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June 19, 2017

Ring Video Doorbell Mark 2 offers 1080p and removable battery

by John_A

Ring has announced a second generation version of its famed Ring Video Doorbell, this time with a removable battery pack so you don’t have to take the entire unit off the wall.

Not to be confused with the also available Ring Pro, the Ring 2 also ups the ante when it comes to video quality. It is now able to record and stream in 1080p rather than 720p. In addition, it adopts the interchangeable faceplates idea from the Ring Pro.

It looks similar to the first-generation device, being a wireless, connected doorbell with a 160-degree field of view and 180-degree motion detection angle.

It offers two-way audio, so users can speak to a visitor via a smartphone or computer and vice versa. And as well as utilise the rechargeable battery, it can be wired into an existing doorbell transformer connection (8-24VAC).

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Its night vision talents are improved over the original model, but Wi-Fi is the same, supporting 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz).

At present, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available in the US only. You can get it at Best Buy, Home Depot and ring.com itself.

The price is $199 and it should be as easy to install as the original – which we found to be a doddle when we reviewed it back in August last year.

We’re currently awaiting details of when the new version might come to the UK too.

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