Logitech Circle View Doorbell Review

Two Minute Review

The Logitech Circle View doorbell doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles and smart home support you’ll get from some competing video intercoms, but what it does, it does well.

It’s not a 4K resolution doorbell, and there are certainly plenty of options on the market with sharper video, but its 1600 x 1200 resolution is still more than enough detail for most situations. Like all the best video intercoms, it sends a notification to your smartphone when someone either presses the doorbell or becomes visible in its 160-degree field of view, so you can talk to whoever is at your doorstep.

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However, it differs from most of its competitors in that the doorbell only works with HomeKit, so you don’t have to deal with a third-party app. Instead, the Home app on an iPhone or iPad is used to set up and watch a live doorbell broadcast.

It supports HomeKit Secure Video, which means that if you want to go back and view the footage after it’s happened, you’ll need a 200GB or higher iCloud storage subscription that costs $2.99 ​​a month, and you have a HomePod, Apple TV or iPad set up as a Homekit hub – you’ll also need one of these if you want to be notified by the doorbell when you’re also not connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

The Logitech Circle View doorbell is not intended for non-HomeKit users, but if you live in the Apple ecosystem and want to support HomeKit Secure Video, then this is a great choice.

Logitech Circle View Doorbell Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Circle View Doorbell costs $199.99 and is currently only available in the US from the Logitech website and other electronics retailers including Amazon and Best Buy. You can install the doorbell yourself, or a professional Logitech circle installation will cost another $100 on top of the cost of the doorbell.

As we mentioned, the doorbell uses Apple HomeKit Secure Video to store the videos recorded by the camera, so if you want to go back and watch any videos within 10 days of recording them, you’ll need a Cloud subscription of at least 200 GB, which costs from $2.99 ​​per month.

  • Design
  • Only from the network
  • Plastic design but not cheap
  • Optional base plate allows you to mount the camera at an angle to suit your needs

The Logitech Circle View doorbell isn’t the flashiest video intercom. But it still has a relatively sleek and stylish design that should look great behind any door.

The Circle View doorbell is the same size as rivals Arlo Video Doorbell. And Nest Hello so it’s definitely noticeable outside the home. However this can be a good thing as it means guests will immediately. Know where the doorbell is when they get to your house. The device itself is about 4.68 inches high, 1.65 inches wide, and 1.1 inches deep. However you will be using a base plate when installing it, which can make it a little deeper.

The video intercom is mostly make of plastic but doesn’t feel cheap. On the front of the Circle View doorbell, you’ll see an illuminated button at the bottom. As well as an LED light for color night vision and a camera module at the top.

A microUSB port can be find on the bottom of the doorbell. Which can be use to power the doorbell in a pinch. And if you don’t have the option to connect the doorbell to an existing setup. It’s rather frustrating that Logitech is still sticking with MicroUSB here. I understand the preference is for it to be conduct using. The included accessories rather than through a port, but it’s 2021. And no company should build devices with a long outdate standard.

The device also comes with support plates to mount it flush on a wall or at an angle. Which is nice and means you can mount it however you want. You will also receive all necessary wiring components. It’s also important to note that this camera only comes in a wired version – there’s no battery powered Circle View doorbell yet.

 

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