Netgear Arlo Q review: Netgear's reliable Arlo Q camera simplifies DIY home security

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The Good The Netgear Arlo Q is responsive and reliable, with a 1080p HD resolution, motion and sound alerts, two-way talk, night vision, activity zones and free 7-day event-based cloud storage (you can pay a monthly fee for continuous recording, as needed).

The Bad Netgear is behind the curve in terms of third-party integrations -- it doesn't currently have any -- and you can't log into the same account on more than one device at the same time. Both the Web and mobile apps could use a design update and the camera itself doesn't feel especially durable compared to its main competition, Nest Cam.

The Bottom Line If you want a simple, straightforward indoor home security camera with top-of-the-line DIY specs and free cloud storage, Netgear's new Arlo Q is a safe bet.

7.6 Overall
  • Features 7
  • Usability 8
  • Design 7
  • Performance 9

Netgear's Arlo Q indoor security camera, available in the US, UK and Australia for $220/£170/AU$349, doesn't do anything revolutionary. It doesn't have a 360-degree view or IFTTT (or really any integrations with products/services from other companies, for that matter), it isn't rated for outdoor use like the brand's other Arlo cam and it won't blow you away with its app or hardware design, but the Arlo Q is a safe choice that I can easily recommend. (And isn't 'safe' what we really want when we're talking about home security?)

Put simply: the Arlo Q works. Its motion and sound alerts were prompt, the activity zones I created issued consistent alerts only when motion took place in that specific area and the 1080p high-definition live streaming in day- and night-vision mode, two-way talk, video playback, Arm/Disarm function and scheduling all worked very well. Even so, the Arlo Q's live streaming wasn't quite as solid as Nest Cam's, particularly in night-vision mode.

It's also easy to set up -- download the Arlo app on your Android or iOS device of choice and follow the step-by-step instructions to get started. And, like Nest Cam -- a similar 1080p live streaming security camera with motion and sound alerts -- the Arlo Q has a magnetic base that can snap to any magnet-friendly surface.

I reconnected the office Nest Cam to compare the two cameras side-by-side. Hardware-wise, the Arlo Q is larger and lighter and doesn't feel quite as durable as Nest Cam. It also isn't as easy to maneuver and angle.

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