Each of our days follow a similar pattern. We get up, we go to work, we come home, we eat, we relax and then we sleep. It sounds pretty dull, but these are the events that make up the bulk of our lives. But when you think about them, these events offer many memorable moments that just get forgotten in the day-to-day bustle of life. Someone says something funny, a family pet does something unexpected, or your kids decide to so do something amazing that you wish you could watch back over and over again.
So let’s take a look at the ‘Circle’- it’s a network camera designed to capture just these kind of events. As this particular device arrives with Logitech’s new ‘logi’ branding, it comes packaged in a bright turquoise blue cube with a picture of ‘Circle’ emblazoned upon it.
The new branding works well and in the packaging, there’s a nod to Apple for sure, but if anything, the impactful colour blocking is more appealing.
Remove the top of the box and you are met with the camera itself. Once this is removed, lift the flap and you’ll find the remaining contents, consisting of a magnetic base, charging ring with a 10ft USB cable and a small ‘wall wart’ with a European and UK plug attachment. The camera actually reminds me a little of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Logitech Circle is a small camera, about the size of a tennis ball, but it feels well made and the materials used work well. Sat on its own, it looks pretty cool and it’s quite easy to forget its there – it’s very discreet.
The front of the camera consists of the central lens with a 135 degree viewing angle, which records video at 720p (with an 8 x digital zoom available by pinching the screen), an outer black ring which contains the LED’s for ‘night vision’ and a small light at the top which give you an indication of the status of the camera itself. Omni-directional microphones are integrated for audio recording duty.
The camera can be tilted on its Y-Axis just over 90 degrees, so when standing on its base, it can either look straight up or slightly lower than its position. The base of the camera has an on/off switch and the connector pins for charging.
The charging base comes in two parts, a ‘ring’ with the charging elements sits on the magnetic base plate which holds the camera firmly in place when sitting on a flat surface. Handily, the magnetic base can also be attached to metal surfaces – like the front of a fridge, or a radiator to give you many more positioning options. You are also supplied with screws if you want to mount the magnetic plate permanently on a wall.
Connectivity is handled with either the most common 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, or if you have it, the faster 5 GHz band (if you have a dual-band router, I strongly suggest connecting the Circle via the 5 GHz band).
So the Logitech Circle is well packaged, well presented and well equipped – but how does it feel in use?