Honeywell Lyric Security System vs 2GIG GC3

The Honeywell Lyric Controller and the 2GIG GC3 are both excellent security systems. The Lyric Controller is the flagship panel from Honeywell, while the GC3 is the top offering from 2GIG. There are surprisingly few differences between the two systems. They can mostly be considered equal.

The panels are roughly equal in size, with the Lyric being slightly taller, and the GC3 being slightly wider. They both offer sleek and aesthetically-pleasing designs that should fit with virtually any modern decor. Both present a large and vibrant 7-inch LCD touchscreen.

There are only a few differences regarding these two panels. The Lyric Controller is compatible with the fully encrypted Honeywell SiX Series Sensors, while the GC3 is not. In fact, there are currently no encrypted sensors compatible with the GC3 system. That being said, both of these systems will work with Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors and 2GIG Sensors. This is because both the Honeywell Lyric Controller and the 2GIG GC3 will function with wireless 345 MHz security sensors.

The other major difference is that the Lyric Controller uses Honeywell's Total Connect as its interactive service, while the GC3 syncs with However, Total Connect and are largely seen as equals, so this comes down to personal preference.

Honeywell Lyric Controller
Compatible Sensors
Honeywell SiX Series, 5800 Series, 2GIG 2GIG, Honeywell 5800 Series
Display Screen
7 Inch LCD Touchscreen 7 Inch LCD Touch Screen
6.65”H x 8.50”W x 1.30”D
5.25″H x 8.9"W x 1.25″D
Built-In Voice
Yes Yes
Interactive Service
Total Connect
WIFI Connectivity
Yes Yes
Cellular Connectivity
Yes (communicator purchased separately) Yes (communicator purchased separately)
Z-Wave Home Automation
Yes Yes
Encrypted Sensors
Yes (SiX Series) No
85 dB 85 dB
2 MP None
User Codes
48 Total 100 Total
2.7A 9VDC adapter 1.7A 14VDC adapter
Power Supply
Plug-In (specs not listed) 100-240VAC 50/60Hz
4-Hour 1100mAh Lithium Polymer
Wireless Zones
128 100
Hardwired Zones
2 Built-In 2 Built-In

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