Ring Video Doorbell Pro Review

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Get the Ring Pro if you want the sleekest video doorbell with the most customization options when it comes to alerts

PROS
  • Lets you customize motion alerts
  • Sleek design
  • Sharp 1080p video
  • Useful community features
CONS
  • Setup requires an extra Pro Power Kit installation
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What’s Inside The Box

Just about anyone with some basic do-it-yourself experience will be able to install the Video Doorbell Pro. In the box, you’ll get the doorbell, four assorted color faceplates to choose from, a relay that wires into your existing doorbell chime, a screwdriver, drill bit, optional retrofit plate, some wire extensions, and screws.

Everything you need is in the box, and the instructions show every installation step in the process. If you download the Ring App and follow the installation instructions there, you can watch a few helpful videos as well.

The included mounting screws do a particularly respectable job of threading and securing easily, making any installation into wood hassle free.

Is the Pro worth the extra money?

Ring Video Doorbell Pro is an upgrade to the original video doorbell, and you will immediately notice the improved video quality from 720p HD to 1080p Full-HD. The Video Doorbell 2 also supports Full-HD, of course, and comes with two interchangeable face plates while this Pro has four – silver, bronze, black and what looks like a dirty white.

That’s not the only difference between this model and the cheaper versions. The Pro kit is supplied with the Ring Chime, which you might think you don’t need until you go out and the kids don’t hear the postman ringing the doorbell, or you’ve left your phone upstairs and miss the notification. And you may not notice it, but the Pro supports dual-band Wi-Fi, whereas the standard model is limited to 2.4GHz.

Setup and design

Measuring 4.5 x 1.9 x 0.8 inches, the Ring Pro is sleeker than the Ring Video Doorbell 2 (RVD2), mainly because the Ring Pro runs off direct power — unlike the RVD2, which is bulkier, allowing it to accommodate a battery pack. That slim design makes the Ring Pro look more like a “regular” doorbell, but unfortunately, its setup is also more complicated.

First, you need enough voltage. Ring Pro is designed to replace an existing wired doorbell, but it could be a new doorbell as long as you’re willing to install a transformer that supplies 16 to 24 volts of power. My house’s doorbell was only getting around 10 volts, so I had to have the transformer upgraded.

But that’s not all. If you’re replacing an existing doorbell, you still need to install the included Pro Power Kit in the chime box that’s inside your house.
Still, Ring Pro screws securely to the house, and comes with interchangeable faceplates in four colors to better match your aesthetics. The faceplate covers the doorbell’s screws, which prevents theft, and the faceplate itself attaches to the doorbell with a single security screw.

Video and Audio Quality

The Ring Pro records in 1080p, just like the RVD2.

Video from the Ring Pro looked the best: The camera’s wide, 160-degree view, and the night vision looked decent too, although it’s in black and white.

The Ring Pro is the only doorbell camera that lets you specify exactly which areas in the wide, 160-degree field of view should trigger motion alerts.

The Ring app’s Live View streams audio from the Ring Pro’s microphone, and the app lets you tap a button to talk to the person at the door through the doorbell’s speaker.

The speaker is pretty small but good-enough audio of the person at the door, if not clear recordings of passersby. Ring is rolling out several new features in 2019, including Smart Alerts, which will reduce the number of false alerts and help extend the battery life of its doorbells; live previews; and 24/7 recording. However, you will have to subscribe to a Ring Protect Plan to use these features.

App Design and Performance

The Ring Pro is the only doorbell camera we tested that lets you specify exactly which areas in the wide, 160-degree field of view should trigger motion alerts. In the Ring app, you can physically draw on the parts of the view you want to include. This lets you get just the driveway, porch and walkway, but not the sidewalk or street, for example.

That’s handy, because the camera gives motion alerts for cars as well as people — a slider in the settings lets you adjust toward “people only” on the left or “all motion” on the right. The Ring app also lets you set schedules for disabling the motion alerts.

When you first launch the Ring app, you’ll see a list of alerts, and you have to tap your doorbell and then tap Live View to see what’s happening outside. Ring’s app also has a community feature, where you can share concerning videos with nearby Ring users.

You aren’t identified by name or address, but a recent update lets you leave comments on neighbors’ videos to ask for more info or compare notes.

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Smart Home Integration

Ring’s doorbells work with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT, and can link to smart locks by Kevo, LockState, Kisi and Lockitron. This means you can create custom routines that enable Alexa to turn the lights on, play music, or trigger another smart-home action when someone is at your door.

But you won’t be able to use voice assistants to control the lock and the doorbell from the same app. Here’s how it works: You get a notification from the Ring app that someone’s at the door, and you tap it to open the Ring app, which shows the live video and lets you press a button to talk to whomever is at the door.

Alexa and Google Assistant can also announce when someone has rung your doorbell, and the Ring app will let you launch the smart lock’s app and open the door.

Warranty Information

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro offers a one year warranty on parts, which also includes theft protection.

Is there a better alternative?

It depends on your ecosystem of choice. Expect Amazon to bring new Alexa features to Ring products in much the same way that Nest devices offer features built around Google Assistant. Nest Hello offers similar video capabilities to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, along with slim design, for about the same price.

If you’re using Google Assistant, you should probably go with the Nest. Alexa users, go with Ring. Note that Ring also has cheaper doorbell options – the Video Doorbell ($99) and Doorbell 2 ($199), that can also work as battery-operated devices. They are bulkier though and not as sleek looking.

How long will it last?

With operating temperatures ranging from -5 degrees Fahrenheit all the way up to 120, the Video Doorbell Pro claims to be designed to tackle the elements. The mounting hardware is solid and it feels well built. Also expect Ring to provide deeper Alexa integration going forward.

Should you buy it?

If you want a premium doorbell and aren’t deep into the Google Assistant ecosystem, then yes. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a stylish and functional virtual welcome mat for your home.

Bottom Line

As one of the most functional and eye-catching video doorbells on the market, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a safe bet for those looking to add smart functionality to their home.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Smart Doorbell That Works with Alexa

$199.00
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