- 1 Ex-Pro EBP37
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Key Features Of The Ex-Pro EBP37 Camera System
- 5 What The Customers Say
- 6 The Last Word
- Temperature sensor
- Infra red night vision
- SDHC memory card recording
- Smartphone app support
- Great value
- Set up can be confusing
- Large power plug
It’s quite rare that a relatively unheard of company smashes its way into the top ten ratings, particularly in the electronics world. Most of the big players have huge budgets to play with, and massive teams of experts making sure that the products that eventually find their way onto the shelves in high street stores tick all of the boxes of their prospective customers. We don’t often talk about the fact that we have built quite a few sites like these, as we prefer to focus on the subject at hand, but take it from us, a product like the Ex-Pro EBP37 is relatively uncommon in ranking up with the best in the industry.
We’re pleased to present you with our Ex-Pro EBP37 video baby monitor review, where you’ll be able to find out more about the product, and most importantly, what other people have to say about it – people who have children and families just like you are buying for. This means that it’s not just our opinions that we’re sharing, but also those of real life customers that are now, or have been, putting the EBP37 through its paces.
Key Features Of The Ex-Pro EBP37 Camera System
Assuming you know a little about baby monitors already, you won’t be surprised to see that the EBP37 is supplied with a camera and screen unit. With the exception of alternatives with extra functions, that’s an entirely standard set up, and we think they look quite smart, and white is great to fit with the colour scheme of any child’s nursery.
Placing the EBP37 camera unit near to your child’s cot will provide you with a number of features that we’ll sequentially explore next.
The camera supports pan and tilt, meaning that it moves up and down, as well as zooming in and out, much like you would expect from a digital camera. This allows you to track baby throughout their bed as they become old enough to move around, without needing to place the camera far enough away that it can cover the whole cot.
There’s a built in thermometer to measure the ambient room temperature. This is a common gripe with some of the big name video baby monitor models, as it’s often omitted, presumably as it eats into the profit margins of the manufacturers.
Infra-red lighting is used by the unit to allow for a night vision mode to be activated – it’s not a lot of use to have a video monitor over an audio only variant if you can’t use it in the dark! The great thing about infra red is that it’s not viewing by the naked human eye (just like with your TV remote), so won’t disturb your child, but the clever technology used by the video monitors converts the images to ones we can see on the parental unit.
Built in microphones are used to capture sound in baby’s bedroom, using similar technology that parents have grown used to over the last couple of decades with sound only monitors. There is also a speaker in the unit too, so that your child can hear you – more on that in the next section.
There’s a slot for a micro SD card (SDHC) that supports up to 32Gb of recording space too – although that’s not included. You can pick them up very inexpensively on Amazon though – take a look when you use the price check button at the top or bottom of this page. It allows you to store footage recorded by the EBP37’s camera in a standard format to the memory card which can then re read by a computer with the appropriate card slot.
Finally, the base station can play several lullabies which often help children off to sleep. While to us they sound like 80s Casio keyboards and their demo tunes, young children will often like the repetitiveness of the same tune to fall asleep to night after night.
The parental unit is the mobile device that you carry around with you. While it’s not quite the smart phone you’ll think of when we talk about mobile devices in normal daily life, Ex-Pro do have options for you you use apps on smart phones with this baby monitor. Personally, we struggle to see how that’s likely to be much more than a gimmick, but as you’ll read in a moment, some customers do seem to like it!
The EBP 37 has a neat battery saving feature which allow you to use a mode with the screen switching off after a while, so that you can hear your child but not need to drain the battery faster than necessary (screens run batteries down much faster than speakers). A simple click of a button instantly re-activates the screen so you can quickly respond to noises.
As we touched on in the previous section, you can talk to your child from the parental unit (also at the push of a button) if they need attention or reassurance that you’re nearby.
You can also see the temperature in baby’s bedroom on screen too – in recent years parents have become much more aware of the importance of a stead and comfortable room temperature, so you can use this handy function to know if you need a little more warmth in the winter and turn on the heating or turn up the radiator, or in summer open a window if it’s getting too muggy or hot.
A couple of final points of note, there’s a useful alarm that you can set to alert you, for example that nap time is over or it’s time for a feed. There’s also an out of range warning if you drift too far from baby and might miss them due to loss of signal.
What The Customers Say
In this section, we’ll put our thoughts aside and take a look at the common comments made by previous customers, a sort of ‘review of reviews’! We hope that this will give you some real life insight into the use of the product, something that ‘normal’ reviews are often lacking.
High Quality Camera
Many customers note that the camera performs well compared to others that they’ve previously used with elder children or seen at friend’s houses. That could, of course, be partly to do with technology moving on, especially where an old model has been replaced by the EBP37 baby monitor.
App Is Useful If You Carry Your Phone Around All The Time
A few people note that they are never without their smart phone, so they like to use that instead of carrying the parental unit around all of the time. Most customers won’t be moving too far so it shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re permanently attached to your iPhone, this might be for you.
Huge Plug Wont Fit Behind Furniture
It’s a common gripe with baby monitors that the supplied power cable has a very deep plug. The reason is that the transformer on the unit (that modifies the electrical voltage and number of amps to the correct level) is built into the plug itself, much like phone chargers. If you were planning to plug this in neatly behind a wardrobe, chest of drawers or changing unit, that may be inconvenient.
Wall Mounting Is A Nice Touch
Unlike some rival products, the EBP37 camera monitor can be wall mounted, keeping it from cluttering up the space near baby and keeping it out of reach as they get bigger. It’s a particularly useful ability in small bedrooms too, where space is at a premium.
Setting Up The Network Isn’t Clear
A gripe we’ve seen several times is that it’s not clear that when setting up the unit, the parental unit asks for a password. This should be your wireless network details, not the code that’s on the camera unit – one to put in the back of your mind if you’re about to order!
The Ultimate Spy Tool!
We’re not advocating this, but a number of people have pointed out that the app can be used away from home to keep an eye on baby. Some parents that are nervous about babysitters have said that it has helped them to leave baby at home for that first night out after baby is born – which in some cases might be years later! Being able to see that your child is OK from your phone is one of the many wonders of the internet – you’ll need to set up the wireless network and security settings to use this and prevent unauthorised viewers.
SDHC Card feature is great for extra memories
The record to memory card feature is quite unusual, but gives a new opportunity to add to those family albums. We’re starting to live in an age of video, so why not add baby sleeping to those early memories?
The Last Word
The Ex-Pro EBP37 video monitor is highly deserving of its position in our top ten table, thanks to a wide range of innovative features that are unusual to be packed into a single unit. It’s available at a very reasonable price too when stacked against some of the more well known manufacturers. We don’t know much about the life of this model, as there is very little to go on, and after sales is something we have very little information about, other than knowing that Amazon have replaced a couple of units for previous customers. There’s nothing unusual in that in itself, just be aware that we don’t know about the track record of Ex-Pro in the way that we do with the likes of companies like Samsung and Motorola.