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Ring drops the price of its Video Doorbell to just $100

Ring, now owned by Amazon, just lowered the price of its first-gen smart doorbell.

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After announcing plans to buy Ring in February, Amazon on Thursday officially concluded its purchase of the smart doorbell and outdoor security camera startup. 

To mark the acquisition, Ring has reduced the price of its first-gen Video Doorbell to just $100 (roughly £70/AU$130), down from roughly $150 on Amazon and $179 on Ring.com. The Ring Video Doorbell was the company's first smart doorbell to hit stores, after rebranding from Bot Home Automation. The 720p HD Video Doorbell can be hardwired or powered by a rechargeable battery. It sends an alert when someone walks within range of the built-in camera's motion sensor -- or when someone rings the bell.

Along with its purchases of Ring and security device maker Blink, Amazon is also investing heavily in the smart home with its own lineup of connected devices. It sells a wide range of smart speakers, powered by its voice-enabled AI Alexa. It also offers an in-home delivery service called Amazon Key. Amazon Key is a kit that includes the Amazon Cloud Cam security camera to monitor Prime package deliveries inside your house, and any one of eight Amazon Key-approved smart locks from Kwikset and Yale so your delivery person can get in your house without a key.  

In addition to the first-gen Video Doorbell, Ring also sells a hardwired-only Video Doorbell Pro and a Video Doorbell 2 with a rechargeable, removable battery. The removable battery and its 1080p HD resolution are the main things that differentiate the Video Doorbell 2 from the first-gen model. Ring also sells a professional, flush-mounted Video Doorbell Elite. As far as smart home integrations go, Ring's connected buzzers and smart cameras work with Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Wink.

Ring smart doorbells


Ring Video Doorbell Ring Video Doorbell Pro Ring Video Doorbell 2
Price $100/£70/AU$130 $249/£195/AU$325 $199/£155/AU$299
Color finish Satin nickel, polished brass, venetian bronze, antique brass Satin nickel, venetian, satin black, pearl white Satin nickel, venetian (both finishes included with purchase)
Power source Hardwired or rechargeable battery Hardwired Hardwired or removable, rechargeable battery
Resolution 1280x720p HD 1920x1080p HD 1920x1080p HD
Field of view 180 degrees 160 degrees 160 degrees
Live streaming Yes Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month
Mobile app Android and iPhone Android and iPhone Android and iPhone
Web app Yes Yes Yes
Night vision Yes Yes Yes
Alerts Motion Motion Motion
Activity zones Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions (HxWxD) 5.0 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches 4.5 x 1.9 x 0.8 inches 5.1 x 2.5 x 1.1 inches
Third-party integrations Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT; Wink Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT; Wink Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT; Wink
Operating temperature range -5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C) -5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C) -5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)

Ring has a strong lineup of DIY smart doorbells, but the Nest Hello is still our reigning favorite for its design and sheer number of features, including facial recognition.  

Amazon acquired Blink in December and is expected to sell a $99 Video Doorbell sometime this year. Both Ring and Blink will retain their brand names.

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