Bing, bong…BORING! Even the most basic feature phones on the market have a better choice of ringtones than your house does…unless you have the new MP3 DJ Doorbell. It allows you to customize what you hear when folks come a-callin'. So make it rock, give it a groove or have it ironically incant "Ring My Bell," "Hells Bells" or "My Doorbell."
How it works: The door button unit takes a single 12V battery and sticks into a cover that you've screwed into the wall. Since the system's wireless, you don't need to worry about rewiring your house. The speaker unit — which runs on three AA batteries, or can alternatively be powered through its USB port — works up to 300 feet away. You can choose to either permanently mount it or move it room-to-room (or outside) as you like.
The included MP3 editing software allows you to select and copy onto an SD card exactly what parts of your favorite songs you want to play. When the unit's set to SD, pushing the door button has it attempt to find a song and play that. If none are loaded — or if you have the unit switched to internal memory — it'll automatically play one of its 32 preloaded polyphonic tones. Just to keep things fresh, every button push advances the playlist, so your next visitor will trigger a new song/tone.
Okay, so now that we've covered what it actually does, here's what we wish it did: Since Swann is known for their surveillance and security equipment, we'd like to see the addition of some kind of facial, voice and/or fingerprint recognition. Or perhaps a wireless solution using Bluetooth or NFC. However they do it, it'd be supercool to have a higher-end model that automatically triggers a personalized ringtone for whomever's at your door.