SkyBell Trim & Slim Models Tested

By Brian Rhodes, Published Sep 25, 2017, 11:07am EDT

Given continued growth of video doorbells and the central role Skybell plays in smarthome packages like Alarm.com and Honeywell Total Connect, we bought a SkyBell Slim and SkyBell Trim to compare how much has changed since Skybell HD:

We evaluated SkyBell Slim and Trim models against the same criteria in our Original SkyBell HD and Ring Pro tests:

  • Video quality
  • Sound quality
  • Motion detection
  • Low-light performance
  • App performance

Video Doorbell Contrast - SkyBell Trim vs. SkyBell HD vs. Ring Pro

All three doorbells claim the same core functionality - video doorbell and intercoms, and all offer 1080p resolution.  However, after our tests, not all claims match up equally. Here are the major test differences at a glance:

*** *** **** ******** several *** *****, ********* Video ***** **** (****** no ******** **** *****), and *** ****** ********* accuracy ** ******* ******** from *** ***** **********. Both ******** ***** '** color ***** ** *****', but *** ******* ***** this ** ******* *** camera ** *** **** and *** ** ** option.  

*******, ****'* ****** ********* controls *** ***** *** basic ** ******** ********, and *** ***** **** low-light *********** ***** **** behind **** *** **** uses ** **** *** a **** ***** ****.

All ***** ****** ******

** **** ****** *** three ******: *** ******** ******* **, *** ******* **** detailed ** **** ******, and *** ******* **** in *** *****.*** ****

** ***** ** **** comparison, *** ******* ** Trim *** **** ****** are *******. ***********-****, **** units *** *********** *** same, *** *** **** difference ***** ** ***** of *** ******* *** that ** ******** **** Alarm.com / ****, *** not **** *** ***-***** Skybell ****. 

**** ** *** ***** 'deep ******' ************* ******** like ****-********* ***** ****, or **** ******** ******** may *** ** ********* with '*********' ********** *****. Our **** ***** ******* the '****' ******* **** since ** *** **** readily ** **** ** more **** **** *****.*** accounts.

Test *** ********

***** ******* ******* **'* operation, **** *** *** key ********:

  • **** *****: ** ***** ** improvements, ******* **** ************* improves ***** ********** *** stream *******. ***** *** older ***** *** ***** flaws **** ******** ***** quality ** *** ***** of *** ***** ******, the *** **** ***** connects *** ******* **** more ********. ** ****** 100 ****** ******, ***** screen ******** ** ******* blocked/artifacted ***** **** **** 4 *****.
  • ** *** ******: *** ********** ** improved, *******. **** *** predecessor, **** **** *** SkyBell ** ***, **** apps *** **** *** and ******* *********. *******, unlike **** ***** ** no *** ****** ****** to ****/******** *****, *** the *** **** *** offer ***** ******** ******** to *****, ******, ** fast-forward ******** *****. ******** like ***** ******* *** offer ****, *** ******* does *** ** *******.
  • **** ******** ***** *******: **** ******* **, Trim **** *** ******* noise **********, *** ***** connections **** ****** *** reliable, ** *** ********* to ***** ** ************* with ********** ***** *******. 
  • ********, *** ***** *** Motion *********: ***** ******* **** only ******** ***** ***** motion ********* ********, *** 'medium' ******* *** ****** for ***** ******** **-***** events. **** ******** *** performance ** ******* ******* HD ****** **** ** missed ******, *** **** not ***** ****** ** ******* some ******* ** ****** movements **** ******* ******, vehicles, ** ********* ********* glare.
  • ******** ** ***** ***-***** ***********: ******* **** ****** ***** in ***-***** ** *********** emitting *** *** *****-************ LED ***** **** *** scene.  *********** *** *** measurably ******** **** *** previous *****.

Warning: ******* **** *********** ** *****.***

*** *** *** ********* users ** ****: *** similar ******* ******* **** only ***** **** *****.***, while ******* **** ***** with *** ******* *** and ***** *******. *** ******* consumer ***, ******* **** must ** *********. 

***** *** *** ***** look *******, *** **** or '********' ******* **** only **** ** ********* with ** *****.*** *******, and ******* **** ***/****** provide ******** ** ****** it. 

*** *********** *** **** mistake ** ****, ********** given *** ****** **** costs **** (~$*** ******) and **** ***** *** available **** ******* ****** resellers.

Occasional, *** ******* ***** *****

*** ******* ****** **** Trim ** **** ***** quality ** ***** ** connection *** ****** ** much ********. ** **** few ***** *** ******* Trim's ***** ******* **** type ** ****, **** blockiness, ******, ** ******* portions ** *****. *** example ***** ***** ** what * '******* ****' looks ****:

** ********, *** ***** below ** **** *** first ******* ** ***** was ***** ** ******** about **% ** *** time:

Daytime ******* *******

************, ******* ** ******* quality ***** ***** ****** than **** ***... **** it *******. ****'* *** ***** issue, ** ******* ** streaming ** *** ********.

*******, ** *** ******** images *****, ******* ******* HD ****** * **** crisp *** ****** ******* image **** *** **** equal:

Still * *******: ***** ********

**** *** ***********, ****'* lack ** ***** ********** in *** ***** ******** picks ** ********** ***** and ****, ****** ************* difficult.

**** ******* **, **** requires *** *** **** to '***** *** ****' the '****' ****** ** order ** *****, *********** resulting ** ************** *****, while **** *** ** bi-directional *** ******** ** more **** ***** * telephone ****** * ******-*******.

Unchanged ****** **********

* *** ************ *** both ******** *** *** three ***** ****** ********* options - ***, ******, or ****.  ******* *** unit ** '***' ******** in ** ****** ***** recorded, ***** ******* ** 'medium' ** ******* ******** in **** ***** ***** events ** *******, ******* trees, ** **** ****** in *** **********.

** ******** ** **** Pro **** ****** ********* motion ********* *****, ******* is **** ******.

Product ********

*** **** ******* ****** is *** **** ****** now **** * '****-*******' shape *** ** ** longer ** ~* **** diameter ******. **** ************ is ***** ****** *******, however *** **** **** features * ***** ******** screw ****** ** ********'* nylon ******* **** *** much **** ******.

Hardwired *****

**** *** ******* *******, Skybell **** **** ** hardwired ** * ******** transformer *** **** *** feature ******* *****. ******* this **** *** ******* any ************ ** *** transformer **** (****** **** Pro) *** ** ******* an ****** ******* ******* of ****.

Nighttime *********

******* **** **** *** include ** **********, ** LEDs, ** **** *********. Rather, *** ******** **** itself ***** **** * white ***** ***********, ******** visible ***** **** *** scene. *** *****, ****, and ********* ** **** setting ** ********** ** the ******** ******, **** hundreds ** **** ** chose ****:

*******, *** ***** ****** makes ****** ********** ** performance *** ** **** of ** ********** ********** than * ********** ********** maker.

**** ***'* ** ******* monochromatic ****** ** * better *********. ** ***** have *** ****** ** turn ** * ***** porch *****, ******* ***** quality **** ** ******** to *******'* '***** **' gimmick.

Free ***** ******* *** *** ****

****** **** *****, ******* charges ******* ***** *** cloud *********. ***** **** charges $* *** ***** for ** ****, ******* stores * **** *** no ****.

******* ******* ****** *** only ** ******** ** downloaded *** *** ***, unlike ****'* ****** *** portal *** ************.

********** **********

******* *** ******* ** the ******* ** *** video ********** ** ********, rather **** ****** *** doorbell **** ***** ** default:

**** ***** ** ****** if ********* ** **** coverage ** ******* ** the ******** ***** ********. According ** *******, *** resolution ********** ** ****** and **** *** ************* step **** ** ********* is *** *********, ** if ***** ******* ** poor, *** ** **** support's ***** *********** ** to ********* ***** ********** and **********.

Our **************: 

******* **** ******** **** key ***** **** ******* HD *** ******. ***** the ****** ** ********* a ******* ****, *** ~$50 ***** ******** **** the ***** ********** **** offers ****** ******* ***********. If *** **** ** to ** **** ** part ** * '*********' system, **** **** **** should ** ***** ** confirm **** ****** ****, and *** **** ** the ******** ** ****.  

*** *** *****, **** Pro ****** ***** ****** offer ****** ***** *******. However, ******* **** ** priced *** **** *** offers ******* ** ****** video *********** ****** ******** hours, **** ********* *** most ****** ** ** used.

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