I’ve got the most amazing competition for you to win a 2 Camera Blink XT home security set.
We’ve been testing it out at home and I am beyond impressed. The Blink XT cameras are suitable for outdoor use. They are waterproof and have no wires thanks to the clever use of power, each camera uses two standard AA lithium batteries which will last for two years.
Set up is really simple and everything you need is in the box. All you need to do is download the App which on is available on iOS and Android.
You will for guided through each step to connect and optimise your cameras and you can easily add more at a later date. Honestly, the hardest thing to do was attach them to the wall but that was because our drill is rubbish.
Once they are set up you can view a live stream via the app and it will also record and save snippets of film for you when it detects motion. All for free! No monthly charges or expensive accounts. Oh and the video is only 1080p Full HD quality.
It gets better. Because Blink links with IFTTT you can get it to do some pretty awesome stuff. For example, you can arm and disarm your system using Google Home. Or set it up to arm when your Nest account shows you as being away from home. Awesome. I’ve done both these things and now don’t have to think about it.
It links up with Alexa too, I don’t have an Alexa so haven’t tested this out, I’m fully Google I am.
I love the notifications you get. They are unobtrusive and give me peace of mind. I hop in and watch in real time or catch up with the recording when I get a second. With infrared night vision I can keep an eye on things at any time of day.
I would certainly add to my system. Maybe with an indoor camera or a siren. Infact, I may do both. Why not when it’s so straight forward.
I love that once you’ve paid for the cameras that’s it. No monthly charges, even though you’re getting what would be considered premium and chargeable features with most other systems. I’ve tried Motorola’s Focus 85 via the Hubble app, D-Links Home Range and even BT’s indoor camera monitors. All of them require a paid for account if you want to record video, oh and all of them require wires too.
This is by far my favourite system. For ease of use, the app and features. It is also the best for cost. All these factors are better in comparison to the others I have tested. If you could zoom and rotate like the Motorola and add more home devices, like smart plugs and motion sensors like you can with D-Link this would be a formidable system. Chances are they have already thought of this.
I’m going to quickly mention the app. The app is brilliant. I have to admit, I was concerned by some of the recent feedback on the Google play store. It wasn’t great and referred to a recent update causing issues. But I haven’t had a single problem. I can see everything I need to see. Set up everything I need to set up. It’s not the prettiest looking app out there but it’s easy to use, works well and is reliable.
Blink units can be purchased on amazon.co.uk or directly through the brand’s website at blinkforhome.co.uk
If you’re impressed and want to win a 2 camera kit worth £239.99 then simply enter your details into the Gleam below.
Good luck xx
Disclosure. I was gifted my set in exchange for an honest review. Blink have kindly also provided we prize.