Updated 8 Dec 2017

Vtech

Safe & Sound Full Colour Video and Audio Monitor BM2500

Snapshot: The Vtech Safe & Sound BM2500 is a baby monitor with plenty of features. But how well does it perform?

Safe & Sound Full Colour Video and Audio Monitor BM2500
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$129

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Test results

Overall score
61
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

Good points

  • OK sound quality.
  • OK video quality.
  • Easy to use.
  • Good at detecting and reproducing soft sounds.
  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Has room-temperature monitor.
  • Has "talk to baby" function.

But

  • Poor 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 belt clip.

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 an August 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$129

Specifications

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

Features

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

More Info

Notes
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