Simplicam powered by Closeliby ArcSoft

  • Simplicam powered by Closeli
  • Simplicam powered by Closeli
  • Simplicam powered by Closeli
  • Simplicam powered by Closeli
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VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
74%
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PROS

  • The Simplicam delivers all the usual webcam security features--motion sensing, night vision, and two-way audio communication--plus facial-recognition technology.
  • The security webcam is available at an attractive price, with no fee required for real-time monitoring of audio and high-def video feeds. Several cloud service plans are available for video storage and facial-recognition features.
  • The Simplicam has a handsome industrial design and is easy to set up.

CONS

  • Facial-recognition features require a subscription to a cloud service.
  • Image quality isn't as good as that of some competitors, most notably Nest Dropcam.
  • The facial-recognition technology is in beta. Sometimes it works well and sometimes it doesn't
Like most security webcams, ArcSoft Simplicam powered by Closeli connects to a Wi-Fi network, which lets you monitor its high-def feed remotely on a smartphone app or browser. Like many current competitors, it offers night vision as well as motion-detection and sound-detection features. What distinguishes it from the pack is the option to add Closeli's face-recognition technology as a paid subscription service, so your notifications can tell you whether someone you know or a stranger is being captured on video.
84%

Over-all, the ease of set-up, the simple design and ease of use, the price point, the features and the picture quality make it a good buy.

Over-all, the ease of set-up, the simple design and ease of use, the price point, the features and the picture quality make it a good buy.

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70%

ArcSoft's Simplicam is qualified to take on our highest rated Wi-Fi security cameras -- but the face recognition feature does need a lot of …

ArcSoft's Simplicam is qualified to take on our highest rated Wi-Fi security cameras -- but the face recognition feature does need a lot of work.

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70%

If simplicam ever reaches super-recognizer levels of accuracy, Dropcam will have to watch out.

If simplicam ever reaches super-recognizer levels of accuracy, Dropcam will have to watch out.

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70%

Those looking for better picture quality should step up to the $199 Dropcam Pro, but the Closeli Simplicam is a good alternative.

Those looking for better picture quality should step up to the $199 Dropcam Pro, but the Closeli Simplicam is a good alternative.

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While I actually prefer Simplicam’s design, the Dropcam package is just too good, offering good looks and reliable video feeds with little f…

While I actually prefer Simplicam’s design, the Dropcam package is just too good, offering good looks and reliable video feeds with little fuss.

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If you want something with a little more polish and a proven track record of software updates that add more features, stick with Dropcam. Bu…

If you want something with a little more polish and a proven track record of software updates that add more features, stick with Dropcam. But if you want to save $50 — and potentially more later on — the Simplicam is worth a look.

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The company says it can even tell the difference between an animal face and a human one. It worked largely as promised with a cat in my test…

The company says it can even tell the difference between an animal face and a human one. It worked largely as promised with a cat in my tests, though it did once misidentify him as human.

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Even after changing the sensitivity settings for the motion, sound, and face detection, I think that they still are just a bit too touchy to…

Even after changing the sensitivity settings for the motion, sound, and face detection, I think that they still are just a bit too touchy to use full-time. I love the idea of them, but unfortunately for me they just fall short right now.

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At every turn, Simplicam performed as well or better than expected. Simplicam is better looking than Dropcam in my view, and absolutely has …

At every turn, Simplicam performed as well or better than expected. Simplicam is better looking than Dropcam in my view, and absolutely has a better build quality.

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