The more things change, the more they stay the same. Security cameras have come a long way, from the days of tedious pairings and rather complicated setups, to inexpensive systems that you can easily pick up for less than $100. But Arlowith its wide range of outdoor and indoor security cameras, shows why its S$399 camera is still one of the best around.
The first thing that defines the Arlo Pro 4 other than older models? This device connects directly to your Wi-Fi network, without the need for a hub. And without needing any complicated setup involving your router, smartphone, camera, and hub, connecting the Pro 4 to my home network was a snap. All you need to do is download the Arlo app, follow the instructions, and pair the device directly.
Each Arlo camera comes with several pieces that you need to put together, like an entry-level LEGO set. Out of the single camera box is a camera unit with a removable cover, which looks identical to the Arlo Pro 3. The palm-sized unit comes with a 160-degree wide-angle camera which you can choose to use, and a 3.85V 4800 mAh 18.48 Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. Simply open the device case, insert the battery and snap the case back on. On the front, a flashing blue light indicates the camera is ready for pairing.
The device comes with a small magnetic holder and a proprietary charging cable. The mount allows you to attach it to a wall to hold the Arlo Pro 4. The advantage of a magnetic mount is that you can change the position of the camera slightly, to always capture that perfect angle, and even if you don’t If you don’t plan to mount it with screws to the side of the wall or the top of your door frame, the stand can rest on a flat surface, to “hold” the Arlo Pro 4 if you place it on a shelf or inside a cabinet glass screen, to remain discreet.
The prowess of this camera is its versatility. The waterproof device can be used inside the house, or placed outside, whether it is mounted on a door giving onto the entrance, even outside the balcony facing the main gate, or on a tree overlooking the garden. Its capabilities depend on a strong Wi-Fi signal, and since it’s battery operated, there’s no need to connect it to a power source.
From the app, you can choose video quality, up to 2K recording, brightness levels and low-light settings, and auto-zoom and auto-tracking. Since this is in some ways a fixed camera, tracking is more of a software element, where if you choose to cover a 160-degree wide-angle view, you can track movements that may trigger the recording of the camera when something cuts in its path.
It also comes with a powerful two-way audio feature, allowing app users to communicate with those in front of the camera. When used indoors, you can use it to talk to anyone at home (you can trigger a flash of light to notify anyone in sight that the camera is in use), or when it is placed outside, use it to communicate with guests at your front door. , or delivery people waiting to drop off items. Like using a walkie-talkie, you can tell them to place the item in your shoe cabinet, or if you have an igloohome smart lock, give them a unique pin code to open your door and place the item in your home . You have cameras that remember and can monitor their movements once they open the door.
It’s not instant communication like a telephone, but it’s good enough for both parties to get along, for simple communications. There’s even a color night vision mode, so you can keep an eye on your front door at night, although if there’s little ambient light the Pro 4 only offers black and white video footage. White. There’s even a siren mode you can trigger, which is useful if you spot suspicious characters near your home and want to scare them away or alert your neighbors that something strange is in the neighborhood.
In fact, the Arlo Pro 4 is so easy to set up, use, and position that it could easily be a great option to recommend, if not for its price, and we’re not talking about the price of entry. slightly high. That’s true because the purchase price is just an entry fee for more features, since everything notable after the hardware is based on a subscription-based software service that offers recordings in cloud, event history, smart alerts and other features that in all honesty should come standard with such devices.
The most obvious is local storage, or rather the lack thereof. There’s no SD card, so if you get the Pro 4, you end up with a live monitoring device with a comms feature, and that’s it. Remember we said this device doesn’t require an Arlo Hub? Well, if you want local storage, a hub offers that with recordings saved to an external drive, so in one sense the Arlo Pro 4 is more nimble in features, but it also lacks in some ways.
Hardware-wise, the Pro 4 and Pro 3 are virtually similar, featuring 2K video with HDR, 160-degree viewing angles, a powerful built-in projector, built-in siren, night vision, and two-way audio.
The good news is that the Pro 4 is compatible with your existing Pro 3 setup, so adding a device to the hub gives you exactly that: local storage. In fact, that’s the recommended use here – deploying Pro 3 cameras when you want local storage, for example, monitoring your front door when your kids come home from school or when deliveries are made, and Pro 4 if you just want live monitoring, to receive alerts when motion is detected, or to keep an eye on things at home.
GEEK REVIEW NOTE
The Arlo Pro 4 is a nimble next-gen security camera that can be used without a hub unless you want local storage or want and can store recordings on a subscription-based cloud service.
- Aesthetic – 8.5/10
- Manufacturing quality – 10/10
- Performance – 8/10
- Value – 8/10
- Satisfaction of geeks – 8.5/10
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