Ring Battery Doorbell Pro Review: A Little Large and (Mostly) in Charge – CNET

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The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro on a wooden door frame.

Pros
  • HD+ resolution is clear
  • Highly customizable and accurate detection settings
  • Very competent battery life
  • Clear two-way audio
  • Great video history and sharing

A Ring Battery Doorbell Pro sits on top of porch fencing waiting for installation. A Ring Battery Doorbell Pro sits on top of porch fencing waiting for installation.

The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro prior to our full installation. 

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Ring Battery Doorbell Pro: Design and durability

Take a look at our past Ring Doorbell reviews including the Ring Video Doorbell 4, and you’ll see they look quite similar except for some differences in size. The Battery Doorbell Pro follows suit with the black-and-sliver design and the pop-off battery case (held on by a small screw when active), that’s also home to the touch doorbell.

This design, while not making any massive updates to Ring’s methods, has a solid, serviceable construction, except when it comes to that plastic battery case, which has a somewhat flimsy feel.

This compares unfavorably to the solid construction of doorbells from Google Nest or Arlo, which feel like they could take more of a beating. The trade-off is that you don’t need to dismount the doorbell every time you have to charge it, but by the time you’ve unscrewed the Ring battery case and maneuvered the battery out of the bottom, there’s not much difference.

A live view front door view from a doorbell using the Ring app. A live view front door view from a doorbell using the Ring app.

The Battery Doorbell Pro’s HD+ leads to a very clear image, although it’s not as noticeable as 2K

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Ring Battery Doorbell Pro: Motion and object detection

Ring has packed all the motion detection options it has into this doorbell. Motion detection, now enhanced with 3D, is only the start: There’s also the Bird’s Eye View, which tracked people as they made their way across our testing yard after a little tweaking of the doorbell’s overhead map. Detection is speedy and it passed the “dogwalker” test, where the doorbell ignored people walking their dogs on the sidewalk nearby and focused motion detection only on the front of the home.

With a Ring subscription, you can also access person and package detection for a more customized event history. I found these features to be hit or miss at first: Sometimes the doorbell would only recognize a person, not a package, even if the person was carrying a package and left it behind. Likewise, it sometimes failed to alert when a package was missing, only notifying that a new person had come to the door — not a great showing for preventing porch pirates.

Object detection improved when I sat down and customized both motion detection zones and package recognition zones, then turned up the sensitivity for detection. This helped, but the doorbell still occasionally struggled to identify packages and people when both were captured together, something that other brands like Nest have little trouble with.

Ring Battery Doorbell Pro: App settings and controls

The Ring app works hard to fit as many features as it can for its newer devices, giving you options to control sensitivity, choose the automatically recorded live view or adjust zones. 

Quick Reply options shown in the Ring app. Quick Reply options shown in the Ring app.

Ring allows for quick replies if someone wants to leave a doorbell message without using two-way audio.

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Ring Battery Doorbell Pro: Battery life

Ring reports its doorbell batteries are rated between 6 and 12 months, although enabling all the extra features and turning up the sensitive may drain it faster. With all features turned on and amped up, I spent several days testing the cam with frequent experiments and activations. By the end, the battery life was down to around 90%. That’s right in the zone for lasting several months with normal activations, about average for today’s video doorbells and higher than models like the Nest Doorbell battery model, which tends to top out at three months.

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