Ring Video Doorbell 2

Last updated: July 29, 2023

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 records in 1080 HD video, making it easy to see those small details. The design is slightly bulkier than some smart doorbells, but it does capture a wider field of view than some as a result. One benefit of the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is that it's battery powered, which means you can get started without wiring it to your home's electricity.

We looked at the top Wireless Doorbells and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Doorbell you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: A high-tech doorbell that records in 1080 HD video and captures a wide field of view.

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 placed 16th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Watch over your home and answer the door from your phone, tablet and PC with next-gen security from Ring Video Doorbell 2. Ring sends you alerts when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from anywhere. Monitor your property in HD video, and check-in on your home at anytime with Live View on-demand video and audio. Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors. Hear and speak to visitors from your mobile device using the built-in microphone and speakers with noise cancellation. Connect Ring with select Alexa devices to get security at the sound of your voice and to view live activity at your door anytime. Charge your Doorbell without moving the device using the quick-release battery pack. Choose one of two complementary faceplates to match your security to your home. Adjust the sensitivity of your motion sensors to find the ideal setting for your home. Enjoy a free 30-day trial of Ring Protect Plus with your purchase! Ring Protect Plus lets you record, save and share all the videos captured by unlimited Ring Doorbells and Cameras at your home. Protect Plus members also get 24/7 professional monitoring with Ring Alarm, exclusive discounts and extended warranties. Activate Ring Protect Plus for only $10 a month, or get video recording and sharing for only $3 a month per each device with Ring Protect Basic. Combine Ring with Alexa for hands-free home monitoring. When anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers Ring’s built-in motion sensors, your Echo device will illuminate and make an announcement, so you’ll always know when someone’s there. And if you have an Echo Show or Echo Spot, you can also see, hear and speak to anyone captured on camera.

Our Expert Consultant

James Both   
Founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home

James Both is the founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home, a smart home consulting practice that provides businesses and homeowners with the resources they need to automate their homes. He got his undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and completed his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The motion tracking really worked quite well, and we loved the integration with our smartphone. When the sensitivity options are all set up, we picked up a few things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen - like delivery drivers delivering packages, people approaching the door for unknown reasons, and so on.
The doorbell’s integrated 1080p HD video camera offers optional motion detection, and we were pleased to see granular options to control sensitivity.
1080HD video definition sharp images for recording.
Communicating with visitors through the app was also easy, with sharp video and clear two-way audio.
Connects homeowner to live video feed from anywhere, remote two-way talk feature, 1080 HD video with infrared night vision.
You can exclude parts of the camera view from motion alerts.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with a host of important features, including the ability to get an instant alert on your smartphone to find out who’s at your door.
- Forbes
Ring has made the battery removable, so that it can be charged via its micro-USB port; with the original doorbell, you had to remove the entire unit to charge.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has a rechargeable battery, which means there’s no need to wire it into the mains or a low voltage circuit.

What reviewers didn't like

The doorbell itself is somewhat large, and that may be a problem for those that want to install it in a small space or doorframe. It’s certainly too big for a doorframe, coming in at 5.05-inches tall, 2.50-inches wide, and 1.08-inches thick.
Chunky lines and lower-grade plastics lend the doorbell a budget aesthetic, but we were pleased to see a selection of mounts and tools included to ease installation.
Sensitive motion detector can send multiple false positive.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is admittedly bulky compared with our other picks, but because of its wide, 160-degree field of view and included wedge base (for angling the doorbell to one side, if necessary), it should work with most any doorway.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 costs nearly $200, which is far from cheap. And to make meaningful use of its fine functions like stored video recordings, you really will need to pay for a monthly service, though at least a basic one is available for just $3 monthly.
Easily stripped security screw.
It’s a shame that you still can’t pick a custom ringtone.
Quite large for some door frames.
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