Lorex 2K QHD Wired Video Doorbell review

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Lorex Video Doorbell, reviewWe all know that technology can do wonderful things. From health to transportation to automation, our world has been vastly improved by tech. Sometimes those improvements aren’t on the global scale, but they remove small annoyances from our lives. 

Enter the video doorbell. The beauty of the video doorbell is simple but so important. It allows you to see who is at the door without opening it. You can even have a conversation with the person to determine whether they’re just trying to sell you something or if it’s something important. They’re also fantastic if you’re waiting for a package, as you can be anywhere while you wait and talk to the delivery person when they arrive.

Today we look at the Lorex 2K QHD Wired Video Doorbell. If you have an existing wired doorbell, you might find replacing it simpler than going with a wireless model and dealing with batteries, etc. It has a lot of great features and does everything you’d want from a video doorbell.

Lorex Video Doorbell

Summary

This video doorbell seems to have all the basics in terms of video quality and notifications, but it may not play nicely with your Google Home devices.

 

 

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Easy to use
  • Decent video quality
  • No could recording plan needed

Cons

  • Couldn’t connect to Google
  • Pricier than it needs to be
  • Micro SD card may fill up?

Reviewed by Dave Ware

Installation and Setup

Setting up the Lorex 2K QHD requires pulling out a screwdriver, but don’t panic; there’s not much to it. First off, you’ll need to turn off the power that leads to your doorbell. While some homes have a transformer that steps down the power to the doorbell, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

After disconnecting your existing doorbell, you’ll mount the backplate, which comes with a few different template pieces that snap together to ensure the unit will fit properly. Then connect the two wires and mount the Lorex unit to the backplate. There’s a small tool that you can use to remove the doorbell if there’s a need. The kit also comes with a chime unit. The odds are good that you can use the wires going to your existing chime unit and run the wires to the new one. Either way, Lorex includes instructions to walk you through the installation, and the app also has videos. 

 It took me about an hour to install the unit, mostly due to dealing with the existing wiring and placement of the doorbell. The templates hinge in, so there was a need for a bit of space on each side in order to position it. This proved a little frustrating; your experience may vary.

Lorex Video Doorbell, reviewThe doorbell unit measures 5 x 1.8 x0.7 inches and has a single button that is clearly marked. The camera unit sits above it. Those templates will help you find a setup that properly angles the camera.

 Once everything is in place, you simply download the app, create an account, and walk through the Wi-Fi connection steps. Once that’s done, you’re in business.

Footage stored on Micro SD

One of the selling points about this doorbell is that there’s no monthly fees for it, like there is with Ring Video Doorbell.  Your videos can simply be saved to a micro SD card inside the unit.That’s great for saving money, but may not be ideal over the long term.

What to know about Lorex Video Doorbell

On the back of the unit, there’s a reset button as well as a microSD card slot (the unit comes with a 32GB card) for local storage. There’s also a mini USB port that you can hook up to power the unit if the doorbell wired option isn’t working for you. In that case, you’ll need to hook up a USB connection that can withstand the weather.

It also features a speaker that allows you to have a two-way conversation with the person at the door and play a pre-recorded message. Lorex includes a small number of messages with the app, and you can also record your own and set the doorbell up to play them when the button is pressed. 

A small LED light at the bottom of the unit also turns on when movement is sensed in front of the unit. The timing of this can be set from within the app. Additionally, a siren on the unit can be used to deter unwanted prowlers or alert neighbors that there’s a problem.

Camera Quality

The camera on the Lorex 2K QHD has a 2,560 by 1,920-pixel resolution, a 164-degree field of view, and an 8x zoom capability. It has color night recording, and you can zoom in to any portion within the field of view. The camera can be set up to monitor a specific portion of the field of view for movement, ignoring trees moving or people across the street, etc. 

It also features Person Detection, which uses an AI routine to determine when an actual person is within range, so you can ignore other movements or review them later. The app will highlight all person events, though the other movements are still recorded. 

Using Lorex App

The Lorex App, which also handles other devices in Lorex’s Smart Home Security Center, controls most of the settings and features of the doorbell. The feed from the doorbell is featured on the main screen and has a number of buttons. You can take a snapshot, turn on the speaker, record a video, turn on the alarm and turn on the base light with a single tap. 

Lorex Video Doorbell, reviewThere are also settings to adjust or turn motion detection and person detection on and off. You can adjust the sensitivity, define the monitored area, and set a routine for the light to turn on and off.

You’ll also see all the motion events that the doorbell captures, and you can set a quick response recording for when the bell rings. The notifications work great, telling me someone is at the front door whether they ring the bell or not, and I can quickly see who is there. This feature is great for me, as I have a teenager and can see when they leave and return without worry. 

When the bell rings, the app alerts you, and your phone goes into a mode much like receiving a call. You can hit the green button to speak to and hear the person at the door. 

Using Lorex Video Doorbell with Voice Assistants and Smart Home

While the Lorex app handles all the setup and settings for the doorbell, you can also have the 2K QHD work within your Smart Home setup. While the doorbell doesn’t support the Apple HomeKit, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. It’s also part of Lorex’s Smart Home Security Center. 

You can set up routines to turn the bottom light on at sunset or have the system. If you have an Echo Show or a Google Nest unit, you can use those to bring up the video feed from the doorbell and have conversations without pulling out your phone. 

 I did have some trouble with the final step in connecting the app to Google Home; the final step wouldn’t allow me to authorize the app to share info with Google Home, though I’m not sure whose side that problem exists on.

Lorex Video Doorbell, review

Viewing the doorbell feed on TV

Lorex also has an app available through AppleTV and Google Home that allows you to see your camera(s) without using your phone. I hooked up the app with a simple login and was able to view the live feed, as you can see above. The viewing app isn’t all that robust, it’s pretty much just live monitoring, and I couldn’t expand the single cam view to the full screen.

Overall Review: Lorex Doorbell

If you’re looking to up your doorbell game, the 2k QHD is a decent option. You’ll also improve your home security with excellent High Definition video quality, the ability to save and review motion events, and the ability to talk to whoever’s there without unlocking your door. Nothing beats looking at your phone and seeing who’s at the door, especially when the game is almost over or the killer is about to be revealed in that detective show. It was disappointing that I couldn’t get the doorbell working with my Google Nest Hub. As an aside, you can get the new Ring Video Doorbell Wired for a lot less

Even so, I found the Lorex HD Video Doorbell easy to operate and helpful, with notifications and saved videos to review. It sells for about $149US/$179CAD

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1 Comment

  1. Anthony on November 10, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Two things.
    1. I have the 1K version and the microphone and speaker are very disappointing. Anyone at my door must lean in for me to hear them out for them to hear me. I did not see any comments on the audio quality.
    2. Typo in your pros: “No could recording plan needed” should be cloud.

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