Eufy Video Doorbell 2K accessibility review
This app-based video doorbell works well for those with hearing loss
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For as long as I can remember, I have had trouble missing package deliveries or the arrival of guests at my front door. As someone diagnosed with moderate hearing loss at the age of four, I would regularly inadvertently ignore doorbell rings, leading to countless frustrating outcomes. I grew tired of accidentally leaving loved ones at the doorstep with bags full of groceries or seeing “sorry we missed you” tags instead of items I had waited weeks to order.
Before the introduction of wireless doorbell systems, there was not a whole lot someone like myself could do. But, in the era of smart tech, there are some solutions to these recurring issues that those in my position should be aware of. The era of awesome video doorbells has arrived.
About the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K
The Eufy Video Doorbell 2K is a subscription-free smart doorbell that has the potential to be a great help to those with hearing loss. At a basic level the Eufy can detect motion, record and locally store motion-activated events, and connect remotely to your phone via an Android or iOS-friendly app, which allows for two-way communication to speak to whomever is at your door. It also notifies the user of any motion events or doorbell presses with sound and vibration.
For times when apps might fail, the unit also includes a loud ringing base with several chime options and volume settings which can be installed anywhere in your home.
I personally have the wired Eufy doorbell which is slightly more difficult to install. However, there are fully wireless, battery-powered options as well and several other variations of this device to suit your specific needs. I love the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K—here's why.
What I like about the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K
The Eufy doorbell’s base volume is, for me, quite loud and satisfactory. The base volume settings along with the Eufy security app offer features that enable me to hear that doorbell ring from anywhere in my home or abroad.
Its loud base
These units include a wall-powered electronic chime box or base, which can be plugged into whichever part of your home best serves you. In the past you were restricted to using the chime box your home had built in, and changing the location probably meant hiring an electrician, costing far more than what most might be willing to spend. This stationary doorbell chime box was typically installed in one area of your house, leaving other rooms in a dead zone of sorts.
With the Eufy electronic chime base, I can find the part of my house I spend the most time in, plug in the base, and turn the volume up to its highest setting which can reach about 70-80 decibels, or about as loud as a vacuum cleaner. I personally have the volume set below its highest setting on mine, since for me it can actually be a little too loud, but those with more severe loss may be satisfied with the higher volume settings. To top it off, the base has a pulsating ring light that can also alert you of motion detection or a ring at the front door.
Its intuitive app
The Eufy Security App connects to my phone, which is perhaps the biggest game changer as far as never missing a doorbell ring. Regardless of where I am in my home, as long as my phone is nearby, I can feel the vibrations and hear the notification of motion detection or the push of the bell button. These notifications work while you are in your basement, far away from your base in your home, or while you are miles away at work. I can let the visitor know that I have heard the bell ring and if I am busy or on my way.
What I don’t like
A single-base solution
The fact the doorbell only comes with a single chime base and no options to add additional bases for the model I currently have is disappointing. Other non-smart, non-recording wireless doorbell systems can come with as many as six chime bases, which can be plugged in all around your home. That said, newer models such as Eufy’s Video Doorbell Dual, with Homebase 2, do allow you to add one additional chime box. However, in general, this issue is not a major concern of mine, because I do get loud and prompt notifications through my phone regardless.
A weak light
The light alert on the base is also disappointing. Though it does pulse when motion is detected or when the bell is ringing, it is not as pronounced as I would like, meaning It is not going to catch your eye when you are in a well-lit room. You essentially have to be looking directly at it to see the pulsing, which could be a deterrent for those with more significant hearing loss.
Should You Buy Eufy’s Wired Video Doorbell 2K?
Yes, but with some caveats.
If you do not have a newer smartphone or device, or you are in need of a more robust chime beyond 75 decibels with additional visual alarms such as flashing lights, then there may be better options out there for you.
However, if you are just fed up with missing the doorbell when you are away from your front door and a push notification is enough to compensate for your disability, then I would give Eufy a chance. It has budget-friendly options as well as full enhanced security systems to fit your family’s needs all while making your hearing loss a little less of a nuisance.
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