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The First Years True Choice Digital Baby Monitor
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- 2.45 GHz for excellent clarity and range
- Mains/battery power
- Up to 3x battery life
- Connectivity indicator, low battery warning
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The True Choice Digital Monitor has an operating range of 300 metres and uses just a third of the power of traditional monitors. Features include ‘sound lights’ so parents can monitor baby via a colour light display, a portable parent’s unit and a useful unit finder to locate a missing monitor.
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It is just OK. I think it is switching channels when it does this, but in the middle of the night it will just start beeping (the parent unit)...unsure why, but it beeps and it beeps loud! This only lasts a few seconds, but enough to make you wake up and pee your pants because you think something is wrong. I have 3 kids and have a monitor in each of their rooms...that's 3 baby monitors on my nightstand at night. I have been using the Sony Baby Call monitor for each of them for years and have had no problems at all, except if my cell phone is set next to the parent unit (every 5 minutes when my cell connects to my email for updates, it messes up the monitor)...therefore I can't put my phone near the monitors, but that is acceptable to me for the quality of the Sony monitors. I will give this POS credit, it doesn't mess up with my cell phone right next to it...but that is probably the last compliment I will give it. It can barely handle transmitting through 3 walls in my house on a single floor...quite pathetic for technology these days.
The Child Unit...
I do like how this unit looks, it is all sleek, thin, and shiny-white like a Cisco router (if you have seen one and see this in person you are going to think the same thing!! hehe). Anyways, I like the appearance of it and I like that I can hang it on the wall with the wire angled straight down...but it's capability of picking up sound is horrible...or could it be the parents unit lack of ability?? I'll get to that later. The child unit also has these bright blue lights, but my kids like that because it is kind of like a night-light...I on the other hand, don't think people will want to spend what this costs for a wall-hanging night-light.
The Parent Unit...
Ahhhh...the most important part. First thing, why couldn't they put a rechargable battery in this unit?? My Sony has it and I feel lost without it here. For an extra 3 cents, they could have made a huge upgrade to this....but no, you have to use standard alkaline batteries if it isn't plugged in. I've had this for a little over a week and already had to change the batteries, another unacceptable thing. As I mentioned at the beginning, the blue LED has to go. I put masking tape over it to try and dim it a bit, which worked...but I shouldn't have had to "rig" it to get a peaceful night sleep. The unit also has a clip so you can clip it on your shirt or whatever...but it never works because it was designed in an awkward way and the balance is off, so the clip is useless unless you can float when you walk, which I still haven't been able to accomplish. It also has this flip-out stand for when you have it on a table...yet again, it was designed by a moron and if you sneeze, it falls over...another useless feature. The power cord plugs in the side of it making it stick out a few inches...had they designed it to plug in the back, it would be much more compact, and the cord could have given it stability...but no, Mr. Moron wanted it in the side to look silly, contribute to the instability of it, and take up more room...nice going!!
The sound quality on this thing is horrible. My daughter can sit a foot from the child unit and sing a song and I can hold the parent unit inches from me with the volume on high, and I can barely make out the words she is saying. The volume is loud, yes...but it is 99% dead-air noise rather than her voice. With my Sony monitors, I can hear my daughter going to the bathroom next to her bedroom through the monitor, I can hear her rolling over in bed, her footsteps if she got out of bed...none of that with this thing, and that is completely unacceptable...which is why I trashed it. I typically donate things like this I no longer use, but why donate something that doesn't work?? TRASHED!!
The set-up for this was really easy and quick. After weeks of using this I can say the following:
1.) It doesn't interfere with any Wi-Fi connection in the household.
2.) You will NOT hear subtle sounds. I had this thing on the 2nd floor, and I was in the kitchen. The sounds I heard clearly on the baby monitor were the ones I could hear with my ear as well. The sounds that I couldn't hear with my ears but heard on the monitor were really muffled and indistinguishible. Imagine if you were using this while outside, working, and there's noise all over, you'd miss it completely!
Overall: I would only reccomend this model for monitoring noisy environments, say a few kids playing in a room, not a baby sleeping (although you will hear the baby cry when/if it does). Hence, it really does do the job of monitoring what most parents would be concerned about. You may not hear the baby breathing, but you'll hear just about anything else.
We bought the unit for our grandson, but on trying it out discovered that it's difficult to hear the sounds in the adjacent baby's room. The reception is poor. Nothing else about the unit really matters to us if we can't be assured it's functioning and he's sleeping safely.
The LED light is rather bright, which is a problem because the volume on the monitor is so low that it must be kept very close to the head of the bed.
The bottom line: One Star. It looks good but doesn't do the job.
This monitor recently died on us after only a year of use. During that year, we were constantly dealing with it cutting out on us or going out of range. It makes a horribly annoying crackling sound when it goes out of range or picks up interference, which woke us up in the middle of the night numerous times. It's very sensitive to interference with other electronics. The range is pretty small, the button configuration is difficult to use, and the volume level and clarity aren't very good.
After this monitor stopped working, we replaced it with the Sony Baby Call Nursery Monitor, which we've been quite pleased with. While it doesn't have as nice of a "look," it's a much better product.