sabre vs. smartalarm door and window sensors

The first line of defense against intruders, both the Sabre and the iSmartAlarm sensors are wireless and easy to install for the DIYer. Read on to find out more about some of the key features and important differences between the two.

Sabre vs. iSmartAlarm: Pricing and Features

Sabre Sensor iSmartAlarm Sensor
Price Amazon Price Amazon Price
Size 2 x 3.5 x 0.6″ 2 x 2 x 0.5″
Batteries 2 AAA CR2
Works with Other Security Systems No No
Low Battery Indicator Light Yes Yes
Left or Right Side Mounting Yes No
Smart Device/IFTTT Compatible No Yes
Professional Monitoring No No
Chime Option Yes Yes
System Device Capacity Up to 8 devices Up to 70 devices
Siren Volume 120 decibels 110 decibels
Requires Monthly Contract No No

 Window/Door Sensors 101
Place door and window sensors in as many locations as possible, starting with the back of your home, where intruders are less likely to be seen. Make sure the surface is clean and dry before attaching a sensor, and install the sensors near the top of doors where they’ll be out of the way. You can check out the Best Window/Door Sensors of 2018 for even more helpful info!

Sabre Window/Door Sensor

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The Sabre window/door sensor.

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The Sabre Window/Door Sensor is an add-on to the Sabre WP-100 security system. It mounts using double-sided tape or screws and uses a transmitter and magnet to send a signal to the main system in case of a security breach. It can be mounted on any door or window, including interior openings.

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The Sabre WP-100 security system with window and door sensors.

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What We Like

  • Transmitter on both sides to allow for mounting versatility
  • Lower cost than similar sensors
  • Can be placed up to 500 feet from main control panel

What We Don’t Like

  • Can’t add more than 8 sensors per system
  • No remote monitoring
  • Zones must be adjusted by manipulating pins inside of unit
  • Works only with the Sabre WP-100 security system

Price

The Sabre Window/Door sensors sell for just under $20 each.

Features

Sabre sensors have arrows on both the transmitter and the magnet to ensure the placement is correct. The sensor also has a low-battery indicator light.

Equipment

The Sabre Window/Door Sensor package includes the transmitter, magnet, and both double-stick tape and screws for mounting. Batteries are not included.

Home Automation

Sabre’s products are geared toward people who want a straightforward, software-free option for their home security. The alarm systems do not work with home automation, but the self-contained system does make them simpler than automated systems.

Bottom Line

This door/window sensor is a simple way to get more coverage for an existing Sabre system in a smaller home or apartment, and it’s great for those who want to scare off intruders, as the Sabre base unit boasts a 120-dB siren.

iSmartAlarm Contact Sensors

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The iSmartAlarm window/door sensor.

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The iSmartAlarm Contact Sensors are an add-on to the iSmartAlarm CubeOne security system and can be attached with double-sided tape or screws to any window or door. This system can alert you to a breach by phone call, text, or email.  

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iSmartAlarm CubeOne security system.

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What We Like

  • Small and discreet appearance
  • 12,960-hour battery life
  • System can handle up to 70 sensors

What We Don’t Like

  • Sensors mount on only one side of an opening
  • Some reviewers find the system alarm too quiet
  • Works only with the iSmart CubeOne security system

Price

The iSmartAlarm Contact Sensors are available only in two-packs that sell for just over $50.

Features

The best feature of the iSmartAlarm sensors is that you can receive alerts and arm and disarm your system through your smart phone. You can also customize alerts to let you know when specific sensors are triggered, in case there’s a certain area of your home you’re particularly concerned about.

Equipment

The package includes two transmitters, two magnets, mounting tape and hardware, and two CR2 batteries.

Home Automation

The iSmartAlarm sensors are great for home automation and use IFTTT technology to talk to other smart devices and smart hubs.

Bottom Line

The iSmartAlarm sensors work well if you want complete home coverage with multiple zones and the ability to control your system remotely through a smart phone app.

Sabre vs. iSmartAlarm Sensor

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  • Wireless design
  • Low battery indicator light
  • Operate via magnets and transmitters
  • System can handle up to 8 sensors
  • Sensors can’t send you alerts
  • Not compatible with home automation
  • Mounts on either side of an opening
  • System can handle up to 70 sensors
  • Sensors will send you alerts
  • Can integrate with home automation
  • Mounts on only one side of an opening

Our Verdict

Both sensors and systems are simple enough for do-it-yourself home security, but the brand you choose will depend on how many sensors you need and if you want remote access to your system.

Sabre: The Sabre sensors work well for an inexpensive, basic home security system that will alert you loudly when breached. This system is the best choice for people who want security without the hassle of the smart phone component.

iSmartAlarm: The iSmartAlarm sensors are connected to a pricier, fully integrated system that can alert you of a breach even when you’re not at home. It’s an excellent choice if you have a larger home or want home automation capabilities and smart phone alerts.

Written by Kasey Tross

Kasey Tross is a stay-at-home mom with four energetic kids, and she's married to a security expert, so safety is a top priority in the Tross home. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, playing the flute, helping out at church, and eating far more chocolate than she should. Learn more

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