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SimpliSafe’s new Video Doorbell Pro features a wide-angle lens and heat sensors

At $169, the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is priced significantly less than the Nest Hello.

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On Tuesday, SimpliSafe launched the Video Doorbell Pro for its modular home security system. Priced at $169, the doorbell offers features that make it worth considering.

Like similar cameras on the market, the Video Doorbell Pro can alert you whenever there’s someone at the door. With a wide field of view, the camera works 24/7 per day, offering 1080p HD. Best of all, it’s designed to work with doorbells on almost any type of home. Thanks to the doorbell’s built-in microphones, you can also have two-way communication using the iOS or Android app.

Perhaps the video camera’s most important feature is the introduction of two different sensors. One identifies the heat signature of people, while the other detects human form.

More about the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro uses an HD camera in tandem with the heat sensor and image recognition software to alert users when a human is approaching the door. Although the sensor operates at launch, the image classification software won’t be arriving for another few weeks.

The system also utilizes a wide-angle 162-degree field of view, two-way audio through the SimpliSafe app, and cloud storage options. The cloud storage options start at a fee of $5 per month and work with any other SimpliSafe products throughout your home.

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Image: SimpliSafe

At $169, the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is priced significantly less than the Nest Hello ($229). SimpliSafe is also releasing several interchangeable faceplates for the product, including Obsidian, Cloud, and Jade to give users more options when matching the unit to their home. Other faceplates are expected to arrive later. For a limited time, Video Doorbell Pro packages purchased at Best Buy locations will include all three faceplates.

SimpliSafe introduced its third-generation home security system in January. Like the rest of the system, the Video Doorbell Pro was developed through a partnership with IDEO. Bundles begin at $229. Each requires no contract and includes 24/7 alarm monitoring without a phone line.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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