Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor
5.5" x 0.5" x 3.625"
• Wide Angle Lens Technology
• 5" Color-Flat Screen
• Two-Way Communication
• Digital Zoom
• Digital Technology
• Night Vision
• Expandable System
• System is expandable - ability to add additional cameras.
• Unit is lightweight and easy to take from room to room.
• Great range throughout the house.
• Great customer service.
• Issues with battery; however, this was quickly replaced by the company and has not been an issue since.
After doing quite a bit of research I narrowed my search down to two monitors that seemed to best fit my criteria: the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens and the Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor. Both of these monitors have great features, but in the end I chose the Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor because the price point was lower and it did not require an additional purchase for the wide-angle lens.
Overall, I’ve been extremely pleased with my purchase of the Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor. As always, safety is a top concern of mine when choosing products for my babies. This monitor features digital technology that provides peace of mind for security and privacy. As stated above, I don’t have to worry about some creeper hacking into my monitor through wifi. The unit has a nice 5″ LCD video screen. This is actually one of the largest screens I’ve seen available for a baby monitor and I happen to use every inch of that screen now that my son is able to get out of his bed! It is also very lightweight and easy to transport from one part of the house to another. I appreciate the fact that I can easily take my monitor with me outside when I’m on the front porch or on our deck. (My mom made the mistake of purchasing a used monitor off of Craigslist. While there is nothing wrong with buying used items, she failed to request a picture of the product and ended up with a monitor that is the size of a small old school television. The unit must always be plugged into the wall and is not very user friendly when it comes to moving about the house.) The screen on the Summer Infant monitor has Wide View Lens Technology, so I’m able to see more of the room. I can also use the zoom feature if I need to have a closer look for some reason. I’m also super impressed with the night vision this monitor has. I can see my kids even when the room is completely dark. It’s nice to be able to see that my kids are safely in their beds at night. I also am a fan of the sound-activated LED display. There are times when I place the monitor on my bathroom counter while I’m in the shower and I’m able to see the display light up if one, or both, of my kids are making any type of noise. Often it’s a bit difficult to fully hear what’s going on while I’m washing my hair and I appreciate being able to quickly glance at the monitor if I think I hear something.
This monitor has a really good range distance and allows me to see and hear everything no matter which part of my house I am in. It even works well when I’m in our basement, which is two levels below where my kids’ rooms are located. The manufacturer states that it has a range of 600 feet. So, unless you’re in a huge mansion, you should have no problem keeping a close eye on your little ones.
The Summer Infant monitor has a rechargeable battery, and from my experience, the battery life is quite good. I can easily have the monitor powered by battery in the evening after the kids go to bed and even if I stay up pretty late I have yet to run into battery issues. This monitor also boasts power-save mode which helps preserve battery life. I should mention that I did notice that the battery wasn’t staying charged after owning this monitor for about 6 months. I contacted Summer Infant’s customer service and they quickly sent me a new rechargeable battery pack. Since receiving the new battery I have had no problems with battery life. Their customer service was friendly and efficient. This specific monitor has a one-year warranty, so make sure to save your receipt in case you happen to run into a problem like I did.
The last, and possibly most important feature to consider when purchasing a baby monitor is to find one that has an expandable system with the ability to add additional cameras as needed. In my opinion, there’s no point in buying a monitoring system that can’t be added to as your family grows. The Summer Infant monitor comes with one camera and can have up to three additional cameras added to the system. There is an auto-scan feature which allows you to continuously view each room every five seconds. We just started using the auto-scan after our daughter was born and it works great. It’s easy to flip between monitoring a single room or multiple rooms. So far I’m impressed with how well this monitor has worked as our family has grown. I am completely confident in this product and I do not feel that the safety of my kids is compromised in any way.
Some additional features that make this product a winner include low battery and out of range indicators and two-way communication which allows you to talk to your baby or each other. This monitor comes with wall-mounting hardware and cord security clips.
Overall, this is definitely a monitor to consider for your family. It continues to work well after two years of daily use and I feel confident that this monitor has given me peace of mind when I go to sleep at night!