Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor
Highlight feature of Summer Infant BabyTouch Color Video Monitor
- 3.5″ color video display
- Digital technology, pan, scan and zoom
- 2-way talk back feature
- Docking station for easy charging, battery indicator on screen tells you how much battery life the parent’s unit has left
- Up to 400′ range
The BabyTouch Color Video Monitor is the most innovative baby video monitor on the market. It features a revolutionary touch-screen controlled monitor, the first of its kind. Like many of the smart phones, simply touch the screen to control the monitor’s pan, scan, zoom and brightness features. Two other great aspects include a stylish, magnetic docking station for the handheld unit and a wireless, rechargeable battery-powered dock for the camera. Another wonderful feature is the unique two-way talk-back feature so mom and baby can be in touch at all times.
Summer Infant BabyTouch Color Video Monitor reviews from buyer :-
- Love the pan and tilt. This will come in handy for when he is moving around. Also, it can be used to see how mom and baby are doing without disturbing them.
- The Infrared view is pretty good. Good enough to see what is going on. But like they said, it is black and white only when in the dark. This automatically turns on, which is nice too.
- The range is pretty good. I can get good reception at all corners of my property, inside and outside. (My yard is reasonable, but not anything close to an acre or anything).
- The sound lights work pretty well both when the video is on or off.
- The sound itself is good as well (I tested this by playing music in the nursery and walking around my yard listening to it).
- The talk feature is really cool and works well. Though, it can be loud, so you may not want to shout into the monitor when talking to your child.
- The dock for the monitor works well and I really like the magnetic mounting (very similar to the MagSafe power adapter for those Mac users).
- The zoom only has one setting (zoomed in or zoomed out) and it is digital zoom. Probably won’t be a huge issue, but just know it is only digital zoom.
- Causes interference with WiFi networks
– This one, I did some significant testing on (see below).
I had read on other reviews that when the Monitor (the handheld part) was on, they had interference with their WiFi network.
This is definitely true.
When the Monitor is off, I get about 16-20 Mbps download rate using the SpeakEasy SpeedTest [...]
When the Monitor is on, I get about 2-3 Mbps download rate.
It doesn’t affect the speed test on computers that are connected to my router via cables (i.e. not using the wireless), which makes sense.
I have tested the following cases:
a) Camera and Monitor Off: Yields my normal download rates
b) Camera On and Monitor Off: Yields my normal download rates
c) Camera On and Monitor On (audio and video enabled): Yields Reduced rates (as listed above)
d) Camera On and Monitor On (audio enabled and video disabled): Yields Reduced rates (as listed above)
I have also tried moving the Monitor away from my wireless router and wireless computer, and it doesn’t seem to have a significant impact.
So the summary is: When the Monitor is On (regardless of whether or not you have the video enabled), your WiFi network will suffer.
However, with it on, I was still able to load videos from Hulu and such, albeit slower loading times to occur.
Also, with the Monitor on, I was able to successfully watch Netflix streaming movies (which I have going through my Wii which uses the wireless network).
It took a little longer to initially load, but it seemed to play just fine without breaking up or buffering a lot.
I also tried changing the channel of my wireless router.
I originally had it on channel 1, (factory default for most routers is channel 6).
After testing all of the channels, I found that channel 1 worked the best for me.
Though that is probably at least partially due to what channels neighbors wireless networks are on.
So I would suggest playing around with changing the channel your router is on and doing a speed test with and without the Monitor on and then sticking with the channel that gives you the best results. All in all, I really like it so far.”
Another owner mentioned:
“Because night vision was one of our #1 priorities, we returned the Samsung in favor of the Summer Infant BabyTouch, though it was considerably more expensive. LOVE THIS UNIT. Not only does it support up to 4 different cameras, but the cameras MOVE (have the ability to pan around the room). Night vision is amazing, even mounted in the same spot as we had the Samsung (about 10 feet away from our target). Daytime picture is also pretty good.
If you’re expecting to get TV quality out of a baby monitor, you’re not going to find it, and this unit does not have it. But you can certainly see what you need to see. The controls are easy and intuitive, and the touch screen is great. We love that you can turn the video portion off to conserve battery, but still have continuous audio (unlike the Samsung). Video turns on and off with a single button touch. The camera silently pans around the room as well using controls on the touch screen. Although this unit is pretty pricey, it was well worth the money.”
List Price: $ 249.99
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