Logitech Circle 2 WLAN camera in the test overview
Logitech Circle 2 review: It can be used with electricity or batteries. The intelligent WLAN surveillance camera is also suitable for indoor and outdoor use, is open to Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa, and offers a wide range of mounting options. We present the all-rounder in a test overview.
Possible uses of the Logitech Circle 2 surveillance camera
For monitoring the entrance, securing the interior, or communicating with the children – Circle 2 offers a wide range of uses thanks to its numerous functions and attachment options. As a smart home gadget, Circle 2 can of course be controlled via the app, tablet, or voice assistant. The 180-degree wide-angle perspective ensures extensive coverage of the monitoring area, even in the dark with the help of the night vision function.
Two-way audio can not only drive away a burglar but also communicate with the children – for example, to ask them to do their homework after school. While the previous model, Circle 1, was only available battery-powered, the customer can now decide which is more important: the more flexible placement or the permanent power supply via cable. He chooses the battery-operated or cable-operated variant, depending on the situation.
Logitech Circle 2 offers 24 hours of free cloud storage
A shortcoming of many WiFi cameras is that the videos are stored in the manufacturer’s cloud for a fee. Only through the intermediate storage can intruders be convicted or highlight clips of the family selected and saved. Logitech offers a mixed version: the recordings are available free of charge in the cloud for 24 hours, after which they are deleted. Circle Safe Basic (14 days storage) or Circle Safe Premium (31 days storage) can be booked for the extra service. The data is encrypted, as is usual with WLAN surveillance cameras, using encryption at the bank level.
This is how you can attach the Logitech Circle 2 WiFi camera
Attachment to the glass pane. Monitoring of the outside area from the inside by attaching the window bracket to the camera. So the area in front of the window can be monitored.
Attachment to the socket outlet
Higher-lying sockets are suitable for wall mounting thanks to the plug holder. Outlets on the floor are useful for monitoring pets.
The weatherproof housing of the Circle 2 allows it to be attached to any conceivable place on and around the house. For example on the carport, the garage wall, the canopy over the front door, or the driveway.
Using the Circle 2 without a bracket
In the battery-operated version, the Circle 2 camera can also be used spontaneously where it is needed – for example on the terrace or balcony.
The Logitech Circle 2 security camera is open to the smart home
Logitech 2 is based on the latest developments in the smart home market and can be armed or switched off using the Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice assistants. If you don’t want to start talking, you can use the Logitech Pop Smart Button, an Android TV, or any other smart home control device. Of course, there is still the option of making the settings via the app. Those who use the camera indoors should also know that an LED display shows directly whether the camera is recording or not. This means that there is no sense of surveillance when the camera is used, for example, to communicate with the family.
Download and install the Logi Circle app ( Android / iOS ).
Name the camera and start the search process in the app.
Click the new device in the selection displayed and confirm your selection.
Enter the WiFi password and click Connect.
Conclusion: Circle 2 is convincing, only the storage still has potential for expansion
We particularly like the flexibility of the surveillance camera : Due to the different variants and possible uses, the camera can be used for surveillance as well as for interaction with the family. The free cloud storage is a bonus – even if it would have been allowed to be out for more than 24 hours. The upgrade for $3.99 a month is again a fair offer. The improved design compared to Circle 1 also makes Circle 2 a pleasant gadget in the smart home that is not obtrusive. Logitech has made a big leap with this model and does not need to shy away from comparison with current WLAN surveillance cameras on the market.