Updated 31 Oct 2016

Motorola

Watch Them Dream Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP421

Snapshot: The Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP421 is an audio and video baby monitor with some useful features. But how well does it perform?

Watch Them Dream Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP421
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$250

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Test results

Overall score
64
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

Good points

  • Very good at detecting and reproducing soft sounds.
  • Very easy to set up and use.
  • Has a video monitor.
  • Picture zoom.

But

  • Just OK sound range through indoor walls.
  • Baby unit doesn't run on batteries (so can’t be used outdoors).
  • No night light.
  • No movement sensor.
  • No room-temperature monitor.
  • Camera has narrow viewing angle.

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
$250

Specifications

Type
Audio & video
Battery on baby unit
no
Battery low indicator
yes

Features

Video monitor
Movement sensor
no
Room-temperature monitor
no
Room-temperature monitor alarm
no
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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