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Overpriced and too quiet - try the Sony BabyCall first
on August 27, 2012
Having read the other reviews, I feel the need to clarify a couple of things. Honestly, when I read 7 or 8 reviews that all use the same cheesy language ("wireless freedom!" "crystal clear sound!"), written within a few days of each other, and all giving a product 5 stars, I get really skeptical really fast about how genuine those reviews may - or may NOT - be. For the record, I bought the Samsung Secured at a Target in Orlando, while on vacation, after my Sony Baby Call spent an unfortunate evening with an electrical storm. I am evaluating the Samsung based on previous use with a Baby Call, Summer Secure Sleep, Safety First Glow & Grow, and Safety First Crystal Clear.
1) "Wireless" is both a half-truth and not really an advantage over anything. Why? Because most baby monitors on the market right now have the exact same DECT "wireless" technology. This monitor works on a battery, which needs to be plugged in regularly to charge. Yes, you can unplug it and walk around the house during the day, but if you are going to use it at night, you will need to plug it in or run the risk of it dying while you are fast asleep. The piece that goes in your child's room is not wireless. Every basic monitor available right now functions this way.
2) Sound quality is not the only aspect of a baby monitor that matters. This is easily the quietest monitor that I have tried thus far. What is the point of decent sound quality, if you can't actually HEAR it over the dishwasher, shower, or other children? Despite the glowing reviews, I found that my child still sounds far away over this monitor. There isn't much true interference, but there is a buzz that is constant no matter where I try to use it (including our hotel on vacation, our home, and my mother's house). I also find it annoying that the receiver takes a good 10-15 seconds to pair with the transmitter, every time you turn it on. Meaning I don't ever have instant sound. Not cool, Samsung.
3) The cost. Seriously? It's a standard monitor, with no advanced functions or video capability, and yet it is 2-3x the cost of comparable units. Why the ridiculous price tag???
On top of those issues, I find that the green lights on this monitor are VERY bright. I have to turn it to face away from me at night, or the lights will keep me from sleeping. Not a very pleasant discovery for a sleep-deprived mother of young children. Especially given that the already too-quiet monitor is even more difficult to hear when facing away.
Bottom line: There is no ACTUAL advantage of this monitor over any other I have tried, and in fact, it falls short of my experience with the Baby Call. Given the inflated price tag, in the end, you really are just paying for the name. Do yourself a favor and try a Sony Baby Call first. You will see a number of reviews (including mine) that mention interference, but in the case of the Sony, you can (in most cases) simply adjust the channel (as opposed to the Samsung, which only gets so loud). The sound quality really IS great, and oh yeah - the Baby Call is HALF the price.