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The newly announced LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets for home and education have some differences, but it isn't clear to me what they are, specifically. It seems that have different sensors, perhaps different exotic pieces (like a remote or caster wheel) and possibly slightly different software. Granted, the sets have not been released, but, what do we know about that is different in the two sets?

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Both sets include an EV3 intelligent brick.

Hardware

The Retail (Home) edition (set 31313) includes:

  • 2 large motors, 1 small
  • 1 touch, 1 color, 1 infrared proximity , 1 remote IR beacon

EV3 Retail Hardware

The Education set includes:

  • 2 large motors, 1 small
  • 2 touch, 1 color, 1 Ultrasonic with red LED, 1 Gyro
  • 1 rechargeable battery (battery charger sold separately)

EV3 Education Hardware

Software

The software for the education version is sold separately to the core set. As well as the programming software, includes datalogging tools, and a firmware version that allows on-brick datalogging.

There is also a difference regarding sensor support: only the education version provide blocks to manage ultrasonic and gyro sensors included in that version. NXT temperature sensor and Energy meter are supported too. And of course, models being different between edu and retail versions, the building instructions that are included in the software are different.

Robots

Each edition includes different Technic bricks and instructions for different robots. You can see a summary of all of the known robots at Robot Square.

Parts

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 education parts difference to retail version

These are the parts you need to add to your Lego Mindstorms EV3 education version in order to get to the retail version of it 7. Overall there are 336 parts you need to get, but now you can mix fun and advanced education.

The price tag for this difference in Germany is around € 168.15, but now you can enjoy best of both worlds. Order parts at https://service.lego.com/de-de/replacementparts#BasicInfo

Only the V-BELT Ø 24, RED (4544143) was out of stock. The rest I was able to order.

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Do we know if the retail set comes with a castor wheel? –  Clinton Blackmore Jan 10 '13 at 22:32
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I believe that the education kit will come with a rechargeable battery. –  Clinton Blackmore Jan 10 '13 at 22:44
    
Ah. I think the link to Robot Square you want is: robotsquare.com/2013/01/07/lego-mindstorms-ev3-tnew-robots –  Clinton Blackmore Jan 10 '13 at 22:49
    
You're right about the rechargeable battery (I forget to mention it). I've updated the link to Robot Square, thanks –  bungeshea Jan 10 '13 at 23:04
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I think the caster is the right-most piece in the diagram of the educational set. Building casters for the NXT was a real pain, so I'm hoping that both sets include it! –  Clinton Blackmore Jan 10 '13 at 23:43

I recommend this comparison: http://www.ev-3.net/en/archives/98

In the middle of the page you can see a table with differences: LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 and the home version of LEGO Mindstorms EV3

And at the bottom: LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set, LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 expansion Set, and the home version of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Set - with bricks list

Direct links:

Brickset (check Parts tab):

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There are differences between EV3 Education and Home set including software, hardware and parts.

Software

A slight difference is in the firmware that comes with on-board datalogging capabilities only for Education version

Hardware

The retail version includes a small amount of components compared with educational set, components that include one small motor, 2 large motors, and four sensors (touch, color, infrared proximity, and remote IR beacon). The educational set includes the castor wheel, 1 small motor, 2 large motors, 2 touch, 1 color and 1 ultrasonic sensor with red LED, 1 gyro, 1 rechargeable battery, and the possibility to download the EV3 software.

Parts

There is a difference of overall 10 elements between retail and educational versions

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I received my EV3 educational kit last week. Yes, it comes with the a rechargeable battery, battery charger, the castor wheel, and a code that permits me to download the EV3 software. It is disappointing that the educational kit does NOT come with the infra red sensor or IR remote. Also the educational set comes with approximately 500 more technic bricks than the retail version.

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My education core set did not contain a charger or a software download link. If you have a link to download the software, can you help send it to me or post. Thanks –  user2922 Aug 30 '13 at 3:31
    
I am planning to buy one for myself( age: 25+) , I am gonna buy it for first time and education set looks more appealing to me ( Gyro, 2 touch and more parts). Please suggest which one I should buy then –  DevC Nov 12 '13 at 11:54

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