"Spent my whole saturday reading and watching vids and trying to figure out what I wanted for my first 3D printer. Decided to get an Ender 3 V2 after several hours, then saw a review on the Ender 3 S1, had no idea it existed...that's what I get for reading and watching old articles and review vids lol. Ok, the S1 it is then, I'm sold...go to Creality website...see they have an Ender 3 S1 Pro. Oh come on! 😂 I waited this long, I guess can wait a bit longer and gather more information." From a comment on the web.
Three months after the release of the , Creality announced the new updated version of Ender 3 S1--. It is happened again! If you are a pregnancy lady, you might not be showing yet at 3 months, but for Creality , they have already created a new machine. This may not be good but rather annoying news for some customers who have already purchased the Ender 3 S1, " I may return my Ender 3 S1 that I bought less than a month ago to get the better extruder and light ". Fortunately though, according to Creality, you can also purchase their accessories to update the machine, which may be a remedy.
But for those of you who haven't decided to buy an Ender 3 S1 or Ender 3 S1 Pro, and you may be thinking about whether you need to spend more money to upgrade to the Ender 3 S1 pro, then this article will help you. And as for the battle of Ender V2, Ender 3 S1(and Ender 3 S1 pro), for my personal opinion, just go with Ender 3 S1 (or Ender 3 S1 pro), the reason you can check out our previous review of .
Design & Features
The is overall similar to the Ender 3 S1, but with some small details added to its S1 base, these designs make this machine more user-friendly. 4.3” touch screen, platform with a handle, LED light strip, I don't know if these small amazing new features will make your printing more accurate, maybe not. But I have to say I personally love this LED strip especially. If you are the person who like to share your prints on social media platforms, then you will like this new design , the light strip will make your prints look pretty. As mentioned inside the product introduction, the equipped LED light enables comprehensive light fill, with which users can observe the printing details even in a dark environment, and it does do that. And the knob scren change to tuch screen, yes, it works better. Then the platform with a handle, I should say, why not, it is a heart-warming design.
Despite the many requests to increase the print area, Creality does not seem to have heard this voice, as the Ender 3 S1 Pro has the same print area as the Ender 3 S1, both print sizes are 220*220*270mm.
Now putting aside these design differences, let us look at other areas you should pay attention to.
Up to 300℃ nozzle temperatures
"Sprite" full-metal dual-gear directextrude
Removable PEI spring steel sheet
4.3” touch screen
Platform with a handle for safe pulling out the bed in high-temp condition
Features available on both Ender 3 S1 and Ender 3 S1 pro
Automatic bed leveling with CR-touch
Filament detection sensor
Two Z-axis motors
32bit quiet Main board
Easy to assemble
1. "Sprite" full-metal dual-gear direct extruder
The Ender 3 S1 uses Creality's self-developed "Sprite" extruder and has received positive feedback from customers. The new Ender 3 S1 pro is equipped with an upgraded version of the extruder, the "Sprite" all-metal extruder. Creality also has a kit version of the "Sprite" extruder that is compatible with the Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, Ender 3 Max and Ender 3 V2, and customers can purchase this extruder to upgrade their previous machines.
The new extruder has the same extrusion force of 80N as the previous version of the Ender 3 S1, but it has a titanium internal throat that can withstand high temperatures, and the housing and handle have been changed from plastic (as in the previous version of the Ender 3 S1) to metal, these changes that make the Ender 3 S1 Pro's extruder all metal.
The previous Ender 3 S1 showed exceptional print smooth and accuracy, and this Pro version of the printer with the upgraded "Sprite" extruder will probably make you even more satisfied.
2. Up to 300℃ Nozzle Temperature
Due to the improvements to the nozzle, the titanium nozzle of this new Ender 3 S1 Pro can withstand high temperatures up to 300℃ , which means that you have more printing options, such as PLA/ABS/Wood/TPU/PETG/PA which are filaments you can print. But please note that printing special filaments such as nylon and carbon fiber can be smoother when using the insulation cover.
3. Spring Steel PEI Magnetic Build Plate
You can find the PEI Steel plate here: , Price is $36.99
I have tested the PEI steel plate when I tested the PC steel plate that came with the Ender 3 S1. I have to recommend this PEI plate compared to the PC plate, it really performs well.
Because PEI coating provides the best adhesion, especially after heating. The PEI powder covers the steel plate evenly, which allows you to get a better first layer of print flatness and improve the print success rate. And when you print PLA material, the platform temperature can be set to room temperature to start printing, which will reduce your waiting time to some extent.
In addition to this, it is easy to remove the printed models from this plate. After the build plate is cooled, you can easily remove the model without any help from other tools. If the print is still stuck, you can simply bend the board gently to remove it.
All in all, these features of PEI boards allow you to get the best printing experience.
1. Excellent adhesion
2. Easy model removal
3. Great flatness, no warping edge
4. 4.3” Touch Screen
Although few customers complain about the Ender 3 S1's knob screen, but from some feedback on the Internet, users still prefer the touch screen, it seems that in this digital age, people have become accustomed to the sense of convenience brought by the touch screen, because you can get more interaction and participation in the use.
The UI interface of the screen has also been adjusted this time, which is more concise and user-friendly than the previous Ende3 S1, and the touch screen is very responsive and intuitive according to my tests.
And the upgraded version supports 9 languages (Ender 3 S1 only supports Chinese and English). Chinese, Spanish, French, Turkish, German. English, Italian and Portuguese. (Japanese firmware will be updated soon, so Japanese customers can upgrade the printer to Japanese version by installing the firmware by themselves).
Also, the 32-bit HD display touch screen is listed at $65.99 on aliexpress.
Price & Specs
Ender 3 S1 Pro: $499
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Ender 3 S1: $429
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Comparison between Ender 3 S1 and Ender 3 S1 Pro:
|MODEL||ENDER-3 S1||ENDER-3 S1 PRO|
|Extrusion||Double gear drive extrusion||Double gear drive extrusion|
|Display screen||4.3 inch color knob screen||4.3 inch color touch screen|
|Power output voltage||24V||24V|
|Maximum hot bed temperature||100℃||110℃|
|Maximum nozzle temperature||260℃||300℃|
|Maximum operating speed||250mm/s||250mm/s|
|Maximum print speed||150mm/s||150mm/s|
|Normal print speed||60-80mm/s||60-80mm/s|
|UI Language||Chinese/ English||Chinese, English, German, Spanish, French. Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish|
|MODEL||ENDER-3 S1||ENDER-3 S1 PRO|
|Machine net weight(kg)||9.1||8.6|
|Print layer thickness||0.05mm-0.4mm||0.05mm-0.4mm|
|Print Method||USB Type-C/SD card||USB Type-C/SD card|
|Power outage renewal||√||√|
|Broken material detection||√||√|
|Quiet Main board||√||√|
The has all the benefits of the , and the most important feature it offers - the ability to withstand nozzles up to 300 degrees Celsius. So if you're currently considering whether to buy an Ender 3 S1 or Ender 3 S1 Pro, you might want to take that into account first. Is this feature a must for you, or are you willing to spend more money for it?
My thought is that if you have more budget and want to print more types of filament with this machine, you can choose the Ender 3 S1 pro. The all-metal hot end will meet more of your needs and you can print filament that requires high temperatures, such as ABS and nylon.
If you consider the cost performance, Ender 3 S1 is actually enough, because for daily printing, PLA, ABS, TPU and PETG materials can meet your requirements. And it does perform very well. We were impressed by both the ease of installation and operation, as well as the print quality.
By the way, all of the new features of the Ender 3 S1 Pro create over $70 in additional value (after all, the touchscreen board and PEI board alone cost close to $100), so in my opinion, the Ender 3 S1 Pro is worth $499.
When the Ender 3 S1 Pro was released, many voices said, "If both printers were released at the same time, the people who bought the S1 would have chosen this new model." What do you think? For the extra $70 cost, would you choose the Ender 3 S1 Pro or the Ender 3 S1? Please let us know in the comments below.
Check out the review of Ender 3 S1 here: Creality Ender 3 S1 Full Review & Hands-on Test.