At first blush, there’s not a lot of difference between Kangaroo’s equipment and other security companies’ offerings. The aesthetic is similar to other brands like Ring Alarm and Wyze Home Monitoring—simple, sleek, and with those rounded corners I just can’t resist.
This brand also has some fun with its equipment names. Instead of offering boring, old key fobs, Kangaroo calls them Roo Tags. They do the same thing as a key fob, but they sound cooler.
What makes the siren and keypad combo so cool is that it’s not a hub for the system—it’s a stand-alone security device just like all of Kangaroo’s other equipment. Still, it's only available in a starter kits.
What makes Kangaroo’s window and door sensors better than most is that each one has a built-in motion sensor. You get the perks of two sensors in one. We like it.
Because each Kangaroo sensor also works as a motion detector, you don’t have to wait until something gets opened to get an alert. But the sheer volume of alerts can quickly get out of hand if you put one of these sensors in a high-traffic area.
We recommend thinking carefully about where you place these two-in-one babies. You can also adjust the alert settings when everyone’s at home so you don’t get dinged every time someone grabs a glass of water or heads to the restroom.
Best of all, you can get a Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor all by itself for just $30. And if you aren’t interested in alerts from your doors and windows, you can get a stand-alone Kangaroo Motion Sensor for $15.
This is the most exciting piece of equipment we’ve seen from Kangaroo—and we’ve got nasty camera hackers to thank.
In light of ongoing news about security cameras and baby monitors getting hacked, Kangaroo set out to create a different kind of camera. Instead of using a mere indicator light to signal if the camera is on, the Privacy Camera actually obscures the lens when it’s not in use.
It’s kind of like fogging up the bathroom mirror, only it’s on your security camera and you don’t have to trigger it with a steamy, hot shower. If the camera isn’t in use, the lens is basically fogged up so even if it did get hacked, the creepy hacker wouldn’t be able to see anything.
We got to see the Privacy Camera in action at CES, and it was pretty impressive. This is another example of Kangaroo thinking outside the standard home security box to address a very timely customer concern.
You can pick up a Privacy Camera on Walmart's website—Kangaroo doesn't even hve it on its own website. If you opt for a single camera, it’ll set you back a paltry $80.