Earlier this month, a smart home company whose hold their own alongside . That trend continues with the RemoBell S from startup Remo Plus. The RemoBell S has all of the regular stuff you get with , like HD resolution and night vision.
It also has three-day free cloud storage. In a market dominated by brands with optional subscription services -- that are actually quite necessary if you want any access to saved video clips -- free cloud storage is a unique offering and kind of a big deal.
Factor in its $99 upfront cost and the hardwired RemoBell S is well worth considering. The Remo Plus app is a bit clunky, but it's a small price to pay for such a great value.
Why pay for a monthly subscription when you can get roughly the same thing for free? (Honestly, I'm asking. Let me know in the comments.)
Free cloud storage is kind of a big deal
The RemoBell S isn't the first smart doorbell from Remo Plus. Its battery-powered $199has many limitations that make it tough to recommend. Fortunately, the RemoBell S is a significant improvement.
I first spied Remo Plus's walkthrough video.and liked its black finish and simple design. It's hardwired, meaning it can't be powered by batteries like its predecessor and some of its competitors, such as the $199 . Your RemoBell S purchase includes a Power Kit, which is required for installation with mechanical chimes. This process is pretty straightforward, but be sure to ask a qualified professional if you have questions, or consult
The RemoBell S also supportsand voice commands. Basically, you get access to a lot of the same things without the headache of a monthly subscription plan.
Of course, the RemoBell S isn't perfect. I don't like the Remo Plus app. It's minimal, but somehow manages to look outdated and clunky too. It also has an optional fisheye view on the live feed screen that makes it more difficult to pick out details.
Ring still sells its originalfor $100 (the closest competitor to the RemoBell S), but Ring charges $3 per month to view any recorded, saved clips captured when it detects motion. No, $3 per month isn't much to spend, but why pay for a subscription plan when you don't have to? And most of Ring's doorbells cost $199; the high-end hardwired costs a whopping $249. Pricing in the $200 range is pretty standard across the board for DIY smart doorbells.
But the RemoBell S is quietly changing things. (Maybe we really will have another Wyze trend on our hands at some point. It's a little too soon to tell.) Ring did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.
Is it better than Ring?
It's hard to argue with the value of the $99 RemoBell S. Its relatively low upfront cost and generous three-day free cloud storage has a ton of appeal. Add on its decent performance and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant and it's easy to see why the RemoBell S has replaced the $100 Ring Video Doorbell as.
I wish the Remo Plus app were better and I don't know why Remo Plus gave the live feed a fisheye effect, but the RemoBell S is a strong competitor alongside brands like Ring. Definitely consider the RemoBell S if you're looking for a hardwired video doorbell with free cloud storage.
Also, I have a plea for companies that don't currently offer any free cloud storage. Apple is going to make it look like you're nickle-and-diming when it turns onand its 10-day free clip storage requirement for HomeKit cameras when hits in September. Please consider it. Even a few hours of free access makes a difference.