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The Blink XT is a wireless security camera with the flexibility to work indoors and outdoors. Blink, which is owned by Amazon, offers quality products at competitive prices. This home security camera is good-featured and offers a variety of potential upgrade options. For many, it is an excellent way to add security to a home rather easily.
For those who are after a wireless home security camera – which really means an easy-to-install camera – the Blink XT works well. This is not the camera with the most features on it, and its price reflects that. However, for those who want a simple design that is going to do the job well enough, it can work well to meet most needs. It is also an indoor and outdoor camera, which can provide more flexibility to users than other models. Reliable, but without a lot of frills, this home security camera is right for some homes with minimal concerns.
While the Blink XT is not packed with features, it does offer some nice features and technology. Most of what it offers is also easy to use and well designed. For those not looking for a full home security system, the Blink XT fits the bill because it offers the right features for basic protection.
One of the nice features of the Blink XT is that it is versatile enough to use indoors and outdoors. This allows users to move it around the home where they want and need to – and because it is so small and easy to hide, this means you can switch up your home security whenever you want to.
Another key feature about this system is that you can add multiple Blink XT cameras to build up your home security over time. For those property owners who want to increase security at an affordable rate, this system can help make that possible. The system allows you to add up to 10 cameras using the Blink Sync Module.
Overall, the HD video included in the Blink XT is moderately good. Again, it is not the best. Some users report that in the outdoors, the cameras are not as reliable. Others say that the nighttime use is not as good. In all cases, it offers an HD camera.
The Blink XT has a built-in motion sensor alarm. It activates whenever the motion sensor is triggered. Then, the cameras – which connect to your home through WiFi – will send an image of what is happening to your smartphone app. It does record a short clip of what is happening and stores it in the cloud.
Speaking of the cloud, the Blink XT comes with free cloud storage. The company does not charge a monthly fee or a contract fee for the cloud storage use. This is a nice benefit since most other home security systems get you here. In those systems, a monthly subscription is common.
The key benefit for many people is that this system does not require any hardwiring to put it in place. That is, you do not have to plug it in or wire the camera. Rather, it works on batteries. The Blink XT uses two AA lithium batteries that last up to two years.
There are a few key things that make the Blink XT easy to use. First, installation takes moments. All you need to do is unpack it, position it, and download the app to start using it. The app is available through iOS 10.3, Android 5 Lollipop or higher. Second, using the camera is very simplistic. You can navigate all of the features using the system’s app. And, if you wish to move it, you can do that, too. Though it is not packed with features, these qualities make it an excellent choice overall.
As noted, Amazon owns Blink. The company has a variety of features to make using its products easy to do, including supportive customer service. The company has a B+ rating on the Better Business Bureau. For those who do have negative reviews of the company, they tend to be related to product failures or difficulty getting specific help. Keep in mind that most of the complaints about the company have little to do with Blink. Reviews for Blink itself seem to be very positive with some consumers stating they wished it offered more connectivity or more reliable function. Nevertheless, customers can easily manage the customer service process.
The Blink XT, which comes with one camera kit, is priced at $129.99 as the list price. Discounts and deals may be available to reduce costs. It is also possible to upgrade to a two-, three, or five-camera system. For those who already have a Blink system, it is also possible to purchase just an Add-on Blink XT Home Security Camera. This is priced at $119.99. A nice benefit here is the overall affordability of the system. It is easy enough to use for most needs.
The Blink XT system is a 110-degree field of view camera. The camera itself measures 71mm in diameter with an overall height of 71 mm. It uses 2, 1.5 volt AA lithium batteries and comes with a Sync Module power option with a 100-200V AC to 5V DC converter included. It offers just one-way audio recording to pick up sound. The camera offers up to 1080p full HD resolution with up to 30 frames per second. The app is available through Android or iOS.
The Blink XT is right for consumers who want an easy-to-install system without a lot of over-the-top features. It is affordable and designed to be durable enough for overall good use outdoors. Even better, this camera system is designed to be upgradable, allowing individuals to add on to it with numerous additional cameras to expand the range of coverage. For a no-frills option from Amazon, this Blink home security system works fairly reliable.