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Price: $250 list | Available for $179 from Amazon
Pros: Good image quality, above average range, great pan/tilt/zoom, easy to use
Cons: No sound activation, relatively few features
Bottom line: A good video monitor, but not our favorite
Manufacturer: Summer Infant, Inc.
The Summer Infant Baby Touch is a solid performing monitor. It's very easy to use with a touch-screen operated menus to control pan/zoom/tilt features. It includes a talk-to-baby feature and like the Motorola Digital Video it uses a motorized camera to pan and tilt the camera which provide a huge viewing range. Image quality is very good, above average, as is the range. If it weren't for the fact that the identically priced Motorola Digital Video monitor outperformed it on most tests, we'd have nothing but good things to say about this monitor. If you already own this monitor, you've made a great choice. It's a keeper. But, if you are looking to buy, take a close look at the Motorola Digital Video monitor first.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
You could easily mistake the Baby Touch for an older model iPhone in a photo, or even seeing it on the countertop. It's a great video monitor with solid performance across our range of tests.
There is a lot of love about the Baby Touch. It's the easiest to use video monitors we tested. You pretty much plug it in and you are up and running. Controlling the camera and features is easy due to the touch-screen controls (when you touch the screen, buttons appear around the image giving you control over pan/tilt/zoom functions, as well as controlling multiple camera use if you expanded your system up to 4 cameras to allowing to view additional rooms or more than 1 child at a time. Talk-to-baby has it's own dedicated button on the side, worked well and is a nice feature.
The monitor works well in mounted on a shelf, or for the best view of the crib for newborn infants, we recommend you take advantage of the Baby Touch's wall mounting option, placing the camera in position to look down on the crib. In all cases, please take care to assure that the power cable is properly secured and well out of reach to avoid creating a strangulation hazard.
The 3.5 inch LCD screen is pleasantly large and image quality was above average in our tests. Niether the image quality or sound clarity was as good as the Motorola Digital Video monitor, but it was more than adequate and above average in our tests.
Range was also very good, above average, but like image quality and sound clarity, not as good as the competing Motorola Digital Video monitor. While those two top performing monitors appear nearly tied in our indoor wall torture test, there was a huge difference in our open field range test. And, when we moved the camera and parent unit around the house, we found many situations where the Motorola had clear uninterrupted communication, but the Baby Touch has lost the signal.
We were disappointed that the Baby Touch offered no sound activation feature. We feel this feature is important and in a premium monitor above $200, we frankly expect it.
Even though we like the Baby Touch a lot, it was outperformed in most of our tests by the identically priced Motorola Digital Video monitor. Feature for feature, and looking at specs as well as our test results, the Baby Touch is not differentiated versus the Motorola despite being a very fine video monitor. We fail to see why you'd be better off buying the Baby Touch when a stronger performing monitor, offering slightly more features, is available at the same price.
— RJ Spurrier
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Most recent user review: November 6, 2012
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