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Internet of Things company Ring has announced an updated version of its original smart doorbell that improves on the original in nearly every category.
The all-new Ring Video Doorbell Pro features a higher resolution 1080p camera and now supports both 5GHz and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. The unit self is also a bit smaller and features swappable faceplates (with the original, you were stuck with the color you ordered).
If you haven't figured out by now, the Video Doorbell Pro is exactly what it sounds like – a video-powered wireless doorbell. The device mounts beside your door and features a two-way speaker system that works through a smartphone app. When someone is at your door, you'll get a notification from the app and can talk to and see them from anywhere so long as you have a data connection.
Perhaps the only obvious shortcoming with the Video Doorbell Pro is the fact that it isn't wireless. As TechCrunch points out, the original could run for several months at a time via built-in rechargeable battery. The new model must be hardwired for power, making it far less attractive to someone living in, say, an apartment where permanent modifications to the structure are frowned upon.
Oh, and if you're worried about thieves stealing the device, fret not as Ring will replace the unit if it comes up missing.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is available to pre-order as of writing for $249 and is expected to ship sometime next month.