Blink XT vs. Arlo Pro Review and Comparison

Blink XT vs. Arlo Pro Review and Comparison


Hey y’all, it’s Rose, and I’m finally ready
to share my Blink XT results with you. Based upon your votes, we’re going to compare it
to Arlo Pro. Both are battery-powered home security cameras
that you can use outside. The first major difference here being price. You can buy a Blink XT starter kit for $129.99,
an Arlo Pro starter kit starts at $227.99. So we’re going to try to answer the question
today: Is Arlo Pro worth an extra hundred bucks? Both cameras are battery-powered, but they
are not 100% wire-free as they both require base stations. Arlo Pro’s base station has a built-in siren,
features USB local storage backup, and requires constant power and ethernet. Blink’s sync module doesn’t require ethernet
but does require power. It doesn’t have a siren, and it doesn’t offer
local backup though they claim to be working on this feature. A Blink siren should be on the way, but it’ll
be sold separately and will also require that you have the coming soon, new and improved
sync module, which includes 4G cellular backup. Both systems allow you to use a mobile app
to check-in via a live stream on-demand from anywhere. On the top is a recording from Arlo, which
records in 720p HD and has a 130-degree field of view. On the bottom is Blink XT which has a 110-degree
viewing angle. Blink also promised FHD with the XT, and it
is 1080p capable, but for now it’s max resolution is 720p. However, they’re still promising to introduce
FHD video via a firmware update in the future. Both cameras also use infrared night vision. Again on the top, we’ve got footage from Arlo Pro. On the bottom, footage from Blink XT. I’ve been running the two cameras side-by-side
at different sensitivity levels to see who’s the most accurate. (Medium Sensitivity) Accuracy was very close. However, Arlo caught more events at night,
it’s easier to manage as it includes a motion sensitivity test, and it’s slightly more accurate. In part because adjusting its sensitivity
level pulls in the motion sensor. When you adjust Blink’s, it still detects
motion within the same distance, it just detects less of it. In addition to motion detection, Blink XT
has a temperature sensor with both high and low alerts. You can also control the camera’s retrigger
time, ask it to stop recording when motion is no longer detected, and control the recorded
clip length. Arlo Pro has a sound detector. You can also adjust clip length and it can
also stop recording when motion is no longer detected. Arlo Pro also has two-way audio though mine’s
not working right now and I didn’t want to delay this video even further by waiting on
support. Which is a little bit slow by the way. Arlo includes several premade modes including
geofencing, which arms your system when you leave home, disarms it when you arrive home. Or you can add your own mode. Simply add a name, decide which devices
you want to use for this rule, decide if you want it to detect motion, motion and audio,
just audio. Then you get to decide which device you want to have video recorded for. Next, you decide if motion is detected, or if audio is detected, if the camera should record , do nothing, or maybe record video and turn on your siren. You can also decide if you want it to record until activity stops or you can pick a fixed length of time. Blink has a native geofencing feature, but
you have to pay for it. For free, you can only use geofencing via
IFTTT which is not nearly as reliable. Regarding modes, you can arm and disarm and
manually select which cameras should detect motion. Both cameras also support schedules and they
offer free cloud storage. Arlo offers 7 days of free cloud storage or
you can pay for more. Blink will store 7,200 seconds of videos for
free. I haven’t reached my limit, so as you can
see, I have videos dating all the way back to 2015. That said, I’ve been using Blink for nearly
two years and haven’t had to change its battery yet. Arlo Pro, on the other hand, needs recharged
about every two months. Both cameras also play with others. Blink works with IFTTT and Amazon Alexa. They’re also launching monitoring plans which
require a monthly fee and the new sync module. The $9.99/month plan will add 4G backup and
support for the Blink siren, keypad, motion sensor, and water sensor. This plan also adds advanced motion detection
and native geofencing. For $19.99 per month, you’ll also get professional
third-party monitoring. Arlo Pro works with SmartThings, Wink, Amazon
Alexa, Stringify, IFTTT, and it can even stream to the new Amazon Echo Show. I tried to hit all the bullet points in this
video, but I do try to keep videos short and sweet. So if you want more detail, I linked to a written
review in the description below. Or feel free to ask questions in the comments
below. I appreciate y’all spending time with me today,
and I will see you soon.

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