Blink Video Doorbell is the latest smart doorbell from Nest Labs, which features a sleek design and cutting-edge technology. The device is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT.
The Blink Video Doorbell is a security camera that can be installed on your front door. It has an affordable price and it works with Amazon Alexa.
Amazon announced on Tuesday, Sept. 28, that it is extending the Blink line of interior and outdoor home security cameras with three additional devices.
The Blink Video Doorbell ($49.99; amazon.com) is our favorite, since it’s a relatively low-cost alternative that’s $10 less than Ring’s cheapest doorbell. Blink’s Video Doorbell is now available for presale.
It will be available with a battery-powered Floodlight Camera, an LED mount for the Blink Outdoor camera, and a Solar Power Mount, which will ensure that the Outdoor camera is always powered. It’s a mounting option for the outside camera, much as the Floodlight.
Here’s all you need to know about Blink’s latest products.
If you already have a doorbell, Blink’s Video Doorbell may be hardwired or powered by two AA batteries. When hardwired or connected with a Sync Module 2, Blink promises two years of battery life with the supplied batteries. That’s amazing, but it all relies on how you use the camera and how you save video. Video of the Ring Wired doorbells always have electricity, while wire-free doorbells may take three to four weeks to install, depending on how many alerts you get.
The Blink Video Doorbell records everything that happens at your door in 1080p, including people, dogs, and package delivery. The doorbell has infrared night vision, which is useful in low-light environments. This is comparable to rival products such as Ring’s $59.99 Video Doorbell Wired, which also records in 1080p and has night vision.
All of this is contained inside a slim design that resembles most other doorbells. It will come in either black or white, with the camera on top and the ringer button on the bottom. The video doorbell is also “built to endure the elements,” according to Blink, although no precise grade or resistance is given. Ring doesn’t specify a rating, but during our hands-on testing, a Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 survived Hurricane Ida, while a Ring Video Doorbell 3 continued to work despite being submerged. Rain, wind, and snow, as well as extreme temperatures, are not a problem for most doorbells. The Blink Outdoor Camera, according to Amazon, can function in temperatures as low as 4 degrees below zero. A microphone and speaker are also included in the doorbell, allowing for two-way communication through the Blink app.
To use the Video Doorbell, you’ll need an account and the accompanying app (available for Android or iOS), just like any other Blink device. From the start, you’ll be able to set alerts and personalize notifications, and you’ll have two choices for storing films recorded on the device.
You may sign up for a Blink Subscription Plan, which allows you to store events such as a doorbell ringing or a delivery being delivered to the cloud. Alternatively, you may purchase the Blink Sync Module and a USB flash drive to set up a small server on your network to store these data locally. It essentially serves as a network storage drive for the Blink app, allowing you to save files and syncs. In any case, you’ll be able to preserve video and share significant moments with other members of your family or household.
You’ll need to hardwire the doorbell or use a Blink Sync Module ($34.99; amazon.com) to get a live view of what’s going on at your door if you want those capabilities. Most other doorbells don’t need it, however broadcasting live will most certainly drain the battery in this case. We’ll update you after we’ve tested and installed the Blink Video Doorbell.
The video doorbell, like other Blink cameras, will operate with Alexa and Echo devices. When someone is at your door, you can hear a notice (like a personalized Blink chime) on an Echo speaker, smart display, or even a Fire TV device.
Blink’s Video Doorbell is now available for presale for $49.99 and will arrive in the coming weeks. With the purchase, you’ll also get a 30-day free trial of Blink Subscription Plus. Based on our experience with previous Blink products, we expect the view to be very clear, although the application may be a bit clumsy at times.
The Floodlight Camera and Solar Panel Mount are two accessories for the current Blink Outdoor camera, unlike the Video Doorbell, which is a new product from Blink.
The Blink Outside camera is a square-shaped camera with rounded edges that can endure a variety of outdoor conditions. The main feature is a wide-angle 1080p lens that, although being just positioned in one location, allows you to see a lot more than a normal lens. It provides a good vision throughout the day and enough of information to notice who or what may be in the picture, according to our tests. It works with the Blink Sync Module, much like the Video Doorbell, or it can sync video with the cloud if you have Blink Subscription Plus. Two AA batteries are also used to power it.
A Blink Outdoor camera may be mounted in the Floodlight Camera, which is a battery-powered LED mount. If the camera detects motion, the floodlight will turn on with a force of 700 lumens. That’s very bright, but it pales in comparison to a full-featured floodlight like Ring’s, which has two powerful LEDs and can produce up to 2,000 lumens. Blink has been contacted for an estimate on how effectively this would illuminate a space. We will, of course, put it to the test. The Floodlight Camera will be available alone for $39.99 or in a package with an outdoor camera for $139.98.
The Solar Panel Mount from Blink is designed to prevent the Blink Outdoor camera from running out of battery. The Outdoor camera is continuously powered thanks to a built-in solar array. We’re guessing it’ll run on the built-in battery overnight, then recharge when the sun shines again. For $129.98, Blink is offering a package that includes a Solar Panel Mount and an Outdoor camera. We’ve gone out to Blink to see whether it’ll be available separately, but we’re guessing it’ll contain a rechargeable outside camera. We’ll update this article if and when we hear back.
The Floodlight Camera (sold separately or as part of a package) and the Solar Panel Mount are now available for presale. They should begin shipping in the coming weeks.
Blink’s entrance into the video doorbell market isn’t surprising, but it is surprising since it will likely compete directly with Ring, which is also owned by Amazon. We can’t wait to get our hands on the Blink Video Doorbell and put it to the test, but it seems to be a decent value on paper. It definitely has Alexa integration covered for those who are interested. We also found Blink’s $34.99 Mini camera to be very remarkable, with its 1080p lens providing a crisp picture.
The Floodlight Camera and Solar Panel Mount are two much-anticipated additions to the popular Outdoor camera that have now arrived. The Floodlight option improves its security camera functionality and may assist prevent undesirable individuals or animals from entering your home. And the Solar Panel Mount addresses the issue of battery life, and we’re excited to see how it works in practice.
All three of them are now available for presale and will arrive in the coming weeks. Blink’s Sync Module 2 is also available for $34.99 right now.
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