Updated 1 Oct 2018

Vtech

Pan & Tilt Full Colour Video and Audio Monitor BM3500

Snapshot: The Vtech BM3500 is an audio and video baby monitor. How well does it perform?

Pan & Tilt Full Colour Video and Audio Monitor BM3500
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$349

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Test results

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

Good points

  • OK sound quality.
  • Very easy to set up and use.
  • Has temperature monitor.
  • Has "talk to baby" feature.
  • Plays lullabies.
  • Picture zoom.
  • Up to 4 cameras can be viewed with the monitor.

But

  • Just OK picture quality (poor picture quality in the dark).
  • Very poor sound and vision reach through indoor walls.
  • No movement sensor.

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
$349

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

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Notes
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