SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

Posted:08/30/2018

Written by:Jay Gulotta




 

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

SimpliSafe has gained a lot of popularity over time for its easy-to-install, DIY security system. They've been a little slow to roll out cameras but just recently (October 2018) came out with their video doorbell pro camera. So in terms of cameras, at the moment SimpliSafe only has an indoor camera and video doorbell camera, with talks of an outdoor camera coming soon. The video doorbell pro camera is essentially the only camera SimpliSafe has right now to keep an eye on the exterior of your home.

The biggest advantage of this doorbell camera is that it can be used in conjunction with the SimpliSafe system or on its own as a standalone doorbell camera - no purchase of the SimpliSafe system is necessary.

If you do have a SimpliSafe system, the video doorbell pro connects to every sensor in your system and if any sensor detects activity, the video doorbell pro camera and your SimpliSafe indoor cameras are triggered to begin recording.

Cost

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is available for purchase at Best Buy for $169. It can also be bought online on their site for the same price. It's more cost effective than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($249) and Nest Hello doorbell camera ($229) - but it also has fewer features than these 2 doorbell cameras.

Faceplate options

Appearance-wise the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro looks like the Nest doorbell camera. It's a good-looking doorbell that notifies you when someone's at the door even if they don't ring the bell! It has 3 colour options if you're purchasing it from Best Buy - cloud, obsidian or jade. However if you're just planning on ordering it off the SimpliSafe site, you'll get the white one.

Setup

Like most doorbell cameras, the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro requires a wi-fi connection and existing doorbell for setup. It is not a battery-operated doorbell camera and can only replace existing doorbells ranging from 8V to 24V.

Doorbell camera specs

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro offers 1080p HD with HDR imaging and infrared night vision. Other features include digital pan and zoom, door chime, smart motion detection, 2-way audio, door chime and a 162-degree wide angle field of view.

Return policy

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro has a 60-day money-back guarantee. If purchased from the site, SimpliSafe will even pay for return shipping!

Smart motion detection

The doorbell notifies you via push notifications on your smartphone if it detects motion or if someone rings the bell. The notifications show the time and date.

To eliminate the chance of false alerts you can adjust the sensitivity level of the motion detector on the smartphone app from low to medium to high. The great thing about this doorbell is that it won't notify you with false alerts because it has a PIR motion sensor that identifies the heat signature of people so you'll only get real alerts and ignore false alerts from trees swaying, cars, people or animals passing by.

In case the motion detection feature doesn't turn out to be reliable for you, you have the option of turning it off and relying solely on the chime. Alternatively you can keep the motion detection on but turn off notifications.

Cloud video storage

There's a difference between using the video doorbell pro with a plan versus standalone.

If you want to store footage from the video doorbell pro camera on the cloud, you need to pay for a recording plan. On the contrary if you want to skip paying for a plan, you have to forego storing footage. Instead you can only live stream footage from the video doorbell pro camera.

For a single camera, cloud storage is $4.99. For unlimited cameras, cloud storage is $9.99.

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro vs. Nest Hello

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is priced at $169 and is cheaper than the Nest Hello. It has a 162-degree field of view and 1080p HDR. Chime connector is optional. The video doorbell pro needs to be wired to an existing doorbell ranging from 8V to 24V. This doorbell camera only records when triggered and therefore does not use your internet bandwidth all the time. The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is quicker to detect motion than Nest Hello.

The Nest Hello is priced at $229 and is more expensive than the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. It has a 160-degree field of view but 4:3 HDR, which means that you're able to see the visitor from head to toe. The Nest Hello needs a chime connector to work. It also needs to be wired to an existing doorbell ranging from 16V to 24V. This doorbell camera records 24/7 and uses your internet bandwidth all the time. Even then, there are customer complaints that the Nest Hello tends to go offline sometimes, so really it doesn't record 24/7. The Nest Hello has face recognition and is able to pre-record messages whereas the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro does not.

Both doorbell cameras send push notifications to your phone in approximately the same amount of time once the doorbell is rung. They both have 2-way audio, night vision and record to the cloud. They're also both pretty similar in appearance.

All in all, the Nest Hello has more advanced features than the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. SimpliSafe's doorbell camera is however a great starter doorbell for those looking to delve in the world of video doorbell cameras for the very first time.

What it lacks

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro only chimes when rang. It does not have person recognition and does not announce the name of the visitor like some advanced doorbell cameras do. The video doorbell pro also doesn't pre-record messages to play for visitors, for e.g. "you can leave the package at the door." It also lacks the geofencing feature, which isn't a huge deal because most people like to leave their doorbells on at all times.

Final thoughts

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is a basic doorbell camera, nothing fancy and a great option for those transitioning from an analog doorbell to a video doorbell.

About the writer

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Jared Leonard is an Armorax content creator who loves writing about tech. He's worked in the home security industry for almost half a decade, giving him an uncanny, insider understanding of how security companies and their products in 2018 work. The end beneficiary is you; take advantage of his unbiased reviews and pick what's right for you!