Updated 8 Dec 2017

Motorola

MBP854CONNECT Digital Video Baby Monitor with WiFi Internet Viewing

Snapshot: The Motorola MBP854 Digital Video is an audio and video baby monitor with some useful features. But how well does it perform?

MBP854CONNECT Digital Video Baby Monitor with WiFi Internet Viewing
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$599

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Test results

Overall score
68
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

Good points

  • Good sound quality.
  • Easy to use.
  • Excellent sound monitoring range through indoor walls.
  • Temperature monitor with alarm.
  • Talk to baby feature.
  • Plays a tune.
  • Camera pan control.
  • Picture zoom.
  • Allows video storage micro SD card.

But

  • Just OK video quality.
  • Baby unit cannot run on batteries (couldn't use it outdoors).
  • Baby unit mic performance is reduced when lullaby is playing.
  • Controls on parent unit are close to the edge and may be pressed accidentally.
  • Very poor video range.

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
$599

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)

More Info

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