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Hello Baby HB65 Review

Good dedicated monitor if WiFi is not an option
Hello Baby HB65
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $130 List | $89.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Lower price for dedicated, better sound, good video
Cons:  Shorter range, fewer features, less vibrant color
Manufacturer:   Hello Baby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 25, 2022
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  • Range - 20% 5.0
  • Sound Clarity - 20% 6.0
  • Video Quality - 30% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0
  • Battery life - 10% 9.0
  • Features - 5% 6.0

The Skinny

The Hello Baby HB65 is a dedicated video monitor that doesn't require the internet. This option has exceptional battery life, better-than-average video quality, and good sound. It is relatively easy to use and has enough features to get the job done without the confusion of more bells and whistles. This monitor is more expensive than some impressive WiFi options, though it is inexpensive for a dedicated style monitor. It also doesn't offer exceptional video you've likely grown used to on your smart device. However, it does have acceptable visuals. This option is straightforward and basic, but this could be exactly what you want or need depending on your goals, making it one to add to your dedicated monitor shortlist.

Editor's Note: We gave this gear review on update on March 25, 2022, with more details to help you find the best monitor for your needs.

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Pros Lower price for dedicated, better sound, good videoWiFi range, lots of features, great images, easy to useLower price, internet connectivityNo WiFi needed, WiFi & dedicated in one, large screen, better range, longer batteryCheaper, good battery life
Cons Shorter range, fewer features, less vibrant colorSub-par sound, higher price, internet dependantChallenging to setup, disappointing sound, subpar videoPrice, subpar sound, disappointing videoShorter range, few features, manual camera adjustment
Bottom Line Good dedicated monitor if WiFi is not an optionCool WiFi option with all the bells and whistles that is easy to useFrustrating to use option with poor video and sound compared to other WiFi monitorsHigher scoring dedicated option, but other WiFi options scored higher and have better performanceSomewhat average monitor with no standout features or visuals
Rating Categories Hello Baby HB65 iBaby Care M7 WiFi Owlet Cam Eufy SpaceView Anmeate SM24
Range (20%)
5.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
5.0
Sound Clarity (20%)
6.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Video Quality (30%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
6.0
3.0
7.0
7.0
Battery life (10%)
9.0
10.0
10.0
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9.0
Features (5%)
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9.0
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5.0
Specs Hello Baby HB65 iBaby Care M7 WiFi Owlet Cam Eufy SpaceView Anmeate SM24
Communication Technology 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Indoor Range Test 4 Walls
65 Feet
Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity 5 Walls
77 Feet
4 Walls
65 Feet
Open Field Range Test 800 Feet Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity 850 Feet 600 Feet
Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!) 1000 Feet Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity 460 Feet
Max Sound 76.3 db 82 db 93 db 91 db 82.4 db
Screen Size 3.2" n/a n/a 5" 2.4"
Max # of Cameras 4 Not Listed (Unlimited?) Multiple (Amount not given) 4 4
Temperature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Movement Detection No Yes No No No
Sound Activation Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Talk-to-Baby Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pan/Tilt/ Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Zoom
Battery Life 14 hrs n/a n/a 12 hrs 14 hrs
EMF @ 6 Feet from Camera 0.83 V/m 1.42 V/m 0.82 V/m 1.8 V/m 1.67 V/m
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 30 Day 1 Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Hello Baby is a younger juvenile product company with a beginning in 2017. Their current focus seems to be on video monitors, accessories, and compatible replacement camera. The website is limited, but the English translation seems to indicate it is a foreign-based company.

Performance Comparison



Hello Baby HB65 video monitor - the range on the hello baby is about average for the group.
The range on the Hello Baby is about average for the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


The Hello Baby HB65 has an adequate range depending on the size of your home or the distance between the nursery camera and parent monitor. The manufacturer has a claim of a 1000 ft connection between units.


In our tests, we started having connectivity issues closer to 700 feet in an open field test and lost the connection entirely at 800 ft. For the indoor range, the manufacturer lists 165 ft. We were able to keep connectivity up to 65 feet between 4 walls. While not super impressive, it is average for the dedicated-style video monitors in our tests.

Hello Baby HB65 video monitor - the sound and visual quality of the hello baby is better than most...
The sound and visual quality of the Hello Baby is better than most of the dedicated options we tested.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Audio / Visual


The Hello Baby HB65 has better than average visuals and audio for a dedicated monitor. While it can't compete with the HD quality of some of the WiFi video monitors, none of the dedicated monitors we've tested do.


The Hello Baby has a maximum decibel level of 76.3 dB. This level is fairly low, but it is pretty clear compared to the competition. Most of the competition earned below-average results for sound, so it is refreshing that this option is better than most. The sound is well balanced, but there is some background rattle. It has sound activation, noise filtering, and adjustable sensitivity that all work fairly well.

Hello Baby HB65 video monitor - the daytime images of the hello baby are clear enough to tell if...
The daytime images of the Hello Baby are clear enough to tell if your baby needs help, but they aren't 100% accurate with the real world.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Hello Baby earned relatively good scores for the dedicated monitors in visual quality. While the WiFi options are often 1080p and HD, the dedicated monitors are less impressive. However, compared to similar options, this one isn't too shabby. Day images a fairly clear, and the colors, while muted, are accurate to the color chart in our tests. Zooming in results in less clarity and loss of detail, but you'll be able to see if your baby is in distress.

Daytime images of the Hello Baby lose some clarity when you use the...
Daytime images of the Hello Baby lose some clarity when you use the zoom feature.
Night images on the Hello Baby lack all clarity and detail, making...
Night images on the Hello Baby lack all clarity and detail, making it a poor choice if seeing your baby's open eyes is a priority.


Night vision on the Hello loses some clarity and depth with fuzzier images than daytime visuals. The brightness is good, but it doesn't match the details of the WiFi products. This option does offer some of the best visuals in our tests out of the dedicated monitors.

Hello Baby HB65 video monitor - the user interface on the hello baby is fairly intuitive and a quick...
The user interface on the Hello Baby is fairly intuitive and a quick glance at the instructions should give you the information you need to use the monitor.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Hello Baby HB65 has a quick and simple setup that requires plugging the components in and turning them on. They automatically pair and can be used immediately without worrying about downloading apps or setting up accounts. No need to worry about hooking up to the internet or password problems.


The user interface on the Hello is fairly straightforward, with easy-to-access directional buttons and a menu. Camera switching, microphone, and zoom are all on the parent unit without navigating a menu. The menu is a single level, which is better than others, and you can see all of the options on the bottom of the screen.

Battery Life


The HB65 parent unit has an extended battery life that lasted well over 14 hours in our tests under normal use.


The manufacturer claims 6 hours, so more than double the claim in real-world use is a nice change of pace.

Hello Baby HB65 video monitor - the hello baby has 2-way talk to baby and zoon features located on...
The Hello Baby has 2-way talk to baby and zoon features located on the front of the baby unit.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Features


The Hello Baby HB65 can be paired with up to 4 cameras for monitoring multiple children or areas of coverage.


It has temperature sensors within one degree of our room thermometer for accuracy. It features 2-way communication with baby and true pan, tilt, and zoom features not found on all cameras in this review. It also features sound activation, screen sleep, and noise filtering.

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels


The Hello Baby HB65 has an average EMF reading at a distance of 6 ft from the baby camera of 89 V/m. This result is better than the average for the group, making it a potential option for parents worried about EMF exposure. Also, placing the camera at the maximum distance away from the baby where it will still work effectively can decrease the EMF exposure.

Should You Buy the Hello Baby HB65?


If you want a straightforward dedicated video monitor, we think this is the one in our lineup that can do the job the best. This simple unit is easy to use and set up with a video that is good enough to see the details you need. It has a useful range for a dedicated option and a fairly long battery life. While it doesn't have the bells and whistles of the WiFi models, we think it offers the features parents really use and find valuable.

What Other Video Monitor Should You Consider?


If dedicated is your monitor type of choice, we think this is the one. But if you'd like something with more features or WiFi technology, then the iBaby Care M7 WiFi could be the better option for your needs. This monitor has clear video, range wherever there is an internet connection, and allows you to see your little one from work on out on a date night. If you care less about the baby features and more about long-term use or budget, the Nest Cam Indoor WiFi is a better potential choice as it is a top performer and has a reasonable price with excellent video quality.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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