- Small and wireless handset, easy to take with you from room to room.^Includes rechargeable battery for handset^IR LED Night Vision to see baby in dark room^Add up to 3 more cameras^Up to 450 ft. wireless range
Good value but lots of other options on the market.
Meets your basic needs but is missing some of the real helpful features like Zoom and VOX. I would recommend theInfant Optics DXR-5 2.4 GHz Digital Video Baby Monitor with Night Visioninstead; it has a larger screen, VOX, and is less $.The screen is ultra-small which makes it very difficult to see if you baby is awake or not.The screenshot they show in the product images is 100% fake/simulated You will not get anything close to that quality; very misleading by Lorex.The antenna also came loose after a few uses. It no longer snaps back into place.
Lorex Baby Monitor
We are using another baby monitor when this arrived. Upon opening the box I loved compact it was but wondered how the range would be affected. Setting up was easy and we’ve been using it a couple of weeks. Picture and sound was clear even when I was the garage. So far, battery life is as promised and we charge every other day.
Wasn’t sure what to expect quality wise until I powered it up, since it’s small and shiny plastic with a small screen. But ended up very easy to use with a lot of functionality. Has little yellow/orange lights that could be considered night or comfort lights. The IR function kicks on automatically. You could use the mic functionality too but not sure if that will frighten your baby or better to communicate with other parent in room with the monitor. All in all a very good product, good design, functionality, and the ability to add in extra cameras though I have yet to test that part out.
Been very helpful!
After receiving the video baby monitor, we were eager to test it. Unfortunately, upon trying to use it, we couldn’t get more than 2 feet away from the camera before the video monitor said "out of range." Running through the troubleshooting tips in the manual, we were still unable to get the monitor to function correctly. There isn’t much use in a baby monitor that only works within 2 feet of the camera.After calling Lorex, and walking through a few additional suggestions, they determined our unit was defective. Customer service had a new unit sent out, and provided a return label for the defective unit.The new unit was night and day compared to the old one. After setting it up in our daughters room, we were able to go downstairs and "monitor" her without issue. We love the ability to speak into the video monitor, and have her hear us speaking. It’s kind of fun to see her "freak out" by us speaking to her without actually being in the room. This is our first experience using a video monitor, and it’s definitely light years ahead of the old audio versions we used with past children.We’re happy. Customer service is very helpful should there be any issues. The monitor works as expected, provides a great set of features, and is one that we’re glad to have for our youngest. We’re confident we’ll get many years of use out of the monitor with additional children.
This is a great monitor/system. Set up is as simple as plugging both parts in and pushing 1 button. The handset (screen) is rechargeable, so it doesn’t always have to be plugged in. The picture is very clear, the sound is good, and the talking feature (Where you can push a button and talk through the speaker on the camera) works very well also. The battery life on the handset it pretty good and it turns the screen off automatically after a few minutes of no activity, but then also comes back on automatically if baby starts to move or fuss. Overall, this is a great video monitor and we’re very happy with it.
Fantastic sound and video quality
I was able to get this monitor set up in under a minute. All you have to do is plug it in and set it up in the room. I was very pleased with the video and sound quality. The battery life on the video monitor was quite good (plenty of time to get things done around the house without having to be tied to a power cord). I like that you have the option to turn off the video feature (to conserve battery or if you’re sleeping and just need the sound alert). I really liked the ability to talk into the monitor. I tried this out in my older son’s room (he’s 4). It was funny to see his reaction when I told him to get back into his bed. It’s been great for our family.
An overall high quality video monitor
The Lorex BB1811 Wireless Baby monitor is a great monitor for the price if you are looking for a video picture.Installation is easy right out of the box and the unit is surprisingly small but it works. The controls and options are intuitive and you will be able to use this monitor right out of the box. The video screen has a night vision mode which is helpful for a darker nursery but the screen is quite small. The audio is clear enough to hear when baby is stirring and the range of the unit worked all throughout our condo.We also have the Levana Astra 3.5 which we like better for the more flexible camera and better screen but this is a pretty comparable monitor for less.
Works really really well, cheap screen though
First of all it works, really really well.The night mode must use IR because you can see everything in a pitch black room and it doesn’t produce any light. Amazing.The camera stays plugged in, the screen is rechargeable but I would keep it plugged in by my bed (since that is when you want it on for long periods of time) anyway. The battery is just a bonus so I don’t want to complain about the battery life.My one complaint is the quality of the screen. Think mid 90s mp3 player screen. My guess is this is where they saved money and why they can offer it at a low price.
Great Monitor! Wish battery life was a little longer
I’d like to preclude this review saying this is the first baby monitor with a screen I have ever used. That being said, this is a great product for any new parent and is relatively lost cost for the peace and mind of having video rather than just audio.Installation essentially doesn’t exist. You simply plug in the monitors and push a button and you’re good to go. The handset for the parents is rechargeable, however, I noticed ‘up to 7 hours’ is a bit of a stretch. I found the handset lasting a little over 5 hours on average and up to 6 a few times. The battery life is completely dependent on how often the screen is on (which automatically turns off, and then on again if there is movement from the baby). Not a big deal since the handset can be plugged in at any time but as a potential buyer, something you may want to be aware of.The monitor comes with a great set of features. The screen has great imagery, even at night, and is not blurry in the least. Additionally, it has the two way talk feature where your voice, perhaps singing? 🙂 can soothe your baby at night! The range of the product is great. It claims 450ft outdoor/150ft indoor. I got to about 130ish feet inside before the range started to be dicey. I did not test the outdoor range a great deal but I was able to walk to and from my mailbox and it seemed to hold up well.The product can accommodate up to four cameras which is awesome in case you have another infant or even a young child (or pet?) you would like to keep an eye on. I did not get to test this feature but it seems to be able to move from one camera to another with the simple click of a button.Overall, I think this is a great product. Is it the Cadillac of baby monitors? Probably not. But at less than $100, I think you’re getting a great deal for the peace of mind and features it provides.
Crisp, Clean Sound, plus No Static!
This is a very good video baby monitor that I would recommend to friends.Here’s what I love about this monitor:-It’s so quiet! There is no static at all! The only noise I hear is my child. Just what I want.-Receiver has a carrying clip that also functions as a stand.-Both camera and receiver are lightweight-Receiver doesn’t need to be plugged in, once charged.-Camera base has very good grip! This will not easily slide off a shelf. It also comes with mounting screws.-Very good pivoting head on the camera-You can turn off the viewing screen and still listen for your baby.-You can speak into the receiver and the camera part plays your voice. Importantly, this function only works when you hold down a button, like a walkie-talkie. Your voice will come through crisp and clear. I used this to communicate with my older daughter when she was sick in bed. I don’t know how often I’ll use it with a baby, but it is very convenient.There are just a couple of things that could use improvement:-The screen is smaller than I expected.-When the night light function is on, there are two orange lights, one on each side of the camera, then one red light below the camera. In a dark room, it kind of looks like a scary face! We don’t need any extra reason for nightmares!If the screen were a little larger, I’d recommend this 100%. As it is, I’d say the benefits still out-weigh the drawbacks. I’m happy with the monitor.
A lot packed in a handheld!
Lorex is a well known name in my home. I have used their cameras for years and use them for my home security. The only thing I don’t like is after just a few months their monitors seem to turn to black and white and the battery no longer charges. I can’t say that about this one but if it happens, I will update this review.Taking this out of the box, Lorex really impressed me with how they secured the camera and monitor. They were both covered with protection film. This was very important to me considering I exchanged a camera (in the past) due to no protection and it was scratched all over. Setting up this camera took minutes! The one thing I love about their cameras, there really is no limitations of angels. The camera has a built in amber night light which is useful.The monitor has everything that Lorex offers but neatly placed in a handheld. The screen is small but you are not missing anything. You can also zoom in. The one thing I love about this monitor is you can hit a button which puts the monitor in standby mode. No more powering off and on. I have used this button a lot! The back of the monitor has a stand which you can use as a kickstand to have the monitor standing up next to you while you work, on your nightstand, or it swivels so you can place it on your belt/pants. I will say this has great range! I have the camera in my daughter’s room and keep the monitor mostly in the living area in the evening and I have not had a range issue. Color is good but knowing my past experience, I fear it will fade to black and white. If that happens, I will come back and update this review.Two things I do not like, you are able to pair an additional three cameras to this monitor but it is very small. I love that you are capable to add more cameras, but this monitor is so small, I am not sure I would add an additional camera. Second flaw, even when the battery is fully charged, it seems to drain fast, even in standby mode. I have had that issue with past Lorex systems but not right out of the box.I have been using this for weeks and love the size and that I can carry it around and place it next to me or place it on my belt. It is very handy. If you are looking for a middle of the road camera, this is a good one. It is a lot better than a lot of basic cameras out there but I would not expect it to last a long time. If that is what you are looking for, this one is for you.
Better Out There at This Price Point
Overall, I was very unimpressed with this monitor. The picture quality is only decent. Even in full light, you should not expect anything even remotely as clear as what you see on the product page. Whatever these photos were taken with, it was not the camera that comes with this monitor. The sound from the camera to the monitor is also decent. The “talk to baby” feature is pointless. The voice comes out as echoed and loud. It’s like taking to you baby over the grocery store loudspeaker. This is not comforting and this feature is pointless. (In fairness, I’ve not found a baby monitor that performs this function well.There are a couple of things I really like about this monitor. I appreciate that the cord for the base unit and the camera are interchangeable. I also find the belt clip feature quite clever. The stand for the monitor twists around and becomes a belt clip. Very clever.At the time of this review, this monitor stands around the $100 price point. This monitor just isn’t worth it. If you want something at this point, I suggest theLevana Sophia. It has the same basic features and costs a little less, but has a better picture and a bigger screen.
Soild Product, but not the Best Price Point
Over the years we have used several different baby monitors. For whatever reason a baby monitor seems to have a relatively short life before it fizzles out…so far (regardless of the brand) we have averaged between 9 and 15 months before we have had to replace all of our monitors…. on of which included a previous generation of this lorex monitor.Notes- We really like our previous Lorex video monitor… and while we have a found a few new ones that we like more – we still have a good impression of the Lorex brand.- Screen Size – Very small…. I mean very, very small maybe the smallest that I have ever seen on a baby monitor. I am not sure how much it matters, because as the screen gets larger you generally lose clarity. Unfortunately, the Lorex BB1811 isn’t overly clear even with the smaller screen.- Low light performance – I’ll let you in on a secret – all baby monitors stink in low light/dark. Yes, they are good enough so that you can see that your child is jumping on the bed in the dark, but don’t expect anything other than a very grainy picture. The truth is that is one of the things that separates all video cameras (not just baby monitors). High end (read expensive) offer a much better low light picture…. cheaper cameras are always grainy.- Two way talk – again, this available on many monitors – which is a good thing…since this is a critical feature- Wireless range – I haven’t tested the full 450ft, but in the case of most these monitors (including my previous Lorex) assume that the maximum range is strictly for absolutely ideal conditions.- No built in lullabies… oh well, despite having this on a couple other baby monitors we never used it.- Expandable up to 4 cameras…again a relatively basic feature.- Not wifi enabled- if this is important to you expect to pay more than this price point.Final Verdict – The Lorex BB1811 is certainly an acceptable product, but it really isn’t outstanding in one area. Our preference is the Samsung SEW-3036WN which costs more, and has a few flaws (at times it interferes with out wi-fi signal) but as a whole it seems to be a better value.3 1/2 Stars
Not interference-free for most households, marginal picture clarity compared to others
Why is this not interference-free for most households who use WIFI?LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:========================Every wireless video baby monitor I’ve researched runs at 2.4ghz. They may not put that in the description, but when I track down the manufacturer specs, it states 2.4ghz. Your wireless Internet/WIFI also transmit at 2.4ghz. Even the newest 802.11g and 802.11n transmit at 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz. My smartphone’s WIFI as well as my wife’s Netbook only works at 2.4ghz, not 5.0ghz. My Internet router also works at 2.4ghz and is not dual band.WHY IS THAT A PROBLEM?========================After our baby, when I returned to work, I noticed strange lockup issues on my phone and horrible call quality for VOIP. I thought the Internet seemed slower and pages would sometimes lockup. After a lot of searching, I stumbled upon someone mentioning interference from their baby monitor, ding, ding, ding! Sure enough, I unplugged the video baby monitor and ran an Internet speed test, and I was getting 95-100% of my throughput rate. I plugged in the video monitor and the throughput rate plunged to 10-40%! I unplugged again, and wah-lah, back to 95-100% again! It was quite clear that the 2.4ghz that these video baby monitors transmit on, also affect/"interfere" with WIFI devices that transmit at the same 2.4ghz.This Lorex Wireless Baby Monitor is no exception, it transmits at 2.4ghz. Please test your own 2.4ghz wireless monitors the same way, night and day difference.That being said, I feel 2-stars is fair. If you don’t even know what VOIP is and don’t work-from-home and use the Internet casually, then this video baby monitor is reasonable, but actually a poorer picture clarity than others I’ve used.Other models for comparison:========================We have used the wireless Summer Infant, Motorola, Levana, and Infant Optics video monitors. The Summer, Motorola, Levana Stella are more than twice the price, but they have large 4-5" screens, excellent picture clarity, and the ability to pan/tilt/move the camera remotely. The ability to move the camera makes it worth the extra price. If you are first-time expecting parents, you won’t realize the value of that until your little one arrives and they start rolling around and flipping over, etc."Wait, I work-from-home, I use VOIP/online meetings with our WIFI/Internet, any solutions for us?"===========================================================================Yes! For ~$60 for a Foscam 8918 **IP-BASED** wireless camera, you can have a true *Interference-Free* video baby monitor that you can pan/tilt/move from the convenience of your phone! Yes, that’s right, even in complete darkness, the ~$60 Foscam IP-Based wireless camera allows you to monitor baby from any smartphone connected to your house WIFI. It’s interference-free because it follows the IP protocol standards. Yes, it’s significantly harder to set-up, but if you know what VOIP is, I’m sure you can figure it out. Foscam is just 1 brand, there are several *IP-BASED* brand wireless-network cameras out there; Foscam just happens to be the brand I chose.Overall, for all of the reasons above and knowing all of the less-expensive alternative options out there (IP-BASED wireless cameras that pan/tilt/move remotely), 2-stars is fair here.
Better than cell phone app options
I have three video baby monitors. The other two (Motorola, Belkin) are designed to be viewed via an app. The other monitors suffer from fatal problems, for example, if the camera loses power, it forgets its wifi connection, and the app doesn’t keep the password and logs out all the time. Also, I don’t like the idea of my video being hackable via the internet. The only advantage of the online monitors is that you can see the video when you are not home, i.e., nanny-cam.This Lorex BB1811 Wireless Baby Monitor is a simpler, non-internet technology. It just works. Also, it has a 2-way talk, which is useful, though poor audio quality. Also, the range is not huge — don’t expect the same range as some cordless phones or your wifi.
Works great and emphasizes the features we use without excess features we don’t need
Before our baby girl was born we used a gift certificate to get a Lorex LW2004 Video Baby Monitor with 2.4-inch LCD and Automatic Night Vision. After she arrived we started using it, and realized it had some pretty big limitations. The monitor was "portable" but the battery only lasted a couple of hours, then took another 12 to recharge. The night vision was finicky and the screen itself flickered on and off. It worked… but was so frustrating it was sometimes easier to do without. And indeed we did, throwing it in a box, a box that got put in the garage. I definitely wouldn’t spend money on a Lorex after that.We were given a Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor with 8 Hour Rechargeable Battery and Talk to Baby Intercom 32111 (White), which was significantly better. We’ve been using it for a year and a half now, generally pleased. It is feature rich and works consistently. We bring it with us when we travel.With another one on the way in August, I wanted to see if it was worth trying a different brand rather than getting an extra camera. I was suspicious with this Lorex at first, but a review product is a review product, so I was willing to take a risk and happy to provide a harsh review based on what I found and with the emotions of wasting money on our first one.Since first using this, I have to admit that the Levana Jena has been put away and the Lorex has taken its place. I was reluctant to like it, and initially didn’t because it seemed much more basic for about the same cost. But we use it precisely because it is more basic and does the basics easier and better.First of all, the image seems sharper and more clear, especially during the day. The night vision is also a step better (radically better than the first Lorex we had). This doesn’t have the added music or thermometer or such that our Jena has, but that’s fine. We don’t end up using those anyhow. The thermometer was very useful when we were living in a place that lacked central heating and cooling, but now we can control the temperature of the house at once.What I like about the Lorex is that it is straightforward. One button on the monitor turns the video on and off, leaving the option for just sound only very easily accessible. Hold down another button and the orange "nightlights" go on and off. One of my first critiques was that like so many baby monitors, there’s a lot of light coming from the camera (a silly feature in my mind). But when I saw how easy it was to turn the lights on and off, I like it as a feature and an option (not as a requirement).The sound is clear as is the microphone to speak into the room through a speaker in the camera.This isn’t the fanciest video monitor, but it’s good at what it offers, is simple to use with the features that we find we use the most, and is generally well-designed. Very pleased.
Good product for a good price.
I was very impressed with this product, especially given the features it has in such a compact package. I have used it to monitor both baby and pets. The image is clear, and, the audio is very clear (no static at all). It is super convenient to be able to use the belt clip to hold the wireless monitor as I go about my household chores. I also trust Lorex, having used their products in the past. I do wish the battery life was a little bit longer, as the only inconvenience I have experienced is the recharging of the unit (best done at night when the monitor is in a stationary position anyway). Its just that my days tend to be longer than 7 hours (!). Other than that, I think the price for this unit is very reasonable and would highly recommend it to other parents and pet-owners alike.