Nest Hello Review
A high-quality, innovative video doorbell perfect for the tech-savvy homeowner.
- Facial recognition available
- Professional installation option
- Nonstop video recording
Nest Hello Review
Overview of Nest Hello
Nest Hello takes video doorbells to the next level with their innovative design, advanced features, and home security-like characteristics. The company Nest offers several products that range from home security to home automation devices. The Nest Hello is just another one of their successful devices designed to make your life easier.
With the Nest Hello camera, you can see, hear and speak to anyone who comes to your front door. Even before they ring the doorbell your Nest Hello Video doorbell will be recording the area and the motion sensors will alert you when triggered. Basically, you’re always at home, even when you’re not. This provides a great deal of convenience and security when it comes to protecting and monitoring your home. Additionally, if you have frequent visitors this adds a level of ease for you as a homeowner. No need to leave the office to let someone in, everything is available directly from the Nest app.
Pros / Cons
- Facial recognition
- 24/7 recording and storage
- HDR camera with high-quality images day or night
- Installation is tricky, may require a professional
- Facial recognition feature is an additional monthly price
One of the standout features of this video doorbell is the facial recognition feature. You can be notified when your family members, close friends or other frequent visitors enter the house through Nest Aware. Nest Aware is how you maximize the user experience of your video doorbell. By subscribing to the Nest Aware you can enjoy facial recognition and constant video recording that can be accessed at any time.
Quiet time works as a sort of “mute” button for your doorbell. With this feature, you can customize or specify a time to silence the chime on your doorbell so you can relax in your home in peace. Of course, if someone rings the bell you will still receive an alert, but you won’t have to worry about the chime disturbing you. You can choose between 30, 60, or 90 minutes intervals.
24/7 Recording and Video Streaming
Another one of Nest Hello’s major selling points is the ability to have constant video monitoring. This feature almost evolves it into a home security camera where you have constant monitoring and can rewind and view footage for up to a certain amount of time. The biggest downside to this is that it takes up a lot of bandwidth and gigabytes, so if you opt for the 24/7 monitoring you have to make sure you have strong, unlimited wifi.
Prerecorded Quick Responses
The convenience of a video doorbell doesn’t always work if you’re verbally not able to answer the person who is ringing. Maybe you’re in a meeting or you’re not able to speak for whatever reason. With Nest’s prerecorded quick response option, you don’t have to say anything but you can still let the person know. There are three different options for the recorded responses.
How does it work?
The Nest Hello video doorbell works just like any other smart doorbell on the market, but the company does well to set itself apart from the competition. No matter what your reasons for getting a video doorbell installed are, your life is sure to be made easier with the Nest Hello. Nest Hello is controlled via the Nest App, where you have a number of things to control. When someone rings the doorbell you will receive a notification straight to your mobile device.
Maybe you don’t need to check for who is at your doorbell but want to just check in randomly, pop in anytime with the 24-hour video recording in the Nest App.
While most video doorbells allow you to talk directly to the guests at your door, with Nest you have a few more options than that to make your life easier.
As far as product specs and quality, Nest compares pretty well to other high definition cameras out there. The cameras use HDR to clarify the images and make them sharper and clearer. There is no need to worry about your footage being grainy or shadowy depending on the time of day. The camera does the job for you. In addition to that, you are able to integrate the Nest camera with other Nest cameras and smart home devices.
One of the biggest complaints about the Nest Hello video doorbell is the fact that the installation process can be a bit tricky. It’s so tricky that the website itself recommends professional assistance when installing. If you aren’t feeling comfortable installing it yourself, Nest can provide a Nest Pro at an additional price.
So what makes it so hard to install? The Nest video doorbell requires an existing wired doorbell and if you don’t have one then this can make installation even more tedious. A Nest Pro can help you install it in this case.
After that, you have to locate the chime box and transformer and figure out if your home is suitable for installation. The good thing is that if it doesn’t work you can call a Nest Pro soon.
The Nest warranty policy is a little bit different from other competitors. For one, they offer an automatic two-year warranty on any purchase you make with them. This means that if there are any defects or issues with your Nest Hello, you can expect it to be replaced by Nest. The policy is extended an extra 1 or 2 years if you choose to install your Nest Hello doorbell by a Nest Pro.
Additionally, Nest offers a satisfaction back guaranteed policy for a period of 30 days.
For optimum technology, features, and great performance, the Nest Hello is going to be one of your best choices when it comes to getting a video doorbell. Nest Hello is one of the sleekest designs, offers great customizable features and can be interlinked with the rest of your Nest home or even Google Home, Amazon Alexa products. If you’re looking for a video doorbell that’ll work seamlessly with the rest of your home automation devices then Nest Hello is a great option. The only downside is the tricky installation process, but if you’re willing to hire a Nest Pro to do it, you’ll get a stress free installation and an extended warranty on your products. It’s a win-win situation.
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