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Price: $250 list | Available for $240 from Amazon
Pros: Best video monitor we tested, excellent range, great pan/tilt/zoom, top-notch clarity in both sound and video, easy to use
Cons: No way to adjust sound activation sensitivity
Bottom line: Editors' Choice winner for video baby monitor. Highly recommended.
The Motorola Digital Video baby monitor won our Editors' Choice award for best video monitor. We tested the 3.5 Inch Color LCD (MBP 36) version. It beat all the other video monitors in overall score as well as in most individual categories. Offering terrific range, superb clarity in both video image quality and sound quality, a full set of features, and fall-off-a-log easy-to-use operation. If you are looking for a video baby monitor, you won't be disappointed with the Motorola Digital Video monitor. Read on for the full comparison and review details.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
We loved the Motorola Digital Video 3.5 inch monitor best of all the video monitors we tested. It flat out trounced the competition. If you are contemplating this model, but put off by the price, you might be interested in the lower cost Motorola Digital Video 2.8 inch model.
Range is challenge that causes most video monitors to suck wind like a heavy smoker on a treadmill. But the Motorola Digital Video monitor shined, offering better range than all of the video monitors and most of the sound-only monitors too. This was most demonstrated in our open-field test where the Motorola shocked us by working at over 2,000 foot distance. While we feel the indoor-test range is actually more important, we were still impressed.
Awesome Image Quality
The dessert in our love-fest with the Motorola Digital Video monitor was crystal clear sound and best-in-class video image quality. The Motorola offered better sound quality than any other video monitor, and within shorter range was just as good as the very best sound monitor, the Philips Avent DECT.
Terrific Ability to Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Easy-to-Use and Set-up
Set-up was fast and easy. We found working the set-up menus a breeze too.
The monitor includes the ability to display the temperature in baby's room, play one of six lullaby tunes, and a Talk-to-Baby feature.
The one feature we were disappointed to find missing a sound activation feature. We feel this is very helpful feature and on a monitor of this price point, we'd expect it to be included. The monitor's sound is relatively free of static, that the absence of the feature is less of an issue than it could be, but the inability to filter out background sound noise may impact your sleep.
When baby is a toddler, we think you'll prefer a shelf mounting on a high corner cabinet or shelf where the Motorola's panning ability will give you a complete view of the room.
Which Model to Choose?
Motorola offers several models of their digital video monitor in addition to the 3.5 inch LCD screen model we reviewed (MBP 36).
Motorola makes additional cameras available. These can be very useful if you want to watch multiple rooms at once. The parent units can support up to four cameras.
The Motorola Digital Video monitor offers best-in-class performance in a simple-to-use and easy-to-set-up package. We recommend it.
— RJ Spurrier
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Most recent user review: April 9, 2012
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