Block Cop is a HD video camera and audio recorder disguised as a USB charging block. Does it work as advertised? Here is our Block Cop review.
About Block Cop
Block Cop is a USB charger that also contains a hidden wide angle high definition video camera and audio recorder. The official website is buyblockcop.com, with a registration date of June 2016. The screen capture below was taken of the product website in July 2017.
Claims & Features
- Easy to use (plugs into a standard outlet and starts recording)
- Contains a 32 gigabyte hard drive
- View recordings by connecting the USB cord into your computer
- Does not require setup, software, or batteries
- Camera is wide angle and HD
- USB also charges devices while it’s recording
Block Cop costs $39.99. There is an optional double offer for a separate fee of $19.99 which would bring the total to $59.98. Shipping is free on both offers.
Block Cop Review
Block Cop is an unassuming USB charger that doubles as a spy camera. It is an affordable and discreet way to monitor areas of your home or office while you are not there. To use Block Cop, you simply plug it into any wall outlet and it will begin working right away. The device will begin recording with any detected movement up to 100 feet away, which should be sufficient for most homes. Sound and audio will both be recorded, and it can be viewed on any computer by simply plugging the devices into a USB port. No special software is needed and no batteries are required (as it’s powered by the outlet). The 32 gig storage capacity should deliver about 6 hours of video.
These USB “spy” devices are surprisingly effective. The design and function are basic, but should work for most people about as advertised. It looks and functions as a standard USB charger, perhaps slightly larger than average, but by no means obvious. The hardest part of using Block Cop isn’t in the device itself, but finding an outlet with a clear view of the area you want to monitor. Fortunately, the field of view is wide enough that you should be able to capture most of the action in a room from a single vantage point. In my case, most of my wall outlets are concealed or have obstructed views by furniture, so finding a good outlet is a challenge to me.
Overall, I like the design and function of Block Cop. I feel that consumers who see the advertising for this product will not be disappointed. There are lots of potential uses for this besides just watching the inside of your home. For example, I can imagine taking this on vacation with me to monitor my hotel room’s cleaning staff while I’m away. I’m not sure if it would be ideal in all of the situations demonstrated in the commercial, like the thief stealing a package from the front door. In my case, I have no outlet near my front door, and I think a USB charging block outside may look a bit unusual.
The $40 price tag for Block Cop is competitive with other similar devices I’ve seen, discussed below.
The website registration date of June 2017 tells me that Block Cop is likely being test marketed, which means the offer, name, features, and availability could all change. I’ll continue to monitor this product and update this space if anything changes.
There is certainly no shortage of spy cameras, in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges, and there are quite a few wall charger cameras to choose from. This $61 wall charger spy camera has the most consumer reviews, offers the same design and features as Block Cop, and currently holds a lukewarm 3.4 star rating among consumers.
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