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Ding dong: Ring’s most affordable smart doorbell is here—and we love it

Updated February 17, 2021

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About the Ring Video Doorbell Wired

Works with Amazon Alexa

Doesn't work with existing chimes

Everything you need to install the Ring Video Doorbell Wired, including mounting hardware, is included with your purchase.

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired records in 1080p HD video with a 155-degree horizontal field of view. It also offers two-way talk with noise cancellation, night vision, and Amazon Alexa integration. The doorbell detects motion and sends smart push notifications to your phone when someone is at the front door.

The view from the Ring Video Doorbell Wired looks pretty darn good for $60.

The new Ring Wired Video Doorbell features click-and-drag customizable motion zones to help prevent false alerts.

This is the first Ring doorbell I’ve used that supported the new customizable motion zones—and they’re awesome. Truly customizable motion zones are an important feature of a video doorbell, because the view from everyone’s front door varies and you want to ensure your doorbell’s accuracy.

For example, if you have a flag or tree that triggers motion alerts when the wind blows, you don’t need to receive motion alerts every time it crosses the camera’s view. With click-and-drag motion zones, you can draw your own zones in the Ring app and finetune the exact areas you want to trigger alerts, and exclude those you don’t.

With an Alexa-enabled smart display like the Echo Show 5 (pictured), you can view the camera’s livestream by asking Alexa or when someone rings the doorbell.

Since I already have the Ring skill enabled in my Alexa app, she was able to quickly discover the wired doorbell as soon as it connected to my home internet, making for quick and simple setup.

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is the smallest (and most affordable) smart front door camera from the Amazon-owned smart home brand.

With a retail price tag of $59.99, Ring’s Video Doorbell Wired makes a great addition to your home security setup, so long as Alexa is your smart assistant of choice and you have the proper doorbell wiring already installed. It’s as quick and smart as more expensive Ring doorbells, has no problem maintaining a steady WiFi connection, and supports features found on more expensive Ring doorbells like People Only mode, Snapshot Capture, and customizable motion zones.

Rachel Murphy covers smart home for Reviewed. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for several major outlets and as an associate editorial producer for ABC News' Good Morning America.

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Category: Technology

Source: USA Today

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