I got the Arlo Essential Video Wire-free Doorbell because I was tired of not being around when the couriers arrive with my online deliveries. Now I’m sure you’ve all experienced it before – the angst of coming home to find a slip of paper from the postman informing you that they were not able to get someone to sign over for the delivery and as a result you have to make a trip down to the post office to collect your parcel instead. What’s more ridiculous is the fact that sometimes you find the slip at your door even when you made it a point to stay home (did they come or not???)!
I secretly think that all couriers are blessed with an added sixth sense of knowing the exact moment you decide to take a pee break, or when you’re vacuuming the floor and can’t hear the doorbell ring, just so they can enjoy the thought of you agonising over the fact that the new iPhone you ordered (and waited a week for) was actually right at your doorstep, before being whisked away from your reach for yet another 24 hours.
Of course, there are the nice courier guys, who will take the trouble to call you and ask if it’s alright to leave the parcel at your door… but it irks me when I realise that my whole day can be so easily ruined because I, for some reason or other, missed out on receiving a delivery.
So I settled on the Essential Video Wire-free Doorbell for several reasons, firstly I already have the Arlo Spotlight Camera at home and really like the high-resolution image quality. I also love that, like this doorbell, the Spotlight camera is also wire-free, which means absolutely no hassle when it comes to looking for a powerpoint. Like the camera, this video doorbell also provides a video feed as well as two-way audio capabilities! Below are some of the things I experienced during the setting-up and daily use.
The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is available on the Arlo website for $329 and includes a three- month trial subscription to Arlo Smart, Arlo’s AI and computer vision powered service that delivers 30-day video history cloud storage and sophisticated detection of people, vehicles, packages and more (A replaceable battery is also available for a RRP of $79). It is also available on local shopping sites, Amazon.sg, Lazada and Shoppee.