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Extra savings are always a welcome sight, especially where new tech is concerned. If you're in the market for a new video doorbell or a set of security cameras for your home, Ring and Blink are two brands you can't go wrong with. Add in some extra spring savings from Amazon, and you'll be set to secure your home for less.
Though both Ring and Blink offer subscription services, they're very different brands of security cameras and devices. Ring is known for selling some of the most popular video doorbells, but its devices require a paid membership to get the most out of them. Blink makes much more affordable security cameras, and, while it offers a paid subscription service, you can also purchase a separate Sync Module 2 and USB flash drive to use for local storage and bypass monthly fees.
This doorbell is installed using your home's existing wiring and features 1080p resolution, two-way talk, motion detection, night vision, and seamless integration with Alexa.
A Blink Mini camera is, like its name says, a compact indoor camera that packs a punch: with 1080p video quality, real-time motion notifications, and two-way audio. This deal also includes a pan-tilt, rotating stand so you can see what's happening everywhere around it.
The first generation of this compact Ring plug-in camera is 33% off for a limited time. The Ring Indoor Cam is perfect to watch over pets, as a baby monitor, or to keep it strategically placed for home security.
The Blink Outdoor is already a great camera for the price. It's an inexpensive, lightweight, HD-resolution camera powered by two AA batteries, so you can mount it virtually anywhere.
The improved Ring Video Doorbell 3 has a rare discount on its original price, with a limited-time 25% off deal. This device records video with 1080p resolution and features improvements like greater motion detection sensitivity, privacy zone settings, and better audio privacy.
ZDNET does the legwork by looking for the best deals on your favorite devices so that you don't have to. We take extensive care in checking which products have the best prices but also which ones are most worthy of your hard-earned money.
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The monthly subscription plan to use Ring is called the Ring Protect Plan, which ranges from $3.99 a month for one camera and basic features up to $20 a month for all Ring devices in your home, plus professional monitoring.
You can skip the monthly subscription but will be limited to getting instant alerts, access to live streams, and two-way talk, all with no video recording to look back on.
Here's how the different Ring Protect Plans stack up:
|Ring Protect Plan||Basic||Plus||Pro|
|Cameras||One doorbell or camera||All Ring devices||All Ring devices|
|Video stored for up to 180 days||✔||✔||✔|
|Save & share videos||✔||✔||✔|
|Extended warranties on all devices||✔||✔|
|24/7 professional monitoring||✔|
|Alexa Guard Plus||✔|
|Ring Edge with local storage||✔|
Blink works similarly to Ring regarding subscriptions, except they give you a local storage option to skip the monthly fee.
The Blink Subscription plan costs $3 a month per device or $10 a month for unlimited Blink devices. Or you can buy the Sync Module 2 and use a USB flash drive to save your clips to it and avoid paying for a subscription.
ZDNET experts split out the latest and greatest deals for you below.