For a budget video doorbell intercom system, this unit offers simple installation and all the features you need. While the video may not be of the highest quality, it’s hard to expect more in this price range. This upgraded version of their initial release is essentially the same, but only uses a single 2-strand wire for installation. This makes it extremely easy to set up without the need for any professional installation.
– Easy to install.
– Good volume on doorbell and intercom.
– Automatic night vision.
– Display screen is only 480i (standard definition).
– No wi-fi functionality.
The overall design of this unit is solid, though a bit on the larger side. While it’s not bulky, the unit does have a bit of an older look due to the fact that the housing is much larger than the screen itself. This probably aids in the low price point of this unit, but it isn’t the most pleasing look. The screen is a reasonable 7 inches diagonal, but only comes in at 480 pixels (the same as a standard definition television). I don’t consider this a problem though, as resolution beyond that isn’t really necessary in this case. You’re not sharing video of this online or making a home movie with it.
As I mentioned, the upgraded version is VERY easy to install. The main indoor screen needs to be located somewhat near a power outlet to plug the adapter into, but the outdoor side is powered via the single 2-strand wire provided in the kit. With a single hole or opening to the outside, you can quickly and easily run the necessary wire and have this up and running. It took me all of 15 minutes to set up. Aside from perhaps a drill, everything you need for installation is provided in the kit.
The unit has various options for chimes, depending on your preference. I would have loved to see the option for custom chimes here, but again that would simply increase the price. The chimes are definitely loud enough to be hear throughout your house, unless you live in a mansion or have loud music blasting. I could easily hear this on the second floor of my house when someone rang the doorbell. The intercom also has good volume, without being overly loud. You’ll definitely hear the person outside, and they will hear you even with some traffic.
Final Score: 4.25/5I would love to see some wi-fi functionality on this product, but then we get back to talking about price. That’s probably the one thing this doesn’t offer in competition with the high-end models. But the fact that this unit comes in at less than half the cost of a similar option with wi-fi makes a big difference. I’d highly recommend this for someone looking into budget options for home security and surveillance. And the fact that you won’t need to hire a professional to install it will save you that much more in the final cost.
1byone Video Intercom Doorbell System: $89.99 – Amazon.com