Ring Video Doorbell Wired review: we test Ring's budget wired doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is Ring's latest release aimed at those who may not have yet taken the plunge into smart tech

Ring Video Doorbell Wired mounted to door with male and female visitors waving
(Image credit: Ring)
Livingetc Verdict

An affordable smart doorbell that will suit homeowners with an existing doorbell setup, the Ring Video Doorbell Wired is a brilliant option for those who don't want to spend $100+, but lacks some features and convenience present in other models.

Reasons to buy
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    Cheapest Ring Video Doorbell out there

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    Smaller and less bulky than other models

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    Great quality video

Reasons to avoid
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    No wireless option

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    Chime not included

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It's not unreasonable to say that Ring has pretty much conquered the smart doorbell market over recent years but, until now, the price point was a slight barrier to entry for some. Now, the company has released a cheaper option that has to be wired in but which offers almost everything buyers would expect from the brand's products.

Now available globally, we have tested the new, smaller doorbell to see if the slashed price tag is reflected in the performance or design of the smart device. And for our ranking of the best products available, take our look at the best video doorbells.

Ring Video Doorbell Wired

(Image credit: Ring)

Ring Video Doorbell Wired: Specs & Features

  • Video: 1080p Full HD
  • Field of view: 155-degrees horizontal; 90-degrees vertical
  • Weatherproof?: Yes
  • Night vision?: Yes
  • Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.8 x 0.88in

The biggest downside of the Wired doorbell for some will be the fact that it can only be installed using existing wiring. For renters or those who have been using wireless options up until now, this may mean hiring a professional to get it working.

That said, if the wired nature of the product doesn't bother you, you'll be able to enjoy pretty much all of the features offered by more expensive models. You get 1080p HD video that can be viewed live from your phone, tablet, or (recommended) Alexa smart display, two-way audio so you can speak with any visitors or delivery people, and advanced motion detection that lets you customize exactly what the app should alert you to.

This is especially useful if you live on a busy street, or have neighbors who live a little too close (you don't need to know every time they take out the trash).

You get even more features with the Ring Protect Plan, but this will cost you an additional monthly fee (from $3 a month or $30 a year). Bonus features include 60-day video history, 'people only mode', and snapshot capture.

The key differences between the Wired model and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is that it does not work with any existing chimes you might have, you won't have Alexa greetings, and you won't be able to swap faceplates if you don't like the standard black.

Unfortunately, much like with other Ring Doorbells, this wired model doesn't come with a chime included, limiting its use as a doorbell if you don't live alone (or if you don't want to have to be looking at your phone all of the time). You can buy this separately or as part of a bundle on Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell Wired: Design

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is indeed much smaller and sleeker than other popular Ring doorbells, which will make it attractive for those who find the bulky design a bit of an eyesore at the front of your house.

Its design is much closer to that of a traditional doorbell or the Pro range, so its more diminutive size won't mean visitors are in danger of missing it. It doesn't look cheap, either, which could have been a worry given that it's about $30 less than the next model up.

The doorbell comes in black, which will look great on most people's doors. The area around the button lights up blue when in action. All in all, it's something different for Ring and will be a welcome change from the norm for some.

Ring Video Doorbell Wired being installed by woman in blue shirt

(Image credit: Ring)

Ring Video Doorbell Wired: Our Verdict

The similar feature set and attractive design of the Ring Wired make it a tremendous bargain for those who don't currently own a smart doorbell or who want to switch to Ring but don't want to spend a lot. The app is as reliable as ever and makes it easy to integrate the doorbell with other security devices or Alexa-enabled gadgets around the home. If you're not particularly interested in the wireless alternatives, this could be for you.

About this review

All of our reviews are based on real interaction with the products that we recommend. The thoughts here were based on testing of a Ring Video Doorbell Wired review sample, which was plugged in using an adapter rather than being wired. 

Caroline Preece
Smart Homes Ecommerce Editor

Caroline is the smart home ecommerce editor for Livingetc, covering everything tech for the home, from smart speakers to air purifiers and everything in between. She is passionate about the role that technology and smart devices can play in daily life, enhancing the home without sacrificing personal style and carefully chosen interiors. In her spare time, she can be found tinkering with bulbs, soundbars, and video doorbells in an effort to automate every part of her small home. Previously, she lent her expertise to the likes of Expert Reviews, IT Pro, Coach, The Week, and more.