Tend Secure Lynx Pro Review

Tend Secure Lynx Pro Review


Gabe: Hey folks, this is Gabe at Security
Baron, and today we’re checking out the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. [music] Gabe: I’m pumped to dive into the Lynx Pro’s
acclaimed facial recognition technology, put it to the Security Baron necessary features
test before finally jumping into the mobile application to make sure that you know everything
you need to to make the right decision. If you want 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 review, leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. Let’s put the Tend Secure Lynx Pro to the
Security Baron necessary features test. Here at Security Baron, we think that every home
security camera should have stellar video quality, two-way audio, night vision, local
and cloud storage, smart platform integration, artificial intelligence, convenience, and
value. Stellar video quality is a Security Baron
necessary feature. Here at Security Baron, we like to see, at the very least, 1080p,
high-definition video, and a 120-degree field of view. We get that 1080p high definition with the
Tend Secure Lynx Pro, but it only has a 100-degree field of view. That’s a bit narrow, especially
looking at an outdoor camera, which you’re going to have on your porch or in your yard.
You want to get as much of that yard as you can. Because of the 100-degree field of view,
we’re giving the Tend Secure half-marks for video quality. A Security Baron necessary feature is two-way
audio. Two-way audio gives you the ability to talk to whoever is the vicinity of your
home security camera and listen. You could even have a conversation, of sorts, with someone
who was at your door, in your yard, or anywhere, really. With the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, fortunately,
you do have two-way audio, so for that we give it full marks. Night vision is a Security Baron necessary
feature. With the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, you actually get pretty adequate night vision.
It’s got infrared LEDs, which is our preferred method of getting night vision on a camera,
and you’ll be able to see things up to about 25 feet away. Overall, we’re happy with the
night vision on the Tend Secure Lynx Pro and we give it full marks. Local and cloud storage is a Security Baron
necessary feature. With the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, you don’t get local storage. You do get
seven days of free cloud storage and you can upgrade to 30 days of cloud storage for $9.99
a month. One thing we do want to note about the Tend
Secure Lynx Pro is that while it doesn’t have your traditional local cloud storage, in the
case of something going awry, it can actually internally store up to three hours of data. If something happens and you lose your connection,
it’ll eventually reestablish that connection and upload up to three hours of data. When
it comes to the local and cloud storage on the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, we give it half
marks. Smart platform integration is a Security Baron necessary feature. That’s things like
Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Fortunately, for us, the Tend Secure Lynx
Pro works with both so you can integrate with Amazon Alexa and everything that comes with
that in terms of skills and routines, and Google Assistant, and everything that comes
with that with your Tend Secure Lynx Pro. When it comes to smart platform integration,
we give it full marks. Artificial intelligence is a Security Baron
necessary feature. Artificial intelligence can run the gambit from person detection,
to vehicle detection, to even package detection. With the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, you get a little
more beyond that person detection. You actually get facial recognition. It can start to learn from familiar faces
and let you know when it’s someone you know at the door versus someone you don’t know.
When it comes to artificial intelligence with the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, we give it full
marks. Convenience is a Security Baron necessary
feature. You want that entire experience from installation to day-to-day use to be convenient.
With the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, you’ll take it out of its box, make sure you have the
mobile application called Tend Secure downloaded, and hit Add New Camera. Once you’ve added the camera, you’ll be able
to set it up on your WiFi network. One thing to note, is that we’ve had a bit of an issue
when we weren’t near our original router. If we were near our Google Mesh router, we
had a bit of an issue connecting. Once we got near that initial, original router, we
were able to set it up pretty easily. Once you’ve gone through the setup, you got
to think about where you want to place it. This is an indoor-outdoor camera, with a 25-foot
long cord. You can, of course, just place it on a surface, like so, or you can actually
decide to mount it into the side of your home, on your porch, or wherever you can imagine. That could take a little bit more time. When
you’re talking about using it from day-to-day, once you have it all installed, it’s very
easy, smooth, seamless experience from going looking at your facial recognition, to just
live streaming, or even reviewing your cloud storage. When it comes to convenience with
the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, we give it full marks. Value is a Security Baron necessary feature.
The Tend Secure Lynx Pro retails on their website for about $149.99. Ultimately, that’s
a pretty good deal, especially if you’re thinking about the fact that it’s an indoor-outdoor
camera than can withstand temperatures from -4 to 113 degrees, rain, dust, maybe even
a tornado. It’s a pretty hardy device. That hardiness
extends to its internal battery and storage capacity. If something happened, and you’re
cut off in terms of power or Internet, you can upload all that information back to the
cloud. You can see what happened, which is exactly
what you need when things go awry. You add onto that integrations with Google Home and
Amazon Alexa. The fact that it’s a pretty robust, hardy device, we think it’s worth
that $149.99. We give it full marks for value. Hold on, quick break. I hope you’re enjoying
our review of the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. If you want to be kept up to date on all the
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to our YouTube channel. We’re uploading new content weekly. Let’s get back to the video. Now that we’ve gone through the Security Baron
necessary features test, let’s dive into the mobile application for the Tend Secure Lynx
Pro. The app is called TendApp, and that’s just one word. It’s here where you get all of your functionality
from the camera in terms of reviewing your cloud-stored videos, watching any live streams,
and managing all that facial recognition technology that comes built in. We want to know right off the bat that it
does well in both the Google Play store and the Apple App store, with a 4 out of 5-star
ratings from Android users, and a 4.7 out of 5-star ratings from iPhone users. Let’s
go ahead and check it out on my iPhone X. Here I am checking out the mobile application
for the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. It’s a pretty straightforward app. I’m familiar with it
because we did have the Tend Secure Lynx. I was able to get some familiarity when we
shot that review. What I’m looking at here is pretty straightforward.
I’m on the home page. You can already see some vision here. You can see what’s going
on. If I tap below where we’ve got our battery and our WiFi, it says, “Set motion detection.” You’ll see that I’ve set it up now to record
events. I can change the sensitivity itself on the application. That’s a medium. I can
make it high. I can make it highest — this is in terms of motion detection — or I can
go low, or lowest. That’s a pretty interesting thing. I can always schedule the notifications. I
can say, “Always,” “Within the set time,” if you don’t want to get notifications a whole
day. If I don’t want to get notifications at a certain period, I can set that all here.
If you’ll note, I started to put people’s names in — Bob Loblaw, Gabe, and a Buddy
King. This is the facial recognition library. I
can add new profiles into this library. I could tap here, put in the name, let’s say,
“Yahoo.” I could add a profile picture from my camera, photo library, and that’s pretty
straightforward. Anyone who I want to be here, I would go to camera, take a picture of them,
and we’d be done. For example, I want to add myself again. Here
we are, pretty straightforward. Going back out, you can, of course, add additional cloud
storage. That’s going to be $9.99, and you get 30 days. Of course, you do get free cloud
storage with the Tend Secure Lynx camera. If you’ll look here, you can turn the sound
on and off. On the bottom left-hand corner, you have the ability to do so, and you can
hear the sound of what’s going on. I turned it on now, and I’m turning it off because
I do not like that echo. On the top right corner, you got the settings.
You can see I dis-reset this thing. I would have to update my firmware, the talkback volume,
battery level notifications, night vision, rotation, time zone, all these things can
be fixed right here. One last thing, I want to note is that you
can, of course, go full screen if you tap in the bottom right-hand corner. I don’t want
to do that now but it could go full screen, like so. Here’s where you would click to take
a picture, turn on the sound, or even talk to someone. That’s how you actually speak
to someone on the other side of the camera. I’ll leave the home page and show some of
the other elements like your recorded events, they show up here. I just recorded a new event
since I just reset the camera and that’s good to have. If I wanted to look at the app settings,
here we are. Security Baron, I have a couple cameras set
up. Castle Baron, Lynx Pro Baron. Time display, you might change it to 24-hour time, to that
military time. That’s me delving into, checking out, the
TendApp for the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. Here I am, going ahead and checking out the Tend
Secure Lynx Pro integration with Amazon Alexa. It’s pretty straightforward. Go and find Tend
Secure and boom. If you note here, people seem to not like
that integration. It’s got one star out of seven in the Amazon Alexa store. I can link
these two accounts as enabled to use. By linking your Tend account with Alexa, you can control
your Tend cameras by simply speaking to your Amazon Echo products. It’s pretty useful.
Add these two here. You see, Tend Secure cameras and events have
been successfully linked and there we have it setting up Amazon Alexa with Tend Secure.
Here I am checking out that 1080p, high-definition video on the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. You can
see, it does a pretty good job of capturing what’s happening but you’ll also see that’s
it’s not capturing a lot of this room. That’s because it only has a 100-degree fielded
view. It’s really obvious in moments like this where you really only capturing the couch
and that’s about it. We go ahead and do this globe test. You get a pretty good view on
what’s happening here. I can even zoom in a bit. We got some Madagascar, some East Africa. This is a good look at what’s happening. I
do like the crisp vision on the Tend Secure Lynx Pro but I definitely immediately notice
that field of view. That’s the daytime quality of the video with the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. Here I am looking at the new night vision
on the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. It’s pretty good. It’s basically one big infrared LED on this
camera. It’s capturing what’s going on in this room. Let’s do a little globe test. See what we get here. Oh, wow, right in the
middle of the ocean. We got some Australia and you can see what’s happening. It’s generally
not bad, it’s really like an adequate night vision experience. This is what it looks like
on night vision with the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. Let’s review how the Tend Secure Lynx Pro
performed on the Security Baron necessary features test. Video quality, half marks.
While it does have 1080p high-definition video, with only a 100-degree field of view, it comes
below our 120-degree viewing threshold. Two-way audio, full marks. The Lynx Pro does
give the ability to hear and speak to whatever’s going on around your camera. Night vision,
full marks. The Lynx Pro does have infrared LED that give you the capacity to see in the
dark. Local and cloud storage, half marks. There
is no local storage option for the Tend Secure Lynx Pro but it does give you seven days of
cloud storage. Smart platform integration, full marks. The Tend Secure Lynx Pro does
come with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrations. Artificial intelligence, full marks. The Tend
Secure Lynx Pro is known for its facial recognition technology. Convenience, full marks. Setting
up the Tend Secure Lynx Pro is pretty straightforward and using it is even easier. Value, full marks.
At $149.99, you’re getting a lot of utility out of this indoor-outdoor camera. We’ve come a long way with the Tend Secure
Lynx Pro and you’re at the point where you’re saying, “Gabe, just let me know, is this the
right camera for me?” I’ll say this. In terms of value, you’re paying $149.99 for this camera,
and then you’re done. You’re getting your cloud storage, you’re getting your integrations,
and a lot of cameras will charge you more for all the elements that come along with
it. Tend is not doing that. You just get the camera
and you’re ready to go. We’re talking top of the line facial recognition that’s really
competing with anyone else on the market today. Overall, the Tend Secure is a great option. I will note that if you’re someone who’s really
into a wide field of view, because maybe you need to cover a lot of yard or a lot of any
particular space, you’re not going to get that with the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. That’s
probably its most limiting factor, only 100-degree field of view. It also doesn’t have a local storage option
but for everything else, in terms of artificial intelligence, smart platform integrations,
and just general value, you really can’t beat the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. [music] Gabe: That concludes our review of the Tend
Secure Lynx Pro. If you appreciate today’s video, give us a like and hit that subscribe
button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [music]

3 Replies to “Tend Secure Lynx Pro Review”

  1. Best camera system out. Point blank. No other mainstream brand covers every aspect. Yeah the field of view might be 100 vs 120+ degrees. But look at the value for the end user. And better yet. Check their after sale support. They have the best support one could wish for. Just saying.

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