Friday, July 19, 2013

Product Review: Motorola MBP33 Baby Monitor with Infrared Night Vision and Zoom 2.8"

This past weekend some dear friends came into town to attend a wedding bringing with them their little girl. My husband is a saint and agreed to watch their little girl both evenings since my ability to participate in childcare is minimal at this time {oh bed rest}. 

We had fun practicing our parenting skills with an 8 month-old girl {like showing my husband how to change a diaper for the first time!} She is adorable and already pushing to stand on her own in the middle of the floor and trying to take a few steps - amazing! {PT FYI - average age for walking is 11.5 months, however that is an average of a very large range. She is definitely on the "early" side for taking steps.}  She loved playing with our dog, and our sweet lab was pretty awesome with her as well {minus some paci stealing...going to need to work on that or we will be washing a lot of pacis over here}. Despite being limited in my ability to provide childcare, I was physically capable of checking out their baby monitor while they were here.




Specs:
  • 200 meter range
  • 2.8" color LCD screen
  • Infrared night vision
  • Room temperature display
  • 2-way communication
  • 5 lullabies that you can play remotely

Things I like:
  • Large screen with night vision
  • It's secure with data encryption (no worries about the neighbor's picking up on your signal)
  • 5 LED sound activated lights (visually indicates sound level in the room)
  • Room temperature (given our upstairs is much warmer than downstairs it's good to know exactly what the temperature is in the nursery)
  • Out of range warning - although it never went off in our house

Thoughts: 
  • The night vision is just "okay", however it's very functional. I have been able to see if the little girl is moving around and if her chest is rising or falling. In other words, the important stuff is visible.
  • Without the manual, the monitor was not very intuitive to use. I couldn't figure out how to turn on the lullabies and it took some button mashing to find out how to get the video to re-appear after it went into standby mode. 
  • It is a pretty expensive, even for a video monitor. Currently it's on Amazon for $179.97 and at buybuybaby.com for $179.99. If you want the pan, tilt, and zoom features you have to upgrade to the MBP36 which retails for $239+ depending on the retailer. There are other quality options available that don't cost as much. 
Overall, this is a very nice monitor with all of the basic features plus some really neat extras. You also have the flexibility of purchasing an additional camera if there is need for monitoring another room. This monitor has all of the extras you could desire, however you definitely pay for all of the features.



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