- 1 Motorola MBP27T
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Key Features Of The Motorola MBP27T With No-Touch IR Sensor
- 5 Motorola MBP27T Video
- 6 What The Customers Say
- 7 The Last Word
Key Features Of The Motorola MBP27T With No-Touch IR Sensor
As you can see in the image to the right, there are two core elements when you open the box for the MBP27T. These are the rear view of the parental unit on the left, with the IR sensor visible, which can be used to take baby’s temperature or check how hot water or milk is, and the front view of the parental unit in the middle, which is mobile and can be carried around the house with you. The camera base station is on the right, which should be positioned near to baby’s cot and captures the images and audio that you’ll see on your screen.
Let’s examine these in detail…
You can think of the base station as the nerve centre of the video baby monitor, as it sits near to your child, with its camera directed towards them and contains a sensitive in-built microphone which collects the sound near your baby. It’s a white, free standing unit that is easy to position thanks to a clever multi directional bracket built into the stand, allowing you to twist the base station’s default position.
The camera supplied in the MBP27T supports pan (left and right) and tilt (up and down), as well as a zoom function. This will allow you to view around the room from your location elsewhere, with the digital control over the camera’s direction.
The built in microphone on the MBP27T base unit is sensitive enough to collect enough noise to relay to you that you’ll hear baby moving if you’re listening out for it, but not so much so that it will distract your attention from whatever you’re doing if they just make a small movement.
A great feature of the more recent video and audio baby monitors is that most now support two way communication. This will allow you to speak to your child from the parental unit. It will provide you with a useful opportunity to let your baby hear you as soon as they begin to stir, and possibly even allow you to ‘baby chat’ to them while you finish up whatever you’re doing around the house, and avoid that familiar scream for attention when they decide they want to get out of the cot for a few extra precious minutes!
The parental unit will spend as much time with you as your mobile phone in the coming months, or possibly more! It combines a screen to watch baby with a speaker to hear them, a microphone to talk to them, and an infra red thermometer on the rear of the unit. All the functions are controlled with a single, simple set of control panel buttons.
The MBP27T screen measures 2.4 inches, big enough for most people to get a clear enough picture of what’s happening in your child’s cot and the surrounding area. The size of your child in the image will depend on how far away the camera is from their cot, but you can adjust that with the digital pan, tilt and zoom functions on the unit.
Adjust the volume of the speaker using the keys provided, to range from so quiet that you can consider the unit muted, up to a loud enough setting to hear across a large room even with background noise.
Just press the mic key on the control panel to talk to your child, keeping them happy that mum or dad is around and knows they’re awake, or use it to soothe them back to sleep with a hushed word or lullaby.
The thermometer is a stand out function for the MBP27T video monitor, as it allows you to take your baby’s temperature without touching them. All parents know the worry whether your child is running a temperature and how easy it is to wake them up when they’re unwell, only to find there was no need to wake them. This nifty functionality brilliantly solves this, so you can see how hot they are without disturbing them. It’s also useful for checking the bath temperature or their bottle, rather than the old techniques of dipping an elbow in the bath or pouring milk on your wrist!
Motorola MBP27T Video
Here’s a useful video from Motorola themselves, showing the MBP27T in action:
What The Customers Say
We think that previous customers give the best opinions on products as they’ve battle tested them in the real world. While we’re parents ourselves and have been through those early years (and have the scars to prove it!), we know different views are important. Here’s our summary of what others have said:
Would Benefit From A Room Thermometer
The only real gripe we’ve seen about this unit is that there is no sensor to tell you how warm it is in the room near baby when they’re asleep. We’re not sure it’s that important, as most parents will be regulating the temperature in their house with the heating thermostat through the winter months and keeping the bedroom well ventilated in the summer, and beyond that, there’s not a huge amount you can reasonably do anyway. However, as it’s come up a few times in customer comments, it’s certainly worth a mention. Also, to be clear, the infra-red sensor on the parental unit is designed to measure the child, or things like baths and milk, rather than ambient room temperature.
Love The ‘Bouncing Lights’
Even with the volume down, the parent unit will show the volume in the child’s room near the parental unit with a strip of lights. The louder the noise (think screaming), the more lights. If your child starts snoring early, you might like to seek sanctuary with this feature rather than the constant snoring between their bedtime and yours!
Safe And Sound With Encryption
According to Motorola’s description the audio channel is encrypted, but some user reviews say the video channel is too. Generally, we’ve always assumed that a big part of the encryption requirement is to prevent abuse of the two way channel, but for some customers, video encryption is a huge bonus too.
No Wi-Fi Network Required
Just because the connection between your baby monitor and parental unit is wireless, doesn’t mean it need to use your home wifi. There’s actually a direct connection between the units, so there’s no wireless passwords or network names to wrestle with!
Base Station Is Mains Only
The camera unit must be plugged in at all times to operate. In the event of a power cut, your parental unit can alert you due to the lost signal, so you’re aware your baby is no longer being monitored.
Parental Unit Battery Life
The parental unit is supplied in the box with rechargeable batteries.
Single Camera Use
Some other Motorola video monitors will support multiple camera units if you choose to buy extras, however this is a single camera version.
The Last Word
There’s only one reason that any product tops our chart of the top ten baby video monitors, and that’s the simple fact that it does such a great job as an all rounder for a great price. As we said at the beginning, there are better products out there on the market, but they all cost significantly more, and we want to accommodate every household budget. Check out the number two option if you have more to spend, but the Motorola MBP27T will do just fine for the vast majority of parents that aren’t concerned with extras like movement sensors.