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Petcube Bites 2 Pet Camera Review

Our Final Verdict

We give Petcube Bites 2 Pet Camera a rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars.

 

Editor Rating: 4.0/5
Build Quality: 4.0/5
Ease of Use: 4.2/5
Features: 4.0/5
Price: 3.8/5

Review Summary

Do you know what your pets are up to when you’re not home? Do you ever worry about them creating a mess or suffering from separation anxiety? These are rather common problems that almost every pet owner faces. But now, you can have instant access to your pet, even when you’re far from home, with the Petcube Bites 2 pet camera. This innovative device lets you see everything your pet is up to in vibrant 1080p HD. Furthermore, you can communicate with your pet using the 2-way audio, allowing you to calm your dog down or even dispense treats when you’re not there to do so yourself.

This device is entirely controlled by smartphone. When you’re at work, you can check-in at any time, ensuring your dog is safe and comfortable. You can even further your training efforts by continuing training remotely, using the treat dispenser to reward good behavior, even though you’re not home! Granted, there’s a bit of lag between the time you tell the device to dispense a treat and when it actually happens, so there’s still some room to improve. But overall, this is an excellent device with a killer concept that allows you to deepen your bond with your pet while providing unequaled peace of mind.

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Petcube Bites 2 – A Quick Look

Petcube Bites 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser

Pros
  • 1080p HD video
  • 2-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Built-in treat dispenser
  • Controllable by smartphone
Cons
  • Slow dispensing of treats
  • Too much feedback if you’re close-by

Specifications

  • Brand Name: Petcube
  • Model: Bites 2
  • Smartphone support: iOS 11+ and Android 7.1.2+
  • Treat capacity: 1.5 pounds
  • Viewing angle: 160 degrees
  • Zoom: 4x
  • Audio: 2-way

HD Video Monitoring

The crux of the Petcube Bites 2 pet camera is the HD video monitoring, allowing you to see your pet in stunning 1080p high-definition video from anywhere in the world. Just download the smartphone app and you’ll be able to see what’s going on in your home remotely on your phone screen.

Wherever you place the Petcube, you’ll have a clear view of the entire room thanks to the wide viewing angle of 160 degrees. Automatic detection takes things even further, automatically triggering video recording when the device picks up either movement or sound.

2-Way Audio

But it’s not just video monitoring that makes the Petcube special. The 2-way audio takes things to another level, allowing you to communicate with your pet when you’re not there. Sure, your pet will probably be confused at first, hearing your voice without seeing you. You can think of it like talking to your dog through the phone, only for you, it’s more of a video chat since you can see them via the Petcube camera.

This allows you to calm your pet down with your voice; an especially important feature for anyone whose pet suffers from separation anxiety. You can even use this to enhance training, offering voice commands to your dog via the Petcube that you then reward with a treat.

Remote Treat Dispensing

Speaking of reward treats, one of the coolest features of the Petcube is the ability to dispense treats using your smartphone. This device has a treat canister on top that holds up to 1.5 pounds of treats for your pet, ensuring that you won’t have to fill it very often. Whenever desired, you can simply press a button on your smartphone to direct the Petcube to dispense a treat for your furry friend.

Lag and Feedback

But there’s a bit of a downside with the treat dispensing functionality of the Petcube: it’s got some notable lag. This can make it difficult to offer treats remotely as a reward. Dogs have very short memories and attention spans. For your dog to associate a reward with a particular behavior, the reward must come immediately following the desired behavior. Since there’s so much lag between the time you direct the Petcube to dispense a treat and when your pet actually gets a treat, it can make this difficult.

The other problem we noticed with the Petcube is feedback. If you attempt to use this device while in your home, you’ll probably be disappointed. While it works great talking to your dog through the 2-way communicator if you’re far from home, there’s a ton of feedback in the system if you’re close-by. Think of a concert where the microphone causes that screeching feedback through the PA system. Yeah, we’re talking about that kind of feedback. Does this ruin the device’s potential? Not by a mile. But it’s definitely a limitation to be aware of.

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FAQ

What kind of support can customers expect with the Petcube Bites 2?

When you purchase the Petcube Bites 2 pet camera, 12 months of 24/7 customer support are included. The device is also warrantied against defects in workmanship and materials for one year under normal use. Additionally, customer support may be reached live through the Petcube Bites 2 or by email.

Can you control how many treats are dispensed?

Yes. Using the included insert, you can easily adjust the number of treats that are dispensed each time. You can also adjust how far the treats are thrown.

Is the video stored for later reference?

Yes, video is stored for replay. 90 days of your video activity is stored on the cloud, which only you will have access to.

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What the Users Say

We always strive to bring you the most accurate reviews possible. To that end, we’ve done thorough research and testing on the Petcube Bites 2 pet camera. While we’re very confident in our opinions regarding this device, we realize that our opinions aren’t the only ones that count. So, in an effort to bring you the complete picture, we scoured reviews, comments, forums, and other dark corners of the internet to bring you opinions from other real-world users of the Petcube Bites 2.

Most users were beyond pleased with the Petcube Bites 2. Many said they had attempted to use cameras in the past to communicate with their dogs when they weren’t home, but had failed to get anything working properly. These users felt that the Petcube Bites 2 was the perfect solution to their problem.

We found that the ability to dispense treats to various distances was a useful feature for houses with more than one pet. They could dispense treats to different distances for each pet, ensuring that they all had a chance to receive a reward. That said, we did see plenty of complaints regarding the lag between directing the Petcube to dispense a treat and the actual dispensing of said treat.

Some users did report having problems getting the smartphone app to connect to the camera. While they found this frustrating, most also noted that the Petcube customer support was efficient and helpful at getting them connected.

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Conclusion

The Petcubes Bites 2 pet camera isn’t the only product on the market that will allow you to interact with your pets when you’re not home. But is it the best option for pet owners who can’t be home at all times? Quite possibly. It offers high-definition video streaming with 2-way audio and remote treat dispensing, allowing you to not only communicate with your pet when you’re not home but also to record your interactions and even reward them from afar.