VTech Video Doorbell Review

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VTech Video Doorbell Review
2 VTech handsets and a video doorbell

Welcome to my VTech Video Doorbell Review.

At- a- Glance Features

Below, I have created tables which show the different features that this device has. I have divided the features up into different tables to make it easier for you to read.

Those tables are;

(1) HD/ Night Vision/ Live View

(2) Motion Detection/ Field of View/ Audio

(3) Software

(4) Connection and Storage

(5) Doorbell Power

(6) Handset Power

(7) Design and Warranty.

HD, Night Vision & Live View

HD
Night Vision
Live View
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Handset has a 1.8" screen
Uses "Automatic Night Vision"
Handset must be in the recharging cradle

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HD

The screen that you view your doorbell camera on is 1.8″ wide which is one of the smallest viewing screens possible!

Night Vision

There are two LEDs that sit below the camera that provide clear infrared night vision.

Looking at the reviews, most people who have bought this doorbell set have been impressed with the night vision.

However I could not find any information about how far the LEDs illuminate (the distance away from the camera that you will still get a clear picture.)

Live View

This is the ability to watch what your doorbell camera is “seeing” anytime you want at the touch of a button.

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Motion Detection/ Field of View/ Audio

Motion Detection
Field of Vision
Audio
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Pan & Zoom feature on the handset
2 Way

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Motion Detection

This doorbell set does not have a motion detection feature, which is disappointing as lots of other video doorbells do have this facility.

Field of View 

I cannot find any specific details on the camera’s field of view.

A few reviewers have commented that it is quite limited.

Audio

This VTech model comes with 2 way audio.

When a visitor presses the button beneath the camera they can talk into the built in microphone.

If you are at home, you can respond to your visitor via the handset.

The audio is High Definition (HD) and includes and option for you to choose the best audio profile from a selection.

Looking at the reviews and Q and A’s, nobody commented on the audio feature of this phone

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Software Features

iOS App
Android App
Windows 10
Mac
Multiple Users
 
Not applicable as the handheld unit comes with a 1.8" screen

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This doorbell camera set comes with its own “monitor” built into the handset and so it does not use any other software or apps to connect to other devices.

Lots of other video doorbells use software and apps.

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Connection and Storage

Connection
Storage
Cordless
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The doorbell unit connects to the
handheld unit using a radio frequency
On handheld unit. Visitor log
stores 100 photos.

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Connection

The handset connects to the camera doorbell unit using a radio frequency.

This connection does not use your home Wi-Fi and so this VTech product would suit those people who have don’t have a Wi-Fi connection in their homes.

Storage

The handset has the capacity to store up to 100 photos but not videos.

There is no option to store photos, videos or audio in the cloud either.

Videos and audio cannot be stored by any means.

You can only stream video and audio live.

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Doorbell Camera Power

There are usually three options to powering the doorbell unit; battery, low voltage wire and 110V adapter.

Battery
16V- 24V
120V
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X2 AA batteries
"Low voltage" doorbell wire cannot be used
As an alternative to batteries.

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Battery

The doorbell can be powered by x2 “AA” batteries.

The advantage of this is that there are no leads or wires. T

The disadvantage is that the batteries will need to be replaced every so often and for instance if you use the “live view” feature frequently then the batteries in the doorbell will need to be replaced very often.

Low Voltage

Neither is it powered by low voltage “doorbell” wire.

110V Adapter

As an alternative to batteries, the doorbell can be charged by a 110V mains lead.

The advantage of using a power lead is that you don’t have to keep replacing the batteries.

The disadvantage of using a power cable is that the installation process becomes far more complicated as you will need to drill a hole through a wall.

 

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Handset Power

Battery
16V- 24V
120V
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Rechargeable batteries
"Low voltage" doorbell wire cannot be used
To power the recharging cradle

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Like a wireless house phone, this handset has a rechargeable battery inside of it.

When not in use the handset sits in a charging cradle which is plugged into an electrical socket.

The handset cannot be powered by using low voltage doorbell wire.

 

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Design & Warranty

Different Colors
Weatherproof
SmartLock Compatible
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Only in black
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12 months

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Colors

The VTech video doorbell is only available in black.

Weatherproof

The handset is not weatherproof as it is designed for indoor use only.

The camera itself is weatherproof but I cannot find any specific details about this.

Smart Lock Compatible

This product isn’t smart lock compatible.

Warranty

There is a standard 12 month warranty on this video doorbell.

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Should You Buy One?

To finish this review, I am going to finish by presenting you with a few pros and cons. What are the VTech video doorbell’s strongest and weakest features?

Pros
Cons
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Internet not necessary
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Expensive
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Smartphones, tablets not necessary
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Very small viewing screen
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Cordless connection
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No motion detection
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Battery & hardwired
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Not smartlock compatible
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Free storage
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Storage Not Expandable
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The screen is portable

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