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Video Baby Monitor review: Lorex

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D-

A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.

The Lorex Sweet Peep monitor BB2415 runs $150 and features a PTZ camera plus small 2.4" monitor.

The Lorex Sweet Peep monitor BB2415 runs $150 and features a PTZ camera plus small 2.4″ monitor.

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Like Levana, Lorex is a security camera maker that has branched out into baby monitors, selling them under the name Lorex Baby.

The company has rapidly released and discontinued models over the last couple of years.

The current flagship Lorex model is the Sweet Peep video monitor (BB2415, $150). It features a 2.4″ screen on the parent unit, and 10 hours of battery life. Originally, this monitor came with a fixed camera but the latest version has a point-tilt-zoom camera. 

Lorex throws all the bells and whistles you can imagine with this monitor: lullabies, two-way talk, ability to expand up to three additional cameras and so on.

Lorex Baby Care N Share Pan/Tilt baby monitor

Lorex Baby Care N Share Pan/Tilt baby monitor

Besides the Sweet Peep, Lorex also offers a second monitor called the Care ‘n’ Share BB3525 ($130) with point/tilt/zoom. This camera has a snapshot feature that lets you save pics with one click of a button on the parent unit. The Care ‘n’ Share also has an intercom feature and lullabies. 

Let’s cut to the chase on Lorex: the parent reviews of these monitors are brutal. Quality issues, poor reliability and horrible customer service—and those are the positive reviews. Signal drops are another annoying problem, as are WiFi interference and short battery life (only one hour after a full charge?). Troubling reports of over-heating/exploding batteries for the Care ‘n’ Share and the general lack of reliability (plus weak customer service) make Lorex not ready for prime time.  

We’d pass on this brand.

Rating: D-

 


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