Having tested every Arlo platform from day one to Ultra, Logitech Circle, Circle 2 and countless standalone NVR and single camera solutions I must say I'm truly impressed with UniFi Protect. Starting from the top, the hardware enjoys a certain level of build quality, fit and finish that we don't normally see simply because this market is heavily contested from a whole host of vendors that are competing based on price and features. Ubiquiti is held to these standards but on another level as most of their customers are businesses like hospitals that want that extra level of finish so their networking and security solution blend into the ecosystem.
Speaking on performance, the UniFi Protect app in my experience is one of the quickest and most well-designed solutions I have used. From the beginning, the app guides you through setup of the Cloud Key followed by each camera allowing you to name and customize and transitioning into the dashboard all your cameras are available to view instantly. Furthering the experience, UniFi Protect has one of the best solutions for viewing live and past recording on the camera; with a touch of the screen on the camera you want to check you simply move your finger up or down and time lapse will show you every time motion was detected. You can then download a video clip to your mobile device if needed.
Closing this out, most of you would never think of Ubiquiti as being a cost-effective solution for your own home security. Most would assume the cost involved would be far greater than consumer level solutions like Arlo Pro etc. Looking at the current MSRP, for a single camera setup Arlo Pro is going to run you $249 and same change. Base cost for Cloud Key Gen 2 Plus and the G3 Flex is touching $279.99, add a second G3 Flex you are at $360 and a third $440. At this same time Arlo Pro is running $400 for two cameras and $530 for three. On this same note UniFi Protect offers a wide range of cameras both 1080p and 4K to fit your needs whatever they may be, and they all work under the same base station, something Arlo cannot claim.
The Bottom Line
Ubiquiti's UniFi delivers with Protect, offering one of the best ecosystems for both home and business consumers to efficiently protect their property.