The new Ring Video Doorbell 2 now offers better video, easier recharging and a new Live View mode that lets you see and hear on demand. This is what buyers need to know about the new Ring Doorbell 2, including how it compares to the original and the Pro doorbells.

The second generation Ring Video Doorbell joins the Ring Stick Up Camera and Ring Floodlight Cameras as a way to secure your home and monitor it from anywhere using your smartphone or a laptop.

We love the original Ring Video Doorbell’s convenience and ease of use, but if you are not able to hardwire it, you will need to recharge the unit often enough that it can be a pain.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Price

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is $199. That’s $20 more than the price for the original, which is now on sale for $179.99 at many retailers. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $249.99 and includes some of the same features as the Ring Video Doorbell 2.

We’ve yet to see a deal on the new model, which just arrived but the new features are well worth the $20 price difference between the original model. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available at Ring, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers.

New Ring Video Doorbell 2 Features

When you compare the Ring Video Doorbell vs Ring Video Doorbell 2, there are several new features that you will not find on the older model. These focus on better-looking video, the ability to look at your Ring Video Doorbell anytime you want and an easier way to make sure it is always charged up.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 features 1080P video, the original only offered 720P. Both cameras support night vision mode for better viewing and recording at night. Higher quality video means any recordings you take will be of more use to the authorities if you need to share that.

Both of the video doorbells offer mobile alerts based on motion and when someone presses the button, but with the new Ring Doorbell 2, you can also tune in live on demand to watch and listen. If you simply want to look at the front of your home, you can tune in to see if something is happening or to keep an eye out for the delivery guy before the motion detection is triggered. You can adjust and customize the motion detection on both models.

Easily swap batteries on your Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Easily swap batteries on your Ring Video Doorbell 2.

The new Ring Video Doorbell 2 includes an easy release rechargeable battery that allows you to pop it out and charge it up without removing the whole unit, or to buy a spare battery to swap in and out as you need to. You can also hardwire either doorbell to power, but for some homes that is not an easy task.

The new Ring Video Doorbell 2 includes two interchangeable faceplates, so you can match the exterior of your home.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs Ring Video Doorbell

There are a few other differences that you need to be aware of if you are thinking of upgrading from the original video doorbell or just comparing the two models as a first-time buyer.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is just a little bit bigger. Most importantly it is slightly wider at 2.50 inches wide and it is slightly thicker 1.08 inches. While it is also a hair taller, the width and depth are the biggest factors for installation that you may have.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is slightly larger than the old model.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is slightly larger than the old model.

The new Ring Video Doorbell 2 camera field of view is narrower at 160 degrees, compared to 180 degrees on the original. This is the same field of view as the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Both of the models are weather resistant and rated to handle from -5 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, use bank-grade encryption and come with a 1-year warranty on parts and lifetime purchase protection.

Ring Video Doorbell Plans

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 works with two different plans. You can use the video doorbell without a plan, but you will only get alerts and live video. You need a plan if you want to record.

The Basic plan is $30 per year, per camera. If you only have one Ring camera, this is all you really need, but if you plan to buy more cameras the Protect plan may be worth buying as it covers all of your cameras and includes a 10% discount on your future Ring purchases.

With the plans, you can see your videos anytime and save them for up to 60 days. You can share videos to friends, family, neighbors or law enforcement if you need them to be on the lookout. There is a free 30-day trial available to test out the features.

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