Updated 31 Oct 2016

Angelcare

AC401 Movement & Sound

Snapshot: The Angelcare AC401 Movement & Sound baby monitor has a large number of features. But how does it perform?

AC401 Movement & Sound
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$400

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Test results

Overall score
82
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent sound range.
  • Very good sound quality.
  • Good sound sensitivity.
  • Easy to use.
  • Baby unit can run on batteries for outdoor use.
  • Has night light.
  • Has a movement sensor.
  • Has room temperature monitor with alarm.
  • Has sound level display.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

We assess each monitor's performance on:

  • Sound range (how well it transmits through indoor walls).
  • Sensitivity and sound quality (whether the baby unit picks up soft sounds and how well the parent unit reproduces them).
  • Picture quality (of video monitors).

We also check for interference from a microwave or a digital cordless phone – and whether the monitor causes interference in a TV or a digital cordless phone.

We assess ease of use on:

  • The size and clarity of the labels, indicators and controls.
  • How easy it is to operate the controls and set up the unit.

Overall score

Audio/video monitors:

  • Picture performance (30%)
  • Sound performance (40%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

Audio-only product:

  • Sound performance (70%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

Key data

Model

Avg price
$400

Specifications

Type
Audio & motion
Battery on baby unit
yes
Battery low indicator
yes

Features

Video monitor
×
Movement sensor
yes - alerts when no movement is detected
Room-temperature monitor
yes
Room-temperature monitor alarm
yes
Sound indicator lights
Night light
Portable parent unit
yes
Belt clip
yes
Two way audio communication (talk to baby)
×
Plays a tune/s (e.g. lullaby)
×

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Notes
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