Tend Secure Lynx Pro Review

Looking for a smart indoor/ outdoor home security camera? You’ve come to the right place. Today I’m reviewing the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, which was just released a few days ago in March 2019. Since I liked the Tend Secure Lynx, I’m excited to see if the Pro is worth its $150 price tag, nearly three times as much as its predecessor.

In this review, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Tend Secure Lynx Pro— its video, audio, and night vision qualities, storage options, smart platform integrations and artificial intelligence features, as well as its convenience and overall value. Finally, I’ll break down the TendApp, available for both iPhone and Android, before outlining who I think the Tend Secure Lynx Pro would be good for. Let’s jump in!

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The Tend Secure Lynx Pro is an indoor/ outdoor camera with facial recognition, Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, and a week of free cloud storage. 

Promised Features

On the box, I can see that the Tend Secure Lynx Pro camera in an indoor/ outdoor camera with some great features, like:

  • 1080p HD video: The Tend Secure Lynx Pro has the industry standard for video display.
  • Two-way audio: Talk to whoever you’re recording with two-way audio.
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: Whether you’re in the Google or Amazon ecosystem, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro will integrate nicely with your smart home.

These are all awesome to hear, but let’s take this thing out of the box and see how it really works.

First Impressions

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro

Now, I hate to judge a book by its cover, but at first glance the Tend Secure Lynx Pro is a bit odd looking, especially if you look at it from the size. It’s sort of a funky rectangular shape, and with no separation between the camera and the base, it looks clunky to me. I much prefer the look of the Tend Indoor 2, which has a separate base and camera. Fortunately, the entire camera is only about a few inches tall, so it won’t be a huge eyesore for your home.

I will say that I do think the camera looks better in black over white, certainly more sleek and modern. You know what they say— the quickest way to look chic is to wear all black!

Looks aside, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro comes with a power adapter, a wall mount, as well as an overhang mount, so you have some flexibility when it comes to installation. I prefer a plug-in camera over a battery-powered camera because it means I won’t have to worry about the battery life running out. Of course, it means I’ll need to position my camera so it’s near AC power or an electrical outlet, so that’s something to keep in mind.

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Closeup

In addition, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro is an indoor/ outdoor camera with an IP rating of 65. If you’re not familiar, that means that it’s completely dust-tight, making it protected from all solids, plus, you can project water on it from up to a 6.3 mm nozzle with no bad effects. In English? The Tend Secure Lynx Pro should work in almost all weather conditions, although it can’t handle jets up to 12.55 mm or immersion in water. Aside from that, the camera is good from temperatures from negative four to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, which should cover pretty much all climates, save for the most extreme.

Necessary Features

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Necessary Features

Of course, I’m putting the Tend Secure Lynx Pro through Security Baron’s Necessary Features test. Let’s see how it stacks up!

Video

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Video Display

The Tend Secure Lynx Pro has 1080p HD video display, the industry standard, plus a field of view of 100 degrees, which is a bit narrow for me. Unfortunately the camera can’t zoom in optically at all, a minus. Due to the narrow field of view and the lack of zoom, I have to give the Tend Secure Lynx Pro half marks for video.

Audio

Want to have a conversation with whoever your Tend Secure Lynx Pro is recording? Fortunately, the camera comes with two-way audio, so you can do exactly that. Just use your Tend app and you can communicate whether you’re in the next room or on vacation in Thailand. For its two-way audio, I give the Tend Secure Lynx Pro full marks.

Night Vision

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Night Vision

With the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, you’ll get infrared night vision, which they claim works from up to 25 feet away. In my experience, the night vision was really clear, and I think the picture confirms that. Full marks!

Storage

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Night Vision Storage. Screenshot from website.

When it comes to storing my footage, I like to back it up in two ways— on a hard drive or USB drive locally, as well as on a cloud service. The Tend Secure Lynx Pro offers both local and cloud storage for up to seven days. Even better? It’s completely free! This is a great deal, as I’ve seen companies make you pay for less storage. Can you say full marks?

Smart Platform Integration

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Night Vision Storage Smart Platform Integrations on Box

The Tend Secure Lynx Pro integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you’ll be able to command it using your voice. I love that Tend works with both Amazon and Google, as these are by far the two most popular smart home platforms. Full marks!

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The Tend Secure Lynx Pro is an indoor/ outdoor camera with facial recognition, Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, and a week of free cloud storage. 

Artificial Intelligence

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro Facial Recognition on Box

Although artificial intelligence may sound like the stuff of science fiction, it’s actually one of our Necessary Features for home security cameras. Typically, it refers to person detection, which means that the camera can tell the difference between people and other moving objects like pets, cars, etc. The Tend Secure Lynx Pro takes it a step further. Not only do they offer person detection, but also facial recognition, so it can actually learn who your family and friends are and who may not be familiar. That means that you’ll receive incredibly specific notifications, not just that the camera detected movement but that your kids came home, or that there’s an unfamiliar face in your living room. When it comes to A.I, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro more than deserves full marks.

Convenience

When it comes to installing my Tend Secure Lynx Pro, I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. After I took the camera out of the box, I downloaded the app and added the Tend Secure Lynx Pro on to it. Then, I connected the camera to Wi-Fi, which is where I ran into some problems. Make sure you’re near your original router when you add the Tend Secure Lynx Pro to Wi-Fi, or else you’ll have some issues connecting.

Now that I finally connected to Wi-Fi, it was time to place my camera either indoors or outdoors. I simply placed it on a flat surface indoors, but with its 25-foot long cord, you can also mount it somewhere— it’ll just take more time. All in all, setting up the Tend Secure Lynx Pro was pretty easy, which is why I’m giving it full marks for convenience.

Value

The Tend Secure Lynx Pro is around $150, which is a pretty average price for security cameras. I love that it’s durable with a good battery life, generous storage options, and those handy-dandy smart platform integrations, so I think that this is a great value overall. Full marks!

Extras

That’s it for our Necessary Features, but the Tend Secure Lynx Pro has an extra feature that I want you to know about.

Failsafe Feature

If you’ve been paying attention, then you know that the camera is hooked up to a power adapter. So what happens if your power goes out or your Wi-Fi is disconnected? Tend is way ahead of you. In the event that power or Internet go out, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro can store up to three days worth of data. After everything’s back on, the data will be uploaded to the cloud. This is a really rare feature in a security camera, so I’m very pleased to see this.

The TendApp

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The TendApp

Since we’re talking smart home security here, you want to make sure that the camera comes with a user-friendly app. The TendApp, one word, has a 4.7 on the Apple store and a four-star rating on the Google Play store, both excellent ratings.

“It synced up with the app on my iPad through my wifi effortlessly. I also was able to check in with [my disable sister] when I was out on my iPhone. I can see her and talk to her and hear her. It also has a really clear picture during the day and at night in black and white,”

wrote an iPhone user in a five-star review. On the app, you’ll livestream footage, receive notifications, access cloud storage, speak through two-way audio, and can even check out a pet highlight reel. Sounds great to me!

Comparisons

Now I want to compare the Tend Secure Lynx Pro to two indoor cameras, the Canary All-In-One and the Nest Cam Indoor.

Canary All-In-One

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Canary All-In-One Closeup

At $109, the Canary All-In-One is about two-thirds of the price of the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, but keep in mind that it only works indoors. Let’s talk about what these cameras have in common. The Canary All-In-One and the Tend Secure Lynx Pro both have great infrared night vision, two-way audio, integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and person detection, although the Tend Secure Lynx Pro takes it a step further with facial recognition.

Now keep in mind that you’ll have to pay $9.99 to get two-way audio on the Canary All-In-One, another advantage of the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. Plus, while Tend gives you local storage and a week of free cloud storage, Canary only gives you 24 hours of cloud storage. To get local storage or 30 days of cloud storage, you’ll need to pay that $9.99. Don’t worry— you won’t have to pay it twice, as one Canary membership gives you two-way audio, local storage, 30 days of cloud storage, and more.

Now, an area that the Canary All-In-One has the Tend Secure Lynx Pro beat is video. While both cameras have the industry standard of 1080p HD, the Canary All-In-One lets you zoom in three times, while the Tend Secure Lynx Pro can’t zoom at all. On top of that, the All-In-One has a field of view of 147 degrees, 47 wider than that of the Tend Secure Lynx Pro.

If I had to choose, I’d go with the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. Sure, it has inferior video, but it’ll save you money in the long-run if you want local storage, more than 24 hours of cloud storage, or two-way audio.

To learn more, read our full review of the Canary All-In-One. 

Nest Cam Indoor

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Nest Cam Indoor

Finally, I’ll compare the Tend Secure Lynx Pro to the Nest Cam Indoor, about $50 more than the Tend Secure Lynx Pro at $199. What do these two have in common? Infrared night vision, two-way audio, and integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and person detection, to start. Of course, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro also has facial recognition, bringing its A.I capabilities to the next level. It also has the Nest Cam Indoor beat in terms of storage. While the Nest Cam has no local storage and only gives you three hours of cloud storage for free, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro gives you free local and cloud storage for a week. Plus, if you want more cloud storage with your Nest, it’s pretty pricey, a drawback of the Nest Cam Indoor.

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Nest Aware Storage

But similar to the Canary All-In-One, the Nest Cam Indoor has the Tend Secure Lynx Pro beat in terms of video. It can zoom in eight times compared to zero times with the Pro, plus, its field of view is 130 degrees, 30 degrees wider than that of the Pro. Both cameras were easy to set up but overall, I’d choose the Tend Secure Lynx Pro over the Nest Cam Indoor. Not only does it have superior artificial intelligence, but it also has more affordable cloud storage. Sure, the video quality is a bit worse, but with 1080p HD video, you’re still getting that industry standard.

To learn more, read our full review of the Nest Cam Indoor. 

Recap

Overall, I had a great experience with the Tend Secure Lynx Pro, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right indoor/ outdoor camera for everyone. Let’s break it down.

The Tend Secure Lynx Pro would be good for you if you’d like…

  • Free cloud and local storage: Tend is kind enough to give you a week of free cloud storage plus local storage, completely on the house.
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: Control the Tend Secure Lynx Pro using your voice alone.
  • Facial recognition: The Tend Secure Lynx Pro has impressive artificial intelligence capabilities.

But steer clear if the following are not okay with you…

  • No zoom: You won’t be able to zoom in optically on your Tend Secure Lynx Pro, meaning you can’t capture as much detail as some of its competitors.
  • Narrow field of view: I wish the Tend Secure Lynx Pro had a wider field of view; at only 100 degrees, it’s about 20 degrees below my standards.
  • Clunky design: They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this beholder is not thrilled with the look of the Tend Secure Lynx Pro.

Want to learn more? Read about the best home security cameras of 2019.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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