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Logitech Circle review: This camera puts more emphasis on 'home' than 'security'

Michael Ansaldo | Nov. 10, 2015
The webcam manufacturer's first security camera feels like a work in progress.

To be honest, Circle is distinguished more by what it doesn’t offer than what it does. There are no scheduling capabilities, and you can’t program it to record specific movements, patterns, or times of day. There’s no web app, nor are there options for managing notifications.

Logitech tries to qualify this by calling it a “home connection camera,” but the reality is at $200 it’s competing with the likes of Nest Cam, Flir FX, and other full-featured security cameras. By that measure it falls well short.

Bottom line

The Circle offers decent video quality, flexible mounting options, and a simple app if you’re willing to pay a premium for a nanny/puppy cam. But the lack of customization options hamstring it as a security camera. A Logitech representative assured me the company plans to incorporate features such as scheduling as the product evolves, and that it’s currently working on a web app. With the addition of these kinds of advanced features, I could see Circle developing into a contender. Until then, there are plenty of better options on the market.

 

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