SimpliSafe is one of the top contenders in the home security game. They’ve been championing the space with their expandable, no-contract security system for quite some time. Now the company is expanding its line of compatible products. Rather than just being an accessory, SimpliSafe’s new Video Doorbell Pro is a standalone addition to its ecosystem. Head below to see how it stacks up to the competition.
The stakes of home security have never been higher. Just about every major smart home product manufacturer has made an entrance into the space in one way or another. Whether its deadbolts, cameras, video doorbells or full-blown security systems, the likes of Nest, Ring and NETGEAR are battling it out with veterans like ADT.
SimpliSafe has been on the scene for quiet some time. It’s lineup of products is mainly focused around its security system which has been expanded with cameras and more. The recent announcement of the company’s new Video Doorbell Pro marks one of its first standalone product releases.
The Video Doorbell Pro is centered around a 1080p camera with HDR, a 162-degree field of view and night vision. All of these specs make SimpliSafe’s new release a competitive device compared to similar products on the market. Both the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Nest Hello carry 1080p cameras, but at much higher $249 and $229 price points.
It also features dual-sensor motion detection based around a PIR sensor to capture human heat alongside image classification. This essentially allows Doorbell Pro to tell the difference between a person and any kind of false alert. It doesn’t offer facial recognition, one area where the Nest Hello has it beat.
Doorbell Pro requires an existing wire setup to work, but that’s pretty much the norm amongst higher-end models. In order to take advantage of cloud DVR, you’ll have to subscribe to a monthly plan starting at $5, which isn’t ideal.
While SimpliSafe’s new addition is in fact a standalone device, it still works with the company’s broad ecosystem. This gives it a wide range of integration with third-party products and services like Alexa, Z-Wave smart locks, Nest thermostats and more.
The new Video Doorbell Pro enters with an appealing $169 price tag. That puts it significantly lower than competing products while not sacrificing on functionality. It is currently available for purchase direct from SimpliSafe and will be going on sale at Best Buy in the near future.
Serving as a jumping off point into SimpliSafe’s security system, Video Doorbell Pro looks to be a compelling option for those not already invested in an existing ecosystem.
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