A smart stellar ringtone for Apple users – and only for Apple users.
The ringtone offers a 160-degree field of view in the same way as other smart ringtones, such as Google Hello Nest, although smaller than the 180-degree field of view offered by the Arlo Essential Wire-Free Doorb sound, our choice as the most good video sound can buy. The camera records 1200p x 1600p and offers color vision at night.
Given Apple’s exclusivity, this is not the preferred choice for most people. But if you’re already in a relationship with Apple Siri, Logitech’s new sound is an obvious choice to keep an eye on your door. It offers a smooth experience, clear videos and advanced front door features such as facial recognition and smart smart alerts for anyone running an Apple ecosystem.
About Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired
Here are the specifications of the Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired:
- Price: $ 199.99
- Colors: Black
- Connectivity: Dual-band WiFi (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
- Smart assistants: Siri
- Installation type: Hardwire only
- Weather assessment: IP65
- Video resolution: HD resolution 1200 x 1600
- dimensions: 4.68 “H x 1.65” W x 1.1 “D
Logitech’s smart ringtone offers many features common to other video ringtones, such as two-way talk and custom motion zones. There’s also a built-in motion sensor and a light sensor that measures the amount of light in luxury, the latter of which can trigger other smart home products in your arsenal, such as turning on lights when it gets dark outside.
An Apple Home Hub, such as an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, HomePod, HomePod mini or iPad, is required to use the ringtone. Existing rattle wires of a low voltage transformer are required for installation, and most indoor bells are compatible. Otherwise, a ringing bell set is included in your purchase, and you can also receive Home Hub announcements or push notifications on your iOS device.
A paid iCloud subscription is required to access the best features of the Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired, such as smart smart alerts, facial recognition, and more. You don’t need an iCloud storage plan to stream videos and store videos, but you need a 200 GB iCloud storage plan to record videos. This ringtone also supports HomeKit Secure Video, which encrypts videos before uploading them to iCloud.
What we like
Head to toe view
The Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired displays videos in a 3: 4 format, which provides a complete picture of who is at the front door and also makes it easier to see the packages on the porch. For comparison, many video ringtones, such as those from the Ring, record in a 16: 9 format, which offers a widescreen view that doesn’t always fully capture people from top to bottom or packages at your door.
The video during the day is clear, providing a clear, perfect picture of what is going on in your home. There is also a light strip with LEDs on the front, which helps to visually illuminate the color vision at night quite well.
He knows who’s at your door
Facial recognition is not common to most smart ringtones (Google’s Nest Hello being one of the few exceptions), so it was a pleasant surprise to find it in the latest Logitech. It’s a smart feature that can tell you who’s specifically at the door by pulling photos from your iOS device to recognize your friends and family.
When I rang the bell, my HomePod Mini speaker announced: “Rachel Murphy” (I am) was at the door. Sound ads like this make facial recognition a useful (optional) feature that can add a more comfortable touch to your smart home.
Intelligent object detection
More and more video ringtones are moving from motion-only alerts to smart smart alerts that can differentiate between objects. Logitech’s requires a paid iCloud subscription, which allows the ringtone camera to differentiate between people, animals, vehicles and movement. However, unlike the Nest and Arlo ringtones they refer to, it does not detect packets, which is kind of stupid.
Another great feature of this ringtone is that it has truly customizable movement areas, which means you can draw activity areas tailored to the front door view. This is useful to avoid false alerts caused by things like trees blowing in the wind or the shadow of the neighbors’ flag, ultimately making the doorbell a safer and more accurate security room.
What we don’t like
Apple or nothing
Because an Apple Home Hub (Apple TV, HomePod, HomePod mini, or iPad) is required to use the ringtone, owning at least a few iOS products is a must here. It might not be a bad thing if you’re all in Siri as a smart assistant of your choice. However, if you prefer to use Alexa and / or Google to control your smart home, or if you want to use a few more affordable products (many of which don’t work with Siri), this isn’t the sound for you.
Arlo Essential Wire-Free video
The ringtone is a great alternative, because it works with either Alexa or Google, it costs the same and offers an excellent head-to-toe view of who is at the front door.
Should you buy it?
Yes, but only if you’re Siri or nothing
For Apple-only users, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired is a great choice. It immediately detects movement events and can accurately tell the difference between people, animals and vehicles. Head-to-head vision, facial recognition features and integration with other iOS devices make it an ideal choice for any Apple-run smart home.
But with a retail price of $ 199.99, Logitech’s latest ringtone is already on the verge of being a more expensive option than comparable smart ringtones. It is created only for Apple users and Apple users, requires additional hardware (Apple Home Hub) to work and a paid subscription to unlock all its features. If you’re looking for an Android-compatible sound (which is still compatible with iOS devices), you’ll want to pick up the best video sound I’ve tested, Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell. It works with both Alexa and Google (but not Siri), offers better viewing, and doesn’t require a hub – all at the same price as the Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired.
However, if Apple HomeKit is your smart platform of choice, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell Wired makes a fantastic addition to your Siri ecosystem.
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Meet the tester
Rachel Murphy covers smart home for Review. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida. Previously, he worked as a freelance writer for several major stores and as an associate editorial producer on ABC News’ Good Morning America.
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