Logitech Circle Review

By | November 28, 2016

Product: Logitech Circle Review
Where to buy: Amazon.com – Click here for the latest price
Video Quality: 1080p
Great for: Monitoring inside your home
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

In the past, it was sometimes difficult to protect your home from burglars.

The solution:

People were forced to install steel-reinforced doors and windows to maintain some level of security. There was only so much they could do.

However, with the advent of technology, home security has dramatically improved. Gone are the days when security cameras were a luxury that only big corporations could afford. Today, it’s possible to install security cameras in your home. And they have become delightfully compact and affordable.

There are so many security cameras on the market with benefits that are innumerable. You can watch your adorable pets playing in the living room, and even say hi to them. You can also watch your kids come home from school, or maybe watch your toddler in the playroom while you are cooking dinner. The Logitech Circle has created ripples in the market because of its amazing functionalities.

Benefits of the Logitech Circle

At my home, I don’t want my security camera to be fixed in one location.

Why?

Well, my kids like to mix things up quite a bit and tend to change where they play. Sometimes, they are in the playroom, the next day they will be playing in their bedroom. Buying a security camera for each room of the house just wouldn’t be cost effective.

Enter the Logitech Circle:

The Logi Circle has been designed so that it can be easily moved to another room of the house, without the need to move the power cable. See the power cable is connected to a charging dock rather than the cable itself. Therefore it is as easy as lifting the Logitech Circle from it’s dock and placing it in any room of your home. It does come with a magnetized mount, which is perfect if you have a location in your home that it will be more often than not. Overall, this nifty little security camera is great if you want flexibility in moving it around your home.

How to use the Logitech Circle

Setting up the Logitech Circle is a breeze. There are three steps involved:

  1. Turn on the device and connect it to power
  2. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet
  3. Tap “Setup” within the app

And off you go!

The Logi Circle has a small LED light on the front to indicate it’s status. For example, when it is white, it is connected and ready to stream. Or when it is blinking red, it means the battery is low and it needs to be returned to the charging dock.

With the device comes a magnetized wallmount, which gives you the ability to have the camera mounted anywhere you like.

Magnetized you say?

Yes! The wallmount and the base of the camera are magnetized. What this means is you can literally move the camera anywhere in your home. Put it on a shelf. Stick it to a metal surface. Attach it to the wallmount. And when needed, place it back on the charging dock.

The Logi Circle App is really easy to use and also has some great features which I’ll explain further below.

Product description and features

Logitech Circle Review Pros and ConsSpecifications:

  • 1080p Video Quality, also 360p, 720p options available
  • Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • 135-degree wide angle lens
  • Night vision up to 15 feet
  • Advanced motion detection
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Built-in speaker and mic
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • Secure Data Encryption
  • Manual 360-degree pan, 110-degree tilt
  • Multiple camera support
  • Mobile app and web browser access

What comes in the box:

  • The HD Logitech Camera with a rechargeable battery
  • A USB power adapter
  • A unique charging ring attached to a 10-feet USB cable
  • A magnetic, wall-mounting device
  • Quick start guide

This high-quality camera produces crisp videos. You receive 1080p High Definition live video streams wherever you are. You can also configure this camera with your smartphone so as to receive instant Smart Alerts immediately something fishy or unexpected occurs. You’ll no longer have to worry about the security of your home.

A unique feature of this camera is its microphone. You can easily hear your kids walk in from school. It would definitely be fun to listen in to their funny conversations. In addition, you can easily monitor your pets while you’re on vacation to see what mischief they’re up to. All this can be done either from the Logitech web application or from your phone.

Logi Circle Cloud Storage Included

The camera sports an impressive cloud recording and storage feature that’s absolutely free. You can therefore download, replay and even share the recorded video clip for up to 24 hours. This is done from your very own private cloud. This means your data is kept safe even after your camera is stolen.

Is 24 hours enough?

That is only a decision you can make. If you don’t want to be reviewing the day’s recordings every day, then you have options to upgrade the cloud storage offered by Logitech. They have a 14 day storage plan for $3.99 per month per camera which sound really affordable. With all the cloud services for home security I’ve seen, Logitech certainly offer the most affordable plans around.

Now, I touched on this earlier:

The Logitech Circle security camera has one of the simplest setups you’ll find in the market. It takes a maximum of 60 seconds to set it up. This amazing feature has made this particular camera a darling among most customers. With security cameras getting increasingly popular, it’s important to get one that’s not complex to set up. The Logitech circle doesn’t disappoint – setting it up is a piece of cake.

Its personal daily summary is one feature that will make you go gaga. The Logitech Circle is the only camera in the market which provides you a vivid 30-second video time-lapse that summarizes the previous 24 hours. You can also create a short, customized Day Brief from any period you desire – the past day, week or even month. This allows you to capture specific time periods such as your child’s birthday or your daughter’s wedding.

What about the Logitech Circle Battery Life?

A great question:

As I briefly mentioned earlier, the Logitech Circle has a tremendous Wireless Mobility and Charging feature that makes it easy to move it around as you desire. The security camera is designed in such a way that it rests on a charging ring. Logitech claim that you can move it from it’s charging ring for up to 12 hours and place it in a different room. However there have been numerous reports that the batter life only lasts for between 4 to 5 hours. In my opinion, the battery life will depend heavily on how much it is recording. If it is constantly recording activity, then I would suggest that 4 hours battery life is actually quite good. I suspect that the 12 hour battery life is based on random recording activity throughout the period of time.

Finally:

This camera weighs only 12.8 ounces and its dimensions are 2.56 by 2.95 by 2.65 inches. It’s therefore extremely portable. You can move it from its charging ring to your kids’ room for several hours to track their movements and ensure they’re safe.

What I like about the Logitech Circle

  • Its HD 1080p display ensures that you only get high-quality images and videos. This is a paramount feature because it helps to easily identify culprits who may have broken into your home. In addition, it produces decent audio quality via its speaker.
  • Its night vision ensures that you can continue monitoring those you love even when darkness sets in. If you have elderly parents who need regular checkups, the Logitech Circle will definitely improve the way you take care of them.
  • It is extremely easy to set up. In addition, it sports a rechargeable battery. This offers you the convenience of moving it from its charging ring and placing it in any location that’s within your WiFi range.
  • The Logitech Circle comes with an advanced talk and listen feature which allows you to say ‘hi’ to your kids when they come home from school. This is made possible by its built-in mic and speaker.
  • I’ll say it one more time…. I love the flexibility of moving it around the home, with the wallmount and the magentized base, so many options available.

What I don’t like about the Logitech Circle

  • The audio quality of the built-in speaker is a little low and could be better.
  • It doesn’t work without the presence of a strong internet connection. Before installing it, you should already have a high-speed wireless internet connection.
  • Images from the camera are blurred out in the presence of light that’s either from the sun or a lamp. You should therefore place it far away from windows and lamps for crisp video quality.
  • Battery life can be significantly less than what is claimed.

Final Thoughts

The Logitech Circle is an impressive camera that will greatly improve the security of your home. You can check on your children to ensure they’re doing their homework or monitor your pet to ensure it is okay. It offers an outstanding 135-degree view and auto night vision to enhance the safety of your house. The rechargeable lithium battery can hold up to 12 hours of charge. With all these benefits, it’s safe to say that the Logitech Circle is one security camera worth purchasing.

If you have any questions about the Logitech Circle, please leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out.

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14 thoughts on “Logitech Circle Review

  1. Albert

    Wow, this logitech security camera sounds promising to me. The price is fair and the night vision mode combined with wireless feature makes it a perfect security choice.

    The cons you mentioned are not really important to me but I have one concern:

    Do you know any other security camera with same features that is also hidable?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Albert, Thanks for commenting. There are cameras out there that can be hidden, however you start to lose features and the video quality decreases significantly. I understand the concept of having the camera hidden so if you have an intruder, they won’t know they are being filmed. But my view is that if you have a camera that is visible, it may actually prevent the intruder from entering in the first place.

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  2. ches

    We were looking for something like this when my mum was alive and living on her own. She insisted she would not move and so we bought, at great expense, a remote camera that took an age to set up and was less then ideal.
    This little camera looks much simpler and being able to move it around easily is a boon. Now we have 2 little dogs which we would like to keep an eye on, this would be a great asset. Thanks for the review. Ches

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Yes the Logitech Circle is very easy to set up. With the advancement of technology these days, they are getting very easy to use. I think the Logitech Circle would be perfect for you to keep and eye on your 2 little dogs. You could even have more than one and place them in different rooms throughout the house so no matter where they are, you will know what they are up to. Thanks for the comment Ches.

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  3. sophie64

    This is very interesting, this little camera looks so simple and affordable. Thank you so much for all this great information. Great article and you keep up the good work, very nice.

    sophie64

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Sophie, thanks for commenting. The Logitech Circle is my favorite indoor camera. It looks stylish and is portable. You can take it anywhere throughout your home.

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  4. ArtByHeart

    I like the fact that this camera also have a great microphone. Most of the cameras I have looked at don’t have the ability to record speech properly! Night vision is also important since most burglaries happen at nightime.

    Also the ability to install them quickly speaks volumes to me. First time when we installed safety equipment to our house and the grounds, it took a whole week. The cameras, the cabling, the main unit! I am happy the technology had advanced the last years.

    I have a question though! Can you install these is series? I would need at least 10 to cover my main property. My current system consists of 8 units and needs some refreshing.

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for the comment. You are spot on, the microphone and night vision are important features. Another great feature about the Logitech Circle is that it is so portable. You can detach it from the charging station, then set it up anywhere throughout the house. Yes, you can have multiple Logitech Circles connected to the one system. They all connect to your wireless internet and you can then name the cameras in the app by where they are located, or which room they are in. Eg. Living Room. Then you know exactly which camera you are accessing.

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  5. David

    Hey Andrew,

    Is the Logitech Circle good for outdoor weather too? I want to setup a few smaller cameras like underneath the awnings on my home where they will be protected from the rain. They still may get some moisture so I am thinking these may not be the best camera for what I want them for.

    Also, I have seen these flood lights in my neighborhood that let off a warning to people that walk by that tell them that they are trespassing in my yard.

    Do you deal with equipment of this type as well or is that not your niche? This is a great article you have here on the Logitech Circle. Thanks for writing and sharing Andrew!

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi David, thanks for your comment. I wouldn’t recommend using the Logitech Circle outdoors. Even though you say it will be undercover, there are plenty of things that could still get inside the device such as dust, or moisture like you say. My suggestion for an outdoor camera is the Nest Cam. I have a Nest Cam Review that you might want to check out too.

      Flood lights are certainly great for extra security. I haven’t specifically targeted them in my niche, however, you could check out my post “Best way to secure your house” which I have suggested outdoor lighting as a method to keep the intruders away.

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  6. Chris evans

    Hi, thanks for covering this product as I have been very interested in it over the last couple of months!

    I was originally directed to it because of the app link between the camera and your smartphone. I was wondering how reliable that aspect of the security system was and how much storage/memory it actually takes up on your phone?

    I’m constantly traveling due to work commitments so this function is something I could really do with!
    (Also, do you know if this comes with any guarantee if bought on Amazon?)

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Chris, thanks for the comment. I love the Logitech Circle. It is my favorite out of all the indoor cameras I have reviewed.

      The connection from the camera to your smartphone is very reliable, as long as you have a good connection, it is all done over the internet. The recorded vision is stored securely in the Cloud, which you can have access to the last 24 hours for free. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a plan that gives you access to the last 31 Days of vision for $9.99 per month per camera. This camera would be perfect for when you are away for work commitments.

      Amazon accepts returns within 30 days if the item is “dead on arrival”. I hope this helps.

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  7. John Rico

    Based on your review, I think that this logitech circle is fascinating. I’m looking for a security camera for my home because there’s a lot of burglars these days. This is a very good monitoring device when someone broke in my home and steals something. I like how you explained it very well and the pros and cons. It is very informative and I’m planning to buy one soon thanks to your review.

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks John. The Logitech Circle is one of my favorite choices for inside the home. I love how portable it is. You can literally have it anywhere inside the house. Feel free to return to my site if you have any questions before making your purchase. I’ll be more than happy to help.

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