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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
For a baby monitor that resembles Marvin the Paranoid Android (from the 2005 film The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy), I was very surprised with how well the baby monitor performed! Set-up was incredibly easy, as there were only two main components: the camera and the monitor. The camera itself resembles a webcam (albeit it a large one). The camera attaches to its base via a magnet, which allows for the camera position to be altered to any desired angle, whilst still being stable and secure. The monitor uses a rechargable battery, and again is very easy and simple to put in. This also runs off of a cable to the mains. Both cables are about three metres in length, meaning that plug sockets being too far away is not an issue.

We put very little work going into setting up the monitor; simply turn on both devices and they connect to each other automatically. We tested the monitor in both light and dark conditions, and it provided for excellent quality video on the monitor, especially considering that the monitor is small enough to be easily held in your hand! It also has a small stand on the back of the monitor.

We were especially impressed with the infrared camera, as the 'night-vision' provided us with excellent quality video. The sound is also crisp and clear. It worked perfectly from a distance of around 15-20m (upstairs, along a corridor and down a small flight of stairs). If in the unlikely instance that your camera and monitor become disconnected, the monitor produces a buzz/bleep, certainly loud enough for you to take notice. Furthermore, the monitor gives you a clear indication of signal strength and battery levels.

All in all, an excellent piece of kit: highly recommended, despite looking like a depressed robot. However, at £[], it seems a bit over-priced; I would be happy to pay between £100-£125, but who can put a price on your child's safety?
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on 18 January 2013
Just filled in the form to return the second set, first one did not work well, camera fine, sound disappears after two minuets, received replacement promptly and having the same problems, baby cries and the receiver does not pick up anything from 20cm away. Tested it again by standing next to it and making noise, nothing received. Starts working after 20 mins and works for 30 seconds and then stops.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I received this item free as part of the Amazon vine program, i dont however know what the retail cost is but i imagine it would be quite expensive. I personally however would not pay more than £50 for it.

It is so easy to set up, im a 38 year old woman and get quite stressed out with Technology, but this was easy as pie, straight out of the box set up, just put in the batteries and away you go, and i didn't need to read the included instructions.

It is quite heavy though, i would say at least 4-5lbs and is also quite bulky, i cant see anyone with a small baby carrying it around the house 24/7.

One thing to note is that the camera is only 0.3 Mega Pixels which by today's standards is a bit ridiculous, and utterly pointless in my honest opinion as even mobile phones now have at least 5MP and the screen is only tiny at 2.4 inches which is good as if the screen were any bigger the picture contrast would be horrendous.

I noticed a few things that stood out for me, if a noise is detected in the room where the child is sleeping, the monitor comes straight on so you can see what's happening.

There are lullaby's on the monitor to help soothe a fussy baby to sleep, and this is controlled from the parental unit, and i know that you can buy dedicate ones that have projections on them but i thought this was a neat little added feature.

It also has a night light feature which i found invaluable as even older kids like my 3 still need a light on at night.

The battery was very good, lasted about a full day for me, which is about the average battery life of a smart phone so i didn't find that an issue.

The unit is not connect-able to other units which i found quiet disappointing as other products i have had in the past i have been able to have multiple units in different rooms all connected, but this does not allow you to do that. It also does not allow 2 way communication which is another thing i found very disappointing.

The sound on this unit is poor by any measure, if you are wanting a monitor that you can hear a pin drop on then this is not for you at all.

1 of the biggest benefits of this unit however is the way the camera and stand have been made, the base is a magnet that the camera sits on and can then be fully adjusted 360 degrees which is very very useful, however if you wish to see an overhead view of your baby sleeping then i recommend putting up a shelf and placing the camera on that instead as from what i can make out this has been set up to only really view things from a parallel perspective.

I have found that instead of constantly checking rooms every 5 minutes i can now relax and just watch the screen instead as any noise at all, it pops up automatically which i believe is invaluable as it gives you additional peace of mind.

As an additional note on this review i frequently babysit my older nieces and nephews that are 8,9, and 11.

They fight constantly when they are together and i set this up in my spare room to keep an eye on them when they all stayed overnight.

The things i caught them doing were interesting, getting out of bed to turn on the tv and put it on quiet so i wouldn't hear them, or playing with their ds, listening to music, playing dollies and trucks ? or reading books and when they heard me coming they moved under the covers so fast it was actually quite funny to watch.

I didn't let on that i was secretly watching them though as i found it really eye opening as the person that always gets the blame for starting all the arguments is actually the person that gets picked on so much by the other 2 that she kicks off only to defend herself, which i would never of know without this unit.

Overall i would recommend this product to anyone with a new or young baby but also for older children too as a parent you constantly worry and are checking them every 5 seconds and i feel that this product allows you to relax knowing that the unit is keeping an eye on them for you..
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on 7 January 2013
I have given this one star as it didn't work from the bedroom, to the lounge, ten foot away. As the product registered full signal one minute and then none the next minute, we assume there was a problem with the signal. The instructions state that there may be problems with the signal if there are other devices in the room and that you should turn these off or move away from them. Taking into account modern life, this is simply not possible, we have a playstation, microwave, mobile phones, router with two computers etc etc. We returned this and bought a Motorola which has worked fine. One thing I noticed when we received the Motorola is how basic the Philips monitor is.
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on 26 April 2014
This device is a premium advent product with many delighters such as music integration, night vision and the robot eye like design with multiple axis rotation. However it lacks some simple features that should be standard like the ability to talk to the child if you can see him/her you would like to talk to them too, also there is no volume control for the music its so loud that in an apartment setting that many young parents have you can hear the music all over the house. It could be a 5 star product if only it lived up to some simple expectations. There are many webcams available on the market that can provide two way wifi communication with an iPhone app and night vision that we have all but given up with ours. Also the charger for the monitor broke after 10 months so right now our little depressed robot eye is looking at the wall and functioning to play some music as baby falls asleep and we have an alternative baby monitor now which is much simpler and works 100% better.
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on 25 January 2012
If you want to have a good eye over your baby/ child, this is a great baby monitor to get. Easy to set up and use. Some people complain about bad reception when you have a wireless network at home - I do have a wireless router at home and everyhting works fine, even at longer distances with doors closed it is great.

Although it costs a little, it is very good.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
First of all, this is very easy to set up. I am a bit of a technophobe, but it was straightforward. Secondly, it fascinated me that my son was in glorious technicolour in the daytime, and in black and white at night. Thirdly, the picture quality is excellent, very clear, and the sound quality is very good too.

My two main gripes with this are:
Although the canera "eye" is cleverly positioned using a magnet, it can't, (how can I put this?) look down at its feet. In other words,If the camera is above your child looking down, you will need, as we did, to prop it up at an angle with some folded paper so it can get a bird's eye view of your baby.

Gripe two: It's very, very expensive. For this price I would expect it to make my baby breakfast and read it a bedtime story. It does however, play lullabies and have a night light.

This could be vastly improved with a two way speaker as sometimes it's easier to whisper for my husband to bring up some milk/a nappy than it is to stand at the top of the stairs and yell (thus waking the baby up even more).

Overall, very good picture and sound quality, and a reassuring alarm that goes off if you are out of range or battery. However, a bit pricey and could be even better with a two way receiver. PS Our four year old loves it so it will come in handy for him when the sleeping baby vigilance period is over.
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on 12 August 2013
- A nightlight very weak, not usable.
- Not possible to play/stop lullabies from the baby unit.
- Not possible turn on/off a nightlight from parent unit.
- No rechargeable battery in baby unit.
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on 1 July 2013
I use it permanently when my baby is asleep and since i have the monitor i do not sleep in the room with my baby. It has good video and audio function and it shuts off automatically the sound when there is no noise and turns on when the baby moves. It has no 2 way communication which could have been helpfull. The batery is ok.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
There's a lovely space-age feel and look to this system.

The camera is a large eye-ball that sits in a special magnetised holder so that it can be adjusted to (virtually) any position although a standard tripod mount is incorporated for a wall-mounted bracket.

When the light level drops, a cluster of infra-red LEDs switch on to illuminate the area of the camera's fixed focus interest.

The unit can also run some small white LEDs that provide a kind of night-light effect. Although white light seems so harsh against the standard warm, reassuring glow of a low wattage incandescent night-light bulb.

The monitor has a solid and chunky feel to it and incorporates a swivelling belt-clip / kick stand so that the monitor unit is equally happy on your waistbelt or sitting near you on a flat surface.

Both units work off batteries but mains transformers are included. The monitor uses something akin to a mobile phone style battery as it is more likely to be on the move than static.

Range is pretty good although the manufacturers claim of 150 metres (~450 feet) does seem exaggerated. In practise I started to lose the signal around the 35 metre mark (~100 feet). Regardless of the manufacturer's claim, would you want to be running the 150m dash to get back to your beloved baby?

The monitor features several additional features. There's a volume control and a brightness control. You get six levels of brightness so you can set it to a level that suits your environment, a little bit darker if you are watching TV in a darkened room. Lowering the brightness also extends the battery life.

There's a screen sleep function that will switch off the screen - saving more battery power - but the screen switches on again automatically as soon as baby makes a noise so you miss nothing. Setting the unit just to the side of your line of sight means that you can watch TV undisturbed but when the screen comes on, your peripheral vision will be drawn to it immediately.

The monitor unit is also capable of enabling three twinkly lullabies at the camera unit. This is supposed to calm baby while you make your way to their bedside. I tried but I could not find a microphone on the monitor for two-way communication. I felt that the soothing tones of a parent's voice might help to settle the little one more effectively.

It looks great and the nice clean lines make it look expensive and chic.

While it is primarily used for monitoring, I felt that an SD card might have added to its value by recording video. It's not the same as your regular offspring archival video recording but in the split second that you are not looking at the screen, it would be a good idea to know exactly what junior put in their mouth.

But don't feel that it is restricted solely to babies. Parents may also benefit from this as a way to keep an eye on your toddler or small child while allowing them some degree of independence when playing, especially with friends.

Elderly or infirm relatives living with you may also feel secure knowing that you are on hand if they call out, while not feeling that they are tying you down to their every need.

The only downside to this device is the very hefty price tag. It's a very nice system, but perhaps you should put it in your wish list and hope a rich relative buys it as a gift for your new arrival.
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