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Anmeate SM24 Review

Somewhat average monitor with no standout features or visuals
Anmeate SM24
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $70 List | $57 at Amazon
Pros:  Cheaper, good battery life
Cons:  Shorter range, few features, manual camera adjustment
Manufacturer:   Anmeate
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Nov 24, 2020
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  • Range - 20% 5
  • Sound Clarity - 20% 6
  • Video Quality - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7
  • Battery life - 10% 9
  • Features - 5% 5

The Skinny

The Anmeate SM24 is a dedicated video monitor with a camera and parent unit. It has a quick and simple set up that automatically pairs and even the most technology confused folks should be able to manage the user interface. This monitor has one of the lowest prices in the group and a long battery life of over 14 hours. Unfortunately, this option has a shorter range than the average dedicated unit and the camera is only adjustable manually, which makes it somewhat limited. Also, it doesn't have many features and some parents may find this lack of features frustrating. Overall, we think for a little more money you'll be happier with a higher scoring option from our lineup.

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Pros Cheaper, good battery lifeAwesome images, face recognition, easy to use, lots of featuresInternet range, great images, versatile long term useWi-fi capable, budget-friendly, quality imagesGood visuals, lots of features, easy to use
Cons Shorter range, few features, manual camera adjustmentNot baby specific, expensive, poor sound, some features require subscriptionNo internet / no monitor, disappointing soundRequires internet, disappointing soundSound could be better, harder setup
Bottom Line Average option with fewer features and subpar visuals and soundGreat video and loads of feature but the price is high for features that aren't baby specificGreat camera with versatile uses that produces quality video and soundNo frills wi-fi with good visuals and a low priceIf you like Arlo products, this is a good one for long term use
Rating Categories Anmeate SM24 Nest Cam IQ Indoor... Nest Cam Indoor... LeFun 1080p Wi-Fi Arlo Baby
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Specs Anmeate SM24 Nest Cam IQ Indoor... Nest Cam Indoor... LeFun 1080p Wi-Fi Arlo Baby
Communication Technology 2.4 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
Indoor Range Test 4 Walls
65 Feet
Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity
Open Field Range Test 600 Feet Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity
Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!) Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity
Max Sound 82.4 db 86 db 86 db 85 db 93 db
Screen Size 2.4" n/a n/a n/a n/a
Max # of Cameras 4 10 Per Home with 3 Homes Per Nest App. Log In 10 Per Home with Unlimited Homes Not Listed (Unlimited?) 5 simultaneous video streams free.
Up to 20 cameras with paid subscription.
Temperature Yes No No No Yes
Movement Detection No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sound Activation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Talk-to-Baby Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pan/Tilt/ Zoom Zoom Zoom, Close-up tracking Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Zoom
Battery Life 14 hrs n/a n/a n/a n/a
EMF @ 6 Feet from Camera 1.67 V/m 0.91 V/m 0.92 V/m 0.84 V/m 0.75 V/m
Warranty 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 1 Year 1 Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Anmeate appears to owned by the same parent company as Hello Baby. The two websites have the same product descriptions and lineup with virtually identical products with different names. Their about us page is identical and we suspect you'll find the same customer support for either company.

Performance Comparison



The camera to parent unit range is limited with the Anmeate.
The camera to parent unit range is limited with the Anmeate.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


The Anmeate SM24 has below average range for the group. The manufacturer doesn't offer a claim for the range of this pairing. In our open field testing, this unit started to struggle for connection around 200 ft, this connection broke altogether at around 600 ft. Indoors, the Anmeate stopped working at 4 walls and 65 feet between the camera and parent unit. This might work for apartments and smaller homes, but given the shorter open field range, we suspect it will struggle more than the competition in most homes (as every home varies).

Night vision image on the Anmeate is fuzzy and lacks some of the...
Night vision image on the Anmeate is fuzzy and lacks some of the clarity we found in the Wi-Fi monitors.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Audio / Visual


The Anmeate SM24 offers average results for both audio and visual quality and clarity. The audio has a maximum decibel level of 82.4 with clarity peaking at around 82. It features sound activations with an eco-mode that turns off after about 15 seconds of no sound. It has three settings, low, mid, and high (eco). The sound is hollow overall and there is some rattle to it, but it is still better sound than that offered by the majority of the video competition. It also has sound activation/filtering that helps keep your bedroom quiet when the baby is quiet and it seems to work well in our tests.

The daylight images of the Anmeate are good enough to see what you...
The clarity of night vision images for the Anmeate is on par with...

The video quality for the Anmeate SM24 is on par with most of the dedicated competition. None of the dedicated monitors could compete with the Wi-Fi options which offered excellent visuals that were similar to real life and have the clarity to see breathing and open eyes. The SM24 is somewhat fuzzy and lacks color trueness in daylight images with a slight green tint overall. The lack of clarity gets worse in night vision with a bright spot in the center and little visuals around the perimeter. As the zoom feature is digital-only, it only makes things worse. The parent screen is so small, this also contributes to the lack of details you will be able to see.

The user interface on the Anmeate is easy to use and fairly...
The user interface on the Anmeate is easy to use and fairly straightforward.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Anmeate SM24 earned an average result for ease of use. It isn't hard to use, but there isn't much going on here either. Set up is simple and the camera and parent unit automatically pair when plugged in.

The side of the Anmeate parent unit has a power button while the...
The side of the Anmeate parent unit has a power button while the back houses the speaker.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The parent unit interface is simple and includes volume, brightness, zoom, microphone, and menu on the face. The buttons are large and rubber making them easy to see and feel in the dark. The menu is one level so there isn't a bunch of button pushing or menus inside menus to mess with.

Battery Life


The Anmeate SM24 parent unit has an impressive battery life, right around 14 hours under ordinary use. The camera does not have a battery and requires plugging in at all times. While some of the competition offers a battery backup for power failures, this model does not.

The Anmeate shows the room temperature on the parent unit at the top.
The Anmeate shows the room temperature on the parent unit at the top.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Features


The Anmeate SM24 doesn't offer many features beyond the minimum needed to see your little one in the nursery. You can pair this parent unit with up to four cameras.

The SM24 offers:
The parent unit on the Anmeate has a kickstand for easy set up on...
The parent unit on the Anmeate has a kickstand for easy set up on your nightstand.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

  • Temperature sensor
  • Sound activation
  • Talk to baby
  • Digital zoom
  • Kickstand

TEsting the Anmeate from 6 feet from the unit.
TEsting the Anmeate from 6 feet from the unit.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels


The Anmeate SM24 EMF levels in our tests have an average of 1.67 V/m with the reader 6 ft from the camera. To decrease the exposure to EMF you can move the camera the maximum distance from the crib where it will still function effectively (typically around 12 feet depending on the monitor). This average is on the high side for the video monitors with the average being closer to 0.89 V/m. If EMF is a concern to you and you are trying to limit or reduce your baby's exposure to EMF, then this is probably not the option for you.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz