If you’re looking to get a new doorbell, then Ring is one of the brands that you should consider. Their range of wireless and wired doorbells has grown greatly over the last few years. Most recently, the Ring 3 has been added to the series as an upgrade to the Ring 2.
Although older, the Ring Pro is an advanced doorbell that fits alongside the Ring 3 rather than below or above it. The Ring 3 and Ring Pro have different characteristics and benefits that will suit different types of users, depending on their preferences.
This article will compare the Ring 3 vs Ring Pro and show you exactly what these characteristics are in order to inform you of how the Ring 3 and Ring Pro compare against one another.
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|Model||Ring 3||Ring Pro|
|Adjustable Zones||Customizable Zones|
|Two Way Talk||✔||✔|
|Power||Hardwired or Battery||Hardwired |
|Bottom Line||Solid Features||Customizable Zones|
|Availability||Check Price||Check Price|
The Ring Doorbell 3 is the companies latest addition to its famous video doorbell series. This wireless or wired doorbell is the successor of the Ring 2 has some useful upgrades that make it a more complete device. In addition to working on 2.4 GHz, the Ring 3 also works on 5 GHz. This WiFi band transfers data quicker at a closer range that improves the quality of the video that is stored on the cloud. Another upgrade is the activity zone customization, which allows users to turn preset areas of the camera view on or off and adjust their size. The point of this feature is to turn off areas in the cameras field of view which may give false alerts, such as busy roads. Beyond this, the Ring 3 has many of the features you would expect from a doorbell, such as 1080p HD resolution, 160° FOV, live view, two-way talk and night vision.
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The Ring Pro is an older doorbell than the Ring 3 although it is as advanced, if not more so. For example, the Ring Pro has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi connectivity as well as the same camera features that the Ring 3 has. The Ring Pro has greater customization of activity zones over the Ring 3 as well. Within the Ring app, users can draw custom shapes that more precisely turn on or off areas they do not wish to have alerts from. Additionally, the Ring Pro has a Pre-roll features that records the six seconds before motion detection triggers the camera to record. However, this feature is also available on the Ring 3 Plus version, but for four seconds.
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Differences of Ring 3 and Ring Pro
Now we have overviewed each product, we will show you the main differences between the Ring 3 and Ring Pro and explain their significance.
Ring 3 is slightly larger than Ring Pro at 5.1 inches by 2.4 inches by 1.1 inches. Ring Pro comes in at 4.5 inches by 1.85 inches by .8 inches. Both are reasonably small, nice and sleek otherwise, but Ring Pro looks more like a standard doorbell. In contrast, the Ring 3 follows the traditional design of the previous doorbells and looks more like a piece of technology. As the Ring Pro is hardwired only, it doesn’t have to house batteries and can be much slimmer.
Custom Motion Detection
The Ring 3 has more basic customization of activity zones compared to the Ring Pro. With the Ring 3, the user has access to preset areas on the camera view that can be adjusted and turned on or off. The Ring Pro has full customization of its activity zones as the user can draw shapes that more precisely turn on or off areas on the camera view. This is done on the Ring app. However, activity zones aren’t always necessary in quieter neighborhoods. In busier neighborhoods they are more useful if there is more activity in the view of the doorbell and therefore a greater potential for fake alerts.
The Ring 3 is more flexible when it comes to its power supply as it can be hardwired or battery powered. In contrast, the Ring Pro is hardwired only. Each form of power supply has its own benefits. For example, wireless doorbells are easier to set up but require a battery recharge every few months or so. Hardwired doorbells are more reliable and unlock more features in the case of the Ring Pro. The cost to this is that a professional installation may be required if the user is less handy.
The Ring 3 has a Pre-roll feature that records for six seconds before motion detection is triggered. This allows the user to see more footage in the critical moments before the motion is detected. Pre-roll is a very useful feature that certainly improves the doorbells ability to inform the user of key moments. The Ring 3 Plus has a Pre-roll of four seconds, the first wireless doorbell of the series to do so.
Similarities of Ring 3 and Ring Pro
Now you understand the main ways these products differ, we will show you their main similarities.
Both the Ring 3 and Ring Pro have a speaker and microphone that allows the user to talk with whoever is at the front door. This is a core feature of video doorbells as it allows the homeowner to answer the door remotely via the app.
The Ring 3 and Ring Pro both record during the day and through the night in 1080p HD, using a 160° FOV. This is standard across the whole Ring doorbell range with the exception of the original version which is 720p.
The Ring app is a free piece of software that comes with all Ring doorbells. This is where the user can set up their doorbell, view the live feed, talk through the device and review footage stored on the cloud.
Ring Protect is a paid subscription service that users must get if they wish to store their footage on the cloud. Without Ring Protect you can still use the Ring 3 and Pro but this is less than optimal as storing footage and reviewing it provides you with hard evidence.
Ring Protect Basic costs $3 a month or $30 a year and covers one Ring device with cloud storage for 30 to 60 days. Ring Protect Plus is $10 a month or $100 a year and covers all your Ring devices with the same storage length. You also get professional monitoring with a Ring Alarm kit and 10% of Ring products.
The Ring Pro is a better doorbell due to its more customized motion detection and Pre-roll. It is more expensive though and many users will benefit the ease of use that comes with having a wireless doorbell such as the Ring 3. At the end of the day, each will do its tasks fine. Personal preference over the design and the price of each will have a large impact on buyers decisions. Given the ease of use, we would recommend the Ring 3.