About Blue Hawk Dash Cam
With its 180-degree viewing angle, high definition video, built-in SD slot, and motion-activated recording, Blue Hawk Dash Cam can help protect you from bad drivers—and even vandalism. Which is why the manufacturer claims it “watches like a hawk.”
As soon as you start your start your car, Blue Hawk Dash Cam begins recording, and will continue doing so for up to 14 hours, with image stabilization and a date/time stamp. Blue Hawk will even begin recording as soon as motion is detected—even when you’re not driving—and it auto adjusts to help keep you safe when driving at night.
All of this means that, whether your car’s parked in the driveway or helping you get around town, you’ll have indisputable video and audio proof should you get in an accident, become the victim of road rage, receive a citation, and more.
There’s no doubt that having a dashboard camera can be useful in a lot of different scenarios. But are there any limitations or other considerations? Is Blue Hawk Dash Cam even a good choice? We’ll help you uncover the answers here.
The Recent Influx of Dashboard Cameras
Because dashboard cameras continuously record video of everything in front of a vehicle, they’ve been a mainstay in Russia for many years, primarily in response to rampant police corruption and insurance fraud. Recently, they’ve made their way west, so the HighYa team has watched as a massive influx of dashcams has entered the market, including the likes of Blue Hawk Dash Cam and DashCam Pro.
Pro tip: Except for the fact that it’s blue, Blue Hawk Dash Cam appears to be the exact same camera as DashCam Pro. We’ve talked about it before, but it’s not uncommon for nearly identical products to be sold by more than one ASOTV at the same time.
But this isn’t always the case. In fact, dashboard cameras have become so popular that you’ll find them in just about every imaginable size, shape, and color—even ones that attach to your rearview mirror, like HD Mirror Cam.
The point? If you’re in the market for a dashboard camera, make sure you don’t limit yourself to only a couple options you saw on TV. Instead, be sure to explore everything that’s out there; a great place to start might be DashCamTalk’s Dash Cam Buying Guide.
Alright, even though there are a ton of other options out there, are they all more expensive that Blue Hawk Dash Cam?
How Does Blue Hawk Dash Cam’s Price Compare?
One Blue Hawk Dash Cam is priced at $39.99 plus $7.99 S&H. Like most ASOTV products, you’ll be able to purchase a second Blue Hawk at checkout, just pay an additional $19.99 fee.
Comparatively, most of the competition will fall into the $60+ range, which makes Blue Hawk about $10 less expensive.
With each Blue Hawk, you’ll also receive a security window decal to let others know you’re protected (keep this in mind, because we’ll come back to it shortly).
All Blue Hawk Dash Cam’s come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H.
Pro tip: Keep these refund details in mind if you’re thinking about purchasing the BOGO offer. Why? Sure, you’ll get an extra Dash Cam for about half the price, but if you decide to process a refund, you could lose ¾ of your refund in S&H fees by the time you send it back.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to call Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655.
Is Blue Hawk Dash Cam a Quality Product?
Blue Hawk was a brand new product at the time of our research, and hadn’t been released long enough to garner any feedback. But, remember how we mentioned that it’s identical to DashCam Pro?
Here on HighYa, DashCam Pro had an average rating of 1.5 stars, based on 22 customer reviews. What did everyone say? Most complaints seemed to reference very long (2+ months) shipping times, with basically no help from customer service. In a distant second, a lot complained that the camera didn’t work properly once received. Many of these same complaints were noted on AsSeenOnTV.com and ComplaintsBoard.com.
From a company perspective (even though they appear to be identical products), DashCam Pro is manufactured by Inventel, while Blue Hawk Dash Cam is brought to you by Telebrands. Telebrands is the biggest company within the ASOTV industry, having made hundreds of popular products over the past 30+ years, including Lazer Bond and TouCan Can Opener.
Like most ASOTV companies, these products have an average rating of two stars on HighYa, with most complaints referencing one of three concerns:
- Product doesn’t work as advertised.
- Product is not high quality.
- Less-than-stellar customer service.
Telebrands also recently settled with the NJ Attorney General’s office to the tune of $550K for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act. As a stipulation of the settlement, Telebrands admitted no wrongdoing.
Taking all of this together, should you give Blue Hawk Dash Cam the green light?
A Few Takeaways About Blue Hawk Dash Cam
Key Dashcam Features
Remember the DashCamTalk buyer’s guide we referenced above? In it, the author recommends that you focus on 4 main aspects for any new dashboard camera you’re thinking about purchasing:
- Video Quality: You want 720p or 1080p (otherwise known as high definition), which Blue Hawk claims to deliver.
- Discreetness: They recommend using one that mounts behind the rearview mirror, instead of one that’s out in the open for all to see.
- Reliability: We’ll just quote the article directly, because we think they explained it perfectly: “If many users are having serious problems with a dash cam (sensor burning, blurry picture, recording hangs), you should look elsewhere.”
- Processor: Be sure to look for one with a quality CPU, CMOS sensor, and lens.
Of these features, we know that Blue Hawk records high-def video, and since it’s identical to DashCam Pro, it’s reasonable to assume you might experience many of the same delays and quality concerns. It’s also not very discreet.
Putting Some Perspective On Blue Hawk’s Features
ASOTV companies are masters at selling, so it could be easy to overlook some of Blue Hawk’s potential drawbacks. For example, sure, it might have a 120-degree wide angle, but that only relates to what’s occurring in front of your vehicle. But, what if someone vandalized/tried to break into your car through any of the doors? It—or its motion sensor and automatic recording—probably won’t do much good.
Speaking of which, what’s up with Blue Hawk’s security window decal? We had to ask ourselves, “What good will that do? You’re basically just advertising to potential thieves that you have valuable electronics inside your car!”
Also, because it’s recording everything in front of you car, you also won’t have any video evidence if you’re rear-ended, sideswiped, or t-boned.
In the end, having a dashboard camera can certainly prevent a lot of headaches and potentially save your insurance rates from increasing. But don’t expect it to be a foolproof solution, and—if customer feedback for essentially identical products is to be believed—Blue Hawk Dash Cam might not be the highest quality piece of electronics on the road.