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Blink Review

Best Budget Video Surveillance System

A Business News Daily Review

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After conducting our 2020 research and analysis of video surveillance systems, we recommend Blink as the best inexpensive video surveillance system for small businesses.

We chose Blink from a pool of dozens of video surveillance systems we considered. To read our full methodology and for a more comprehensive list of video surveillance systems, visit Business News Daily's best picks page for video surveillance systems.

Blink offers a low-cost, low-maintenance and wire-free solution for home security. It's an excellent option for those looking for a no-frills security solution that requires no contracts or professional installation.

Another benefit of Blink is that it is an Amazon product, which means it natively integrates with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control the cameras by voice through your Alexa device. The devices support IFTTT, (If This Then That), which means that you can create automated actions between your Blink devices and other smart home tools like locks, light switches or televisions. For example, you can set your Alexa to give you a verbal alert if your Blink device senses motion.

You can also control cameras through the mobile app, which is available on both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The app allows you to optimize a surveillance schedule and set your cameras to record only when you want them to.

The cameras are powered by replaceable lithium batteries that last up to two years with regular use and offer night vision and 720p HD recording.

 

Editor's note: Trying to find the video surveillance system that's right for you? Fill in the questionnaire below, and you will be contacted by our partner vendors to help you find the right system for your business.

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The biggest plus of Blink's security system is its low price tag. The flagship Blink indoor camera is priced at $69.99, and the indoor/outdoor HD camera with two-way audio starts at $89.99. A bundle of three cameras plus a sync module will cost you $189.99.

Blink offers a variety of add-on products, including cameras starting at $69.99, a sync module for $50 and camera mounts for $19.99.

The subscription-free cameras have no monthly fees or data storage charges, offering a reliable, low-maintenance way to secure your small business. In fact, the purchase of a Blink camera includes free cloud storage.

Blink cameras offer the most bang for your buck; other low-cost cameras tend to have surprise subscriptions fees or low quality. Blink provides straightforward and simple video surveillance for a fraction of the cost of other cameras.

The Blink system is extremely easy to set up and use. To set it up, you simply need to scan a barcode on your device with your smartphone.

Because the system is so simple, it is best suited for those with a very small business or location looking for a basic, no-frills surveillance system. That being said, it does come with many features you'd find in more complex systems, such as two-way audio, motion recording, customizable motion zones, night vision and live view. The cameras are entirely wireless and boast a two-year battery life with lithium batteries. The outdoor cameras are weather-resistant and come with a temperature sensor.

You control the system via smartphone, and it's compatible with both iOS and Android devices. You can control multiple systems – i.e., cameras in multiple locations – at once from your app. You can also get instant push notifications if the camera detects motion, as well as access to a live view.

Blink is an Amazon product, so it's supported by Amazon's customer service team. The system has a one-year limited warranty with service included. You can contact the customer support team by email or phone. In addition, the Blink website offers online resources to help you set up and troubleshoot your devices.

We found Blink's customer service to be prompt and helpful, answering all of our questions and directing us to the online resources in case we had further queries.

This is a system suited for very small businesses or homes that require straightforward video surveillance. The app does not support any in-depth playback or analytics, and the night vision is dependent on an LED to capture an image. There is no option to set motion recording zones, which means that anything within the camera's field of view will set off an alert and make it start recording.

Another downside is that the hardware is limited to two types of cameras and a sync module, with options to add more cameras as needed, which can raise costs for larger homes or businesses that require multiple cameras.

While Blink devices can integrate with other smart devices, this requires some technical knowledge that many users may not have. The camera no longer integrates with Samsung's SmartThings home automation system, which many Amazon reviewers flagged as a major con.

Because the system is so simple, it lacks a lot of the flexibility and scalability that other systems on the market have. If you're looking for a more advanced system, see Business News Daily's selection for best overall video surveillance system. But if you're looking for an easy, low-cost way to monitor your business, Blink is a hard value to beat.

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Editor's note: Trying to find the video surveillance system that's right for you? Fill in the questionnaire below, and you will be contacted by our partner vendors to help you find the right system for your business.

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Kiely Kuligowski

Kiely is a staff writer based in New York City. She worked as a marketing copywriter after graduating with her bachelor’s in English from Miami University (OH) and is now embracing her hipster side as a new resident of Brooklyn. You can reach her on Twitter or by email.