is the pitch controll, which is still 100% analog. as you move the pitch fader you can pitch with a precision which you won't find on any of the digital step controlled pitch faders on OEM turntables.
it's not just a name, it's like I said before the industry standard. You'll find them everywhere, so if you're used on spinning on technics you'll be already a step ahead.
You don't need to buy them new, if there's any equipment that keeps it's value and reliability it's technics.
I bought mine about 2 months ago for 600EUR for both turntables. that's a pretty good deal for used technics
I'm happy ever since I bought stuff I'll be having fun with for years