Arlo Professional 2 assessment
“The Arlo Professional 2 is solely the very best good dwelling safety digital camera system you should purchase.”
Superior scheduling and geofencing controls
7 days of free cloud storage
Elective native backup through USB
Backward suitable with Arlo Professional
Scalable multi-camera plans for companies
App interface slightly convoluted
Editor’s word: Arlo has introduced its new Professional three safety digital camera. The Arlo Professional three consists of HDR and a 160-degree area of view. It is going to begin at $500 for 2 cameras. Our assessment of the brand new is in progress.
The Arlo Professional 2 could also be extra of a refinement than a reinvention of the unique, nevertheless it stays top-of-the-line good dwelling safety methods cash should purchase. Whereas a wave of low value, standalone good cameras — just like the $20 Wyzecam — have sprouted up, Arlo has solid forward on the excessive finish of the market, focusing on severe dwelling safety DIY-ers and small enterprise house owners.
As such, the Arlo Professional 2 is on the market in two or four-camera bundles, priced at $480 and $800, respectively. As Arlo defined to Digital Traits, Arlo Professional prospects merely weren’t shopping for single-camera packages, so the corporate did away with that possibility for the Arlo Professional 2. Nevertheless, add-on cameras may be bought individually, and they’re backward suitable with the unique Arlo Professional.
Sure, $480 feels like a excessive value of entry (you will discover them cheaper on Amazon sometimes), however the Arlo Professional 2 is loaded with options that make it stand out from the group. Moreover, Arlo’s Primary plan consists of seven days of free cloud backup; most rivals supply simply 24 hours, requiring paid subscriptions for extra. Add within the wired or wire-free operation, weatherproof design, and sturdy scheduling and geofencing capabilities, and also you’ve obtained what’s the most versatile and full good dwelling safety answer available on the market.
The advantages of a base station
The Arlo Professional 2 isn’t the one safety system to take the bottom station method. As evidenced by D-Hyperlink’s DCS-2802KT, this setup could certainly be rising in reputation. But when the cameras all join over Wi-Fi, what’s the purpose of a base station?
There are two main benefits. The primary is solely extra environment friendly administration of wi-fi communication with the cameras. The Arlo Professional 2 base station connects to your router straight through Ethernet, then broadcasts its personal Wi-Fi sign to any related digital camera. No matter visitors on your own home community, it ensures the cameras obtain the bandwidth they want. It has the extra advantage of considerably growing battery life: Relying on the extent of exercise, a digital camera can final so long as six months.
Arlo’s Primary plan consists of seven days of free cloud backup; most rivals supply simply 24 hours.
The bottom station additionally provides options that will be troublesome to put in on the cameras themselves. It features a 100-plus decibel siren (about as loud as a smoke alarm) and presents two USB ports for connecting exterior arduous drives for native backups. Positive, some cameras have MicroSD playing cards for native recording, however a centralized arduous drive, along with having a lot bigger capability, can retailer footage from a number of cameras in a single place. Additionally, whereas a safety digital camera might be stolen by a burglar (probably taking the incriminating proof with them), the bottom station and connected drive might be locked in a safe location.
After all, Arlo additionally retains your footage safe within the cloud, and if the seven-day Primary plan simply doesn’t present sufficient peace of thoughts, you should purchase a 30-day Premiere or 60-day Elite plan for $100 and $149 per yr, respectively. We’ve usually griped about good cameras that go all-in on both cloud or native storage, and it’s good to see a system that gives sturdy choices for every.
Superior customization options
Past the usual set of safety features (movement detection, sound detection, evening imaginative and prescient, two-way audio), the Arlo Professional 2 has a wealth of superior settings which are a step above most of its rivals. First, it presents each geofencing and scheduling, and the 2 may be mixed completely. If you’d like the digital camera to be energetic any time you’re away from dwelling, however just for sure hours when you find yourself dwelling, you might have full freedom to set it up that approach. This looks like a easy factor to ask for, however many different cameras have gotten it incorrect, or hidden these options behind paid memberships.
Daven Mathies/Digital Traits
Daven Mathies/Digital Traits
One other factor that always plagues good cameras is publicity. A vivid window or gentle can throw it off. The essential areas of a scene would possibly end up too darkish or too vivid relying on the encircling areas. Whereas the Arlo Professional 2 doesn’t boast the excessive dynamic vary of the dual-exposure Nest Cam IQ, it does supply a easy brightness slider. This works similar to the publicity compensation dial on a digital camera, letting you tune publicity up or all the way down to get the absolute best picture.
The Arlo Professional 2 has a wealth of superior settings which are a step above the competitors.
The one draw back of all of this energy and suppleness is that the Arlo app (iOS and Android) is a bit cluttered. It’s undoubtedly not the friendliest interface we’ve used, so be able to put a while into figuring every little thing out. The dwell feed additionally minimize out on us a pair occasions when viewing full display screen, and didn’t at all times reply to modifications made to the brightness slider. That stated, these points had been intermittent and simply fastened just by reloading the dwell feed.
The Arlo Professional 2 additionally has Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and If This Than That (IFTTT) help for integration with different good dwelling units, permitting you to view digital camera footage on an Amazon Echo Present or Amazon Fireplace-connected TV. Apple HomeKit is lacking, however Arlo introduced that the Arlo Child will help HomeKit, which suggests potential help in different Arlo cameras sooner or later.
Full HD 1080p is sweet, however most likely not essential
From motion pictures to TV exhibits and even YouTube unboxing movies, Full HD 1080p is concerning the minimal decision we’ll settle for for watching movies right this moment. Nevertheless, in relation to safety cameras, now we have but to really be impressed by any that advertises “Full HD 1080p.” The Arlo Professional 2 isn’t any completely different.
Daven Mathies/Digital Traits
Daven Mathies/Digital Traits
The unique Arlo Professional was restricted to 720p decision, and the leap to 1080p for the Professional 2 was a reasonably apparent specification bump to make. We’re happy with the addition, particularly provided that Arlo didn’t cut back its seven days of free cloud storage regardless of the added file dimension necessities, however we are able to’t say that viewing safety digital camera footage in 1080p actually provides something to the expertise. You’ll be able to zoom in as much as 8x, however as we’ve seen on just about each different safety digital camera, edges are very over-sharpened and heavy compression limits the image high quality to one thing effectively beneath what we’d count on from a camcorder or perhaps a smartphone digital camera.
The Arlo Professional 2 could carry a excessive value of entry, nevertheless it pays off.
That stated, picture high quality is nice for this class of product, and the 130-degree wide-angle lens is ideal for many functions. Some cameras supply as much as 180 levels of protection, however in our expertise, hardly ever is that wanted — and it tends to considerably distort the picture.
Extra essential than picture high quality, nevertheless, is solely clip size. Many cameras save area and bandwidth by solely recording just a few seconds of footage after a movement or sound-triggered occasion. With the Arlo Professional 2, we noticed particular person clips run as much as 5 minutes and had been in a position obtain them in a matter of seconds. Plus, there was just about no “settle down” time between clips; subsequent movement occasions triggered the digital camera instantly, even when a earlier clip had been saved simply seconds earlier than.
When a digital camera is plugged in, you even have the choice of utilizing the brand new “look again” mode. This frequently buffers three seconds of video which is saved each time the digital camera is triggered, supplying you with a glimpse on the scene simply previous to the second movement or sound was detected.
Constructed for enterprise
Whereas the Arlo Professional 2 is designed to be a strong dwelling safety system, it presents a number of options that make it interesting to small and medium companies, as effectively. First, enterprise prospects nonetheless get seven days of free cloud storage for as much as 5 related cameras, however Arlo additionally presents business-specific cloud plans for additional increasing the system. The $129-per-year Superior plan permits for as much as 16 cameras and 14 days of cloud storage, whereas the $249 Skilled plan boosts that to 24 cameras and 30 days of backup. Nonetheless not sufficient? The $499 Enterprise plan presents 60 days of a storage and as much as 40 cameras.
If you happen to’d quite run the Arlo Professional 2 like a standard always-on safety digital camera setup, you are able to do that, too. Arlo presents steady video recording (CVR) storage plans, and as long as a digital camera is plugged in, it may be utilized in CVR mode. A CVR plan is bought as an addition to the usual cloud plan, at $99 per yr for 14 days of backup or $199 for 30 days.
Arlo presents a one-year guarantee on the Arlo Professional 2 and three months of buyer help for Primary plan members. Paid membership plans include limitless help.
The Arlo Professional 2 could carry a excessive value of entry for anybody on the lookout for their first good dwelling digital camera, nevertheless it pays off. It’s the most full-featured dwelling safety system now we have but examined. We’re notably impressed with the sheer quantity of included options, and Arlo’s beneficiant cloud storage plans and clip size limits set a bar for the trade.
Is there a greater different?
Probably not, though from a easy matter of value, some customers could also be higher off with a single-camera system. The Logitech Circle 2 presents a lot broader good dwelling integration. Arlo did simply announce a brand new digital camera — the Extremely 4K — that can probably give the Arlo Professional II a stable run for its cash. It will likely be costly, although. We’ll replace this assessment as soon as we get the chance to assessment it.
How lengthy will it final?
That is probably the most full-featured good dwelling digital camera system now we have ever examined, so we count on it’ll final for a while to return. Arlo is a longtime identify on this area, so the Arlo Professional 2 is probably going a safer wager than playing on one of many many less-known gamers within the good dwelling enviornment.
Must you purchase it?
Sure. There are cheaper options on the market, however we actually haven’t discovered one other good digital camera that gives the identical energy, versatility, cloud storage, and worth because the Arlo Professional 2.
Up to date January 25, 2019 to notice that the Arlo Professional II now works with Google Assistant and that Arlo has launched the Arlo Extremely 4K dwelling safety digital camera.