Arlo Essential XL Spotlight camera boosts battery life to a full year

$20 more than the non-XL model and double the battery life.

Arlo Essential XL Spotlight goes live
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The Arlo Essential XL Spotlight has just been unveiled - a smart security camera that has an impressive year long battery life.

That's according to its makers, at least, with the newest member of the Arlo Essential range coming in at just $20 more than the regular Arlo Essential Spotlight camera, which was released earlier this year.

We say "at least" because Arlo states that the non-XL version of the Spotlight smart security camera has a 6-month battery life but, during our review testing, we found it needed a charge at least once a month.

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The spec sheet on the XL is exactly the same as what you get with its older sibling.

So that's a high-powered spotlight, color night vision, 12x digital zoom, 300 foot line of sight, built-in siren, and all the advanced software features, such as live streaming, smart alerts, rich notifications, and customizable motion zones.

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It also works with Alexa, so you can view footage on Alexa-enabled screens, set up motion announcements on Echo speakers, and use motion at the camera to trigger a routine. And it integrates with Google Assistant, allowing you to see a livestream in the Home app or on a screen, but there's no HomeKit compatibility.

The key thing with the Arlo Essential range is that it works directly with your router over Wi-Fi. There's no need for an Arlo base station; an element of the Arlo ecosystem that has, in the past, meant the brands top security cameras - the likes of the Arlo Pro 3 and Arlo Ultra - have been at the top-end, price-wise, of the market.

If you do have an Arlo system already installed, you can hook up the Essential cameras though for local storage recording, an enhanced camera range and an improved battery life.

The Arlo Essential XL Spotlight costs $149.99 - global prices are still TBC - and pre-orders are open now. Shipping is expected to begin in October.

Arlo also announced that a non-Spotlight version of the Essential camera is incoming, and will cost just under $100 when it goes on sale later this year.

It's been a busy couple of months for the San Jose company - which used to be part of Netgear but went its own way a couple of years back.

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell was revealed earlier this month - looking exactly the same, and featuring the same feature set, as the wired Arlo Video Doorbell.

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