It is fair to say that Arlo is the leading brand when it comes to smart home security cameras, especially their latest model, the Arlo Pro 2. In a weigh up between Blink and Arlo Pro, there is a clear winner.
This article will explain each of the key features of Arlos and Blinks security cameras and label their importance.
The Arlo Pro has a more complete set of features where the Blink XT perhaps has a few gaps. The major differences are that the Arlo Pro has 2-Way Audio and a smart siren that works properly and comes included. It also has the option of extended cloud services.
The Blink XT is still pretty well equipped and has some features even superior to the Arlo Pro, such a the playback resolution, and a better night vision mode. It does have a place for some buyers, especially as it is a little bit cheaper.
If you want to learn more just about Arlos products, such as the Arlo Pro as well as the original Arlo and Arlo Pro 2, read this comparison article.
- 1 Blink XT vs Arlo Pro Comparison Table
- 2 Arlo Pro vs Blink XT Set up
- 3 Design
- 4 Camera Features
- 5 User Interface & Display
- 6 Storage Options
- 7 Other Features
- 8 Final Word
- 9 Blink XT vs Arlo Pro Comparison Table
Arlo Pro: This is one of the best smart security camera systems from the best brand in 2018. Advantages over the Blink XT include 2-Way Audio enabled by a speaker and microphone in each camera, a smart siren that works very well and extensive cloud storage options.
Blink XT: The Blink XT is a solid option of smart security camera system but misses some important features. It does have a smart siren but it has been equated to the volume of a cell phone ringing. One perk of the Blink XT is its very bright and sharp nightvision recording.
Tech brands do a good job of making the setup and use of their devices as easy as possible. As you will see with the Blink XT and Arlo Pro, the process is fairly similar and very simple. This shouldn't be a deciding factor in your decision when choosing between the Blink and Arlo Pro.
Setting up the Blink system is an easy DIY process from start to finish. Every Blink camera system comes with a Sync Module to help with this setup and regulate the camera's power usage. Just plug the Sync Module in and follow the steps on the Blink app. The overall process can be summed up as:
- Plug the Sync Module into an electricity socket
- Launch the Blink app and run the setup
- Place your camera/Blink devices wherever you like
Adding to the system is as simple.
Arlo Pro Setup
Setting up an Arlo Pro security system is also a relatively easy process and somewhat similar to the Blink XT. The Arlo Pro comes with the Base Station, which is similar to the Sync Module and the setup is mediated by the Arlo app. It can be summed up as:
- Download the Arlo app and run the setup wizard
- Connect the Arlo Base Station hub to your router via an ethernet cable
- Crate a Netgear account
- Sync your cameras to the Arlo Base Station hub via the app
- Run the Base Station and camera firmware via the app
The design is always the first element of a device that you notice and is especially important when it will be housed in obvious places. Smart security cameras certainly fall into this category as the role of cameras is both to monitor and deter burglars. These cameras need to be seen, so they also need to look good for all welcome guests.
That said, the priority is safety and security! Your preference will be relatively subjective, so we'll include pictures to help you decide. The design of the Blink against the Arlo Pro offer slightly different styles although their size is similar.
The design of the Blink XT is modern and slick. It comes in matte black in a square shape that measures 2.8 inch x 2.8 inch x 1.34 inch. The camera is placed to face out from the largest surface, ie the 2.8 x 2.8 inch sides. Against white walls, it may stick out a bit too much, but given that it is more important to keep your home secure, you can let it slide.
The design of the Arlo Pro is one of the contributing factors to it being such a popular choice. It comes in a white and measured by 3.1 x 1.9 x 2.8 inches. The camera is placed differently to the Blink XT as it is on one of the smaller sides, making it look more like a camera. The preference of design of the Arlo and Blink is all subjective but go for features over looks.
Field of Vision (FOV)
The field of vision is a more important feature in a security camera than a regular camera. If you can see more with your camera, you have a better chance of reacting to break-ins and gathering the right information.
If you plan to use the cameras in narrow spaces where a wide field of vision is not essential then this may not make a world of difference. The number and placing of smart security cameras are more important as they can cover each other's blind spots.
Both the Arlo Pro and Blink XT come with this feature built in which may be accessed from your desktop browser or app. This isn't critical as serious security events send notifications to your smartphone. It may be useful for if you want to know what is happening on your street or if you think you heard something in the garden and want to settle your mind.
This is another feature where the Arlo Pro takes a victory over the Blink XT. The 2-Way Audio in the Arlo Pro lets the user listen in and talk to through the camera via an inbuilt speaker and microphone simply from the Arlo app. This may be useful for deterring unwanted visitors or perhaps instructing a delivery man.
This is one of the most useful features you get with the Arlo Pro and Blink XT. In our eyes, this with the smart siren turns the Arlo Pro into more a smart home security system, rather than a smart security camera like the Blink XT is.
Night vision is one of the more important features that is needed in a smart security camera. The majority of burglaries naturally happen in this time so it is wise to purchase a product that can effectively sort out nighttime intruders.
The night vision of the Blink is better than the Arlo Pro. This is mainly because Blink XT produces a brighter recorded image in the dark compared to the Arlo Pro, it just picks up the light a lot better. The Blink XT infrared Night Vision is, in fact, one of the best on the market.
If you need a smart security only in very low lighting situations or at night time, you might want to consider the Blink XT. Realistically, it probably won't make a huge difference as the Arlo Pro will be good enough for identifying the intruder. You won't get an effective siren or 2-Way Audio either!
- The night vision of the Blink XT is better than the Arlo Pro
- The Arlo Pro does a good enough job identifying someone in the dark
Smart security cameras provide footage but also detect events as they happen and to give an immediate notification so you can react. This is very important for both your security and safety. It is critical for the motion sensor to effectively identify the real threats from the fake ones. When you use the setup wizard for your devices, one of the controls is the range of your motion detector.
This has quite an influence on triggering notifications as a greater sensitivity distance may detect unnecessary alerts. Its generally better to not have the range too far, especially if you live in a densely populated and busy area.
The motion detectors of the Blink XT and Arlo Pro are similarly matched as of both of these devices are pretty sensitive and do a good job of covering the important moments. However, many find an excessive overload of notifications triggered by a tree branch swaying in the wind leads them to turn off notifications. This isn't necessarily specific to either model, it more depends on how well you configure the setup.
- The motion detector of the Blink and Arlo Pro both capture the most important moments
- Avoid unnecessary triggering by setting the sensitivity to a correct level
Any Arlo Pro bundle comes with an effective smart siren included built into the base station. The Blink XT models don't have this included but their Panic Siren can be purchased as an add-on. This feature is one of the most important as it can deter burglars from stealing your valuable goods.
The Arlo Pros smart siren definitely beats the Blink XTs, for now at least. It can either remotely triggered or automatically when detecting motion. In this case, it is important to get your motion detectors in the right balance or you could be in for some unexpected sirens. The Arlo Smart Siren can achieve over 100 decibels.
The Blink Panic Siren has somewhat been slated by its users. It is priced around $50 or so and claims to reach 105 decibels. In reality, the volume is nowhere near this, equatable to a phone ringing! This is a major downfall of the Blink XT and Arlo Pro, as currently, the siren is frankly terrible.
- The siren of the Blink and Arlo Pro is not an equal match
- Arlo Pros included smart siren is loud and effective
- The Blink Panic Siren is incredibly poor
User Interface & Display
The Blink XT and Arlo Pro both use apps as the main user interface for their smart home security systems. All you need with these are something that is simple, quick and easy to use. The Blink XT ticks the boxes in regards to being able to access live video streaming, motion alerts and customization of your cameras and other settings. The Arlo app is comparatively better organized and more feature rich as the Arlo Pro has additional features.
- The apps of the Blink and Arlo Pro both do a good enough job as the interface of your smart camera
- The Arlo app is slightly slicker
Both devices can be controlled with your voice using by Alexa. This takes a bit of setting up via configuration with your Amazon device.
- The Blink XT & Arlo pro can both be controlled using Alexa
This is a feature where the Blink XT is slightly superior to the Arlo Pro. Both of the resolutions are technically HD, just the Blink XT has relatively more pixels in the same area.
Realistically, this is a nice perk rather than a game changer factor in your purchasing as smart security cameras are not home entertainment systems. The more recent Arlo Pro 2 has 1080p which addresses this fall behind the Blink X.
- The Blink XT video footage is higher quality at 1080p
- The Arlo Pro is still HD at 720p
- Video resolution isn't too important
Your camera must be able to store what it sees as this information may be needed to identify anyone who burgles your house. There are two types of storage that may apply to smart cameras; cloud and local. Cloud has become the go-to method of storing security footage and firms offer complementary data as part of the package.
If this is not enough, then it is possible to purchase more in some circumstances. Trigger events that follow motion detection are usually short bursts of video, typically five seconds or so. They can also be deleted if deemed uneventful, so you're likely not to suffer from a shortage of data.
Local storage of data involves collecting the video footage and transferring it to a local device, usually a USB hard drive. The cloud storage options of the Blink and Arlo Pro subscription packages are relatively limited.
- Smart cameras normally use cloud storage for video footage recorded
- Usually included in a free package
- Some brands have extended cloud storage subscriptions
- Some also have local storage
Free Cloud Storage
Both of these cameras offer free cloud storage but in slightly different formats.
Arlo Pro: The Arlo Pro free cloud storage works on a weekly/seven-day cycling basis. Recordings which are triggered by motion will be deleted after seven days.
Blink XT: The Blink XT will record up to two hours of triggered events before wiping the oldest footage. How long this lasts, in reality, depends on the sensitivity set on your camera and how busy your neighborhood is.
Extended Cloud Options
The Arlo Pro offers subscriptions for extending the amount of data that can be stored on the cloud but the Blink XT does not. There are several packages available from $2.99 a month up to $14.99 a month.
The most expensive package provides cloud storage for triggered events up to 60 days after and allows up to twenty cameras to be used for cloud storage. The free option just allows six cameras, so if you want to upsize your smart camera system and keep the storage on the cloud, you must be prepared for this subscription cost.
Extended cloud storage does provide a safety net if some relevant footage or evidence slips by and is needed further downline for investigation.
- Only the Arlo Pro has extended cloud options available with a subscription fee
- These range from $2.99 – $14.99 a month
- Having more than six cameras requires an Arlo subscription
The Arlo Pro security system comes with the option to record triggered events and place the data in a local USB storage device that plugs into the Arlo Pro base station. This may be a preferred option if you want permanent storage of video footage, rather than the expiring cloud style of storage.
The Blink XT does not have this as an option. When you purchase a Blink XT you tied down to their free cloud storage system with no extended option or local storage option. Realistically, serious home security incidents will be identified and dealt with swiftly, within the timeframe of these cloud storage options.
These refreshing styles for cloud storage should not have too much of an impact. That said, it is much better to take your home security into your own hands and be reassured with extended storage options.
- Only Arlo Pro has local storage
- Act as a backup when the internets down
The Blink XT and Arlo Pro take slightly different approaches to the batteries they use. The Arlo Pro has a shorter overall battery life of around 4-6 months, although it may be less in reality. These batteries are rechargeable and take just two hours to do, which is quite a remarkable ratio of usage to recharge time.
When they are running low, you will receive an email notification to remind you to recharge them. The Blink XT battery lasts for two years on a pair of AA batteries, which is very impressive! While the Blink XT is arguably slightly more️ convenient, the battery life should not be a deciding factor in your purchase as the other features are more important and the effort going into replacing or recharging batteries is low.
- The Blink XT and Arlo Pro approach to batteries is different
- Blink XT lasts for 2 years on a pair of AA batteries
- Arlo Pro lasts 4-6 months on rechargeable batteries
- Arlo Pro batteries charge in 2 hours
As it says on the tin, these are both 100% wire-free cameras. This is standard for the best smart security cameras and makes the set up far easier and the camera itself more sightly. This a is an expected feature of a smart security camera as wireless cloud storage is used.
Being able to withstand a variety of weather types is a must for an outdoor security camera. There isn't much need to go into detail here, both of these cameras are suitable for the outdoors with an IP65 rating or better. Some cameras struggle with extremely cold temperature, so it is worth checking with the brand if you live in an especially cold climate.
The Blink XT and Arlo Pro comparison has a clear winner, but both are great products with their own perks and benefits over the other. The more complete security camera is the Arlo Pro. The Blink XT does perform a little better in a few areas such as its night vision and 1080p playback resolution.
The Arlo Pro has 2-Way Audio and more extensive cloud storage options which is why we crown it the winner.
|Arlo Pro||100||One of the best smart cameras||130||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||720p||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||4-6 Months||Yes||Yes|
|Blink XT||96||A great camera||110||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||1080p||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||2 Years||Yes||Yes|