Living with a Smart Door Bell – We test the best models on the market.

Smart doorbells come in all shapes and sizes. From small, harmless buttons with small embedded cameras to large units that boast a range of features and technology, they are fast becoming an important part of the smart home.

And they are no smarter than Eufy’s video Doorbell Dual. I have spent many weeks learning to live with it, and it has been a very interesting time.

Because it’s wireless and battery-powered, it’s easy to set up. You either place one of the two base plates provided at an angle or look straight out, and then you clip the door bell unit on it. It requires a small tool provided to open it and that’s how you charge it – by connecting it to micro USB.

It’s a big old device, but it has two cameras instead of the usual one. Most doorbells can look straight ahead to relay a visitor’s face, but the second small camera in the Video Door Bell Dual points downwards. And that’s where it gets smarter. Not only does this give you a wide view of the field, but it also means that you can see the package that has been left on your doorstep.

It gets even smarter. It has an intelligent system called Delivery Guard, which looks at your package and will tell you if someone is going to pinch it. All very modern.

It works through a well-designed app, and it connects to your home’s Wi-Fi via a base station, which is plugged into your home and acts as a traditional alarm. ۔ So unlike some smart doorbells, you don’t just rely on smartphone notifications, you get a loud, clear, customized bell inside the house.

And, of course, if you’re out and about when the doorbell rings, you can quickly connect to your device and talk to the viewer, listener and visitor. Stunning 2K definition. The cameras are great.

And that’s where some of the smarter tech steps come in. You can “learn” a series of faces from the doorbell unit’s smart artificial intelligence system. So even though it can be set to let you know if someone is on your porch – whether they ring the bell or not – the movement sensor will be able to tell if it’s your wife, your neighbor, Or even a local cat.

I realized it could be a hit and miss. For example, from time to time sunglasses can deceive him. But when it works, it’s very effective. I get a lot of deliveries from DPD and I have asked the door bell to get the DPD to recognize the man. So now I get a custom notification if he walks home. I can also track movement in and out. The app will tell me if my wife has left home or returned, for example. Slightly scary, maybe, but if I ever need it, it’s there.

It is possible to set up preset messages for people who are hanging around. “Please leave him at the door,” he would tell the Post, as they thought I was not inside. Although there are ways to fix it, I often find that I can’t help but notice her when I greet a courier.

The app has many settings, and there are many ways to customize it. I’m going to be honest, some do better than others. And after the doorbell rings, live video feeds can sometimes take a while to load. When it does work, the two-way communication feature is great, but when it does take some time (which, to be honest, with my 4G connection, it can work more than anything). It’s a trivial matter. Most couriers, including the guy who delivers my Amazon parcels, before I have time to exchange virtual pleasures.

But this is where the Delivery Guard feature comes in. The doorbell keeps a watchful eye on the parcel, and as soon as anyone approaches it I will find out.

Once I was on vacation and an unexpected box arrived. It was left on my door mat and I was able to ask my neighbor if he didn’t mind taking care of her for a few days.

That’s why Eufy’s dual camera setup is probably the best solution on the market. And why blind spots are really the Achilles heel of most devices.

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I also like the battery life. Eufy claims six months from a charge, and they’re not far off. Turned right even with sensitivity. And I like the fact that you’re not ready to sign up for cloud storage. Everything is stored in the indoor unit and you can back it up at your leisure.

So there are some things to iron. Most of this can be done by playing with the settings, and trust me there are a lot of settings. Some bugs can be fixed in firmware updates, and this leaves you with a well-rounded package that works brilliantly.

Of course, it is quite expensive. Currently selling for £ 229 on the Eufy website, it costs £ 50 more than the equivalent single camera setup. But it does compare to some premium competitors in terms of price, and it can be an invaluable addition to your home if it prevents a valuable parcel from being stolen.

Overall, it’s hard not to fully recommend it. This is easily one of the best video doorbells on the market.

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