Logitech Circle 2 (wired)
Logitech Circle 2 is easy to set up . It works with Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant to offer a wide range of home automation applications and voice controls.
The Logitech Circle 2 is versatile, responsive and easy to use. But invest in this wired model only if you can place the camera near a power outlet.
The Logitech Circle 2 wired security camera is not only significantly improved over last year’s model but is also very different. Instead of a rechargeable battery, this new model runs on a power outlet and can be used indoors or outdoors. Circle 1 was an indoor camera only.
You should know that this version of the Circle can work in wireless mode with a rechargeable battery sold as an option. Logitech also offers a wireless Circle 2. The manufacturer also sells other accessories (mounting bracket on window glass, mains socket, range amplifier) as well as kits comprising either 2 wired cameras + 1 window support, or 2 wireless cameras + 1 rechargeable battery or 2 wireless cameras + 1 wired camera.
The Circle 2 broadcasts a live video stream in full 1080p HD and has a 180 ° viewing angle. Events are stored for free on an online space for 24 hours. Logitech then offers paid plans to take advantage of 14 or 31 days of cloud storage of recordings. The camera is compatible with Alexa Voice Assistant, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. The Circle 2 is a good option if you are looking for a responsive and reliable security camera, to use indoors or outdoors with a power outlet (if you stay in wired configuration). The features are clearly similar to those of the Canary Flex and the Netgear Arlo Pro 2.
Both models work on a rechargeable battery, but the Circle 2 offers a much wider viewing angle (180 °). The Netgear offers a week of storage events against only 24 hours at Logitech and Canary. The Flex broadcasts free alerts in case of detection of a person, an option billed at Logitech and absent on the Arlo Pro 2.
Circle 2 has been reliable throughout our test. She sent us motion alerts and people detection promptly. The 1080p video stream is bright in daylight as in the night mode. Backups keep all sequences related to movements without cutting them. We also appreciate the free timelapse feature that allows you to see an accelerated summary of everything that has happened during the day.
The Circle Security Camera app is available on Android and iOS. It does not take more than 5 minutes to connect to the camera after creating a user account. Then we plug in the camera, turn it on, give it a name and then connect it to its Wi-Fi network. From there, you should have access to the live video stream and other features that the camera offers. To take advantage of the alerts, make sure to check the appropriate option in the drop-down menu that opens from the top right corner of the application.
We tested the Circle 2 by linking it to an Amazon Echo Show connected speaker via the Alexa app and Apple’s HomeKit directly from the Circle app. We were then able to make voice commands and ask Alexa or Siri to show us parts (living room, front door …) to see the live image either on the screen of the Echo Show or on the application Apple’s home on iOS.
The Circle 2 offers a range of features rather provided considering its price. Special mention for home automation integration. It worked very well during our test, delivering motion and person alerts almost in real time. Its daytime and night viewing modes in HD are crystal clear. On the other hand, it’s hard to understand why Logitech was keen to create two separate Circle 2 models instead of a single battery-powered camera that could be plugged into the mains permanently if desired, like the Canary Flex. Despite this, this camera impressed us. This is a good option if you want the versatility of an indoor or outdoor product, provided you do not need to plug it into a mains socket.