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Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor

*Est. $200
Reviewed
December 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor

Pros
  • Strong, secure connection; good range
  • Lots of features
  • Good sound and image clarity
Cons
  • Small screen
  • Camera doesn't pan and tilt
  • No voice activation feature
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Bottom line

The Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor offers excellent sound and video quality at a lower price due to its smaller screen size. In addition to video and sound monitoring, the MBP33 is nicely featured with a talk back to baby intercom, lullabies, a sound/light display and a room temperature monitor.  

Clarity

Excellent video image quality. According to independent testers, Motorola video monitors, including the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor, offer the best image quality and range they have seen -- working over more than 2,000 feet. The MBP33 monitor uses 2.4 GHz FHSS technology, which creates a strong, clear connection that is interference free. Users say that this monitor works very well for them, even in environments crowded with wireless electronics.

According to reviewers, the sound quality is competitive with the very best digital audio monitors, and users agree that the sound works very well. The jury is still out on the MBP33's night vision capabilities. Some users say the quality isn't as high as they would hope, but most say that it is clear enough to get a good picture of what's going on in the nursery. The biggest difference between the MBP33 and pricier monitors is its smaller 2.8-inch diameter screen, but users say the image quality is good despite the size.

Ease of use

Simple to operate. Users say that the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor is simple to operate and use. It lacks the remote control pan and tilt feature of its pricier, larger sibling, the MBP36 and other high-end video monitors, but the video's angle can be adjusted manually. For most parents who just want a general view of the crib area, this will be sufficient. While the MBP33 has good sound quality, it lacks a voice activation mode. This is a disadvantage for parents who run music or white noise in the baby's nursery. The monitor will transmit this sound to the parent as long as sound monitoring is activated, which may interfere with their sleep. 

The parent unit comes with a rechargeable battery pack, but reviewers say the battery life is terrible. They say the batteries run down after only a few hours, and the batteries have to be changed frequently. The power source in the baby unit is AC adapter only, so this can't be used unless it can be plugged in.

There are a few reports of the Motorola MBP33 failing after relatively short intervals of use.

Lifestyle features

A nice array of features. Parents have great things to say about the extra features included on the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor. Topping the list is the talk back to the baby intercom that allows you to speak directly to the baby through the monitor. One parent of a toddler loves being able to surprise his child by saying "get back in bed" without leaving the living room. Parents also like the monitor's lullaby machine and soothing nightlight display.  It will also monitor room temperature.

Customer service

There may be issues with quality control. Motorola has responded proactively to product failure complaints regarding the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor. Some customers complained that customer service is unhelpful or that the faulty product was replaced with another faulty product, but then went on to report that the vice president of sales at Motorola responded to them with a direct line to his office. The monitor carries a one-year warranty valid in North America only. We recommended you register your product and hang onto the receipt.

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Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor with Infrared Night Vision and Zoom, 2.8 Inch

 (721 reviews)
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Our Sources

1. Baby Bargains

Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Bargains book and website offer buyer's guides and ratings on a comprehensive selection of baby gear. The authors say they conduct hands-on testing and interviews with parents, manufacturers and retailers before reaching conclusions. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby-gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Baby Bargains offers a roundup of top audio and video based baby monitors and provides coverage of specific baby monitors and overall brand performance.

Review: Chapter 7, Monitors, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012

2. BabyGearLab

Review Credibility: Excellent The BabyGearLab.com grants the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor its best value award among all tested models, and the MBP33's older sibling, the MBP35, receives BabyGearLab.com's Editor's Choice award. Editors say the smaller MBP33 has the same key features, including best-in-class range, sound clarity and immunity to interference that earned the MBP35 its top pick position. BabyGearLab.com recommends the MBP33 for users who want to spend a little less and get the same overall functionality, although it comes with a smaller screen size and without the MBP35's controlled pan/tilt feature.

Review: Motorola Digital Video 2.8 Inch Monitor Review, RJ Spurrier, April 9, 2012

3. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good With an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 based on more than 300 reviews, user feedback on the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor is mainly positive. Most users say that the MBP33 has great image clarity even at night, very good range and reception even in environments crowded with wireless electronics, and great sound quality. Parents also love the extra features, including include a talk back to the baby intercom, a nightlight and a lullaby machine. On the other side of the spectrum, the MBP33 gets a number of reviews that report product failure either with the camera system, sound system or both.

Review: Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor with Infrared Night Vision and Zoom 2.8" Color LCD, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012

4. Babies 'R' Us

Review Credibility: Very Good The Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor earns an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars based on more than 66 reviews, and user feedback is mainly positive. Parents say the monitor is easy to set up, compact, accurate and sensitive. However there are isolated reports of products failing. Even parents who are generally happy with the monitor wish that they could turn the sound down more, and/or it had a voice activation mode to turn off nursery white noise.

Review: Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 2.8" Color Screen and Wireless Camera - MBP33, Contributors to Babies R Us, As of December 2012

5. Bestcovery.com

Review Credibility: Fair The Bestcovery.com reviewer is a mom of two who says she's dedicated hours of research into products geared toward children and parents. She does not indicate what methodology she has based her reviews on, but it seems to be research rather than real-world use. She commends the Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor for its many options, good night vision, long range and ability to play lullabies.

Review: Baby Monitors, Natasha Puryear, Not dated

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