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Blink's new $99 video doorbell cam is a breeze to install


For some, the idea of wiring and replacing a doorbell can be intimidating. Between dealing with potentially switching out transformers and changing wiring on a chime can cause headaches for those who don't tackle too many DIY projects.

The best Ring Doorbell Black Friday deals

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The Ring video doorbell is on sale during Black Friday 2019. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. When it comes to making a quality video doorbell, Ring is one of the leading brands and makes our favorite smart doorbell. If you're one of the few who doesn't have one yet--or maybe you want to upgrade--Amazon and Best Buy are running incredible discounts and bundle packages on select models of Ring doorbells. And, if you buy a Ring video doorbell on Black Friday, you can have it set up in no time, ready to watch over your holiday deliveries when you're not there.

The best affordable smart doorbell we've ever tested is on sale--for now

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Our favorite affordable smart doorbell is on sale right now, and it's perfect for anyone looking for more peace of mind. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Wish there was an easier way to see who's at your door without having to go to all the trouble of getting up and checking it out for yourself? Smart doorbells are the way to solve that problem, as they deliver handy alerts, video feed, and two-way audio in a way designed to really compliment your already tricked out smart home. Smart doorbells tend to be rather pricey (see our top pick, the Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell, which retails for $229 at Walmart).

What's the difference between Ring's Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2?


Ring's first-generation video doorbell is now half the price of its second-generation model, thanks to a recent price cut. So which one should you choose? The single biggest difference between the two is in video quality. The earlier model outputs a 720p video image while the second-generation doorbell provides 1080p. There's also been some improvements in video processing, because the picture from the newer doorbell is significantly better.

These are the best video doorbells to keep your home safe

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Do you want to see who's at your door without getting up, keep an eye out for criminals and hooligans, or simply make sure the delivery guy actually leaves your package while you're at work? With a video camera that lets you see who's at your door, two-way audio, and alerts that stream right to your smartphone, even when you're not home, a smart doorbell might be the perfect device to add to your home. To find out which will really ring your bell, I tested seven of the most popular models. With the most reliable connection and the fastest response time, the Ring 2 is the best bet for any house, especially because it's one of the only models that can run on batteries or be hard-wired. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 came out on top, beating out even the popular Skybell.