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Reolink Argus review: Cute security cam braves the outdoors at a fair price

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The Good The indoor/outdoor Reolink Argus Security Camera is powered by four CR123A batteries, costs just $100, sends prompt motion alerts and has a microSD card slot for local storage.

The Bad It doesn't currently support cloud storage, smart home integrations, motion detection zones or any other advanced features. CR123A's are expensive and difficult to find.

The Bottom Line Reolink's Argus may have a funny name, but this simple, affordable outdoor cam does a pretty good job protecting your yard.

6.7 Overall
  • Features 5.5
  • Usability 7.5
  • Design 7
  • Performance 7

Reolink's Argus won't be right for everyone, but this $100 DIY security camera does fill a niche: it's affordable, battery-powered and weatherproof. The versatility of a cord-free camera means the Argus can go anywhere within range of your Wi-Fi network -- either inside or out. 

It has a serious lack of features, though. You won't find cloud recording, smart home integrations, activity zones, geofencing or a web app. It also requires four pricey and hard-to-find CR123A batteries, the same as Netgear's original $180 Arlo camera (Netgear upgraded to rechargeable batteries with its premium $250 Netgear Arlo Pro).

But, the Argus is much less expensive than Netgear's Arlo lineup, as well as other battery-powered outdoor cameras like the $199 Canary Flex. If you already have a microSD card, don't care about extra features and are fine swapping out CR123A's every 6 months, Reolink's Argus might be right for you. 

Note: The Reolink Argus is currently only available in the US. At the current exchange rate, $100 converts to roughly £75 and AU$125.

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