Reviewers say it's hard to beat the feature-rich Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor for its clear sound and image. Range is also better than average, and parents love the camera's handy intercom and ability to quietly pan, tilt and zoom. But reviewers say durability could be better, and they wish for simpler controls. The monitor also lacks a sound-activation feature, meaning you could be getting an earful of white noise from the nursery.
Crystal-clear sound and image. Parents are happy with the Motorola MBP36's range, and the monitor bested several competitors in independent testing, clocking more than 2,000 feet outside. The connection remains mostly interference-free, and experts say the image quality is top-notch, even at night. Sound quality was comparable to top-rated sound monitors, they say. Sound-sensitive LED lights change from green to red based on noise from the nursery, and reviewers say they're an accurate way to tell if baby is crying. There is no sound-activation feature to filter out white noise, which is disappointing at such a high price, experts note.
Controls are a bit fiddly. Most reviewers say setting up the Motorola MBP36 is a cinch. However, some parents complain that the menu could be easier to navigate, especially at night. For instance, volume and zoom are buried in an internal menu and require several maneuvers to control. Motorola says it takes 16 hours to fully charge the monitor's NiMH battery. Like most video monitors, it gets poor marks for battery life from reviewers. Indicators include battery level, temperature and signal strength. Several reviewers complain about durability, reporting problems with buttons, sounds and night vision.
Silently follows the action. There's not a lot the Motorola MBP36 doesn't do, reviewers say. Parents can silently and remotely pan, tilt and zoom -- functions experts say can come in handy to keep an eye on active kids once they're out of the crib. An intercom allows parents to talk to their baby, and other features include lullabies and a temperature sensor. The parent unit can scan between up to four cameras, handy for families with several small children or rooms to monitor. The camera is wired, and parents should be careful to place the cord out of baby's reach to reduce strangulation hazards.
The Motorola MBP36 is the top video monitor in these detailed tests, rating especially well for sound quality, video quality, range and features. Picture was noticeably better than competitors' and the silent pan/tilt is impressive. Sound activation would be nice, the review notes.
Review: Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor Review, RJ Spurrier, April 9, 2012
2. Which? (UK)
The Motorola MBP36 fares well in tests of range, picture quality, stability and battery life. Range is less impressive outside, the review notes, and the cameras depend on A/C power. Instructions are also a bit confusing, it says.
Review: Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Review, Editors of Which?, Not dated
3. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" covers all manufacturers of baby monitors in depth. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to come up with their overall rating for each brand. Then they pick a few specific best-bet models. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013
The Motorola MBP36 gets 3.7 out of 5 stars based on nearly 1,000 reviews. Owners love the large screen, picture quality, tilt/pan/zoom and range. But several report quality issues such as faulty sound and displays. Some find customer service lacking.
Review: Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor with 3.5-Inch Color LCD Screen, Infrared Night Vision and Remote Camera Pan, Tilt and Zoom, 3.5 Inch, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Fabian likes the Motorola MBP36's ability to remotely pan, tilt and zoom. She says range is impressive, as is the large screen, intercom and reception. She says some parents may want a night-light, however.
Review: Motorola MBP, Karina Fabian, Not dated
This review praises the Motorola MBP36 for quality sound and video, including detail-rich night vision. Editors also like the large display, lack of interference and temperature monitor. But they say the monitor can be loud, amplifying quiet sounds and beeping loudly when battery is low.
Review: The Best Video Monitors, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
The Motorola MBP36 has stellar sound and image quality, with a convenient intercom and temperature monitor, the reviewer says. She likes the remote pan, tilt and zoom, and says it's a good pick for parents with larger families since it can take multiple cameras.
Review: Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 3.5 Inch Color LCD Screen, "Jamie C.", Aug. 21, 2013
This review praises Motorola MBP36 for its quality sound, image and remote pan, tilt and zoom. The sound-activated LEDs, intercom, range and lullabies also win kudos. But the monitor is pricey, the review notes.
Review: Baby Monitor Reviews |Top 5 Best Baby Monitors, Editors of ReviewMonkey.net, Not dated
Leder praises the MBP36 for its innovative camera design, which allows parents to track their children more accurately than most other monitors. She also likes the night vision, lullabies and temperature monitor. The short review does not note any cons.
Review: The Best Baby Monitors, Heidi Leder, April 13, 2012