Updated 8 Dec 2017

Oricom

Secure520 Premium Digital Baby Monitor SC520

Snapshot: The Oricom Secure520 Premium is an audio baby monitor. How well does it listen out?

Secure520 Premium Digital Baby Monitor SC520
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$240

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Test results

Overall score
81
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good sound quality.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Excellent sound monitoring range through indoor walls.
  • Temperature monitor with alarm (fixed range).
  • "Talk to baby" feature.
  • Plays a tune.
  • Night light with light show.

But

  • Baby unit cannot run on batteries (couldn't use it outdoors).
  • Sound volume at carer unit may not be loud enough especially in a noisy room.

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
$240

Specifications

Type
Audio
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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