Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor Review
This Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor not only looks very sleek and stylish but comes with a generous 3.5″ TFT LCD color screen and plenty of neat features. There are so many video baby monitors around these days, so why should you buy this one.
Here are a few good reasons why. First of all, Motorola as a brand are well-known their high quality electronic products. They have entered the baby product market with a small range of video baby monitors, the latest of which is this one with its 3.5″ screen and a smaller version with a 2.8″ screen.
The next reason is that it utilizes up-to-the-minute technology with digital frequency hopping and data encryption. This type of technology is highly resistant to interference from other wireless products, so you can rest assured that your signal is safe and secure.
Now take a look at its features and functions. Motorola have really listened to what parents want out of their monitors and have included infrared night vision, two-way talk back, camera pan, tilt and zoom, five polyphonic lullabies, room temperature sensor and the ability to expand up to 4 cameras for multiple rooms. It’s also completely portable and comes with a kick stand so you can put it on any flat surface whilst getting on with work.
This Motorola MBP36 video baby monitor is one of the best selling models at the moment. Check out the reasons why when you read on…
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Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor Features
Here’s an overview of the features and functions.
- 3.5″ color TFT LCD color monitor.
- 2.4 GHz hop frequency (FHSS) wireless technology and data encryption technology which encrypts audio data.
- Infrared night vision.
- Two-Way talk back.
- Room temperature display.
- Five polyphonic lullabies.
- Alarm – can set at 2, 4 or 6hrs.
- Video on/off for audio only option.
- Volume and brightness control.
- Remote camera adjustment – can pan, tilt and zoom.
- Five LED alerts for noise level.
- Option to view video through your TV (A/V cable not included).
- 650ft (200 meter) range with “out-of-range” warning.
- Expandable up to 4 cameras for multiple room use.
- Scan between cameras changing every 12 seconds.
- Rechargeable battery (parent unit).
As mentioned above, the Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor utilizes 2.4GHz FHSS technology (frequency hopping) and data encryption technology. This means that it’s highly resistant to narrow band interference from other wireless products that you may have in and around your home. As a result you’re less likely to suffer from static interference so you get great audio as well as picture quality. More than one user has said how clear the picture is and is not grainy at all like some other monitors.
The plus points about frequency hopping technology is that because the signal is difficult to intercept, you don’t have to worry about anyone else picking up pictures of your baby or overhearing conversations. This offers great peace of mind to any parent.
Having good night vision is an important feature for many of you when it comes to choosing a baby monitor. The Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor camera has 8 high intensity infrared LED’s that allows the camera to view clear black and white images of your baby as the room gets dark. This means that you can not only see your baby during the day, but at night also.
I really feel that you can’t go wrong choosing this video baby monitor as far as picture and audio quality is concerned and it’s not only me that thinks so. The majority of users also agree that the picture and audio quality is excellent.
Ease of use/portability
Being easy to use and as well as portable is a requirement for many of you when choosing a video baby monitor. The monitor comes with full instructions and even if you aren’t particularly tech savvy it’s very easy to set up. One reviewer said that they had set it up in 5 minutes. The menu is very easy to use and mastering the monitor functions such as pan, zoom and tilt is a breeze.
For example, there are directional arrows on the left hand side for panning and choosing the menu items. The easy to use pan controls can almost rotate the picture 360 degrees in every direction so you can get great views of your child and nursery. The menu/scan/camera on.off, talk to buttons are on the right.
The camera can be placed on a level surface well out of reach of your baby or you can install it on the wall using just one screw which holds it in place. It may be better to wall mount the camera as you can get a better viewing angle and also it’s well out of the way of your baby’s crib.
The parent unit is pretty portable too, not only can you carry it around in your hand, but it comes with a kick stand so you can stand it on a table top. The kickstand has a non-adjustable angle of 45 degrees which, as one user pointed out, makes the monitor difficult to see when you’re lying in bed and it’s on the night stand. The only thing it doesn’t have to make it truly portable is a belt clip so you can attach it to your belt or waistband.
What’s in the Box
This is what you get when you buy the Motorola MBP36 Video Baby Monitor:
- Parent Unit
- Baby Unit
- Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack for parent unit
- power adapter for parent unit
- Power unit for baby unit
- User Guide
Motorola Digital Video Extra Camera for MBP33 & MBP36 Monitors – MBP36U.
You can buy the Motorola MBP36U extra camera as and when you wish to expand your viewing. With the Motorola MBP36 video baby monitor you have the option of adding three additional cameras which means that you can keep an eye on your kids in different rooms. If you have more than one camera set up, you can remotely scan each room from your parent unit. Pretty neat!
Motorola AV cable for the MBP36 and MBP33
The Motorola AV Cable for the MBP36 by Motorola will allow you to connect your monitor to your television’s AV input and increase your screen size and access the monitor through your television’s input selector. Simply turn the parent unit on, connect the AV cable from your parent unit to your television, select the input where your monitor is up on your screen, and you are all set. Your monitor will be visible on your TV, enhancing viewing quality and convenience.
At the time of writing this there are 304 reviews on Amazon at the moment giving this monitor a rating of a very respectable 4.2 stars out of 5. Overall the reviews were extremely positive and it was highly recommended not only for its great picture and audio quality, but because it looked extremely stylish and sleek.
Here’s what two customers had to say.
“Motorola really listened to what parents wanted and needed when they created the MBP36. This unit has many outstanding features (pan, tilt and zoom camera, night vision, lullabies you can play into the baby’s room, two-way communication, etc.) that make …(read more here: Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor)”
“This monitor is crystal clear, has a great two way sound feature. Remote control zoom and tilt feature add to my sense of security. Plus …(read more here: Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor)”
Average Amazon Rating: 4.2
Pros & Cons
Customers absolutely rave about the Motorola MBP36 video baby monitor and quite rightly so. It has so many features that you wonder whether the hype is right, but it seems that this video monitor does everything it says it does. Firstly it has hop technology which offers an interference free signal and long signal range. There were hardly any negative comments about interference, with customers commenting on the crystal clear video quality, static free audio and the fantastic signal range.
Customers were more than satisfied with the easy to use functions, the two-way intercom, the quiet camera with its zoom pan and tilt function, great sounding lullabies, and accurate temperature monitor.
This Motorola MBP36 video baby monitor comes highly recommended and if you are going to invest in one that will last you for many years to come then this one is worth the investment.
Even though the majority of customers are happy with the Motorola MBP36 video baby monitor, some are less than satisfied given the high cost of this monitor. For example, people have complained of poor battery life, signal range and night vision. Also users have pointed out that even though the monitor has the ability to connect to the TV, no A/V cable is included and there’s no indication what is a suitable A/V cable. Motorola/Binatone have not been too helpful in this regard it seems.
Given the number of reviews, the percentage of people who are dissatisfied with the Motorola MBP36 is small. It’s a good baby monitor although it does lack features such as voice activation mode which many people find useful.
UPDATE: It seems that Motorola/Binatone have listened to their customer complaints and you can now buy the Motorola AV cable directly through Amazon. See above under accessories.
Amazon put a lot of time and money into keeping their pricing competitive. As of this date the price of this Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor is really attractive and they have free shipping.