Electronics maker Binatone has licensed the Motorola name for a line of baby monitors that include both audio and video options. While the video monitors get generally positive reviews, the audio monitors (reviewed here) score much lower with parents.
The lowest cost Motorola model is the MBP8 ($18), which features DECT transmission for a range of 165 feet—the transmitter plugs directly into a wall outlet. There is an out of range alert, sound/lights and a nightlight on the baby’s unit. FYI: This monitor has been discontinued by Motorola but we’re still seeing a few for sale online.
Next, the simple MBP11 ($40) has a basic sound/light display, out of range indicator, rechargeable batteries on the parent unit only and . . . that’s about it.
The MBP16 ($60) adds a night light, two-way intercom, lullaby player and room temperature display (see below). This model appears to be discontinued, although we still see it for sale online.
New in the past year, the MBP160 is a digital DECT monitor with a 900 foot range and sound/light display. This $40 unit (on sale for $34) doesn’t have much feedback yet.
Also new is the MBP161 ($80 double) which adds a timer feature that lets you set reminders of the baby’s last diaper change, feeding or nap.
FYI: There are several older, discontinued models by Motorola still being sold online.
So how’s the quality? Motorola monitors get mixed reviews at best. The lowest price model (MBP8) gets the best marks, but that isn’t saying much. The biggest complaints center on quality—units that quit working after five days, transmission that cuts out, etc.
The reviews turn even more negative for the more expensive Motorola models—they are universally panned for a series of problems. Bottom line: while Motorola’s video baby monitors are well received, the audio monitors are a bust.