Reolink Argus 2 Wire-Free Rechargeable Security Camera 2020 Review.
Reolink Argus 2 Wire-Free Rechargeable Security Camera: Home security used to be a huge ado. First, you’d need a security expert to come to give you a consultation (which was not free). Then, you had to have a team of installers come to drill holes in your beautiful walls just so you could run wires for a cheap, low-resolution security camera; a camera barely capable of producing footage clear enough to see your front porch.
We’ve come a long way, baby. Reolink’s new Argus 2 security camera is the wireless, solar rechargeable security option of the future. Except the future is now. Wait, now… no, now… I mean now!
The Reolink Argus 2 prides itself on being 100% wire-free. There’s no hole drilling or stapling necessary because there’s nothing to drill or staple. The rechargeable battery and Wi-Fi connectivity make Argus 2 totally wire-free. No network or power cable, no drilling, and no outlets needed.
Security is simple. You can put it anywhere you want – on a shelf or a table; at the front door or back door; from room to room, to keep an eye on the elderly, babies, or pets. Or use it at a temporary construction site, rental house or holiday house. It’s weatherproof for outdoor and indoor use. Rain or shine, hot or cold, this camera never quits.
Argus 2 comes with a rechargeable battery, which allows you to charge directly via an outlet or via Reolink Solar Panel. Long-lasting power per charge – saves your money.
Reolink Solar Panel
Connect the camera to Reolink Solar Panel and it will get non-stop power all day and all night. You can easily position the weather-resistant solar panel to maximize sunlight exposure. Huge savings!
Two-Way Audio, Hear & TalkBack
Hear what’s going on inside/outside your home and talk back just with a touch! With the built-in microphone and speaker, you can communicate with your elders, kids, babysitters, pets, etc., and warn verbally any uninvited, even when you’re thousands of miles away.
Get Remote Access Anywhere Anytime
Control has never been so easy with free Reolink App and Client! View your family and home anywhere and anytime via your iOS and Android smartphones, or through a Windows or Mac computer! Even when you are in your office or traveling, you can check what’s happening to your home/business on the go!
What’s in the Box?
The best part of any review is the unboxing. Inside of the Argus 2 box, you’ll find the camera itself, which is a shiny, metal piece of gadgety happiness (we kind of want to give it a hug. Is that weird?), a rechargeable battery, an outdoor security mount, which comes with a hook and loop strap, a skin with a small rope, a reset needle, for penetrating that special, tiny, emergency hole, a surveillance sign, which serves as a deterrent all on its own, a mounting hole template, a pack of screws and a micro USB cable.
We were concerned about how the Argus 2 would perform at night, or in poor lighting conditions in general. We were happy to discover that the camera’s sensor is a Sony 1.2/8” starlight CMOS sensor, which allows the camera to record quality video, even at night time.
The starlight night vision feature will provide a clear night vision up to 33 feet, which is perfect for protecting your home. Eleven yards might not sound like a tremendous visibility length, but you must figure that most porches are only about 10 feet wide. 33 feet is plenty
As far as its actual size, the Argus 2 doesn’t take up much room at all. The little amount of room that it does take up you won’t be using for anything important anyway, since you can pretty much stick the camera anywhere.
The Argus 2 measures 119 mm x 65 mm x 59 mm and weighs 350 grams. That’s including the battery. Even if there is an earthquake and the camera somehow falls off the wall and bonks you in the head, it’s not going to do any damage.
All the remote communication is handled through the free Reolink smartphone app. Available for both iOS and Android, the Reolink app allows you to remotely access your security footage while you’re on the go.
Reolink Argus 2 Features
- 100% Wire-Free Over Wi-Fi
- Place & Move Anywhere
- Rechargeable Battery
- Solar Powered
- Starlight Night Vision
- 1080p Full HD
- PIR Motion Sensor
- Intelligent Alerts
- Two-Way Audio
- IP65 Certified Weatherproof
- 130 Degree Wide Viewing Angle
- Live View Anytime Anywhere
- Low-Battery Notifications
- Rapid Wake-Up
- Innovative Installation Design
The Reolink Argus 2 is great at doing what it is designed to do. While we were fortunate enough not to have experienced an emergency during the review process, we are completely confident that any real-life emergency would have been caught and successfully handled.
We were surprised by the amazing peace of mind we felt knowing that the Argus 2 was our new guardian. Whether you want to admit it or not, there is almost always the lingering fear of burglary and violence in the back of our minds, even if it’s subconscious.