On first unpacking this monitor, I likes the look of it- the handset is dinky and the base unit is small too.
As per the instructions I charged it for 24 hours - actually I charged it for about 32 hours as I was expecting the red battery shaped light at the top to turn green, but it never did - flaw one.
I then plugged the base unit in and turned on the parent (portable) unit, they linked really quickly and there is a green "link" light that shows up on the parent unit.
You can turn the volume up and down but you don't know how loud or quiet you have it until there is noise at the base unit - flaw two. (NB on the penultimate turning down of the volume you get a beep, and on the last one the red "mute" light comes on)
Sound - I put my baby down to sleep with his cot mobile on, strangely on the monitor I can hear him fidgeting louder than I can hear the cot mobile - even though the mobile is closer to the base unit! I now have it down to the lowest setting and I can hear my baby sighing! When he cries it is very loud even on the lowest setting (and he doesn't cry loudly, not at first anyway!)
Nightlight - I like this - the base unit emits a decent orange glow - so no need for an extra nightlight!
Talkback feature - allows you to soothe your baby with the press of a button (although as most parents know, usually it takes your physical presence to do that!)
- no indication of when parent unit has finished charging
- very sensitive (might be an issue if you're a very light sleeper, and only want to be woken if your baby cries)
- can't turn on or off the nightlight from the parent unit
- no added features such as lullabies
- No display to tell you:
. - what volume setting you're using
. - what the temperature is, in the baby's room (have found this handy on the Philips Avent monitor we've been using)
. - what the time is (not something I often use, but can be handy in the middle of the night to work out if the baby might be hungry or just having a grumble!)
- sensitive to any noise (this can be a negative also!)
- talkback function
- good nightlight
As a basic monitor this is good, but if the price difference wasn't an issue I would recommend the Philips Avent monitor which has every function you could possibly need! See: Philips AVENT DECT Baby Monitor SCD560/01 with Light, Lullabies and Temperature Sensor