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Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire Free Review – A superb Ring Video Doorbell alternative

The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free was announced at the start of this year and will be made available across the usual online channels from the 2nd of February.

While the security camera market is saturated, there are not many good battery-powered video doorbells, so the new Arlo Essential is a welcome addition to the market.

I recently swapped out my Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell with the Arlo, and I have been using it for the past two weeks to see how well it does in comparison.

Features & Specification

Visual Security

  • Camera – 1536×1536 resolution 180-degree diagonal
  • 30-day video cloud storage – look back at and share videos with law enforcement if needed
  • Custom activity zones  focus your doorbell on key areas within its field of view so you’re alerted to the most important information 
  • CVR – Add continuous video recording to your SMART plan to create a CCTV style video doorbell

Advanced detection & verification

  • People, animal and vehicle detection – select the things that are important for you to be alerted to
  • Package detection – receive alerts specifically when your doorbell detects a package, so you never miss a delivery 
  • Listen for fire – set your camera to alert you if it detects the sound of your fire alarm and you’re not home

Incident Response 

  • Locked screen response – take action without having to unlock your phone for a faster response
  • Siren Alert – trigger the built-in siren to deter intruders your doorbell detects 
  • Call a friend – set an emergency contact within the app so you can quickly call for help 

Peace of Mind 

  • Two factor authentication – Keep your doorbell secure with two-stage login process 
  • Theft replacement  – if you’re doorbell is stolen have it replaced if you’re on a paid SMART plan

Works with

  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, Apple Watch

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free vs Ring & Eufy

I have done a more thorough review of how the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell compares to options from Ring and Eufy.

A quick summary though, this is priced similarly to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Eufy Battery Powered Video Doorbell 2K.

  • Arlo and Ring both have ongoing costs, which for one device is about the same price at £2.50pcm. You get three months free with the Arlo.
  • Both Arlo and Ring have removable batteries allowing you to keep a spare to swap over. Swapping the Ring battery is a bit easier though.
  • I have not had the Arlo doorbell long enough to compare battery life, but it seems to drop at around 1-2% per day. It almost certainly won’t last as long as the Eufy doorbell
  • Eufy has the best resolution, Arlo is second best and with the best field of view. With Arlo, you get a square image which easily covers down to the floor.
  • All three have some sort of smart detection. Arlo is the only one with package detection
  • All three allow you to speak with people at the door, but I think Arlo is the only one with a pre-recorded voicemail option.
  • Arlo has the best smart home integration with Google, Alexa and Smart Things
  • Arlo connects to 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi. Ring can use either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz, Eufy connects to the Homebase.
  • Arlo has the Smart Chime, which is a bit overpriced at around £50, Ring has the Chime and Chime Pro for £29/£49. Eufy has no chime yet, but the Homebase acts as one. All three can use Alexa for Chimes.

Set Up & App

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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