Logitech Circle 2 review: Better than its original security cam

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The Good Logitech's $180 Circle 2 wired security camera is easy to set up and works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant for a wide variety of smart home/voice control applications.

The Bad While this camera can be used indoors or out, it relies on an adapter for power (rather than a rechargeable battery). Logitech does sell a wire-free Circle 2 camera separately for $200.

The Bottom Line The Logitech Circle 2 is versatile, responsive and easy to use, but you should only buy this wired model if you don't mind keeping your cam close to a wall outlet.

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

Logitech's $180 Circle 2 wired security camera is a significant improvement over its first-gen model, but it's also very different. Instead of a rechargeable battery, this new model requires an adapter for power. It's also rated for indoor and outdoor use; the original Circle cam ($119 at Amazon) was strictly indoors-only. At the current exchange rate, $180 converts to roughly £130 and AU$225.

Note: Logitech sells a wire-free version of the Circle 2 camera with a rechargeable battery for $200 (£145 and AU$250 converted), as well as a variety of accessories to give you different ways to connect and mount both the wired and wire-free Circle 2 cameras.

The wired Circle 2 is an indoor/outdoor camera with 1080p HD live streaming, a 180-degree viewing angle and free 24-hour event-based cloud storage. It also works with Amazon's Alexa, Apple's HomeKit and the Google Assistant. Subscribe to an optional monthly cloud service for access to longer-term video clip storage, person alerts and customizable motion detection zones.

Consider the Logitech Circle 2 if you're looking for an adapter-powered indoor/outdoor security camera that's responsive and reliable. 

Circling back

The Circle 2 camera comes with a power adapter, a base you can rotate to suit pretty much any desired angle, the camera and optional mounting hardware. Rather than connecting the Circle 2 to its base via a Micro-USB or other port, the camera actually attaches to (and detaches from) the base with a simple twist. Two discreet notches show where to line up the camera with its base. From there, simply turn the camera until you can no longer easily separate the two. I wish it clicked or gave some sort of obvious indication when it's installed correctly, but it's easy enough to figure out.  

The camera's base has a matte white finish; its face is finished in glossy black. It looks fine overall, but I particularly like how easy it is to rotate to achieve different viewing angles. A subtle ring around the lens alerts you to the camera's status:

  • Solid white: On and ready to use
  • Solid green: Someone is viewing the live video feed
  • Solid yellow: In privacy mode
  • Solid red: Off or not recording
  • Blinking blue: In pairing mode

Take a look at how the wired Circle 2 compares to the Canary Flex and the Netgear Arlo Pro 2: