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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 vs. Pro: See Which Is Best for Your Smart Home

We take an in-depth look at the similarities and differences between Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and first-generation Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

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GearBrain has been testing Ring Video Doorbells for years. Using real homes to see how these smart video doorbells perform under normal connectivity, we have seen worthy maturity in these smart devices. Some of the new features in the recently tested Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 are noteworthy and helpful to smart homeowners. But are these new features worth the upgrade from Ring Video Doorbell Pro? In this article, we look at the differences between these two Ring Video Doorbell Pros so you can decide which one is right for your smart home.

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What are the Similarities between Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Pro 2?

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Pro have numerous similarities. They both are wired powered and require 16-24 VAC power, 40 VA Max 50/60 Hz. They also require you attach a power unit to your existing doorbell chime if compatible. (See Ring for compatible doorbell chimes.). Each offers Alexa Greetings, customizable privacy settings, two-way talk, Quick Replies, color night vision, people mode and can work on either a 2.4 GHZ or 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection.

If size and look are important to you, no need to worry. These two smart video doorbells look the same and are the exact size, 4.50" x 1.85: x .80". They even come with interchangeable faceplates and Inbox accessories.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Pro Features

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Pro

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Pro have the same dimensions: 4.50" x 1.85: x .80".


What are the Differences between Ring Video Doorbell Pro2 and Pro?

There are many subtle differences between these two Ring Video Doorbells. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is more expensive than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Pro 2 costs $249.99 versus $169.99 for Pro. The Pro 2 has better audio and video resolution. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 comes with Audio + and 1536p HD video resolution. The Pro is only 1080p HD resolution. The Field of View (FOV) is bigger with the Pro 2. Its FOV is 150 Horizontal and Vertical while the FOV for Pro is 160 degrees Horizontal but only 90 degrees Vertical. And the Pro 2 comes with both a head-to-toe view and Bird's eye view. Both are new features for Ring Doorbells.

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Ring's head-to-toe view is great for when visitors come to your door. It also allows you to see more of the field of view as well as monitor your packages left at the foot of your door anytime of the day. If you get a lot of packages delivered, Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a smart video doorbell for you.

Another new feature Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 has that Pro does not is 3D Motion Detection. What is 3D Motion Detection? It is an innovative way to help you monitor the outside of your home. Ring's 3D Motion Detection uses radar technology to identify the distance between an object and your doorbell camera. This will help the doorbell know when a person is within applicable range to start recording. This type of motion detection is designed to prevent false motion alerts and only available on Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 also has Bird's Eye View, an aerial view of a yard used to monitor motion. This new feature allows you to see if someone is on your property, up to 30 feet from your home. It is automatically enabled once you complete the 3D Motion Detection setup process. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro does not have this new feature. It's only available with Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.


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Smart Home Integrations

When it comes to integrating your Ring Video Doorbell, both devices are part of the Work with Ring ecosystem. Ring's smart home ecosystem is robust, and you can easily add compatible devices using the free Ring app. Both Ring Video Doorbell Pros work with Ring Alarm as well as Amazon Alexa enabled devices. Neither of these smart video doorbells work with Google Assistant enabled devices.

If you want to hook up a smart lock to your Ring Video Doorbell to unlock your door while speaking with your visitor, there is only one lock that is compatible, Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt Lock. This lock will work with both Pro 2 and Pro and no hub is required. But, if your Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 or Pro is connected to a Ring Alarm system, then your selection of smart locks increases greatly. You will be able use any Z-Wave smart lock made by Schlage, Kwikset and Yale. To help you find the right compatible smart locks for your Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 or Pro, use The GearBrain. It's our smart home compatibility find engine for smart devices. It's free and easy to use.


Summary

Both Ring Video Doorbell Pros are excellent smart video doorbells. Both are reliable smart home security devices which can help secure the outside of your home. They have good features, like customizable motion detection to help prevent false alerts. Night vision is in color and two-way talk is crisp and clear. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 does come with the latest features like Bird's Eye View, 3D Motion Detection and head-to-toe FOV. However, it costs $80 more than Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

If you get a lot of packages delivered to your home and want a wide view of what's going on outside your front door, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is the better smart video doorbell for you home. The new features in this smart video doorbell are decent and worth the extra money. However, if you have a Ring Alarm system or plan to use Ring Alarm, and price is an issue, you can't go wrong with Ring Video Doorbell Pro. It's still a reliable smart video doorbell with proven features to protect your smart home.

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Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility find engine to see the other compatible products that work with Ring and Amazon Alexa enabled devices.


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