Updated 31 Oct 2016

Oricom

Secure 870 Touchscreen Video Baby Monitor SC870

Snapshot: The Oricom Secure 870 Touchscreen Video Baby Monitor SC870 is an audio and video baby monitor with plenty of features. But how well does it perform?

Secure 870 Touchscreen Video Baby Monitor SC870
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$500

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Test results

Overall score
66
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

Good points

  • Good at detecting and reproducing soft sounds.
  • Very easy to set up and use.
  • Has night light.
  • Has room-temperature monitor (with alarm).
  • Has a video monitor.
  • Has "talk to baby" function.
  • Camera pan control.
  • Picture zoom.
  • Big screen with clear and smooth picture.

But

  • Poor sound range through indoor walls.
  • Baby unit doesn't run on batteries (so can’t be used outdoors).
  • No movement sensor.
  • No belt clip.
  • Baby unit microphone performance reduced when lullaby is playing.

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
$500

Specifications

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

Features

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

More Info

Notes
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