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3.0 out of 5 stars No static, but several small problems, August 29, 2011
This review is from: Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor, White (Baby Product)
It does the basics of what it's supposed to do quite well. It lets you listen to what's going on in your baby's room very clearly. The radio transmission is reliably free of static, even in our house with way too much metal in the walls. I would have expected that if it did this well (which it does), that's all I need in a baby monitor. Turns out there are so many other small problems with it that I have mixed feelings about it.

First off, it's really quiet. Even with the volume turned all the way up, you can't hear baby's small wimpers that indicate she's starting to wake up, unless the room where you're listening from is nearly silent. Other baby monitors are so loud they're fine to use in rooms with several people holding a conversation. This one you need to pay extra attention to. With other baby monitors this wouldn't be a deal breaker, because there's usually a visual indicator of the volume level too.

The Angelcare also has a visual indication of the volume level in the room. But the color LCD display is very difficult to read because it has a tiny viewing angle. If the monitor is on a table, and you're standing, the display always appears to have all of its indicators on. (All bars, 88 in the number display.) You need to be almost at eye level with it, or have it pointing straight at you to be able to read it. So you can't count in using the visual display to see when baby's waking up either. I prefer the kinds which have bright lights that tell you there's something going on that you can see even in the middle of a rock concert.

Also, the out of range feature is simply bizarre. Most baby monitors will start complaining loudly to you if they lose signal and are no longer tracking what's going on in baby's room. Angelcare has this feature, but implemented in a way that I don't understand at all and makes it somewhat dangerous. There's a switch on the transmitter unit (the one in baby's room) which says whether or not the out-of-range alarm should be active. The parent / listening unit has no indication whether the alarm is active or not. So if you take the monitor out of range, the alarm might sound telling you that you're out of range, or the monitor might remain silent with no indication that anything is wrong. No indication at all. There isn't even an icon telling you that the out of range alarm is disabled. Again, let me emphasize something because it makes no sense. This isn't a switch you throw on the listening unit to make it shut up because it's annoying you that you're out of range, maybe because you know and don't care. It's a switch on the baby's room unit. Moreover, the switch is easy to move by mistake, and doesn't even light a light or anything saying it's gone into dangerous mode. I have taped mine into safe mode.

Aside from these problems it's got neat features. Seeing the temperature in the baby's room is kinda nice. The rechargeable batteries it comes with are nice. The sound quality is good. It does the basics right, but is flawed in the features.
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2012 8:48:48 PM PST
I completely agree. The volume is a very bad issue, so much that I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with a baby or infant. I would only use this for a toddler or older. Also the viewing angel is very bad up and down. Side to side it is not that bad, but still it should have a least 45 degree from all angles. I am tempted to return this, but I think it will just suffice for my 2 ½ year old.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 6:32:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2012 6:34:53 AM PDT
Ben says:
I agree that the small viewing angle of the screen is a real nuisance. Trying to catch a glimpse of the screen from across the room is almost always impossible. The switches on the room monitor are a nuisance when travelling; very easy to switch on and kill batteries--so the batteries always need to be removed when in a suitcase. The volume is fine IMO as I don't need to hear ever little peep; I just want to hear when he's upset. Even though this has worked just fine for me, I would search for a different monitor if buying again to avoid some of these issues.
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