Ring make a range of video smart doorbells, all video equipped with two way audio and a clever smart phone app allowing you to answer your doorbell anywhere in the world. With several types available though the question is, which Ring should you get?
As someone who has recently upgraded from Ring to Ring Pro, I shall be comparing my experiences of the two. For those who don't want to read to the end, you should definitely buy the Ring Pro.
The most striking difference between the Ring and Ring Pro is the night vision capability. Whilst the Ring has got night vision, it's capability doesn't seem particualrly good compared to the Ubiquiti IP camera on my house, it is often grainy and very hard to make out any detail.
As you can see from the footage above, the image of my driveway is not clear. If someone were there you cannot make out detail unless they are right in front of the door, and certainly footage of someone at the cars say would not be clear enough to server as evidence to the police.
Compare the above to the same scene but from the Ring Pro.
The difference is striking, the image quality at night is several orders of magnitude better. The illuminiation is better and the actual quality is better with less noise.
When it comes to night vision, Ring Pro wins.
Both Ring and Ring Pro have motion sensing features, however they are wildly different in terms of reliability.
With Ring you define your motion sensing in terms of distance and direction that you want motion sensing to work. However the distance setting seems to have little or no relation to how far or what the Ring will see, it will often trigger for things moving well beyond the configured distance.
Motion sensing on the Ring is passive infrared similar to an intruder alarm motion sensor. It is not directional particuarly, and not accurate or particularly tunable in terms of sensitivity. For this reason the motion sensing on the Ring is a bit hit and miss to the point of generally better to just turn it off and ignore motion events entirely.
The Ring Pro however has excellent motion configuration and allows you to define a precise zone that you want to look for motion in, and determine how sensitive that motion sensing is. With the Ring Pro you could absolutely leave motion sensing on. What's more the motion sensing on Ring Pro unlike Ring will also trigger for cars entering the motion area, presumably this means the increased accuracy and performance of motions ensing on Ring Pro is because Ring Pro does not use passive IR for motion sensing.
Another bonus of the Ring Pro is that because it's not relying on such rudimentary motion detection it isn't constantly triggered on windy days which there are many many people complaining about on social media and forums.
When it comes to motion detection, Ring Pro wins.
The Ring Pro has got 1080p resolution and seems to have all round better colour reprduction, noise reduction etc. The Ring is only 720p and at night time is very grainy to the point of useless and the lower resolution means you don't have as much detail to start with.
Ring Pro definitely wins on picture quality.
When using any video doorbell there are often times when one might want to manually look at what is going on at the front door, Ring calls this "Live View" which all Ring doorbells support. However the whole product range appears to be a sleepy device that needs to be woken up to initiate such a stream, this can take sometime.
With original Ring this can take anywhere up to 10-15 seconds to start the stream even with excellent wireless coverage.
With Ring Pro the live stream can be up and running in at most 5 seconds.
In addition to the above there are various other differences, for example the Ring Pro is quite a bit smaller than a Ring and so can likely fit on thinner door surrounds if that's where you plan to install.
The Ring Pro also comes with a power supply for wiring into the mains, indeed it doesn't have a battery. Some may consider this a negative, personally the first thing I did with Ring was to wire it in, the battery for me isn't important and I doubt with the decreased size and increased specification battery powering the Ring Pro is even possible.
Another thing that my postman has mentioned (he rings it more than anyone else afterall) is that the Ring Pro has significantly better tactile response from the button. The Ring has an immovable button, if you push it the device rings but the button doesn't move at all. With the Ring Pro it is an actual moving button so there is a postive tactile response when ringing the bell.
Finally, the Ring Pro will at some point support HomeKit, this has been promised for quite some time so should be coming at any moment. HomeKit support on a doorbell could have a number of uses for automation, with the original Ring there will never be HomeKit support.
If you have the money then spring for the Ring Pro rather than ordinary Ring doorbell, it's an all round better product and better experience.
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