Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell review


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Erin Lawrence

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If you’ve ever seen those videos of Amazon package thieves getting scared off by homeowners, you’ve likely seen the product of a video doorbell. Video doorbells offer security, peace of mind and the opportunity to keep eyes over your household, it’s comings and goings and any deliveries. I had the opportunity to review the Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell at my home and I’ll tell you what I learned about the experience.

Review: Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell

toucan, wireless, rechargeable, video, doorbwell, compare, review, ring, qualityToucan Wireless Video Doorbell is an app connected, remote wireless and Wi-Fi connected doorbell set up with an included Chime. The battery powered chime is designed to be an audible alert so you can hear someone’s at your door, even if your phone isn’t handy.

This doorbell is quite compact compared to some others and it has HD resolution, plus a 180 degree field of view so you can see all around your door, and it runs on a built-in rechargeable battery.

Setting up Toucan Doorbell is easy

The set up process for this doorbell was super quick and the app will walk you through it. I was ready to go in just a couple of minutes. Essentially you get the app, sign up for an account, connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and that’s about it.

When someone rings the doorbell or if motion is detected—even without a ring—the Toucan Doorbell will instantly notify you on your smartphone that someone is there With the two-way talk function, you can see and speak to the person remotely from anywhere; your home office, your workplace, or even across the country. No one will ever need to know you’re not home. Plus with cloud video recording, you can access videos of every visit too.  Well, kind of. During my testing I noticed a bit of weirdness with the app. The Toucan app doesn’t actually record the ring as an instance of video, but it does record starting with the first motion that’s captured at the door. It makes it a bit weird to review your interactions.. you need to open the motion alert just prior to the ring to see that video.

toucan, wireless, rechargeable, video, doorbwell, compare, review, ring, qualityVideo quality: Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell 

When it comes to the motion activated videos, the HD video is good quality. It’s easy to identify folks that come to the door, or to talk to them too. With the recorded motion alerts, you can easily look back at people approaching your door, even if they don’t ring the bell.

The night time video is night vision, so you can see quite well.

Cloud recording plan needed to view videos older than 24 hours

In order to review your videos, you need one of Toucan’s Cloud recording plans. Toucan’s Free plan lets you look at videos made only within the last 24 hours. The Pro plan for $3US/month gives you 7 days worth of cloud storage and the Elite plan lets you access your videos for up to 90 days.

While this burns some people’s butts, a paid cloud recording plan is now standard with most Wi-Fi camera brands. I will also say for the most part, I’m only ever looking at videos that are a day or two old. But that’s just me.

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Audible Chime is included

A nice feature of the Doorbell is the included Chime; other doorbells make you pay extra for the audible chime, here it’s part of the package. With Toucan Chime you have six choices for what your doorbell will sound like. While the process for changing the sound is done on the Chime itself and not in the app, you can adjust it easily enough. Another difference in this Chime over some others is that it’s battery powered, so you can truly place it anywhere. Other Chimes need an AC plug and in my home, at least, these are in short supply.

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Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell: What about battery life?

Toucan tells me the expected battery life depends on how often it’s used and how much motion is being detected or how much video is being captured. It’s estimated to be about 6 weeks to 6 months. That’s a pretty wide gamut.

My doorbell has been in place for about 4 weeks now and it still shows as full.

Security features: siren & pre-recorded responses

For added security, there’s an audible siren to help you scare off intruders. You have to manually turn it on inside the app. I will add it’s not piercingly loud.

Similarly, you can use the embedded prerecorded messages to answer your door. By pressing the little talk bubble you can have the camera say things like….
“Hello, Who is it?”
“No soliciting thank you.”
“How can I help you”
Or set off the sound of a barking dog.

This is a nice option if you don’t want children responding to the doorbell, for example.

Toucan voice control with Google & Alexa

toucan, wireless, home, security, camera, reviewToucan Smart Home cameras and Doorbells are compatible with your smart home digital assistants like Alexa and Google, in particular, ones with a screen like Amazon Echo Show8 or Google Home Hub Max.

By enabling the Skill in the Alexa app or connecting Toucan to your Google Home, you can ask your assistant to “show me the backyard” and you should get a live video feed of your camera.
For me this feature worked intermittently and was hit or miss.

Also using the Echo Show 8 device I wasn’t able to talk back to anyone at the door.

Overall review: Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell 

Overall, this is a great little video doorbell; it’s compact, easy to set up and works as advertised.

If I have any complaints about this device, its that using the app to review footage isn’t intuitive. If you’re reviewing footage from a specific day and you click on one of the events in the timeline, when you’re done, the app boots you back to the calendar list of recordings, forcing you to go back, re-select your date and search again for the video you’re trying to locate. It’s pretty tedious. Also, all the videos take some time to load. So it might look like you only have a few interactions on a given day, but if you pull down on the event list, more videos will pop up. I trust this will be an easy fix for Toucan in a future app update.

Overall though I think you’re getting good value for your home security dollar with the Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell and I can recommend it for your home security needs. Sells for about $129 from places like Best Buy and Amazon.

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