This isn't the first video baby monitor I've tried. In fact it's the third. The first was a Summer, second was a Advent, and this was the third. And while it's definitely not perfect, it's the best one I've tried.
First, don't expect the picture quality to be what they show in this sample. I'm convinced that they all use the same grade camera and the picture quality isn't that great. It's not the monitor itself that is lacking in clarity or color, because the graphics on it are fine, so it has to be the quality of the picture taken by the camera.
What I love about this model is that the camera and remotely be titled, zoom, pan...I can see inside the crib from where I have it positioned, or if you have older children you can move the camera so that you can see what else is going on in the room. For me, this video monitor system has a much longer life span in that you can use it in a play room, or a baby's room.
It securely attaches to the wall, but my box did not come with the hardware to mount it. My boxed item also didn't come with an instruction manual or any warranty info. I don't know if I received a used item, it the manufacturer doesn't include this, or if it was accidentally missed when packed at the factory. I was able to download the manual from the manufacturer online at no cost.
The monitor is fairly large and cumbersome so it sits best on a table surface. This is not something that you can take on the go with you and attach it on your person. It doesn't have a clip, but does have a stand.
When setting up the wireless camera connected to the monitor without having to do anything but turn it on. This was great!
I get fairly good reception all of the time.
What I like about it:
* I absolutely love that I can move the camera remotely and that it makes virtually no sound. I can zoom in, zoom out.
*I like that it came with an SD card that you can use to take pictures with. I'm not really sure why I would, but I do like that there is this option if I need it.
* I like that it also has a speaker, where you can press the microphone icon on the monitor and the baby can hear you in whatever room the camera is in.
* Another nice thing is that this set is expandable for several cameras. So it's possible for you to have a camera in each child's room but only one monitor. I haven't tried to do this yet, but it is a great option.
* I like that it came with an AC adaptor for both the camera and the monitor so it's not solely dependent on battery power.
Things that I don't like:
* I don't like that they show you this bright and clear picture in the advertisement, when the clarity and the color of the actual product doesn't even come close. The picture you do get is relatively clear, and has a little bit of color to it, but it's closer to b/w than color IMO. I haven't been able to figure out if this is adjustable or not, just the brightness of the picture.
*I also don't like that the sound isn't very loud, even when turned up to the loudest setting. I'm not hard of hearing, but the sound is relatively soft when compared to other monitors. It's not something that you can have on in another room, walk away and probably be able to hear. I know this is a video baby monitor, but you don't want to have to sit and watch the thing 100% of the time. You rely on sight and sound, and the sound could be improved tremendously on this product.
* I don't like that I didn't have any mounting hardware, or an instruction manual in my box.
* The lullabies it has that you can play for your baby are a joke. Don't use them, don't even consider them while considering this product. They are awful and not soothing at all.
* Many electronic products these days are touch screen enabled. This monitor is not. You have to use the home button and the arrows to navigate not only the movement of the camera, but also any settings on the monitor itself. It's a bit annoying, but it wouldn't stop me from buying it.
* Since I didn't have the instruction manual at the beginning I couldn't figure out why the navigation dial kept changing colors. It changes to blue, red, yellow, orange or green depending on the sounds your baby is making. Like you need color coding to tell what those sounds mean? Please! They would have been better of spending that money to make either the camera or the monitor give you the picture that you see on their ads. Anyone who takes care of a baby regularly will be able to tell the difference between cooing and crying without having it color coded for them.
In the end, this is the only baby monitor that I have kept. And while it's not perfect it's the best one I've tried. True, it's not a ringing endorsement, and for the price I would have expected it to be a bit better than it ended up being, but I would get it again.