Published 30/03/2014 | 02:30
MOTOROLA MBP8 €34.99
This digital audio monitor is one of the cheapest monitors on the market and has few of the features of many of the more expensive gadgets out there.
It is very easy to set up and use, with both units plugging straight into the wall socket – the benefit meaning no batteries will run out, but also meaning the adult base is not portable.
The product has simple on/off buttons, volume control, sound-sensitive lights on the parent unit, and a night light to comfort the little one if he or she awakens.
Users reported that the monitor picked up good sound quality while their baby was crying or talking loudly. But with the MBP8 only picking up sound from a certain level, some believe it might not reassure the parents of a newborn who might simply want to hear their baby breathing.
It has a range of 50m indoors with an 'out of range' warning light showing if you stray too far.
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This mid-range device boasts an intercom, room temperature monitor and night light.
It works well as you move around the house, with full audio signal in every room and in the garden, and an alarm ringing if you accidentally stroll out-of-range and far from the base unit.
It can run off the main and batteries, and boasts a belt clip for holding the parent unit as you go about your business.
Parents say the sound quality is outstanding, with sound-sensitive lights being very accurate if you need to turn the sound down.
It has an intercom allowing you to talk to your baby remotely, and the night light on the baby unit can be turned on or off from the parent unit. The temperature gauge is also a hit with parents, showing how hot or cold it is in your baby's bedroom.
It's easy to set up and use, with clear symbols and buttons.
MOTOROLA MBP36 €202
Back to Motorola, its MBP36 digital video monitor allows parents to watch their baby's every movement. The wall-mounted video camera is mains powered and can be panned and zoomed remotely, so mum and dad can keep an eye on their growing infant if it roams around the cot or room.
It also boasts five lullabies, a temperature monitor, a feeding alarm and talkback, so you can reassure and comfort baby remotely.
Offering a clear image of your child on a 3.5 inch screen, the device is easy enough to use and boosts good sound and an interference-free signal. Range is good indoors, but weakens outdoors, as does audio.
The video can be used in day or night, using infrared, with up to four cameras in rotation.
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