Furbo Dog Camera

Editor choice Furbo Dog Camera
9.4 Total Score

$160.05 $169.95

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  • Looks good in almost all interiors
  • Easy to use and set up
  • High quality camera
  • Bark alert on smartphone

Full review

Furbo is another promising new entry into the ever expanding Smart Pet Camera market. This one is designed specifically to be used for dogs, who are more responsive to treats than lasers. It features an HD camera with night vision, treat dispenser and a set of light and sound signals to interact better with your dog. It also can detect barks and movement to alert you when your dog is excited. Here is our review of Furbo, from unpacking the device to playing back the recorded video’s and shooting treats.

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Unboxing

unboxing the furbo smart pet camera at smart pet toys reviewWhen we received Furbo, it came in a neat and sturdy package. The package included a couple of small bag of treats, which was a pleasant surprise, and a small 2-page quick start guide.

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Design

Furbo is designed as a cylinder with a narrowing about two-thirds from the top. The cover is made of Bamboo which is environmentally friendly and creates a nice contrast with the full white exterior. On the front are all the working elements: a 720P HD camera with night vision, Speaker and Microphone and the opening for the treat dispenser.

Furbo is free standing which means that it can be placed anywhere without any DIY. Most of the weight is at the bottom, and it’s also wider there. That makes it pretty stable by nature. On top of that, it has three adhesive pads on the underside. With those, it will stick to any smooth surface and be impossible to knock down. Additionally, there is a mounting option for tripods.

With the Tripod, Furbo can be placed anywhere and at any height. During our review, we haven’t tested this option because we didn’t have a tripod. If you do have one, this is a nice extra that few other interactive pet cameras have.

The cord for the Furbo isn’t very long, so it’s likely that you will need an extension. The view angle is on par with the industry standard at 120 degrees. As with all pet cameras, placement determines your field of view. It takes a little time to find the best place, for your home and your dog.

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Setup

The Furbo and the corresponding phone app is very easy to use. Setting up the device took only 20 minutes and was clearly explained in the quick start guide. One thing that could have been more clear in the Quick Start Guide would be how to load the treats. But that is so easy after the first time that it’s never an issue anymore. There is a training video included with the app. This video helps to get your dog acquainted with Furbo.

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Features

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Features: video quality

video quality of furbo during our review in medium lightFurbo uses a 720P camera with night vision. The image through the app is clear and smooth. In low light conditions, the image stayed bright enough to see what’s going on. The picture quality is not as high as with some 1080P cameras, but it also doesn’t use as much bandwidth. Both in night vision mode and normal mode, the video is very sharp and gives a good view of the room. The room, we tested it in, is a bit crowded so we didn’t have as big a view as we wanted. But even against the light coming from the window, you can see almost everything, which shows the performance of the camera.

Night vision view from the Furbo Camera is really good.

In pitch black, the night vision of Furbo makes it possible to see exactly what is going on. This can be really useful for dogs that get upset during night time, or to increase the security of your home.

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Sound quality

The microphone records close to every sound in the house. It can be difficult to hear it when you are in a noisy place, but with headphones, you hear almost everything. The speaker works well, but we didn’t test it specifically for sound quality. Dogs hear it well enough to respond to it.

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Web Interface and Smartphone App

The Furbo currently only works with a smartphone app. This is available for iPhone and Android through the respective app stores. We used the iPhone version, and it worked without any problems. The interface is simple and clear, and the few settings are easy to access. The app didn’t use a lot of power or bandwidth during standby. When we were watching the live stream for 10 minutes, it would use about 65 MB of data.

The app has a barking alarm. That means that you get an alert on your smartphone if your dog is barking. Then you can check on the camera, talk and dispense treats at the time when the dog most needs it. The alarm worked well during our test. It always sent an alert when the dog was barking.

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Treat dispenser

Furbo has a treat dispenser that you can fill by opening the lid on the top. The treats do have to be of the right size. If the treats are too small, they will fill the opening area for the thrower and get stuck. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance mini-rewards are too small for the Furbo, for example. When the treats have the right size, the treat dispenser works accurately and fast.

 

9.4 Total Score
Furbo

Furbo has made a stylish, and very user-friendly pet camera It is a little picky with the size of the treats and doesn’t have a long power cord. If you are want to have a plug-and-play Pet camera that can shoot treats, and has night vision, Furbo is our recommendation!

Video Quality
9.5
Audio Quality
9
Setup and User Friendliness
10
Treat dispenser reliablity
9
PROS
  • Looks good in almost all interiors
  • Easy to use and set up
  • High quality camera
  • Bark alert on smartphone
CONS
  • Small range of treat sizes
  • Short power cord
User Rating: Be the first one!

I have loved pets ever since I was four and my parents got a dog. Since then, I have had a few dogs and one cat. One thing that was always difficult is combining my pet’s needs with my job and social life. Sitting at home (alone) is not good for them, they either become lethargic or anxious.

When I first heard of the pet cameras and smart pet toys, I was instantly fascinated. As an engineer, I could see how this technology was going to help people around the world. And I wanted to be part of that development by testing and writing about it.

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