Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free Review

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free

9.5

9.5/10

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free gives you the confidence to open your front door. A unique square viewing angle gives you the bigger picture – so you can see who’s there from head to toe. Connect to your smartphone and receive notifications when someone approaches, and a direct call when they press the doorbell. With crystal clear audio and undistorted video you can quickly see and speak to who is there and choose how to respond.

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free Review

Thanks to the wire-free design, this can be installed anywhere whether you have the power there or not. If power is available then the setup is pretty simple, while the rechargeable battery will keep the Arlo powered for weeks.

Whats included with the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free:

  • Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free (AVD2001B)
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charging Cable
  • Flat Mounting Plate
  • Angled Mounting Plate
  • Screw Kit
  • Release Pin
  • Wire Extensions
  • Quick Start Guide

The big selling point is the incredibly wide 180-degree viewing angle. This means that I can see the whole person from toes to head. This is especially useful for deliveries, as you can see the package is placed on the floor.

Another difference between this and other products is if the doorbell is pressed, this will activate a phone call instead of a notification. This means I can answer the doorbell quicker, then a notification I have to open. The audio is crisp and easy to hear and speak to. There are also pre-recorded answers you can set, so the doorbell can tell Royal Mail to just leave the package at the door.

The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free can also work as a security camera, notifying you of any movement. Activity zones can be set from within the app, as well as sensitivity. Additions like night vision and a siren should be expected, and are appreciated.

Set up was easy enough through the Arlo app. Scanning the QR code on the doorbell will add it to your list and the app will run through setting it up with the wifi etc. There is no need for a base station, this can work by itself.

The “negative” is that you have to use this with an Arlo subscription. I don’t view this as too bad, as its a good service. But I know there are cheaper options out there, without any subscription cost.

Overall, the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is a great addition to the Arlo ecosystem.

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