Updated 8 Dec 2017

Vtech

Safe & Sound Full Colour Video and Audio Monitor BM2600

Snapshot: The Vtech Safe & Sound BM2600 is a baby monitor with plenty of features. But how well does it perform?

Safe & Sound Full Colour Video and Audio Monitor BM2600
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$199

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Test results

Overall score
62
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

Good points

  • OK sound quality.
  • OK video quality.
  • Very easy to use.
  • "Talk to baby" feature.
  • Plays a tune.
  • Picture zoom.

But

  • Baby unit cannot run on batteries (couldn't use it outdoors).
  • Camera has narrow viewing angle.
  • 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
$199

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)

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