I’ve just discovered my new favorite home security system from Blink. What sets it apart is it’s utter simplicity and dirt cheap pricing and I can tell you right now this is hands-down my recommendation if you’re in the market for a new DIY security system.
So before I get to what I like about it and how it works, let’s talk features. First off, the Blink system is totally wireless: all the cameras are battery operated and those batteries can last for up to 5 years! So unlike competing systems like Nest or Canary you don’t have to plug these cameras in for power which means you can place them just about anywhere: on a wall, in the corner of the ceiling… wherever you can reach.
In terms of what you can capture with these cameras, you’re looking at 720p HD video (which may sound kind of low to you, but in all reality 720p is all you really need for security monitoring and it looks great). There’s a live view mode so you can watch any camera anytime in realtime and there’s also built-in low-light illumination that lets you see when it’s dark. There’s a one-way mic so you can hear what’s happening at any location. So you’re going to end up with a pretty comprehensive security feed for each camera.
Just like you’d want in a security system you’ll get a push alert with an attached video when you’re out of the house or your office (wherever you’ve set Blink up) which will let you know when something’s potentially wrong.
Now Blink is pretty new so there’s some features that are not quite here but coming soon. Those include temperature alerts, status alerts when your WiFi goes down, on-board USB storage, alarm scheduling and more.
Obviously all these features are great but the best thing about this system is the price: you can get started with Blink for just $99 which will get you one camera and the hub. Plus each additional camera is just $60. Now think about this: as cool as the Canary is, you can get 3 Blink cameras plus a hub for the same price. That’s 3 different points of view compared to just 1. And you can get a 5 camera bundle for just $299. That’s insane.
Alright, so what do I think about Blink after doing some testing.
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