Ring Pro 1080p Review 2020

The Ring Pro’s an extra step up from the Ring. But is it worth it?
Ring Pro
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Customized motion zones
High resolution
More expensive than regular Ring

You’re looking for a doorbell camera, and you’ve narrowed it down to the Ring and the Ring Pro. Is it worth it to spend extra on the Ring Pro?

We think Ring Pro is a good investment because of its customizability (though it may not be the best in privacy protection).

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Ring Pro 1080p
Back when we first wrote this review, we clarified that we were talking about the new 1080p version of Ring Pro. Now Ring Pro automatically comes in 1080p.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro price and details
ProductPriceVideo resolutionField of viewLearn more
Ring Pro$249.001080p160° horizontal, 90° vertical View on Amazon

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 06/24/2020 1:10 MST) Full disclaimer

Ring Pro features

Customizable motion detection is the standout feature for Ring Pro.

The Ring Pro’s a step up from the standard Ring because of its better video quality and custom motion zones.

You can choose the motion detection focus and sensitivity.

If you’ve used the original Ring doorbell and think that the motion detection is too sensitive, the motion zones can help you cut down on unnecessary notifications. With these zones, you can choose the motion detection focus and sensitivity.

The Ring Pro also has person detection to differentiate between people and ambient motion (although it doesn’t have facial recognition). And it comes with four faceplates for you to choose from, just in case one matches your home better than another.

Ring Pro pricing

Ring Pro costs more than the average doorbell.

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Right now, the Ring Pro comes in at $249 on Amazon.* That’s more than most of Ring’s offerings. It’s also more than video doorbells from Arlo, Eufy, Toucan, SimpliSafe, and SkyBell by $50+.

*Amazon.com List Price (as of 06/25/2020 10:22 MST) Full disclaimer

You’ll also have to pay for a subscription plan for Ring Pro, just like you do with other Ring doorbells.

Ring Protect monthly plans
PlanProtect Basic PlanProtect Plus Plan
Monthly price$3$10
Annual price$30$100
Exclusive discountsNone10% off other Ring devices
Cloud storage60 days60 days
Video viewing

Yes

Yes
Video sharing

Yes

Yes
Extended warranty

No

Yes
Professional monitoring for Ring Alarm system

No

Yes
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Data effective 06/24/2020. Offers subject to change.

Ring Pro home automation

Ring excels at doorbell automation, though its products aren’t compatible with everything.

When someone rings your doorbell, your smartphone lets you know. You can then view the video stream of whoever is at the door, talk to them through two-way audio, and even remotely unlock the door with your smart lock to let them in. When it comes to a video doorbell, that’s the stuff automation dreams are made of.

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Equipment
Not everyone wants to rely on smart home notifications. If you worry that you won’t be able to hear your doorbell, set up the Ring Chime Pro.

Also, if you want a battery-operated system, you’re out of luck. Unlike some of Ring’s doorbells, the Pro must be hardwired.

All Ring doorbells are compatible with a Ring alarm system. They’re also compatible with the following:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • IFTTT
  • Z-Wave (includes some Schlage and Yale locks)
  • Some products from Kwikset, GE, Leviton, First Alert, Ecolink, and Dome Sirens

Sadly, Ring doesn’t work with Zigbee protocol.

Ring Pro installation

Here’s how you install the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Ring says you can get this baby installed in five minutes. We haven’t been able to verify if this is true. It doesn’t seem like the most reasonable claim since the Ring Pro is hardwired.

Ring Pro installation steps:

  1. Remove existing doorbell
  2. Download the Ring app
  3. Plug in the Chime Pro (if you’re using it)
  4. Set up the Chime Pro with the app
  5. Find a nearby outlet
  6. Run the wires from the outlet to the doorbell
  7. Install anchors (if you’re using them)
  8. Remove the doorbell faceplate
  9. Connect the wires to the doorbell
  10. Plug in the power adapter
  11. Set up the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with the app
  12. Replace the faceplate

Ring Pro customer experience

Ring’s privacy (or lack thereof) is the one thing that makes us hesitate.

Last year, there was a lot of splash about Ring’s approach to privacy. Some consumers worry that Ring’s security measures aren’t strident enough.² Others question potential police access to users’ cameras.³ And some are understandably unhappy that Ring employees may have watched them for four years.⁴

That’s not to say that Ring products are necessarily unusable. We just caution potential buyers to weigh these security risks before getting the Ring Pro doorbell or any other Ring camera.

Recap: Is Ring Pro good?

Ring Pro’s a good product, but it’s not for you if you’re concerned about Ring’s privacy policies.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a dependable doorbell option with some extra, useful features. If you’re ready to pay a little more than you usually would for a doorbell, we think you should go for it.

The one caveat: if the news about Ring’s questionable approach to privacy leaves you feeling icky, you should go with another brand.

Is your house ready for Ring Pro?

To use Ring Pro effectively, you need fast internet and a reliable cellular connection to access your doorbell from anywhere.

Recommended internet plans

Ring’s support suggests an internet upload speed of 2 Mpbs for the best experience possible.¹ We’ve rounded up some plans that might meet that threshold. Of course, keep in mind that if you have other devices on the network, you’ll want greater upload speeds so nothing slows down.

Recommended internet plans for Ring Pro
ProviderMonthly priceUpload speedsDownload speedsLearn more
Xfinity Internet$24.99$299.95*22000 Mbps152000 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Internet$49.99$5020 Mbps100 MbpsView Plans
Frontier High Speed Internet$20$600.57 Mbps6115 MbpsView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.
Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.

Recommended mobile plans

What good is the Ring app if you can’t use it from far away? You want the best data plan possible so you never lose contact with your Ring Pro.

We always recommend unlimited plans so you don’t have to worry about eating up data. Of course, if you go somewhere with bad reception, your doorbell may be inaccessible regardless. You might want to check with your provider before you leave town so you know what kind of home access you’ll have.

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