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Kidde RemoteLync review: Kidde's siren-equipped security camera is alarmingly good

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The Good Kidde's $189 RemoteLync is a solid security camera, complete with responsive IFTTT- and geofencing-based Home/Away arming and motion sensing capabilities, as well as a built-in siren to scare off intruders. It also operates on a rechargeable low-power battery and comes with 12 hours of free cloud storage.

The Bad The RemoteLync is essentially the same camera as the Homeboy, a product we reviewed back in 2014, although this version does tack on direct integration with other Kidde devices. And like the Homeboy, Kidde's RemoteLync doesn't have live streaming or an HD-quality resolution.

The Bottom Line If you prioritize camera mobility over live streaming and HD quality, Kidde's RemoteLync model will definitely deliver, but its price seems a little steep given the diminished specs.

7.4 Overall
  • Features 7
  • Usability 8
  • Design 7
  • Performance 8

Kidde (pronounced kid-duh) is a well-known name in the United States for its array of smoke- and carbon monoxide-detecting devices. But the brand recently expanded its product roster to include RemoteLync, a $189 DIY indoor security camera that's on sale now in the US and slated for international availability in about a year.

So many brands are introducing Nest Cam-esque models to the market nowadays -- you know, plug-in HD live-streaming cameras complete with motion and sound alerts as well as opt-in monthly cloud storage for a fee -- but Kidde veered off the beaten path a bit with its camera.

RemoteLync is equipped with a low-power rechargeable battery designed to last for roughly 3 months on a single charge. It doesn't have live streaming, and instead of 720 or 1080p video, Kidde's model has only standard-def 640x480 VGA resolution; you also won't find any audio alerts or two-way talk functionality on its specs sheet. (These trade-offs help ensure longer battery life.)

And Kidde makes up for those missing features with solid geofencing, an IFTTT channel, responsive motion alerts and a loud intruder-scaring siren. The price is a touch steep for this camera, but I'd recommend the RemoteLync to anyone more interested in security features than webcam functionality.

Kidde's RemoteLync cam is small and portable and snaps onto the included flat magnetic base with ease. That makes it simple to stick on a flat surface, but you can just as easily peel off the sticky adhesive strip on the bottom of the base and attach it to a wall.

The RemoteLync also comes with a cheaper-feeling plastic attachment that looks like a miniature helmet. It's supposed to act as a camera cover in case you have video-viewing privacy concerns, but you do have to open and close it manually.

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