Google revealed the new Nest Hub Max at its annual developers conference this week, but Amazon isn’t about to let its competitor dominate smart home security headlines. Amazon just announced the Blink XT2, an affordable and low-maintenance indoor/outdoor security camera.
The Blink XT2 is an update on the Blink XT, a battery-operated wireless camera with competitive features like low price, good battery life and ease of installation. The Blink XT2 preserves those qualities and adds a few more features.
Key features & specifications of Amazon’s Blink XT2
- Starts at $89.99 on Amazon with package discounts available
- Requires a Blink Sync module to work. Buy both the XT2 and Sync Module for $99.99.
- Two-year battery life using two double-A lithium batteries
- Motion-activated recording or Live View options – record constantly or only when activity is detected
- Completely wire-free for easy installation
- 2-way audio, which allows you to talk to visitors through the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet
- Stores footage to the cloud with no monthly fee
- Works with Amazon Alexa
- IP65 weather resistant rating for indoor/outdoor use (dust- and water-tight, but not submersible)
- Available for pre-order now; starts shipping May 22.
Is Blink a good choice for your home security needs?
Based on the aforementioned features, the Blink XT2 and accompanying system could be a strong choice for buyers who make their home security choices based on affordability, ease of installation and a preference to self-monitor their cameras. Its Alexa integration would also appeal to Amazon Echo owners; you can view the camera’s livestream through Echo Spot, Echo Show or Fire TV.
Apart from the XT2, Blink offers indoor-only cameras, which are on sale now for $54.99 each. You can create a Blink system that integrates several cameras using one sync module.
If you’re looking for a home security system with 24/7 professional monitoring, then Blink isn’t enough. While Blink’s cameras might extend your eyes and ears, there’s no option to have somebody else looking out for you or respond to emergencies when you’re not available. For that kind of “always on” service, you’ll need to look at monitored home security systems. Top providers include ADT, Vivint, Frontpoint and SimpliSafe.
More smart home security technology from Amazon
Blink security cameras first hit the market in 2016 and Amazon bought the company in late 2018. Business Insider speculated that Blink’s novel processing chips, which are engineered to lower production costs and prolong battery life, is a big part of why the tech giant was attracted to the acquisition.
Amazon also owns Ring, a company with optional 24/7 monitoring that’s positioned as a more direct competitor to Google’s Nest brand. Amazon announced lots of sales on Ring products this week, perhaps as another answer to Google’s Nest announcements. If you’re looking for either Nest, Ring or Google products, this could be a good time to make purchases. Shop the current Ring sales: