Arlo Pro 2 vs Blink XT Camera Review

Arlo Pro 2 vs  Blink XT Camera Review


Gabe Turner: Hey, folks. This is Gabe at Security Baron. Today, we’re putting two very versatile cameras
indoor/outdoor Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT head to head. Let’s get started. [music] Gabe: In today’s comparison of the Arlo Pro
2 and Blink XT, we’re going to go over the key similarities and differences using the
Security Baron Necessary Features Test before jumping into the mobile application so that
you can know all the right info to make the right decision. If you’d like to see a list of our favorite
home security cameras, Google “Security Baron best home security cameras.” If you have a question about today’s comparison,
leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. Diving right into the first element of the
comparison of the Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT is video quality, a Security Baron Necessary
Feature. Fortunately, both of these cameras had 1080p
HD, but that’s where the similarities end. The Arlo Pro 2 has a much superior zoom to
the Blink XT, and it has 130-degree field of view to the Blink XT’s 110 degree. We generally like to see at least 120 degrees,
so it’s easy for us to give the nod to Arlo Pro 2 when it comes to the Security Baron
Necessary Feature of video quality. The next element of comparison here is two-way
audio. This is really easy because the Blink XT doesn’t
have two-way audio. The winner here, when it comes to Security
Baron Necessary Feature of two-way audio, is the Arlo Pro 2. The next element of comparison between Arlo
Pro 2 and Blink XT is night vision, a fun Security Baron Necessary Feature, at least
in terms of shooting for us. When it came to shooting Arlo Pro 2 and Blink
XT, it wasn’t as fun because they both have infrared LED sensors but definitely are not
the top of the line when it comes to night vision. They both have infrared, so you’re not letting
people know that you’re watching them. Each one was a little bit blurry and probably
could be a bit better and could use a few more infrared LED sensors. When it comes to the night vision on the Arlo
Pro 2 and the Blink XT, we give them a tie. The next element that we’ll compare between
the Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT is local and cloud storage. When it comes to local and cloud storage,
only the Arlo Pro 2 is performing. There is no local storage on the Blink XT. Additionally, the Arlo Pro 2 has a superior
cloud storage because it has up to seven days of cloud storage. Whereas, the Blink XT will begin to rewrite
after two hours. When it comes to local and cloud storage,
we once again have to give the nod to Arlo Pro 2 for its local storage and superior cloud
storage. Smart platform integration is the next element
of comparison for us in our Security Baron Necessary Features Test between Arlo Pro 2
and Blink XT. Blink was acquired by Amazon, and fortunately,
it works out for them because they do integrate with Amazon Alexa. They have that smart platform on lock, but
when it comes to the Arlo Pro 2, you’ve got Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and things
like IFTTT. When it comes to what you can do with your
Arlo Pro 2 just with your smart platform and your Blink XT, we have to give the nod to
Arlo Pro 2. It has more integrations and there’s a little
bit more you can do with each one. When it comes to smart platform integrations
Security Baron Necessary Features Test, we give the nod to the Arlo Pro 2. AI is not only a fame Sixers’ point guard
but also the next point of comparison using the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. The Arlo Pro 2 and the Blink XT don’t have
a ton of artificial intelligence elements, no real package detection or vehicle detection
or facial recognition technology. However, with the Arlo Pro 2, you can buy
with the Arlo Smart Home person detection, which means that we give it the slight nod
over the Blink XT when it comes to artificial intelligence. Convenience is the next element of comparison
of the Arlo Pro 2 and Blink X using the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. The Arlo Pro 2 and the Blink XT are pretty
easy to set up. In terms of the installation process, it was
simple. I probably did the Arlo Pro 2 in about 15
minutes, and maybe a little bit longer with the Blink XT using the app connecting the
hub, and I was ready to go. When it comes to battery life, the claim to
life for the Blink XT is two years and six months on a rechargeable battery charge for
the Arlo Pro 2. Neither of these cameras is generally going
to last that long, but you could probably assume that your Blink XT will last longer. The next question is, what about using the
app to do the things we do with our app? If you like to meet, you may want to live
stream. Both of those apps can do it, but with the
Blink XT, you’re going to have to click, “Yes, I’m still watching,” every five seconds. I know you’re familiar with that from Netflix
where it’s like, “Are you still watching? Are you still watching?” Imagine if it wasn’t that for every three
or four show but every five seconds, that’s going to be your experience to the Blink XT. Whereas, with the Arlo Pro 2, once you set
that live stream, it’ll keep live streaming until you tell them not to. When it comes to overall convenience between
the Arlo Pro 2 and the Blink XT, we give the slight nod to the Arlo Pro 2. All right. Hold on. Quick break. I wanted to ask how you all felt about the
monthly subscriptions that you typically have to get with your Smart Home security cameras. Do you feel a particular aversion to them
or do you feel like they come with the territory? Leave us your comments below. I’d love to hear them. Thanks. Let’s get back to the video. The final Security Baron Necessary Feature
that we’re going to use to compare the Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT is value. I want to remind you that each of these cameras
is indoor/outdoor, which gives you a lot of versatility, a lot of flexibility when it
comes to where you can put them outside, inside, winter or summer, it doesn’t matter. The Arlo Pro 2 has in the head-to-head battles
today. One, most of the time, it has better video
quality. It has two-way audio. It has a little bit of AI functionality and
it costs more. It’s $219.99. Whereas, the Blink XT does fine and most of
the categories and hitting most of what we’d like to see in a home security camera, but
it’s markedly cheaper at about $129.99. Overall, you’re getting a lot from each respectively
between the Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT, and considering what they give you and the price point we’re
going to rule it a draw when it comes to value. Now that we’ve compared the Arlo Pro 2 and
the Blink XT using the Security Baron Necessary Features Test, let’s jump into the mobile
applications. Right off the bat, we should point out that
the Arlo Pro 2 offers a host of features in this mobile application with something called
the Arlo Smart Home. That’s an optional monthly subscription plan
that gives you extra features. It ranges in price from $2.99 for 1 camera
to $40.99 for up to 20 cameras and a lot of permutations in between. If you want superior notifications and this
extra features with the Arlo Smart Home app, that’s something you should look at. You can find that full review of the Arlo
Pro 2 at securitybaron.com. When it comes to the actual mobile applications
themselves, they both do quite well in terms of ratings. The Arlo Pro 2 gets a 3.9 in the Apple App
Store and a 4 out of 5 star in the Google Play Store. Blink XT gets a 3.5 in the Apple App Store
and a 3.7 in the Google Play Store. Those are both solid scores for having a mobile
application. Of course, we’ve been comparing these all
day. Once again, we have to give Arlo Pro 2 the
nod because of its 3.9 and 4 out of 5 stars respectively in the Apple App Store and Google
Play Store. To point out, the Blink XT scores are nothing
to sneeze in. Let’s do a recap of how the Arlo Pro 2 compares
with the Blink XT according to the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Video quality, the Arlo Pro 2 wins here because
while they both have 1080p high-definition video, the Arlo Pro 2 has 130-degree field
of view and superior zoom capabilities. Two-way audio, the Arlo Pro 2 wins because
it has two-way audio. The Blink XT does not have that option to
talk to someone and hear them talking back. Night vision, here we ruled it a draw because
both cameras do suffer from a little bit of blurriness when it comes to night vision. Local and cloud storage, Arlo 2 wins. The Arlo Pro 2 has local and cloud storage
with cloud storage of up to a week while the Blink XT does not have local storage and only
has two hours of cloud storage. Smart platform integration, we give the nod
to Arlo Pro 2. While the Blink XT doesn’t integrate with
Amazon Alexa, Arlo Pro 2 integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Artificial intelligence, we give a slight
edge to Arlo Pro 2. Neither camera has facial recognition technology,
but the fact that you can pay for person detection with the Arlo Pro 2, lets it edge out the
Blink XT. Convenience, here we have to go with Arlo
Pro 2. The Arlo Pro 2 is a little bit easier to install
and get up and running than the Blink XT, even though the Blink XT has a longer battery
life, which of course, is a nice thing to have. The reason we ultimately give it to Arlo Pro
2 is because when you decide to do a live stream with Arlo Pro 2, you set it up and
you’re ready to go. The Blink XT, once you set up that live stream,
you’re to continuously tap to make sure that it continues to stream if you want to keep
watching. Value, we call it a draw between the Arlo
Pro 2 and the Blink XT. While the Arlo Pro 2 is almost $100 more than
the Blink XT, it does come with a host of features that you’re not going to find with
a lot of other cameras out there. While the Blink XT has a impressive battery
life and holds its own with a lot of the other cameras found at that $130 price point. All right. We’ve come a long way with our buddies Arlo
Pro 2 and Blink XT, and you’re wondering, Gabe, which way should I go, which way are
you leaning? If you’ve been watching, you’ve seen that
the Arlo Pro 2 and every way is a superior indoor and outdoor camera. The Blink XT wins in battery life, but I do
want to say that it holds its own because once you buy the Blink XT, you’re done. You don’t have to do much else. You get the app setup and that’s it. Whereas, if you want to get the most out of
your Arlo Pro 2, you’re going to need to sign up for Arlo Smart Home. You’re going to be paying something each month
to make sure that you get everything out of your Arlo Pro 2. I bring that up because the Arlo Pro 2 is
already about $100 more expensive than the Blink XT. In short, if you feel like you’ve got a few
more dollars in your pocket and you feel like you’re going to keep your money long for a
long time, then go with the Arlo Pro 2, but if you want a one-time purchase, that’s going
to do most things that you need out of your home security camera, then you can go to Blink
XT. That concludes today’s comparison of the Arlo
Pro 2 and Blink XT home security cameras. If you appreciated today’s video, give us
a like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [music]

15 Replies to “Arlo Pro 2 vs Blink XT Camera Review”

  1. I have both. My outdoor Arlo Pro cameras night vision was fried out by my neighbors awesome fireworks display. Blink XT is half the cost and better value. Arlo recently updated there application to look more like Blinks. Both take about the same time to set up. Both have free cloud storage. My Arlo came with 7 days of cloud storage, Blink comes with up to a year. However, you can connect a portable hard drive to the base unit of Arlo and it will record even if your internet goes down or is cut. The Arlo system is about twice as much as the blink system. This video sounds like a ad for Arlo.

  2. I’m not a fan of XT but the Blink doesn’t rewrite after 2hrs. That’s not even close to accurate and because of that, I don’t trust this review. A lot of wrong information…and I don’t even like the Blink XT.

  3. paid commercial by arlo pro 2, fake review… I have the arlo pro2 and its junk! battery doesn't last more than 3 weeks…

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