Updated 8 Dec 2017

Motorola

Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP36S

Snapshot: The Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP36S is an audio and video baby monitor with plenty of features. But how well does it perform?

Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP36S
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$440

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Test results

Overall score
79
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

Good points

  • Very good at detecting and reproducing soft sounds.
  • Excellent sound range through indoor walls.
  • Very easy to set up and use.
  • Has room-temperature monitor with alarm.
  • Has a video monitor.
  • Has "talk to baby" function.
  • Camera pan control.
  • Picture zoom.

But

  • Baby unit doesn't run on batteries (so can’t be used outdoors).
  • No night light.
  • No movement sensor.
  • No belt clip.
  • Baby unit microphone performance reduced when lullaby is playing.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Audio/video monitors:
Picture performance (30%)
Sound performance (40%)
Ease of use (30%)

Audio-only products:
Sound performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Performance assesses:
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.

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

Prices are from a November 2017 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$440

Specifications

Type
Audio & video
Battery on baby unit
No
Battery low indicator
Yes

Features

Video monitor
Movement sensor
No
Room-temperature monitor
Yes
Sound indicator lights
Night light
×
Portable parent unit
Yes
Belt clip
No
2-way audio communication (talk to baby)
Plays a tune/s (e.g. lullaby)

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