After Amazon on Thursday officially concluded its purchase of the smart doorbell and outdoor security camera startup.to buy Ring in February,
To mark the acquisition, Ring has reduced the price of its first-gen Video Doorbell to just $100 (roughly £70/AU$130), down from roughly $150 on Amazon and $179 on Ring.com. The was the company's first smart doorbell to hit stores, after rebranding from . The 720p HD Video Doorbell can be hardwired or powered by a rechargeable battery. It sends an alert when someone walks within range of the built-in camera's motion sensor -- or when someone rings the bell.
Along with its purchases of Ring and, Amazon is also investing heavily in the smart home with its own lineup of connected devices. It sells a wide range of , powered by its voice-enabled AI Alexa. It also offers an in-home delivery service called . Amazon Key is a kit that includes the to monitor Prime package deliveries inside your house, and any one of eight Amazon Key-approved smart locks from Kwikset and Yale so your delivery person can get in your house without a key.
In addition to the first-gen Video Doorbell, Ring also sells a hardwired-only Video Doorbell Elite. As far as smart home integrations go, Ring's connected buzzers and work with , Google Assistant, IFTTT and Wink.and a with a rechargeable, removable battery. The removable battery and its 1080p HD resolution are the main things that differentiate the Video Doorbell 2 from the first-gen model. Ring also sells a professional, flush-mounted
Ring smart doorbells
||Ring Video Doorbell||Ring Video Doorbell Pro||Ring Video Doorbell 2|
|Color finish||Satin nickel, polished brass, venetian bronze, antique brass||Satin nickel, venetian, satin black, pearl white||Satin nickel, venetian (both finishes included with purchase)|
|Power source||Hardwired or rechargeable battery||Hardwired||Hardwired or removable, rechargeable battery|
|Resolution||1280x720p HD||1920x1080p HD||1920x1080p HD|
|Field of view||180 degrees||160 degrees||160 degrees|
|Cloud storage||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month|
|Mobile app||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||5.0 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches||4.5 x 1.9 x 0.8 inches||5.1 x 2.5 x 1.1 inches|
|Third-party integrations||Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT; Wink||Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT; Wink||Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT; Wink|
|Operating temperature range||-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)||-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)||-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)|
Ring has a strong lineup of DIY smart doorbells, but theis still our reigning favorite for its design and sheer number of features, including facial recognition.
Amazon acquired Blink in December and is expected to sell a $99sometime this year. Both Ring and Blink will retain their brand names.
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