For a few years now, Ring has been producing some of the most desired video doorbells in the home security market. Each release bringing something better to the table than its predecessor. However, the original Ring video doorbell model left a bit to be desired in terms of features and specifications. Read our review of the standard Ring video doorbell here.
So, April 2016 saw the full release of a more improved version, the Ring Pro Video Doorbell, predicted to be a game-changer. Today we’re going to take a look at its specific features, the improvements and what makes it better than the rest.
If you are thinking of getting this smart technology to beef up your home security, then you might want to check out this ring pro review. Without further ado, let’s begin.
- Two-way communication with great audio quality
- One-way video with decent quality
- Customizable motion detection
- Cloud video storage and smartphone compatibility
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
- Can work with existing doorbell
- Somewhat easy to set up
- Slightly smaller field of view
- Requires some hard wiring
- Subscription required to store recorded video in the cloud
Ring Pro – Design
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is ultra-slim and more compact than the original. It looks more like a standard doorbell than a video camera. So, it’s more discreet and that means someone snooping around your home won’t notice it right away.
In terms of aesthetics, it’s quite appealing. You need not to stick with one color. It comes with four differently colored faceplates. You can go with Satin Black, Satin Nickel, Venetian and Pearl White so that it will blend well with the color scheme or decor of your home.
Ring Pro – Video Quality
Video quality is the area most users were expecting an upgrade in the original Ring video doorbell version. Heeding to this call, the Ring Pro offers much better clarity with a full HD camera in 1080p resolution which is an improvement upon the original 720p resolution.
That extra boost in pixels is what puts the Ring Pro video doorbell ahead of its predecessor. It provides a precise view of the details such that you can give a clear description of anyone without straining much.
Ring Pro – Audio Quality
The audio quality is quite good as well. The Ring Pro comes with a small integrated speaker and microphone to allow for two-way communication with the person at your door. But even much better is that there is almost no delay in the two-way transmission of the audio and the noise-cancellation feature facilitates clear communication by filtering out unwanted background noises.
Another thumbs up for Ring Pro is its compatibility with iOS and Android devices. You only have to download the Ring app free from Google Play or iTunes on your phone through which you are able to see and talk with whoever is at the door from anywhere. The app also alerts you whenever someone presses the button. In other words, you get to keep an eye on your home and attend to your guests from the comfort of your smartphone.
Ring Pro – Connectivity
Considering that the Pro does 1080p, it will need a reliable internet connection with a bit more bandwidth to deliver such high-quality video feed. Again hats off to Ring for taking this fact into consideration and including a Dual Band Wi-Fi connectivity into the Pro version.
You can connect via the 2.4 GHz channel or the 5GHz channel. The 2.4 GHz spectrum is usually crowded and sometimes can cause delays, so the less crowded 5GHz option is a great addition. It offers better transfer speeds as well as improved latency.
One thing though is that you have to position your Wi-Fi router at least near the Ring device outside your home to keep both channels in range, or you can use a Wi-Fi range extender if your router is too far from your front door.
Ring Pro – Motion Detection
Motion detection is another area that received a major boost and with additional functionalities like the ability to create your own custom zones, I can safely say that the Ring Pro probably has the most advanced motion detection system out there.
The original version comes with a variety of different motion zones from which you can select the ones you want, but this is quite limiting. So, to actually shape your own motion-detection zones with the Ring Pro app is a big plus. It gives you much more control such that you can weed out notifications to ensure that you only get notified when there is someone at the door or someone who is poking about on your porch.
However, unlike in the original version, you could not adjust the sensitivity of each zone in the new Ring Pro version which proved to be a nuisance as most people complained of too many false alerts, particularly at night. Almost anything could trigger an alert be it wind blowing, birds flying or even the neighbor walking his dog.
The good thing though is that Ring responded quickly by releasing an update. The Ring Pro now not only lets you customize the motion-detection zones but it also allows you to adjust each zone sensitivity so that you only get alerts that matter most.
Ring Pro – Night Vision
Nothing much has been changed in terms of the night vision when compared to the original version. Nevertheless, night vision is a very useful feature and the 1080p HD quality camera combined with the various infrared LEDs in the Ring Pro provides much better clarity and view in the dark. So, let’s just say there is a somewhat slight improvement in terms of night vision capability.
Ring Pro – Cloud Recording Service
Ring offers cloud recording service for both the Pro and the original version but it’s optional. All the actions from doorbell presses to motion activation are recorded and uploaded to the cloud from which you can view later and as well share the videos with friends, family and even authorities.
Basically, this is a nice feature and surely expands your security but the downside is that there is cost attached to it. The subscription costs $3 a month or $30 per year.
However, when you first open your Ring account you are given a free 30-day trial. It would have been better to include an option to save the videos onto your own device like an SD card or a network attached storage, but sadly you can’t. Since that’s not the case, you are left with no choice but to subscribe.
The Only Slight Drawback Noted
Smaller Field of Vision
The Ring Pro has 160 degrees field of vision which is actually a bit smaller than the original model which boasts of 180 degrees field of vision. To be fair, this is only but a slight downgrade considering that 160 degrees still offers a wide enough field of vision to see most goings on directly outside your home.
Ring Pro – Installation
You won’t break a sweat while setting up the Ring Pro. The instructions are quite straightforward. In fact, it comes with all the tools for installation, including a masonry drill bit for an area with stone or brick.
However, unlike the original version, the Ring Pro requires hardwiring because it does not feature a rechargeable battery. You will have to connect it to a power source. If you have an existing doorbell then it’s even easier because you can connect it to your existing doorbell wiring.
Ring Pro – Verdict
Looking at its all features and the positive refinements made, it’s pretty clear that the Ring Pro is a solid upgrade of the original version. The hardware is compact, it delivers videos with very high clarity and offers fully-customizable motion detection amongst other advanced features.
The four color options of face-plates and a one year warranty on parts is another reason to like this Ring Pro video doorbell model. Generally, as far as quality of features, design and performance are concerned, I give it a thumbs up.