Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Our experts put Ring's most popular video doorbells head to head.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
- Can be battery operated or hardwired
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Excellent infrared night vision to see clearly in the dark
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
- Available in black, pearl, or satin nickel
- Hardwired setup
- Can detect people with Ring Protect Basic or Plus plans
When Ring, an Amazon company, came out with two new video doorbells, we were pumped to check them out. Although both cameras looked extremely similar, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro was priced at $80 more than the Ring Video Doorbell 2, which was a significant cost difference. We were eager to learn what improvements had taken place between the two doorbells and whether they were worth the increase in price.
In this review, we compared the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Pro for design, features, and installation. Both video doorbells used the Ring— Always Home app, so we took a look at that as well.
Key Similarities of Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The similarities with these Ring video doorbells far outweighed their differences. For example:
- Temperature range: Both video doorbells worked in temperatures from negative five to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Video quality, fields of view, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, and artificial intelligence: The cameras had the same specs for almost all of our Necessary Features Test.
- App: We were able to control both video doorbells through the Ring— Always Home app.
Key Differences of Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Despite their many similarities, we also identified some key differences between Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
- Installation: While the Ring Video Doorbell Pro required a hardwire connection, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 functioned using both hardwiring and batteries.
- Activity zones: Only the Ring Video Doorbell Pro had Advanced Motion Detection in the form of activity zones.
- Price: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro was priced at $80 more than the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro Design
|Ring Video Doorbell 2||Ring Video Doorbell Pro|
|Operating Temperature||-5° to 120°F, weather resistant||-5° to 120°F, weather resistant|
|Hard-Wired or Battery||Battery or Hardwired||Hardwired|
|Battery Life||6 Months||6 Months – Year|
|When it Records||Doorbell Push or Motion Detection||Doorbell Push or Motion Detection|
On the surface, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 looked rather similar. The only obvious differences we noticed were that the Pro was slightly smaller, and it had a different camera orientation. Of course, we knew the surface was only one aspect of the video doorbells, so we took a look at what each had to offer inside.
Both video doorbells shared the same temperature range and water-resistance. As long they weren’t immersed in water, they could continue to function normally. The main difference between the two, design-wise, had to do with how they were powered. While the Ring Video Doorbell 2 could be hardwired or operated by battery, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro could only be hardwired. The advantage of hardwiring was that we never had to worry about the battery running out of power. However, it did make installation a bit more complicated. We weren’t sure whether this required hardwiring was worth it, as the batteries on the Ring Video Doorbell 2 only ran out every six months.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 both recorded whenever their bells were pushed or they detected motion, and both connected with the Ring— Always Home app via Wi-Fi.
Top Video Doorbell for Design
Since each doorbell presented extremely similar designs except for their power sources, we had to give the design award to the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for having two options, hardwired or battery. Next, we evaluated the features of each doorbell.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro Features
|Ring Video Doorbell 2||Ring Video Doorbell Pro|
|Video Quality||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Field of View||160°||160°|
|Field of Zoom||No||Digital|
|Infared Night Vision||Yes||Yes|
|Color Night Vision||No||No|
|Smart Platform Integration||Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa|
To evaluate each doorbells’ features, we used our Necessary Features Test, which included a deep dive into each camera’s abilities in video, audio, night vision, and more. Again, these video doorbells had really similar cameras in terms of technical specifications, but there were a few differences we wanted to point out.
In terms of video, both cameras had the industry standard of 1080p HD plus wide fields of view of 160 degrees. The only difference was the Ring Video Doorbell Pro had digital zoom capability, and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 did not. So, for video, the Pro won by a hair.
Both cameras had two-way audio, which allowed us to speak to our visitors and see them through the Ring— Always Home app at the same time.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro Night Vision
After audio, we compared the cameras’ night vision. Both had infrared night vision, which was our preference over color night vision.
Infrared night vision was our preference because the bright white light with color night vision had a history of causing glares and making it alarmingly obvious (no pun intended) that we were recording. When it came to our doorbell camera, we liked to keep it on the down-low.
|Feature||Free||Protect Basic Plan||Protect Plus Plan|
|Coverage||No||One Ring Doorbell or Security Camera||All Ring Devices at One Address|
|Ring and Motion Alerts||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Custom Motion Detection||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Interact with Visitors Remotely||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year||Extended Warranty|
|Length of Cloud Storage||No||60 days||60 days|
|Review, Share, and Save Ring Videos||No||Yes||Yes|
|Professional Monitoring for Ring Alarm||No||No||Yes|
|Exclusive Discounts at Ring.com||No||No||10% Off Ring Products|
|Contract Terms||No||None, Cancel Anytime||None, Cancel Anytime|
We learned we could get local storage plus 60 days of cloud storage with either Ring Protect Plan. Unfortunately, Ring didn’t offer any free storage, but their prices were incredibly reasonable and started at just $3 a month. We decided if we wanted more features like 24/7 professional monitoring, coverage for all the Ring devices at our house, discounts on the Ring website or an extended warranty, we would have chosen to invest in the Protect Plus plan for $10 a month. Despite the lack of free storage, we were pleased with the storage options for the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
Smart Platform Integration
Since Amazon owns Ring, we weren’t shocked to hear that both video doorbell cams integrated with Amazon Alexa. Because of this, we were able to tell our doorbell to record using voice command, which was super convenient when our hands were full.
No longer the stuff of science fiction, many security cameras, including video doorbells, used artificial intelligence to achieve things such as person detection or facial recognition. The use of these A.I. additions created stronger and more specific notifications, which helped cameras ignore movement from animals, cars, and other inanimate objects. Cameras with these features focused only of what mattered, movement from humans. Unfortunately, neither the Ring Video Doorbell 2 nor the Ring Video Doorbell Pro had any A.I. features, so we definitely received some unnecessary notifications from animals and sidewalk joggers.
The main feature that set the Ring Video Doorbell Pro apart from the Ring Video Doorbell 2 was activity zones, or what Ring called Advanced Motion Detection. Activity zones let us tell our camera what to focus on and what to ignore. It was as if we had marked our property as important and the street as unimportant. This led to more helpful notifications and usually only alerted us if someone was actually on our property.
Top Video Doorbell for Features
Features-wise, the only difference between the two video doorbells was that the Ring Video Doorbell Pro had digital zoom and activity zones which the Ring Video Doorbell 2 lacked, so the crown went to the Pro again, just by a hair.
Installing the Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
While the Ring Video Doorbell 2 could be hardwired or battery-operated, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro could only power on through hardwiring. We installed both doorbells in two places— at a house in Austin, Texas with an existing chime and doorbell setup, as well as in my Brooklyn apartment, which lacked an existing setup.
Installing the Ring Video Doorbell 2
We installed the Ring Video Doorbell 2 in Texas using video tutorials from Ring, which were very straightforward. The only blip occurred when we realized we had to add a range extender, as our router was too far away from the door to connect to Wi-Fi. In Brooklyn, we used the Chime Pro as both a chime and range extender for my Ring Video Doorbell 2. Installation at either location took no more than 30 minutes, which was really impressive.
Installing the Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Using the Ring Video Doorbell Pro required a 16-24 VAC transformer or a power adapter, but it was something we could do ourselves. The process worked exactly the same way as the Ring Video Doorbell 2 did in Austin, as we hardwired it the exact same way. It worked the same way in Brooklyn, where we installed the Chime Pro as well.
Top Video Doorbell for Installation
These two doorbells have nearly identical installation processes, so we had to call it a tie.
The Ring— Always Home App
The Ring— Always Home app was where we could see and speak to visitors, access cloud and local storage, set up activity zones (with the Pro), receive notifications, and even receive crime and safety alerts about our neighborhood. The app was rated a 3.3 out of five on both the Apple and Google Play stores, which was good but not amazing.
“I like the Ring app (especially the timeline view). I use the original Ring Video Doorbell. After several months, I lost my Ring notifications (even though my events continued to be recorded)… and could not fix it with Ring or Android settings…but uninstalling and reinstalling the app fixed the issue,”
wrote Android-user James Champion in a recent four-star review.
Recap of Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Aside from their sizes and orientations, the only difference between the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 was that the Pro had digital zoom and activity zones, for $80 more. Ultimately, we didn’t think this small of a difference was worth the additional $80, at least not to us. But we understood that some people may really want digital zoom or activity zones, in which case, buying the Ring Video Doorbell Pro made sense.
We preferred Ring Video Doorbell for its…
- More affordable price: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 was only $169, $80 less than the Ring Video Doorbell, at $249.
- Battery-operated option: If we didn’t have a 16-24 VAC transformer in our home, we could still use the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
- Easier installation: When we wanted to go with batteries over hardwiring, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 offered an easier install than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
We liked Ring Video Doorbell Pro for its…
- Digital zoom: When we wanted to view extra details or needed to see evidence up close, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro provided us with the digital zoom we needed.
- Activity zones: With activity zones, our notifications were more specific and relevant.
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Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro FAQs
What was the difference between the Ring Video Doorbell 2 vs the Ring Video Doorbell Pro?
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 was able to power up via battery or hardwiring while the Pro could only be hardwired. Additionally, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro had activity zones, which the 2 lacked. Finally, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro was $80 more than the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Was Ring the best video doorbell?
Ring was not the best video doorbell of all because Ring’s video doorbells lacked person detection or facial recognition. However, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant plus battery or hardwired options, Ring produced some of the best video doorbells on the market.
Did Ring work without a subscription?
Ring did work without a subscription. We were still able to livestream footage, receive notifications and control our devices on the Ring— Always Home app without paying a monthly fee.