Eufy Edge security system hands-on review: Artificial intelligence meets solar power

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Eufy Edge Security System Review: Specifications

Field of view: 135º

Resolution: 3840×2160/15fps

Power: 13,400 mAh battery, integrated solar panel

Cut: 2.6 x 5.1 x 2.6 inches

Weather resistance: IP67

Night vision: Up to 24 feet infrared and color night vision

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant

The Eufy Edge security system aims to solve two of the most common problems with wireless security cameras: false alarms and the need to charge them.

To avoid creating a constant stream of false alerts and consuming storage space, Eufy engineers added their proprietary BionicMind self-learning AI to the HomeBase 3, which acts as a data hub for two EufyCam 3 cameras included. As for having to take the cameras apart to charge them, the company has added built-in solar panels to the top of each camera. With only two hours of sunlight per day, the EufyCam3’s 3400mAh battery can recharge over time.

Another thing that sets Eufy’s security cameras apart from other devices on our list of best outdoor security cameras is that there are no subscription fees. Instead, enterprise customers can store and access recorded video for free using the HomeBase 3’s built-in storage. While the HomeBase 3 comes with 16GB of built-in local storage, its storage capacity can be further expanded by adding up to 16TB using a 2.5” HDD or SSD.

Our hands-on Eufy Edge security system review will tell you everything you need to know about this set of wireless outdoor security cameras as well as our first impressions after trying it out for a few weeks.

Eufy Edge Security System Review: Pricing and Availability

The Eufy Edge security system costs $549.99 and includes two EufyCam 3 outdoor security cameras and a HomeBase 3 data hub. The bundle is available now on Amazon and Best Buy in the US. Additional EufyCam 3 cameras can be purchased separately for $219.99.

Eufy Edge security system review: What’s included

Eufy Edge Security System unboxed

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Although all of the Eufy Edge security system devices can be purchased separately, the bundle includes everything you’ll need to install the cameras and start monitoring your home.

Along with the HomeBase 3 and two EufyCam 3 cameras, the box also includes two mounting bases for the cameras along with the hardware you’ll need to install them. The same goes for the HomeBase 3 which comes with an Ethernet cable as the device needs to be wired to your router. Eufy also includes a USB-C cable for charging the cameras and a sticker you can put on your window to let potential intruders know that your home now has “24/7 surveillance by Eufy Security”.

If you’re having trouble, a metal pin to reset your EufyCam 3 cameras is included with the Eufy Edge Security System Quick Start Guide.

Eufy Edge Security System Review: Setup

HomeBase 3 with EufyCam 3 charging

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Before mounting your EufyCam 3 cameras outdoors, you must first install and configure the HomeBase 3.

The two cameras communicate wirelessly with the HomeBase 3, which itself must be connected directly to your router. (If you have one of best mesh routersI discovered that I could connect the HomeBase 3 via Ethernet to one of the nodes of the Deco XE-75 and it worked great.)

Adding a Hard Drive to HomeBase 3

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If you plan to add a 2.5-inch hard drive or SDD to the HomeBase 3 for additional video storage, you need to do that first. Adding a hard drive is fairly easy to do as the HomeBase 3’s magnetic top pops out right away. After unscrewing a single screw, you can remove a tray, insert your hard drive, screw it back in and put everything back together. The process was quite simple and it only took me a few minutes to add the 1TB hard drive provided by Eufy.

With the HomeBase 3 plugged into a power outlet and your router, you next need to install the Eufy Security app. After creating an account or logging in and adding the HomeBase 3, you then need to add the cameras. Be warned though, as the EufyCam 3 has a massive 13,400mAh battery, each camera needs to be charged for eight hours before you can add them to the HomeBase 3.

Once charged, you need to place each camera close to the HomeBase 3 and press the sync button on the back for two seconds until you hear a beep. Then repeat the process by pressing the sync button on the back of HomeBase 3. After 30 seconds, HomeBase 3 will say “Device added successfully” and you can now control and access your EufyCam 3 cameras from the Eufy Security app.

Installing the EufyCam 3

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Installing both cameras was a pretty straightforward process as Eufy includes two screw positioning stickers so you can easily drill pilot holes. Keep in mind though that the cameras need to be 7-10 feet off the ground and in direct sunlight to take advantage of their built-in solar panels.

Eufy Edge Security System Review: First Impressions

Eufy sent me their new Edge security system in mid-September and the cameras have been monitoring my house ever since. I have one EufyCam 3 mounted above my garage and the other is mounted at the front of my house pointed at my front door.

EufyCam 3 close up

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In my first tests, both cameras were very accurate, and the 4K resolution makes it easy to zoom in and see details clearly. Since Eufy’s BionicMind AI is a big selling point of this new system, I manually added several familiar faces to the Eufy Security app. Due to the positioning of my cameras, they often see people entering or exiting my house from the side and the AI ​​has trouble discerning who is who. When approaching the cameras straight on, that’s no problem.

In the Eufy Security app, you can enable or disable motion detection as well as configure which activity zones you want to monitor. In order to avoid false alerts, Eufy allows you to lower or increase the detection sensitivity of EufyCam 3. You can also enable human recognition and human detection, vehicle detection and pet detection . When someone is spotted by the cameras, the Eufy app not only sends you a notification, but you can also have them include a thumbnail. I found this feature very handy as the AI ​​automatically zooms in and places a red box around any detected animals or people.

EufyCam 3 mounted outside to record in the rain

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Even though my cameras have been recording 24/7 for 16 days and I regularly check their video feeds, both cameras still have 100% battery. Solar panels really make a difference when it comes to battery life, and the Eufy security app even has a dashboard that shows you solar charging efficiency. That way, if the cameras aren’t getting enough sunlight, you can prune your trees or move them.

I still need to do more testing with the Eufy Edge security system and give the AI ​​a bit more time to learn, but so far I’d say the EufyCam 3 is a big upgrade over the EufyCam 2, and the same goes for the HomeBase 3 compared to its predecessor. Stay tuned for my full review.

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