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With the arrival of our latest little cherub we needed to invest in a new set of baby monitors. We received this Motorola MBP16 Digital Audio set as a gift from friends, which I noticed retails for £49.99.
With up to 300 metres range and an alert for out range, they're suitable even for really big homes. There is no set up needed just plug in and go. The parent unit and baby unit each have a power supply of the same type with the parent unit also containing rechargeable batteries so it can be used independently of the mains. Both units look good without to many gaudy flashing lights yet still being functional.
The baby unit has a nightlight which has a pleasingly soft orange glow and it also plays a range of five lullabies which are as expected; calming and soothing. There are volume controls to adjust the sound of the lullabies and a control button to turn the night on or off as well as the small protruding microphone.
The parent unit has a temperature display which I find is very accurate and also has a talk-back feature where you can speak to the baby's room, which can be be is useful to calm grumbly little ones remotely. It also has volume controls to adjust playback, with an alert 'beep' to inform you if it's on silent and noise is heard. The LED lights also display the volume of playback visually. The parent unit also has a belt clip.
The sound playback is excellent, I find it picks up every little noise and has no interruptions or static problems. Being able to use the parent unit for roaming about the house or garden is excellent also. However, I have found an issue with the on/off buttons on both units, these are often difficult to use - you have to really depress them at the right angle for them to be registered which can be frustrating. A small thing also, I find the oval design and stand means they are easily knocked over. I also was disappointed that you could not use the lullabies remotely, meaning if you want to restart the music you have to go into their room. Obviously this isn't ideal as usually I want to do this to resettle them, seeing mummy in the room means they're even more wide awake.
In summary I think these provide excellent of quality in terms of sound playback, which really is the key feature. They also have a good range for big households and the additional features of temperature display and lullaby music. However the on/off button issue and unsteadiness of the units does let the overall quality down as does the inability to use the lullaby function remotely.