Simple home surveillance is an appealing idea — who doesn't want to be able to check on their kids while at work or make sure the house is still standing while on vacation? But unfortunately, none of the solutions have actually been very appealing — the options have either been too expensive or captured low quality footage.

Dropcam aims to find a middle ground with the new $149 Dropcam HD, one of the more powerful gadgets to hit the do-it-yourself home surveillance market. It lets you set up a camera and check on it from almost anywhere, and also adds DVR functionality, sharing options, two-way audio, and 720p video to the mix. Is now the time to spring for some basic home surveillance? And how’s the peace of mind? Read on for the full review.