Mobi was among the first affordable video baby monitors (under $100) with an LCD screen to score widespread distribution. You’d think after being first to the market with video baby monitors, Mobi would have the video monitor thing down to a science. You’d think . . . but you’d be wrong.
Numerous quality woes have dogged Mobi for years, including broken on/off switches, broken power cords, etc. Interference and static were other major issues for users—some of this is caused by the 2.4 GHz frequency that Mobi uses . . . the same as WiFi Internet routers.
Mobi attempted to address these problems with an updated version dubbed Mobicam Ultra–didn’t work and this model was discontinued. Their next attempt was the Mobicam DL Digital Monitoring system for $150. Another fail. So what’s new from Mobi?
The MobiCam Digital DXR Touch (pictured) and the Mobicam SecureStart are the company’s most recent offerings. This DXR Touch features a large 3.5″ color screen, 800 foot transmission range and a built-in rechargeable battery. The DXR also features voice activation, audio-only mode, two-way audio communication and a SD card slot for recording. You can also watch up to four cameras at the same time on the parent’s unit, which is unique. Price: $299 retail ($144 on Amazon.com).
The SecureStart is a bare bones, fixed camera model with intercom feature and an audio-only mode. It’s also very affordable: $130 retail or $50 on Amazon.com.
Feedback on these models has been pretty negative. Glitches with volume control and multi-camera set-up are two common complaints. The SecureStart has issues with the power cord connection and the battery. Fans like their Mobicam—as long as its working. Which, sad to say in some cases, is a matter of just a few weeks or months before it conks out. Mobicam just can’t quite seem to get quality control right, even for its more pricey monitors.
Bottom line: Mobicam may have been first to the market here, but competitors have out-classed it in recent years. Rating: F
Amazon Customer Reviews: Mobicam DXR Digital Monitoring System