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Ring Video Doorbell Pro review: Watch your door from afar with Ring's Video Doorbell Pro

It's smart, but is Ring's Video Doorbell Pro worth the price?

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Megan Wollerton

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Megan Wollerton has covered technology for CNET since 2013. Before that, she wrote for NBC's Dvice.com (now SyFy). Megan has a master's degree from the University of Louisville and a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, both in international relations. She is a board member of the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. When Megan isn't writing, she's planning far-flung adventures.

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7.7

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Good

Ring's $249 Video Doorbell Pro has 1080p HD video resolution and a slimmed-down design that's more likely to fit on a doorframe than its oversized competition.

The Bad

You have to pay a minimum of $3 per month for cloud video storage.

The Bottom Line

The Video Doorbell Pro is a solid smart buzzer, but its space-saving design is its main selling point.

Smart doorbells are an entirely new breed of buzzer. Part door chime and part security camera, these hybrid devices alert you to activity whether you're home or away. Ring's $249 premium smart buzzer, the Video Doorbell Pro, is the latest model I've gotten my hands on (£195/AU$325, converted).  

Good stuff: The Video Doorbell Pro transmits video in crisp 1080p HD resolution and it has a slimmer design than many other connected door bells, including earlier models from Ring itself. 

Not-so-good stuff: You have to pay at least $3 per month for cloud video storage. 

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August's smart doorbell won't fit on every doorframe.

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The Ring Pro is well worth consideration, but its main selling point is its small size. If you aren't installing your new doorbell on a narrow doorframe, I'd go with SkyBell's round HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell instead. It costs 50 bucks less than the Ring Pro, comes with free cloud storage and works with more major smart home platforms. 

The best of the Video Doorbell Pro

Where most connected doorbells today measure roughly 2.5 to 3 inches wide (7.6cm), Ring's Pro clocks in at just 1.85 inches (4.7cm). That may not seem like a big difference, but it will matter a lot when it's time to replace your existing buzzer. Since non-smart doorbells are typically very small, builders often route the necessary electrical wiring to doorframes as a default. 

That means you have just an inch or two of horizontal space to work with before the buzzer begins to extend past the frame. Case in point: August's 2.9-inch square Doorbell Cam.

The Ring Pro's 1.85 inches might still be too wide for some spaces, but it's definitely a slimmer design than any other camera-equipped buzzer I've reviewed. 

For me that's a significant selling point. I know I wouldn't want to deal with rerouting my doorbell wiring to brick or siding; you probably won't want to, either.

And while the Video Doorbell Pro has to be hardwired, Ring's installation process is very simple. Wire extenders are even included in the box so you can improve your connection, if needed. Always consult a professional if you have any questions about the wiring. Otherwise, this installation should take less than 30 minutes (assuming you don't have to reroute wiring or drill a lot of new holes). 

Ring even includes all four interchangeable faceplates with your purchase so you can change the color finish easily whenever you want. The colors include satin nickel, venetian (aged bronze), satin black and pearl white.  

Ring vs. other Wi-Fi buzzers

So, how does Ring's Pro doorbell compare with other smart buzzers? The news is mostly good, except that it's $50 more expensive. Take a look:

Comparing Wi-Fi doorbells


Ring Video Doorbell ProAugust Doorbell CamRing Video DoorbellSkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video DoorbellOlive & Dove RemoBell
Price $249/£195/AU$325$199/£155/AU$266$199/£155/AU$265$199/£155/AU$265$199/£155/AU$265
Color finish Satin nickel, venetian, satin black, pearl whiteSilver, dark graySatin nickel, polished brass, venetian bronze, antique brassBrushed aluminum, oil rubbed bronzeSilver
Power source HardwiredHardwiredHardwired or rechargeable batteryHardwired6 AA batteries
Resolution 1,920x1,080p HD1,280×960p HD1,280x720p HD1,920x1,080p HD1,280x720p HD
Field of view 160 degrees120 degrees180 degrees180 degrees 120 degrees
Live streaming YesYesYesYesNo
Cloud storage Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per monthYes, 30-day storage for $5 per monthYes, 60-day storage for $3 per monthYes, freeYes, 3-day storage for $4 per month; 7-day storage for $8 per month; 30-day storage for $28 per month
Mobile app Android and iPhoneAndroid and iPhoneAndroid and iPhoneAndroid and iPhoneAndroid and iPhone
Web app YesNoYesNoNo
Night vision YesYesYesYesYes
Alerts MotionMotionMotionMotionMotion
Activity zones YesNoYesNoNo
Third-party integrations IFTTT; WinkIFTTTIFTTT; WinkIFTTT; Amazon Alexa; NestNone
Operating temperature range -5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)-13 to 122 degrees F (-25 to 50 degrees C)-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)-40 to 140 degrees F (-40 to 60 degrees C)0 to 122 degrees F (-17 to 50 degrees C)

The Pro is also quite similar to Ring's $199 Video Doorbell. It has live video streaming, the same $3 monthly minimum subscription for cloud storage and the same third-party partnerships with IFTTT and Wink. Design and resolution are the main distinguishing features; the smaller Pro has 1080p HD video and the more basic Video Doorbell has 720p HD. The existing Video Doorbell also has a rechargeable battery in case you don't want to deal with wiring -- you can hardwire it if you want to, though.

Ring's Video Doorbell Pro delivered prompt alerts and the live feed worked well in day and night vision mode (this feature kicks in automatically in low-light conditions). I like that you can set motion alert zones on the video feed in the Ring app. You can also schedule when you receive alerts. Of course, you'll need to check the quality of your Wi-Fi connection at the install location before you buy. If it's spotty, the live feed and other video-dependent features won't work well (or at all).  

But SkyBell's HD buzzer stands out the most here. For $50 less, you get 1080p HD video, free cloud storage and integration with Amazon's voice control platform, Alexa

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The verdict

Ring's $249 Video Doorbell Pro is definitely smart, but its main selling point is its small design. If you want a connected buzzer that's more likely to fit on a doorframe, this is the model for you. Otherwise, it doesn't offer much more than most of the $199 doorbells sold today. The SkyBell HD is particularly compelling since it costs less than Ring's Pro, but has the same 1080p resolution with the added bonus of free cloud storage and Alexa support. 

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Score Breakdown

Features 7Usability 8Design 8Performance 8