We’ve broken down the differences between the Creality Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro, but now comes the pertinent question: is it worth spending more on the Pro version? The answer to this question ultimately depends on what the buyer is looking for, but we’d say in most cases, the original Creality Ender 3 offers the best bang for your buck.
Why? Well, because we found that the improvements made to the Creality Ender 3 Pro don’t really justify the increase in price.
The implementation of a sturdier and wider aluminum extrusion at the Y-axis base of the printer is the most important feature as far as print quality goes, as it helps to stabilize the print surface. Other attributes, such as a new extruder and re-design of the board fan, are also welcome additions to the new version, but how much they improve the overall printing process remains to be seen.
As for the removable magnetic bed, we found this initially exciting upgrade to be underwhelming once it was put in action. When trying to put the sheet back onto the bed, the magnets wouldn’t always align properly. Although it can be considered as an upgrade over the stock print surface, the best way to upgrade the print bed of both the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro is to add a glass bed or polypropylene bed.
To summarize, we definitely acknowledge that the Ender 3 Pro does offer certain advantages over the original. However, we’re not quite sure that the upgrades are worth the $100 increase in price. In most cases, you’ll probably be better off buying a Creality Ender 3 and spending the extra money on your own upgrades.
As for the Creality Ender-3X, we did find this version to be a better bargain compared to the Pro model. Not only is it cheaper in price, but the tempered glass bed is arguably a better upgrade over the magnetic print bed. On top of that, you still get the MK-10 extruder. The most important feature missing from the 3X is the wider aluminum extrusion at the Y-axis base, which means the Creality Ender 3 Pro remains the most stable option of the trio.
Even though the Ender-3X is a viable option for those that want to enhance the stock Ender 3 experience with a glass print bed, we’d wager that it’s still cheaper to get the original Creality Ender 3 and purchase the upgraded print bed separately.
From our findings, the 3X is available for around $260, while the Ender 3 can still be acquired for under $200. When you add the $20 for the glass bed offered by Creality 3D, you’re still left with a few extra bucks in your pocket.