Blink Video Doorbell Review
As a result, you will be spending approximately $170 or more- and that’s before you consider the cost of Blink’s monthly subscription, which starts at $3. If you wish to save any videos, you will need the subscription.
Review of the Blink Video Doorbell: Setup
A feature I like about Blink’s Video Doorbell is that it is designed so that you connect the wires from your home to the base plate rather than the video doorbell itself. Having installed more than a dozen video doorbells, I have found that it is much easier to connect the wires to a base plate, and then to connect the doorbell to the base plate. The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen) requires the wires to be connected directly to the doorbell, which is a hassle because the weight of the doorbell will pull on the wires.
The Blink Video Doorbell is mounted on the frame
Blink’s Video Doorbell can be powered by the same power source as your traditional doorbell or by battery power alone. Like the Blink Outdoor cam, the Video Doorbell uses two AA batteries, which the company claims will last for up to two years. Although this will vary based on how often you have visitors, I believe that Blink’s estimate is reasonably accurate. However, I would prefer if the battery were rechargeable.
Blink Video Doorbell review: Design
It is difficult to find anything particularly interesting about the design of the Blink Video Doorbell. It is about the size of a Snickers bar, with a camera at the top and a button at the bottom. It is not important to me whether my video doorbell makes a design statement, and I suspect those looking for a budget video doorbell will not have an issue with its plain appearance as well.
Blink Video Doorbell review: Video quality
Considering how much I enjoyed the Blink Outdoor, I expected the Blink Video Doorbell to be just as good. I regret to inform you that this was not the case. Despite the camera having a resolution of 1080p, the video was muddy and lacked any definition. Outside my front door, there are two large evergreen trees that are very sharp and well defined on other video doorbells, but they appear as large green blobs on this device.
Furthermore, the Blink Video Doorbell’s field of view is not that wide – 135 degrees horizontally and 80 degrees vertically. Unless someone was dropping off a refrigerator, I would not have been able to see if there was a package on my front porch, since I was not able to see any part of it.
Blink Video Doorbell review: Features and storage fees
With the Blink Sync Module 2 – which Blink highly recommends, especially if you are running the video doorbell on battery power – you can plug a USB stick into the module and save videos locally. The Wyze and Ring video doorbells do not offer this feature, and it is a useful feature in the event that your internet connection fails. Additionally, since the recordings are not stored on the video doorbell itself, you do not have to worry about losing them if your device is lost or stolen.
However, I wish Blink had the capability of detecting packages. In an era when we receive more deliveries than ever, both the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) support this feature.
The cost of a Blink subscription is $3 per month per device, or $10 per month for an account with unlimited Blink devices. Given that Amazon owns both companies, this is the same as Ring.
Among budget video doorbells, the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro has a lower subscription price of $2 per month (if billed monthly). Currently, the company does not offer a plan that allows the use of an unlimited number of devices at a single location.
Blink Video Doorbell review: App and smart home compatibility
Even novice users will find Blink’s app to be relatively easy to use. From the home screen, you can view a static image of the video doorbell; icons in the bottom corners allow you to update the photo or view live video.
Blink Video Doorbell app live view
On the bottom of the screen, you will find icons that allow you to view recorded events and adjust general settings for the application. The doorbell itself can be customized by clicking the Settings icon just above the thumbnail image. Customization options include motion zones, camera sensitivity, clip length, and night vision sensitivity.
Blink Video Doorbell app settings
In particular, it is the custom activity zones. By tapping individual rectangles, you can make that area active or inactive. You do not have to draw polygonal shapes or multiple squares as you do with other video doorbells.
The Blink Video Doorbell works seamlessly with Alexa since Blink is owned by Amazon (which also owns Ring). Using one of the best smart displays or a Fire TV device, you can view the video doorbell feed and, in some cases, speak with the visitor.
Additionally, Blink’s cameras are compatible with IFTTT, but they do not work natively with Google Home or SmartThings.
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