The Arlo Pro 3 Camera Kit has just dropped to $449.99 on Amazon. The retail price of this kit is $579.99, however I’ve seen it go for $500 several times. This is the first time I’ve seen it drop another $50. Arlo cameras, along with the Ring Video Doorbell, are the only security cameras slated to work with the Amazon Echo Show when it launches next month. Support for other cameras will probably come later, but if you pre-ordered an Echo Show, and would like to view camera feeds on it by asking Alexa, the Arlo cameras are your best option. I’ve been using an Arlo Pro kit in my home since last year and I’ve been very happy with them.
A key feature of Arlo cameras, and one of the main things that drew me to them, is that they’re truly wireless. The cameras connect to the base station over WiFi and they’re battery operated, so there’s no need to run any wires to them. The Arlo Pro cameras, which are the newest models, come with rechargeable battery packs, where as the older non-pro Arlo cameras use disposable batteries that you must provide.
The rechargeable Arlo Pro cameras last about a month for me before needing to be recharged. I keep one of my cameras always charging in the house for quick baby and pet monitoring needs around the house. When an exterior camera starts running low, I just swap out its battery pack with the indoor camera that is always charging and everything is back up in minutes. The cameras connect to their mounts magnetically, so it’s very quick to take them down and remount them. There are several more secure mounting options if you’re placing the camera in a spot where you’d be worried about someone snatching it.
Arlo’s cameras automatically save recordings in the cloud. Recordings get saved for 7 days for free, which I’ve found to be sufficient, or you can pay monthly for more storage. You can download recordings within those 7 days to save them offline forever. The pro camera kits also give you the option to connect a USB drive to the base station to store all recordings locally.
I could go on and on about the Arlo cameras and their features, but I’ll stop here. Now that Arlo has teamed up with Amazon to be launch partners for the Echo Show, I figured I’d just point out that they’re at a new all time low price and briefly mention that I’m a satisfied owner, for what that’s worth.