Arlo asks "What is Essential" about security cameras—and has 4 answers in 1!

Arlo Essential range
(Image credit: Arlo)

Arlo showed me their new Essentials range of smart home security cameras, which the company is releasing fully aware they're in a crowded and competitive market and told me they need to answer the question "What security camera features does your mum need?"

In other words, the company is drilling into the 'Essential' features which they highlighted as video recording, 2-way audio, motion detection, and deterrence (an alarm). Those features were all already covered by the outgoing essential range, but the new one also heralds a major improvement in terms of ease of set up and a complete re-design of the housings.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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