This time of year is marked by a lot of visitors, and a lot of holiday shopping. How many of you are waiting for packages to show up on your front steps? Unfortunately, that can also mean an uptick in porch piracy, but a good video doorbell can discourage anyone with less-than-benevolent intentions. Right now, Amazon is offering impressive discounts on a variety of video doorbells for early Black Friday, with savings as high as 62% off a Ring Video Doorbell/Echo Show 5 bundle.
The Ring Video Doorbell is not only in Venetian Bronze (an attractive color option for most homes), but it boasts high-resolution video streaming and recording. If something passes in front of it, you'll receive a motion alert, and the two-way audio feature means you can give directions to delivery drivers or greet guests. The bundle includes the Echo Show 5, which means you not only receive a smart display with Alexa built in, but also an easy way to stream the video from your doorbell straight to any room of your home.
"This is my first security camera and I really like it. Combined with the Ring app, it alerts you if there is someone at your door...or you can just log into the app and live view your camera. It has good night vision. It’s very clear to see what is going on. Of course it connects to any Alexa device which I love also," said one satisfied customer. "I live in an apartment and I bought the holder that attaches to your door and it works great. So if you are renting you can absolutely get this and buy the attachment."
The Ring Video Doorbell Wired boasts much of the same functionality as its battery-powered cousins, but with one major advantage: you never have to worry about charging it. It connects to a doorbell's c-wire, so setup could be a little more involved, but it's still doable. The Ring Chime gives an audible alert whenever the doorbell picks up motion, so even if someone doesn't ring the bell itself, you'll still know they're outside.
According to one customer, "I was a bit worried about the motion detection on my doorbell, because other WiFi cameras I have trigger alerts for every slight movement in view, which leads to a lot of frustrating alerts and false alarms. The Ring smart motion detection is spot-on when detecting human or partial human movement, and accurately ignores unwanted movements like swaying trees or passing cars. Nice and accurate motion detection. I also found this doorbell to be easy to set up and install, and the Alexa skill is effortless. Great doorbell!"
It's worth noting that you can pick up the Ring Video Doorbell Wired by itself for just $40, if you aren't interested in the Chime.
While most Ring video doorbells have similar capabilities, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro sets itself apart with more powerful features. Not only is it more reliable thanks to its dual-band functionality, but it includes built-in Alexa Greetings. Alexa will ask guests why they're visiting, and then provide a response based on their answer. Think of it like a digital butler that can take a message if you're not there to respond through the app.
One customer said the doorbell is a gadget that can help solve crimes at home. "I’m a police officer and recently encountered the Ring in a case where we were able to catch package these due to the Ring video. In another case the same weak we got Ring video from another citizen that showed us the tactics that suspects were using to break into cars. I was hooked! In the week I’ve had mine I used it to keep track of the crew putting a new roof on my house and greeted my children as they return home from school while I’m still at work."
If the idea of electrical work doesn't appeal to you, you can hook the Ring Video Doorbell 3 up through battery power. Or you can use a wired connection. The choice is completely yours. This versatility makes it a great choice for a wide range of people, while the high-resolution streaming, improved motion detection, and dual-band connectivity means you'll always have reliable security for the entry points of your home.
One customer said it was a product they should have purchased a long time ago, "...But I'm glad I waited for the Doorbell 3 version. I love the way it looks and performs. The video is crystal clear and wide. It detects motion and has an adjustable zone so it doesn't detect movement from people on the side walk or cars passing by. I receive alerts when anyone comes to the door, and a chime when the button is pushed, which is extremely helpful because I couldn't hear the crappy chime we had downstairs from my office upstairs on the opposite side of the house. Now I have two Ring Chimes strategically placed with customized alerts and chimes. I see who's at the door on my phone and PC. This is a game changer!"
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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