New line-up targeted at designers, creators, and professionals
Reolink Argus wireless security camera: full, in-depth review
- Completely wireless
- No subscription fees
- No cloud storage
- Requires fine-tuning to manage battery life
Cutting the power cable makes the Reolink Argus the perfect solution for some situations, but reliance on batteries could be troublesome in busy living areas.
Price$ 125.00 (AUD)
Easy to install anywhere, Reolink's Argus wireless streaming security cameras let you keep an eye on things without over-taxing your broadband connection.
The trouble with most Wi-Fi-enabled home security cameras is they require AC power, which means you need to install them near a power point and run unsightly cables. Reolink's Argus relies on four CR123A 3V Lithium batteries (which are more expensive than AA batteries) and comes with both an adjustable stand and a magnetic mount. This all makes it easy to install the camera anywhere, as long as it's within range of your home WiFi network.
It's simple to connect the camera to your network using the Reolink iOS/Android app to scan the QR code on the back. The camera is small enough to tuck discreetly out of the way, either sitting on a shelf or installed up high in the corner – with the ability to flip the image if you install the camera upside down.
The Argus is IP65 weatherproof, so it can live outside, plus it's infrared so it can send you alerts day or night when it sees something move – offering pop-up notifications and email alerts. Along with watching video replays you can use the smartphone app to view a live feed, listen in and even chat with your unexpected guest.
A scheduler lets you cut down on unwanted alerts by disabling the camera at specific times during the week, which is handy if you're a creature of habit. You can also disable notifications manually but, unlike rivals such as the Nest Cam, you can't use geofencing to automatically disable alerts when your phone is nearby.
You'll need to use the notification scheduler if you want the camera's batteries to last, as they're only good for 180 days in standby mode or 840 minutes of recording video and live viewing.
Back of the envelope calculations suggest the batteries should last around five months if the camera only records or streams six minutes of video per week. They won't last long with notifications enabled 24/7 in a busy living area. Even using the scheduler strategically, the batteries will die quickly if you're regularly using the camera to check on things at home or it's constantly triggered by pets.
To reduce false alarms you can adjust the camera's "sensitivity", although this actually refers to range. It's set to six metres by default but can be bumped up to nine or down to four. You can't adjust the actual sensitivity, nor can you configure the camera to only watch for motion in certain areas.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Dynabook Portégé X30W-J – a very good all-rounder
- 2 Realme 7 Pro review: Further progress
- 3 Oppo Watch review: A masterclass in imitation
- 4 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 5 Google Pixel 4a review: The Goldilocks Google phone
Latest News Articles
- Report: Microsoft has put Windows 10X on hold
- Google will make two-factor authentication mandatory soon
- Dell security flaw from 2009 affects 'hundreds of millions' of PCs: How to fix it
- Windows 10 shovels dirt on Adobe Flash's grave
- How AMD's impossible-to-find Ryzen 9 5900X somehow made Amazon's top-selling list
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- Best Android and Apple phones for under $600
- Signal's hack of surveillance software a big concern for courts
- Oppo A74 5G review: A smartphone that redefines 'entry level'
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?