Taking home security to the next level.
Smart homes are the newest trend nowadays. With everyone fitting their home with appliances and devices that can be now controlled from anywhere, we’re coming into a new era of how homes stay connected and secure. We already know Ring makes some of the best home security devices available, and now we have the Video Doorbell 3 for review just in time for its launch here in the UAE.
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is the next-generation doorbell that offers more security features for your home. Think of it as a replacement to the actual doorbell that somehow makes it convenient for you to see who’s knocking at the door – all accessible through an app on your smartphone.
Setting it up is a breeze though – I initially was confused with the amount of extra stuff included in the package, but those are mostly options for you on how to install the doorbell near your gate or your door. The Video Doorbell 3 uses rechargeable batteries for operation, and that battery easily slides out whenever it needs to be charged.
The package includes all the tools you will need for installation right down to the screws and the screwdriver. There’s also a wedge so you can install the doorbell at an angle. The Video Doorbell 3 can be installed over an existing doorbell that has AC power and also connects to an existing chime. It looks complicated, but Ring has included an easy-to-follow installation guide.
Since I stay in an apartment building, I placed the Video Doorbell 3 by the side of my door and set up the device there. I don’t have an existing chime, but Ring has also provided us with the Ring Chime Pro that works well with the Video Doorbell 3. The Video Doorbell 3 comes with a silver faceplate by default, but you can change it to a darker one that’s also included in the box.
Once the installation is done, you now have to install the Ring app on your smartphone to configure the Video Doorbell 3. You simply need to add it to your existing Wi-Fi network and you’re now online – the connection is great especially since the Video Doorbell 3 now supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for wireless connectivity.
You would have to create an account to use the Ring app, which will also include a free 30-day trial for Ring Protect, a service that lets you view and share every footage taken by your Ring device with an option for 24/7 professional monitoring.
After setting it up, you can play around the Ring app to get an idea of all its features. When someone rings the doorbell, you’re immediately alerted on your smartphone and see a 1080p stream straight from the camera. There’s two-way talk support too, so you can start speaking at the door before you answer it. The doorbell also supports Night Vision, and in our tests, it doesn’t lose any detail and still gives a bright image that’s just as good as in normal scenarios.
Voice is loud and clear and the video stream is also detailed. A good Wi-Fi connection helps, so make sure there’s ample coverage for the Video Doorbell 3 to connect when it is placed by your door or gate. This is where the Ring Chime Pro comes in – aside from adding a loud chime inside your home so you can hear the doorbell, it also acts as a range extender to give stable coverage for the Video Doorbell 3.
I also loved Motion Detection on the Video Doorbell 3, which sends you a notification if it notices something passing by your place even if the doorbell isn’t pressed. This can also be a hassle because if the Video Doorbell 3 is pointed at the road, each passing person or vehicle will give off an alert.
Thankfully Ring has included Motion Zones, where you can simply tell the Ring to monitor a specific area on its view and ignoring everything else. There’s also Privacy Zones that will tell the Ring to exclude certain areas in its view from the video recording. As an added privacy feature, you have the option to turn off the audio on the recordings.
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is compatible with Amazon Alexa – though I would have loved some form of support for Google Assistant or even Apple’s Siri.
For 839 AED/899 SAR, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 brings substantial improvements over its predecessor and offers a great way to add security to your home.
The Ring Doorbell 3 is available for purchase on Amazon.ae, Jumbo, and Virgin in the UAE and on Amazon.sa and Jarir Online in Saudi Arabia. The Ring Chime and Ring Chime Pro as also separately and will cost 149 AED/149 SAR and 229 AED/249 SAR respectively.
+ Support for 1080p video
+ Highly configurable motion zones
+ Easy to set up and install
We Didn’t Like:
– Only supports Amazon Alexa
Final Rating: 4/5