The peephole gets upgraded.
Who knew that technology will bring us something like Ring’s Door View Cam, which is basically a live camera in replacement of the peephole found on your door. You may think that you don’t need devices like these, but the Door View Cam does bring some convenient features that ultimately made us realize why we loved it.
Ring already manufactures home-based gadgets like smart doorbells and the Door View Cam adds to the current list of its growing portfolio. T3 initially previewed the Door View Cam including Ring’s other devices a few months ago at GITEX Technology Week where it was presented in a home-based setting.
Since the Door View Cam replaces the peephole on your door, you now have the ability to see who’s knocking thanks to the built-in camera that can stream directly to your smartphone using the Ring app. You can also talk through the device without having to go near your door.
It’s easy to install, and once its set up you’ll only need to use the rechargeable battery to power it up. This easily eliminates the need for wires and cables, but that also means that you would also have to recharge the battery when it eventually wears out. On my personal usage, it took around 35 days before the battery needed to be charged, though that could vary especially if you use it constantly.
The Door View Cam’s design is similar to Ring’s other devices, keeping with the silver and black color scheme. The two parts of the device include the outside facing part where the main doorbell is located with a camera on top of it. The other half which is inside your door is where the battery is placed.
It captures video at 1080p, clear enough to see who’s at the front door. It also features motion detection, which automatically turns on the camera and lets you know if someone is at the door or if someone has rung the doorbell. At night, the Door View Cam has an infrared emitter that illuminates the screen so everything’s still visible even when it’s pitch dark.
The Door View Cam also supports Amazon Alexa, meaning you can quickly check on the device using this smart assistant. It’s a cool feature, though in this part of the world Alexa isn’t the most commonly used virtual assistant. We would’ve liked support for Siri or Google Assistant, though I’m sure that’s only a software upgrade away.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about Ring’s Door View Cam. It may not be the first accessory you’ll need in your house, but the features and convenience are what makes an ideal addition to your home. It’s easy to install and even easier to use, giving you a smart doorbell and peephole that’s easily accessible from anywhere.
+ Easy installation
+ Great video quality
+ Works with Amazon Alexa
– No support for other virtual assistants
– Needs to be recharged
Final Rating: 4/5