A rechargeable battery means you can fit this smart doorbell without having to mess about with wires
■ Smart doorbells let you see and talk to visitors on your smartphone, whether you’re in the shed… or in Papua New Guinea. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has one big claim over most of its rivals, though: it has a rechargeable battery, so there’s no need to hardwire it into your wall.
■ Once the battery is charged (it’s good for six months), you just screw your Ring into the wall and connect it to the Wi-Fi. Hooking it up with your existing doorbell wires is a more complex option, but the app has walkthrough videos to help you out.
■ The Video Doorbell 2 will call you up when someone presses the buzzer, giving you the option of talking to your visitors (“I’m sure I told you I was going to Papua New Guinea”) – and thanks to motion detection, it can be set up to notify you if it spots anyone skulking outside your front door.
■ Video is recorded at 1080p HD. Sadly, even in an apartment with good fibre broadband, we found the signal and overall responsiveness to be patchy. The feed would sometimes degrade into a blocky mess, or simply be too slow to let us see who’d pressed the button.
■ After your trial ends, you have to pay a monthly fee to store videos or rewatch clips of missed visitors. Compared to other security cam subscriptions, this is a reaso