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The First Years True Choice Digital Baby Monitor

2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • State-of-the-art technology
  • 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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Product Information

Technical Details
Model NumberY7289
Item Weight331 g
Product Dimensions15.2 x 8 x 1.9 cm
Batteries:3 AAA batteries required.
Item model numberY7289
Target genderUnisex
Additional product featuresaudio sensor
Batteries requiredYes
Standing screen display size1000 inches
Number of channels16
  
Additional Information
ASINB002WN2BVO
Best Sellers Rank 62,020 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight481 g
Date First Available16 Jun. 2010
  
 

Product Description

Product Description

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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  • The True Choice Premium Digital Baby Monitor
  • Instruction Leaflet


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    Great value for money, well made and clear with little to no interference, which in my high tech house is a minor miracle. The reason for four stars and not five is that periodically it makes odd noises and loses connection (three times in 2 months). Would recommend if, like my family, you are on a budget.
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    By David on 17 Jun. 2016
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    The advertised range is 1000 feet it would not go from our living room to the bedroom when i did get it to connect it clicked all night. I would not recommend this to anyone.
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    Amazon.com: HASH(0x98baee58) out of 5 stars 47 reviews
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x9af13c3c) out of 5 stars Too Many Problems 5 July 2010
    By The Movie Man - Published on Amazon.com
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    A baby monitor's primary job is to listen in on sounds from the baby's room when parents are elsewhere in the house. The volume should be loud enough to hear every small movement in order to know when the baby is awake, hungry, playful, or in distress. The True Choice Digital Monitor has such low volume that it's a struggle to hear it. In addition, there is occasional static and a dropout which can last anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute. This is completely unacceptable and renders the unit useless for its intended purpose. The design is modern and sleek and will likely attract buyers, but remember: a baby's welfare depends on the reliability of a monitor to transmit sounds from the baby's room, not on how pretty the unit looks. Effectiveness: D. Design: A-. Trustworthiness: D. Value for price: D.
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x9819c468) out of 5 stars They had the nerve to call this a baby monitor?? More like a flashlight... 3 July 2010
    By S. Hamon - Published on Amazon.com
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    This thing is horrible at everything except keeping me awake at night because the parent unit has such an incredibly bright blue LED light!! I like lights on my baby monitors, but this isn't your normal light...it's like a darn flashlight that alluminates the entire room like a TV is on...yes, it is that bright! That alone makes me want to throw it away, yet I find myself compelled to tell you all about the other bad features....

    Reception...
    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!!
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x981ae720) out of 5 stars Mixed bag 19 Aug. 2010
    By error - Published on Amazon.com
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    This is a hit and miss product. It is aesthetically well designed. The parent unit (the one you carry around) is actually pretty big, much bigger than most cell phones, but surprisingly, even with the batteries installed doesn't weigh much at all. It clips on to your belt real easily (but I am concerned the plastic parts for this will break, I would have rather had a metal clip of sorts). I'm really glad it has a battery life indicator as many products of this type do not, and it is always a nagging feeling at the back of my mind, what if I miss something important because the batteries died and I didn't know it?

    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.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x9859c81c) out of 5 stars Looks good but doesn't do the job.... 7 July 2010
    By Lazy Day Gardener - Published on Amazon.com
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    If the purpose of a baby monitor is to maintain contact between parent and child, the First Years True Choice A100 Digital Monitor fails.

    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.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x9859c87c) out of 5 stars Don't be fooled 17 Oct. 2011
    By E. Strickenburg - Published on Amazon.com
    I didn't know much about baby monitors when I picked this one out, and I was taken in by its smallness and sleek look. I wish I'd looked around more.

    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.
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