The Q is the most basic member of the Netgear Arlo family, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in big features. It records 1080p full HD footage via a camera with a nice, wide 130-degree view, has a two-way speaker, and a night vision mode which makes it easy to find out who it keeps raiding the chocolate stash at midnight.
It’s also relatively well priced and comes with free storage of the last seven days of video clips; this can be upgraded to continuous 24hr coverage for an extra £12.99/month.
Video footage is excellent, with the night mode particularly impressive; even in a near-dark room it’s easy to make out exactly what’s going on. Sadly, Wi-Fi coverage isn’t so hot - the Arlo Pro we tested at the same time was placed far further away from the router but never lost signal, whereas the Q kept cutting out.
Nor is it the smartest out there. You can set up geofencing so it arms/disarms when you leave/enter the area, and link it with other smart devices via If This Then That (IFTTT), but that’s about it. There’s no face recognition or anything truly impressive. Overall, the Q is a bit of a mixed bag.
Stuff says: ★★★★✩
A decent enough home watchdog, but unless you buy into the Arlo system there are better options