With every technological advance in gadgetry, the first product out of the sandbox is often the high-end, sleek, feature-laden product for early adopters. But shortly after that, the affordable, entry-level, simple gadget makes its way into the marketplace.
Blink (starting at $99) is in the latter category, offering a limited feature as the trade-off for an inexpensive, easy-to-use, webcam-based home-security camera — and with a no-frills app to match. It’s one of the best bare-bones security cameras we’ve tested — the only real competition is the Belkin NetCam HD+, which has to use wired power — and Blink’s free cloud storage is an added bonus.
The design of the Blink camera and its Sync Module (a small hub) is very Apple-esque. With its eggshell-white color scheme (if you can call monochromatic a scheme), rounded corners and minimalist feel, you basically end up with small, square-ish modules that are each 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches— about the size of a drink coaster, and weighing only 3.3 ounces.
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