I’ve had the Canary Home Security system in my home now for half a year and I thought I’d go ahead and publish an update as to how I’m liking and using it and whether or not I’d recommend it now.
Let’s start with an obvious question: do I actually still use this device? The answer is… yes! It’s not the type of device that you think about daily or reach for all day long like your phone, and yet it’s become an important part of my life. Especially when I travel. It’s true that the only alerts I’ve gotten from the Canary were triggered by my pets, but while I’m away from the house it’s really good to know that 1.) the pets are doing fine and 2.) nobody has broken into the house.
When it comes to security systems like these, reliability is key. Can you count on them to capture an unexpected event time and again or are you worried that it may or may not work as well as it should all the time? In the Canary’s case I’ve found it to be ultra-reliable. The same probably can’t be said for the other security systems I’ve tested in recent years (which is several). I do trust that the Canary will be operational and come in handy when I need it to.
I also asked myself, for the purpose of this article and video, whether or not I felt I could live without the Canary now that I’ve gotten used to life with it. And the answer is that I wouldn’t want to. I’ve developed an emotional attachment to this device, I think; it’s one of those rare devices that almost becomes a member of the family (the other being my Neato robotic vacuum, at this point).
I really like the design of the Canary both in terms of the industrial design of the device itself and in terms of the app design. The device is sleek and modern and looks good on display: it’s not something I’d want hidden away. And the app is simple and usable with no frills but lots of easy to access functionality.
I’ve never, ever been disappointed with the picture quality of movies captured by the Canary. Other smart home devices which I quite like (like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, for instance) can record glitchier footage from time to time, ...