Smart doorbell and outdoor security camera maker, Ring, is back with a new buzzer, the $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2 (about £155 or AU$299, converted). While this model is technically an updated version of the, Ring's first-generation buzzer will continue to sell at the reduced price of $179, £140 or AU$235.
Comparing Ring's Video Doorbells
||Ring Video Doorbell 2||Ring Video Doorbell Pro||Ring Video Doorbell|
|Price||$199, £155 or AU$299||$249, £195 or AU$325||$179, £140 or AU$235|
|Color finish||Satin nickel, venetian (both finishes included with purchase)||Satin nickel, venetian, satin black, pearl white (all finishes included with purchase)||Satin nickel, polished brass, venetian bronze, antique brass|
|Power source||Hardwired or removable, rechargeable battery||Hardwired||Hardwired or rechargeable battery|
|Resolution||1,920x1,080-pixel HD||1,920x1,080-pixel HD||1,280x720-pixel HD|
|Field of view||160 degrees||160 degrees||180 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||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month.||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||5.1x2.5x1.1 inches||4.5x1.9x0.8 inches||5x2.4x0.9 inches|
|Third-party integrations||IFTTT; Wink||IFTTT; Wink||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)|
Compared to its predecessor, the Video Doorbell 2 has a slightly reduced 160-degree field of view, but an improved 1080p high-definition resolution. The main upgrade is its removable, rechargeable battery -- the older model's built-in battery forced you to remove the entire doorbell every time you needed to charge it. Both interchangeable satin nickel and venetian (aged bronze) face plates are included with your purchase, too.
Ring also sells a premium doorbell, the, which costs $249 and converts to about £195 or AU$325. Like the Video Doorbell 2, the Pro has a 160-degree field of view and 1080p HD video. The Pro's small size and hardwired-only installation differentiates it from the larger, hardwired or battery-powered Video Doorbell 2.
In fact, the new Video Doorbell 2 is slightly larger than the original Video Doorbell. That means you may have to find a different installation spot than your doorframe.
All three Video Doorbell models integrate withand the smart home platform, , so you can create advanced automations (if you want).
You do have to pay for cloud video storage to review past events, though. With cloud storage, if unexpected motion activity happens, Ring's remote servers save a short clip of the action for your later review. This feature is particularly helpful if you're concerned about break-ins and want to be able to see who comes to your front door on a regular basis. Ring's fees for this feature start at $3 per month. That isn't a ridiculous price, but its competitor,offers free cloud storage.
The $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available for purchase now on Ring.com. We're tracking down a review unit, so expect a review in short order.