If you are planning on a new arrival getting a Baby Monitor is not an option, the choice becomes, what brand, what features in terms of audio, range, video temperature display and the cost. The BT Video Baby Monitor 6000 has all the required features. It has the video, sound level lights and a variety of other features.
The setup is as straightforward as you can get, No App to download, no wi-fi to configure. BT have included a user guide very clearly laid which can be read in less than 5 minutes. The unit does not have any elaborate setup, plug in and use with the user guide as a backup in terms of how to change the screen brightness, Lullabies, talking to your baby, pan / tilt and zoom option.
What’s in the box?
The Audio baby monitor 6000 comes with,
- A parent unit
- A video monitor for the babies’ room,
- Two main power adaptors,
- User guide to give a step by step guide to walk you through the set-up process.
WHATS IN THE BOX
- Digital signal.
- Up to 250m range and out of range indicator.
- 1 parent unit included – portable.
- 2-way talk – allows you to reassure and comfort from another room.
- 5 lullabies.
- Temperature display – for added peace of mind.
- 5-inch colour screen.
- Wall mountable camera.
- Pan, tilt and zoom function.
- Remote control included.
- Features infra-red night vision so you can see your baby in the dark.
- Baby unit: yes.
- Parent unit: yes.
- Power saving mode.
- Low battery indicator.
- Parent unit includes mains adaptor – batteries required for parent unit 1 x Li-Ion (included).
- Baby unit includes mains adaptor – Li-Ion (not included).
The initial charge takes 12 hours to charge with a battery life of 4 hours on a single charge. A quick charge of 30 minutes will give the option of a shorter duration.
The chargers supplied x 2 look propriety looking chargers rated as 5V – 1000mA standard 220V, checking an Android phone charger had a rating of 5v and 3.1 amp. The connection was the standard android MicroUSB (as compared to USB – C is on the latest phones which is reversible) The monitor charger was replaced overnight with a high rated phone charger which would indicate if stuck your normal phone charger would work as a backup to the charger supplied.
The parent unit that resembles a tablet has a large screen of 5 inches giving a clear picture. The menu is straight forward easy to follow. The pan tilt was very responsive with the right to left doing about 260 degrees, up and down had less of an angle movement, while the bracket could be mounted anywhere to accommodate a view of any part of the room. Access to the pan tilt was one button press and then given the options of up down etc the zoom has a magnification of 2.
Night vision in a completely dark room was impressive been clearly able to see the surroundings. The IR lights from the camera were not a visible distraction in a dark room. Power off to on was seconds, very fast. Sound quality via the audio was excellent and via the side bar, which allows 2 ways talking via the units. There is a choice of 5 lullaby which can easily be switched off or on from the main controller. Temperature in the room is clearly visible on the parent unit. Signal strength and battery charging was clearly visible. The visual sound level lights work well when you want to be alerted in any cries or sudden silence.
If the video monitor gets disconnected for any reason the parent’s unit beeps a warning indication which camera is the problem. This has the advantaged of IP based cameras system without the security concerns / know how to setup.
If thinking do you require a camera to view a sleeping child, wait till the sounds goes quiet and you only option is to check by entering the child room to confirm all ok, the camera saves the work in this. Having no camera option is like going back to terrestrial TV after using Sky plus or setting off to an unknown destination with an AZ instead of a sat navigation, you will get there with both but for an easy life having the camera with the pan tilt zoom option is a huge plus.
If cost is not your major priority, then the BT Video Baby Monitor 6000 would have all the features required. If Bond had a baby this would be the option supplied by techie sidekick Q.
You don’t need to be a hi-tech boffin to use this monitor as set up takes seconds, no connection to the local Wi-Fi, or downloading an app, plug in and use. An Argos review of this product gave 4.6 out of 5, I would go higher than this score if the warranty increased from its current 1-year warranty, this is a product when sleep becomes a distance memory, the BT Video Baby Monitor 6000 provided the technology to help, a BT winner.