The original Blink security camera has gotten an upgrade. Meet the Blink XT, the newest version of the smart camera. Many similarities are shared with the original device, with the exception of a raised price from $99 to $129, and upgraded 1080p capabilities.
Users will also be surprised to hear that the Blink cameras have additional home security devices and features that integrate with their devices. Blink cameras are not simply stand-alone cameras like many potential buyers may believe.
What are the Differences Between Blink and Blink XT?
The most drastic improvement with the Blink XT is that the camera can be used indoors and outdoors. This adds a whole new dynamic to where the camera can be equipped to protect your home, and even allows you to move the camera around if you choose.
Instead of using illuminators for night vision, the XT uses IR LEDs. Both cameras retain a 110-degree field of view and are promised to have two years of battery life. Each device is equipped with motion and temperature sensors. The original Blink comes in an all white model, and Blink XT is black.
The Sync Module
Each camera can work together, but they do need to be connected to the Sync Module. The Sync Module is the life-source that allows Blink security to thrive, and enables other home security features to be employed.
The Sync Module is a separate device that needs to be plugged into a main power source. Along with the new Blink XT, the brand has also released a new Sync Module. The upgraded module operates using a 4G chip. The chip has to be activated, but once it’s activated, the cameras and module will work when internet and power are down.
Through the new Sync system, the cameras can also connect with professional monitoring services and new security sensors. The previous Sync Module worked with both Blink and Blink XT devices, but it does not work with new sensors and other services available.
Choosing between Blink and Blink XT will be accompanied with a choice between the old and new Sync Module, assuming you want to expand the use of your camera into a larger security territory. The Sync module is priced at $50.
Three Different Monitoring Options
Users can either opt for free, self-monitored with cellular backup, or professional monitoring. Self with a cellular backup is priced at $9.99 a month, and professional monitoring for $19.99 a month. (The professional monitoring option uses a third party system called COPS, the same monitoring service as Blink’s competitors Scout and SimpliSafe.)
New Sensors Create a Security System
With Blink’s security sensors that are released as Blink Seecurity, the company is crafting it’s path as an entire home security unit with no contracts.
This will include a water sensor that detects and monitors moisture to notify those in the home of leaks or a flood.
This entire Blink Seecurity system is slated to launch in 2017.
Additional Blink Features
All Blink cameras include motion detection that is sensitive and can be adjusted for customers that don’t choose to go with sensors and a monitoring service. A highlight of the Blink motion detection system is that these sensors are always on. They likely won’t miss an event, unlike many stand-alone cameras whose sensors “sleep” while no events are occurring, causing them to frequently miss events.
Camera footage is stored on Blink’s server. The cameras can record up to 7,200 seconds of video, and when space runs out, older events are automatically replaced with new events.
Blink users can also set schedules and integrate with Amazon Alexa and various other products using Blink’s own IFTTT channel. Up to ten Blink or Blink XT’s can connect to one Sync Module, and the cameras can be placed as far as 100 feet away from Sync Module.
For a fairly reasonable price, Blink and their new XT model offer many features. Their Seecurity Hardware that will be launching later in 2017 makes the system an even greater candidate in the stand-alone space.
I think users should wait until Blink’s Seecurity Hardware launches later in the year before making a final decision, but once it launches, Blink may be a formidable home security tool.
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