has introduced lately -- and isn't showing signs of stopping anytime soon. The today introduced an updated version of its . The new Ring Video Doorbell will continue to be sold for $100, but features some updated specs.
Mainly, Ring says this revamped buzzer has better night vision and motion zones and a resolution boost up to 1080p from the original-original model's 720p. It can be hardwired or battery-powered, but like the first Ring Video Doorbell, this one has a built-in battery (rather than the removable ones in later Ring models).
That means, for the time that you're charging the battery, the doorbell is inactive. You can't simply buy a backup battery to swap in and out as needed. The first-gen Ring Video Doorbell took between 5 and 10 hours to fully charge, so that's definitely something to think about if you don't want your doorbell to be offline that long. That said, the battery is designed to last for months on a single charge (this varies based on usage).
The inconvenience of having to remove your whole doorbell accounts for the lower price, but this buzzer has many of the same features as more "advanced" Ring models like the Ring Protect cloud storage service for additional features., such as Privacy zones so you can designate sections of your yard/driveway/neighbor's house that you'd like to exclude from the camera -- and home, away and disarmed security modes. Subscribe to the
To negate some of the annoyance of removing the whole doorbell to charge it, Ring is also introducing a $50 Solar Charger that would theoretically provide continuous (or near-continuous) power.
I've had a, due to some of its , its and other issues, such as back in December. These things combined led CNET to rescind our recommendations of Ring products.
Since then, Ring has worked to improve its policies,and where users can more easily access their Ring device privacy and security settings. Because of that, we've reopened consideration of Ring devices.