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Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review

Designed for utmost convenience and security, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is one of those rare smart home security devices with much more capability.

Furthermore, it’s a modest, incremental update to the original Ring smart Video Doorbell, and acts as another barrier between you and the outside world.

Additionally, I found Ring video doorbell 2 encouraging being able to automatically record anyone that comes before your front door when you are away.

You can as well use its microphone and speaker for secure communication without having to open your door. With the Ring Video Recording cloud subscription, it brings peace of mind knowing that anyone who comes at the front of your entry will be caught on camera.

Specifications

• UPC 852239005550

• Product Brand: Ring

• Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows

• Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.5 x 1 inches.

• Power: Wired or Battery

• IFTTT channel

• Faceplates: Satin nickel, Venetian

• Connection: 2.4 GHz WI-Fi

• Warranty: 1 year

• PIR motion detection

• Video capture capacity: 1080p, 15fps

• Communication via phone

Designs

The overall design of the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is simple and very modern, with a glowing blue doorbell button and a glossy black finish at the top where the motion sensor and camera sit.

Also, the Ring Smart Video Doorbell 2 is a Wi-Fi-enabled security camera with 2-way audio.

And It looks approximately the same as the original video doorbell with a silver and black cover, which is pleasant to touch.

You can also swap between the Venetian and the Satin Nickel faceplates at the bottom, depending on the finish that perfectly suits the surface you want to mount the doorbell on.

Furthermore, the upper part of the device enclosure holds the camera, while the lower part is a removable faceplate with a round backlit ring button.

Also, this Ring Video Doorbell 2 is wireless and does not have to connect to a home’s wiring circuit.

It is very bulky owning to its large battery pack.

In result, this makes the device about 0.65” inch wider and thicker than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Due to this significant difference, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 may extend beyond where your old doorbell sits. Even at that, it still looks fittingly high-tech.

Although the Pro model has a more compact design and offers better customization for motion detection, the convenience provided by the Ring Video Doorbell 2’s battery pack is a great benefit that some buyers are expected to see as a key selling point.

This time around, Ring has made the battery of the Video Doorbell 2 removable, so that it can be charged via its micro-USB port, unlike the original doorbell that you will have to remove the entire device to charge.

Besides, the cover of the video doorbell also clicks to the outside to hide the screws that attach it to the house. The cover is secured with a single security screw tucked onto the bottom of the unit.

So when the battery needs recharging, you can remove the Ring’s faceplate, and then push the “Push Here” tab to release the battery pack.

Furthermore, a single charge, according to Ring, should last for about 6months to a year on a full charge, depending on how often it is used.

You can, however, buy an additional battery to prevent any doorbell downtime.

Performance

The Video Doorbell 2 is not a substitute for a security camera.

On the contrary, it should be a complementary security device whose first job is as a video intercom.

Although the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a handy smart home device, its performance is dependent on Wi-Fi.

And it supports 2.4GHz 802.11 network that is fast enough for the video.

Once the device is connected, it has to be hooked up to the Smartphone app for it to connect to your home network.

With your device connected, your connectivity needs to be excellent for the Ring Video Doorbell 2 to work correctly.

However, there are instances you will experience some glitches. This is also true for other smart devices like sleep monitors, security cameras, etc.

Overall, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 impressed me with its consistency and user-friendliness.

What impressed me was that it diligently recognized every movement – both into and exit from the door.

And when the doorbell button is pressed, I received an instant notification on my Android phone (this has nothing to do with your location in the house).

It delivered a colorful and sharp 1920 X 1080p live recorded video stream with its 1600 field of vision, providing a broader view of what’s outside my doorway.

Unlike its predecessor, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 allows you to determine how far away the camera monitors movement by adjusting a slider.

However, there were slight distortions around the edge of the viewing field.

This is quite common with devices of this type but did not affect objects and people in and around the center of the viewing field.

It has a higher-resolution motion sensor that works well, even though you will have to set it up to prevent false alarms. Once an object got to my front door and stopped moving, the quality of the video improved significantly.

For closer recording, I found this device to work brilliantly, and the recorded video arrived in seconds – the lesser the movement speed, the brighter the video or picture.

In terms of imaging, you get a slight fish-eye effect in the video stream, but more than sufficient for a doorstep view. At night, IR LEDs is engaged by default, making it easier to pick out footages of people and objects on your porchway and street beyond in the dark.

After a month of usage, the battery still stood at 87% capacity.

The audio quality is impressive, making it easier to start a conversation with someone outside.

Furthermore, the ring video doorbell 2 works with IFTTT channel that adds smart functionality, like reducing the volume of your speakers to hear the chime or blinking your home’s smart lights whenever the doorbell is pressed.

As you would guess, Ring sells her Chime accessory that plugs into a wall outlet and also pairs with the doorbell to create a sound indoors.

The only displeasure I have is about the device app that insists you must switch to landscape mode. Switching to a landscape mode should be an option – and not mandated.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Phone View

Features

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has loads of features including a higher-resolution motion sensor, 1080p HD video camera, improved removable battery, night vision, App control, and two-way audio.

And it comes with interchangeable faceplates as well as everything you need to have it installed, including a manual guide, a drill bit, bundled brackets, a screwdriver, USB charging cable, anchors and mounting screws, wire extensions, angled mounting wedges and wiring nuts.

Furthermore, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is also weather-resistant so that it can withstand any harsh weather.

It also features an Alexa Show skill that lets you listen and view any live video stream. More importantly, is the IFTTT. It allows you to control other smart home devices the moment a button is pushed or motion is detected.

Pros

• Wired or Wireless configuration

• Flexible motion alerts

• User-friendly app control

• Easy to install and set up

• Enhanced and reliable motion sensors

• Loads of improved accessories and great options

• Rechargeable and removable battery

• 1920 X 1080p

• Smart and sleek design

• Smart motion detection

• Better audio and video quality

• Long-lasting battery

• Easy Wi-Fi setup (once Chime Pro is connected)

Cons

• Chunky and Bulkier design compared to wired doorbells

• No face detection

• Cheap plastic finish

• Coarse speaker

• A monthly subscription fee for core features

• No choice of ringtone

• Inscrutable battery

• Internal chime an optional extra

• Entire product experience is poorly documented

• The battery needs regular charging

• No local storage for video streams

• Quite large for some door frames

Installation

Apart from the cost, another great challenge that is considered by people looking to get this smart Ring Video Doorbell 2 can be the installation.

Some of its installation processes could be annoying. Nevertheless, Ring deserves some credit. The moment I scaled through some initial installation hassles, the device was more comfortable to install compared to its predecessor.

The first installation step is to charge the removable battery fully. I did this by simply popping off the faceplate and sliding out the battery.

Once it is fully charged using the featured microSD cable, I inserted the battery back into the doorbell and then paired the device with my Wi-Fi network.

If you have issues doing this, I will suggest you call Ring’s tech support.

The installation procedure indicates that users should first connect the Chime Pro to a local Wi-Fi, and then connect the video doorbell to the Chime Pro accessory.

Being a battery-powered doorbell, it does not require any hardwiring (except for a bit of drilling), which makes the installation very simple and without much hassles. In just 5 minutes, I was done setting up everything.

When it was installed, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 looked great. Despite its larger dimensions, it does not look too conspicuous.

Pricing

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a convenience and quality product available at $199. It is $50 cheaper than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. However, buyers who are looking to take full advantage of the doorbell’s functionality will be disappointed considering the subscription packages for the Ring Protect Plan. This adds a continuing cost further than the initial price tag.

Should I buy the Ring Video Doorbell 2?

From a security viewpoint, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is extremely useful and could be the right choice.

Because it sends alerts via the connected phone when a button is pressed, or the device detects motion.

Not only that, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 cloud storage allows you to save all video footage from being used as evidence when the need arises.

And you don’t even have to speak with anyone if you have decided not to since you can pretend not to be at home.

Conclusions

I’ve been using the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for about a month now, and it has been blissfully reliable.

Despite an initial frustrating setup, the device is still an improved version of the original Ring Video Doorbell.

The tech support too is friendly, helpful, and responded promptly.

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