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Not very impressive
on 28 November 2007
I got the MT800 as a replacement for a baby monitor as I needed a bigger range to get to the office in the garden and no baby monitor out there seemed to cater to that need. The MT800 states that it has a baby monitor setting. Indeed it does, but it's pretty much useless.
The problem being that you can't have continuous transmitting. A signal is transmitted when the unit detects a sound or a voice. This would actually be fine if it wasn't for the fact that the highest sensitivity setting is not enough to activate the unit in certain instances. At times I could hear her chatting away, but then at other times it didn't activate when she made other noises, leaving me to wonder all the time whether or not it is working and going back into the house to check if she's ok, which defeats the object!
As for usual walkie talkie range, I gave one unit to my daughter on her way to school which is about 1 mile away. (the stated range is 3 miles (5km) unheded by terrain etc) The route is flat with a few houses in between but nothing major. We lost the signal when she got to the end of the road which less than 1km almost clear line of sight. I tried putting it on maximum range only to hear a constant barrage of static and it didn't help the signal one bit. All in all, it's great if I want to talk to my wife in the house from the bottom of the garden less than 60 feet away. Other than that, it's not worth the money, even if it is inexpensive.