Smart doorbell maker Ring has introduced a new, slightly upgraded doorbell – the Ring Video Doorbell 2, which has two removable rechargeable batteries, so that users don’t have to remove the device from the door every time it needs to be recharged.
The video camera is also upgraded. Ring reduces the field of view from 180-degree wide angle to 160-degree, but the resolution is increased from 720p to 1080p. The company also improves the night vision so that the camera can see clearer at night, which will be useful in neighborhoods that don’t have street lights.
The second-generation doorbell looks the same as its predecessor which has a built-in battery. Other features are mostly the same from the first generation, such as motion detection and two-way audio. Ring also brings back the faceplate removal capability, so that users are able to change the color of the doorbell to fit the look of their houses.
The company also introduced another model called the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. The higher-level model has a smaller size and accepts hardwire installation only.
Both devices work with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi networks; however, they still run on 2.4GHz and not 5GHz.
Both models support other smart home platforms such as IFTTT and Wink. Users need to pay for cloud video storage to review past events. If unexpected movements are detected, the device will store a short clip of the recorded action for later review. Ring offers 60-day storage at US$3 per month while its competitor SkyBell offers free cloud storage to its users.
The Ring Video Doorbell is now available for US$199 and the Pro version is available for US$249. While the first generation is still on the shelf at a low price of US$179. Users can order them online at Ring’s website or in physical retail stores of Best Buy and Home Depot.