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August Finally Fixes the Smart Doorbell’s Biggest Problem: Looking like a Doorbell

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  March 5th, 2019  By Meg Cannistra

Best known for its smart locks, August announced the second generation of its smart doorbell earlier today. And while it may seem like smart doorbells are a dime a dozen in 2019, the wire-free August View has a feature many lack — it resembles a traditional doorbell.

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The device’s sleek, simplistic design, equipped with a bell-emblazoned push button, makes it user-friendly and stylish. Unlike the ultra-techy Ring and Nest doorbells that could fit well in The Jetsons, the August View is a subtler take on the doorbell camera. And, with eight faceplates to choose from, it’s perfect for those who want to personalize every last detail of their home. Faceplates come in four standard color options (white, red, black, and blue) and four metallic options (satin brass, midnight gray, oil-rubbed bronze, and satin nickel) and will be sold separately.

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This is an interesting, but unsurprising departure from the company’s first smart doorbell. Boxy and wired, August’s Doorbell Cam Pro isn’t as aesthetically appealing and is limited in where it can be installed. It also has a lower resolution, coming in at 1280 x 960p. Judging from the updates in August’s second attempt, it seems the company got the memo and made some smart changes.

August’s earlier Doorbell Cam Pro didn’t exactly scream “traditional doorbell.”
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Those who are more interested in function than aesthetics will be happy to know August didn’t just stop at making the device pretty. The August View boasts two-way communication and 1440p resolution so you can clearly see packages on your doorstep (or potential intruders) in crisp quad HD. And if you have August smart locks, the devices pair seamlessly. It’s also wire-free and can be installed anywhere without needing to be connected to pre-existing doorbell wires. While wire-free is appealing because of its versatility, we do wonder how easy it is to pull the doorbell camera from its mount. This is something you can count on us testing when we review it. Other features include:

  • Motion alerts
  • Live video-streaming
  • Video stored in the cloud for 24-hours (or longer with a subscription plan)
  • Zoomable video
  • Minimal fisheye distortion

In addition, all August View units come with a doorbell chime, rechargeable battery, USB charging cable, and mounting hardware.

The August View will make its official debut at SXSW next week, but you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks to purchase it. Priced at $230, it will be available starting March 28.

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