Ring’s best video doorbell gets a battery-powered upgrade, making it much easier, and cheaper, to install
Amazon’s camera and doorbell hardware division has taken the wraps off its latest product: the Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro. As the name suggests, the new doorbell adds a battery to Ring’s top-of-the-range smart doorbell, making it much easier to install.
There’s also a new design for the Battery Video Doorbell Pro – it now looks similar to the Ring Video Doorbell Plus – and it’s received a nice price cut. The new doorbell will be available to buy from Amazon from 20 March and will cost £200; that’s £20 cheaper than the Ring Doorbell Pro 2 when it first launched.
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Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro: Specifications, price, availability
- 1536p video capture
- Radar-powered 3D motion detection
- Bird’s Eye view and Bird’s Eye zones
- Colour pre-roll
- Audio+ and noise reduction
- Dual-band Wi-Fi support
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- DIY installation
- Alexa compatibility
- Price: £200
- Availability: 20th March, Amazon.co.uk
Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro: First impressions
It might look more like the Doorbell Plus, but when it comes to features, the Ring Video Doorbell Battery has more in common with the premium Doorbell Pro 2.
As such, it comes with high-end features like 3D Motion Detection, which uses radar technology to detect how close someone is to your front door, and Bird’s Eye View, which uses that tech to let you “see” from above where visitors are in relation to your home.
The doorbell also comes with colour pre-roll, another feature exclusive to Ring’s Pro doorbells, which uses buffering to capture video footage from a few seconds before motion is detected (or the doorbell is pressed). The new doorbell also takes advantage of Ring’s Audio+ and noise cancellation tech for clearer call quality.
None of these features are available on the standard Video Doorbell Plus and they’re all well worth having. We’ve found in the past that the radar tech, in particular, contributes to more reliable motion detection and video clip capture.
Importantly, it also means you have more fine control over the alerts you receive, potentially reducing the number of false positives you get on your phone.
If you’ve always had problems with your video doorbell alerting you when people walk by your front door instead of turning and walking up to your house, this could be the doorbell for you. The radar view this generates in the app is pretty slick as well, showing a white dot where it sees the
What the Ring Video Doorbell Pro Battery doesn’t come with, however, is any kind of upgrade to the core features. It still captures “head to toe” video at a resolution of 1,536 x 1,536, offers colour night vision and supports dual-band Wi-Fi, just like its cheaper sibling.
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Other features include customisable motion and privacy zones, package and person alerts and, as ever with Ring doorbells, Alexa compatibility, which means you can use your Echo speakers as doorbell chimes and even monitor its video streams via smart screen devices like the Echo Show 8 (3rd Gen).
As with Ring’s other products, though, most of the doorbell’s advanced features will be inaccessible unless you take out a Ring Protect subscription plan. Those start at £3.49 per month per device currently, or £8 per month for unlimited devices in a single household.
If that doesn’t sit right with you, there are plenty of other choices you can read about on our Best Video doorbells page, including our current pick of the bunch: the TP-Link Tapo D230S1. Expect a full review of the Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro very soon.