After riding the wave of being the first company to receive HomeKit certification for a smart doorbell, Robin is back with another option for consumers. The company has launched the ProLine Compact hardware, offering HomeKit compatibility bundled into a smaller, more compact exterior.
It was only earlier this year that Robin managed to win a slew of new fans by releasing the first HomeKit-compatible smart doorbell with the ProLine product. It was celebrated for offering HomeKit support and gaining certification from Apple but it definitely had its issues.
It was noticeably larger than other smart doorbells on the market and didn’t particularly appeal to the average homeowner who was put off by its overly complex installation methods. Now, the company is back trying to right some of those issues with the new ProLine Compact.
First and foremost, the “Compact” naming convention gives away one of the main improvements here. It is smaller and more lightweight than its predecessor. The hardware measures in at 94.5 mm (w) x 150.5 mm (h) x 44.5 mm (d) and offers an IP53 rating to ensure that it works flawlessly outside. In comes packed in a 3mm anodized aluminum housing with a stunning finish. The Dome is manufactured from hardened optical glass with photochromatic properties and is available with an array of external finishes to suit your needs and the property.
The ProLine Compact offers a 5-megapixel IP camera with a 130-degree wide-angle lens to ensure that it captures as much of the front of the property as possible. It does, however, only offer 720p HD video and not full 1080p like a lot of other cheaper and more affordable competitors. Those people invested in the HomeKit ecosystem will still benefit from the integration of HomeKit Secure Video in a future update, although Robin hasn’t committed to when this will be.
There is no denying that the ProLine Compact looks gorgeous. It can be purchased in Onyx Black, Space Gray, or Silver. But it isn’t what you’d call “cheap.” You can expect to pay around $550.00 for the Compact version. Some may say it’s worth its price-tag, but it seems difficult to justify when its only real difference from the more affordable competition is HomeKit support.
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