In an increasingly connected world, Ring has managed to make its mark with its home automation devices. In particular, its connected bells have been very successful, and a lot is expected of Ring Video Doorbell 2. But what does the product bring to the range? The answer in test.
If many films and novels have imagined worlds filled with cameras, we can say that this is the case with ours. Today, they are everywhere and are increasingly connected. The company Ring has thus based itself on these to propose objects linked to the house. With Ring Video Doorbell 2, it wants to offer a bell that offers both safety and comfort of use. But is it succeeding?
- Brand: Ring
- Model: Video Doorbell 2
- Category: Connected bell
- Price: 219 euros
- Availability: Immediate
- Tested with: Huawei Honor 8
Unboxing of the Ring Video Doorbell 2
With the unboxing of the Ring Video Doorbell 2, it’s hard to be surprised if you’re used to the brand’s products. Whether it is the sobriety of the box or the clever storage, we are on familiar ground. Inside, we recover the cables and screws, of course, but also a multifunctional screwdriver. This is the only one you will need to install your connected bell.
Ring also offers interesting alternatives for its product. In addition to the operating instructions, there is an additional shell to be placed on the device. This way, you can choose between a grey or black aspect to display in front of your front door.
Design and ergonomics of the Ring Video Doorbell 2
Concerning the Ring Video Doorbell, we can say that the simplicity of installation is there. Indeed, if several electrical connections are necessary, they remain anecdotal and rather easy. Attaching the device does not pose any more problems, especially thanks to the very clear instructions provided. However, it is advisable to obtain the application directly and follow it. Indeed, the assembly instructions are much more precise on this one than on paper. However, it should be noted that the object is not compatible with dwellings with a garden. Indeed, no door opening system is included. So, if you have to open a portal for example, you will have to move around.
On the construction side, we’re already more concerned. And for good reason, the shell of the device under which the battery is located is made of plastic. We feel a real feeling of fragility in the face of it. While the doorbell is (logically) placed in the street, this cannot be said to be very reassuring. But not everything is black, since a fast charge battery is included in the Ring Video Doorbell. This one works without connections and avoids any wired link. A godsend for anyone who is really allergic to manual work involving electricity.
Features of Ring Video Doorbell 2
When faced with a connected bell, you don’t think you’ll find many features. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is still quite generous. First of all, there are some things you can expect, namely the alert on the smartphone as soon as someone rings the bell. You can then use the camera and see who is on the landing. If the quality is good, the lens sometimes has difficulty following the movements and offers us a light porridge of pixels instead of the face. Note that as soon as night falls, the camera automatically switches to night mode.
In addition, there is a motion detection system that will alert you as soon as someone stands in front of your door. In other words, it is not advisable to activate it if it faces directly onto a street. Depending on this function, it is also possible to contact the person in front of the camera. This is at least the case in theory, since in practice it is very difficult to understand anything. Indeed, even when speaking from a quiet place, cuts and crackles are to be deplored for both parties. Needless to say, the phenomenon worsens in a noisy place.
Application of Ring Video Doorbell 2
Like all Ring products, Video Doorbell 2 uses the application dedicated to the brand’s objects. Once again, we find a simple but above all very instinctive design. With it, your smartphone turns into a remote control allowing you to fully control the device. Of particular note is the possibility of reviewing the captured videos with each ring tone. Be careful though, as this is only available with a Ring Protect subscription. This reaches 30€/year (or 3€/month) for a camera and 100€/year (or 10€/month) for an unlimited number of cameras. A 30-day trial period is still available for purchase.
Connected by Wifi, no machine interruption is to be deplored during the test. As long as the box has no problem, the bell should not have any either. This link is also found with all the Ring products you own, since each can be connected to the others. If Ring Video Doorbell 2 works alone, it is much more effective with other objects, such as a lock. There is also compatibility with other systems, such as Alexa and IFTTT.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 is not perfect, but it has many arguments in its favour. If it is a pity that the vocal part is of very poor quality and that it is not adapted to houses with gardens, we remain in front of a good product. Its video and application are of very good quality, the latter being adapted for novices. If one remains cautious as to the solidity of the object, its construction still has the advantage of facilitating its installation. If you absolutely need a connected bell, Ring Video Doorbell 2 is far from being a bad choice.