The Ring Video Doorbell is one of our favorite smart home products. And although some prefer other options over Ring; we find the hardware, performance, price and support make an overall worthwhile package.
Still, there are always improvements that can be made, and the company is looking to make some changes to the hardware and pricing side of things with the introduction of the new Video Doorbell 2.
Last year the company introduced the Ring Pro, adding 1080p video (the original Video Doorbell only offered 720p), configurable motion-detection zones and a brand new design. But the device required a hard wired connection to give it power (and also upped the price to $249). The Video Doorbell 2 brings back the previous design, but also brings back the easy install of the original Doorbell by introducing a swappable, removable battery.
A big focus of the newly updated Doorbell seems to also be price. Not only does the Video Doorbell 2 bring the price back down to $199 (compared to $250 for the Pro), but an extra battery will cost $29 (although currently it is available on Ring’s website at an introductory price of $20). Alternatively, the Video Doorbell 2 can continue to be hardwired with an 8-24 VAC transformer part of existing wired doorbell setups.
Other features can be found like swappable faceplates (black and white are included), while two-way audio, and mobile alerts are also included from the previous models. Though if you want to retain video recordings, a cloud-based video-recording plan is still an extra monthly expense after the initial 30-day trial for $30 a year or $3.99 a month.
What do you think about the new Ring Doorbell? Will you be picking it up or do you prefer the competition? Let us know in the comments below!