Welcome to our review of Petcube Play. This interactive pet camera let’s you play with your cat or dog from a smartphone. You can also use it to make sure your favorite pet is safe when you are away. Here are the subjects we are going to cover:
Petcube Play is shipped in a well protected box with the now famous “Apple Style”. The package contains the few things necessary to get started:
- The device
- Quick start Guide
- Warranty information
It’s easy to see that how the design of the Petcube Play is based on the original Camera.
And that is a good thing
Because the little cube can be placed in almost any interior and look good.
A lot smaller
The new design is considerably smaller, even though it’s packing more performance. Rounded edges and corners make for a modern and clean look.
The best placement is at least 3 feet high and with a clear field of view. The bottom the Petcube Play can be screwed onto a tripod. We like to use it with a Gorilla Pod for almost unlimited placement options.back to menu ↑
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Setup was fast and easy, even though we are not the most “tech savy” people.
The most difficult thing we had to do was remember the Wifi password. Once setup, we could configure our preferences through the app.back to menu ↑
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Petcube Play has a much better camera than the earlier version. With a resolution of 1080P and strong night vision, you get a clear image of your pet and room in all conditions.
The infrared LED that creates the night vision is very bright and can easily light up a pitch black room.
Animals don’t care about the infrared light, so you can spy on your cat or dog in all conditions.
The camera is the biggest improvement over the older model, at least in our opinion. The full HD resolution of 1080P makes for great photos and video.
And the night vision let’s you make full use of that.
Petcube Play has a high quality microphone and one semi loud speaker.
With these you can clearly hear a dog bark or yelp and a cat meow. The speaker is loud enough to startle a naughty pet and at least get them to stop their behavior. The original Petcube already did great in this respect, so no real change there.back to menu ↑
Smartphone App and interface
Both the Petcube Play and Petcube Camera use the same app.
This app has been improved by the user feedback from 3 years with the original camera and is very stable.
With the app you can access public Petcube cameras. Most of these are running inside animal shelter, and you can use them to pick out a new adoption pet. Thousands of people have used this feature to follow a cat or dog before adoption. There is no longer a need to visit many shelters.
The current system is limited to one device per app.
If you’d like to have multiple cameras set throughout your house, this is a problem. It might be added soon, as other people have been mentioning this in fora and social media. But currently, it’s not possible.
It is, however, possible to add people to the account so that you can have your friends or relatives check up on your pet.back to menu ↑
The laser pointer is what set the original Petcube apart, and has been copied a lot.
For us, this is still our favorite feature!
It works by just tapping the smartphone screen and moving a finger across it. We had a lot of fun with this during our commutes and work-breaks. (And also outside of the breaks:)
The laser has a little bit of a lag behind the video image. It is noticeable but doesn’t interfere with the game at all. Currently, all pet cameras with laser pointer have at least some lag. There are simply too many connections between the smartphone and the device.
The responsiveness of the Petcube Play is the quickest of any we have seen so far.back to menu ↑
Petcube offers a cloud storage service to store the streamed video from any of their cameras.
By recording all day, you can always go back and see what happened. Or play an accelerated video in the evening to check for any problems your pet might have.
For $10 per month, they store ten full days of video. Then it’s always possible to look back ten days in time.
Another feature that can help to keep track of things is the alerts and auto-recording. There are three modes to respond to activity near the camera:
- Record clip and send notification
- Record clip and don’t send notification
- Don’t record clips or send notification
Petcube stays at the top of the market for interactive pet cameras. If you want a state-of-the-art pet camera, with laser pointer and 1080P camera, this is the one to get right now!
- High Resolution 1080P Camera takes high quality photos and videos, that are great for sharing
- Smaller and rounded design that easily fits in any interior
- Responsive laser pointer let's you play with your pet from anywhere
- Easy integration with Petcube Bites to treat your cat or dog
- Cloud recording service is not free
- Requires good internet connection for high res video feed.