Arlo vs Arlo Pro — Is There A Difference?


Arlo Pro vs Arlo – are you struggling to make your decision? It can be a tough choice, after all they’re both very good camera, and while the different between Arlo and Arlo Pro is that the Pro has more features, the downside is that this later version is also more expensive than the standard one. Here we compare Arlo and Arlo Pro so that you can make an informed decision.

Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Comparison – Power Source

The first difference between the two cameras is that the Arlo Pro has more flexibility in its power options since it can either be plugged in or used wirelessly. It gets its power from a rechargeable long life battery which can last for as long as 4 months before needing to be charged up. The Arlo Pro can also be powered via the eco friendly Arlo Solar Panel. Meanwhile the Arlo uses only non-rechargeable batteries.

Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Comparison -2 Way Audio

There is an inbuilt mic and speaker in the Arlo Pro allowing you to talk through the camera via your smartphone. The Arlo has no such feature and while it records video there is no audio accompanying it.

Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Comparison -Viewing Angle

There is 20 degrees of difference in the viewing angle, with the Arlo Pro boasting 130 degrees against the 110 degrees offered by the standard camera.

Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Comparison -Motion Detection

The Arlo Pro has a wide angle PIR motion sensor which has been improved to ensure every movement is detected.

Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Comparison -Smart Siren

The Arlo Pro has a siren that operates at over 100 decibels and which is inbuilt in the base station. Unfortunately, the standard Arlo’s base station cannot support that feature.

Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Comparison -Storage

The Arlo has a base station with 2 USB ports, however there is no support available for local storage. On the upside, however, there is free storage in the cloud for 7 days and that is usually sufficient. Recordings can also be downloaded to a PC from online storage for long term use. The Arlo Pro has a base station which allows you to store recordings on USB devices too so if the internet goes down you can be confident that your recordings will continue.

Can Arlo Cameras Be Used With The Arlo Pro Base Station?

The Arlo camera can easily be synced with an Arlo Pro base station and vice versa. You can therefore extend your system to suit your needs using either Arlo or Arlo Pro cameras. If you already have an Arlo system, you may want to upgrade your base and then add further Arlo Pro cameras to your system for home wide coverage.

Whats the Costs?

As might be expected there are price differences between the Arlo and the Arlo Pro kits. For a standard Arlo base unit with two cameras, you can expect to pay around £250 whereas a similar set up for Arlo Pro will cost you around £400. If you want a four camera plus base unit set up, you can expect to pay around £400 for the standard Arlo and £800 for the Arlo Pro.

Which Should I Buy?

When it comes to choosing between the Arlo Pro and the Arlo, it’s probably best to choose the Pro version as long as you can afford it. There are many differences between the two systems and overall, although the Pro is a lot more expensive it also offers much better functionality, more futureproofing and also better value for money thanks to the many benefits that it brings. With its 2 way audio, advanced motion detectors and eco friendly solar charging as well as local storage and on-board siren, it really is a complete home solution.

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