The Oricom Secure850 baby monitor is a digital video monitor that includes a pan tilt camera and a secure talk back feature.
The Oricom Secure850 features a video zoom & infrared camera unit so you can check in on your baby day & night, a room temperature display & alert, a night light and 5 lullabies you can remotely play to your baby.
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We love …
- large screen with zoom function
- super easy to use
- can accommodate up to 4 cameras
- ability to talk to your baby and/or play nursery rhymes via the parent unit
In use …
Out-of-the-box, the Oricom Secure850 is easy to set up. Firstly, get the parent unit charging, it will take about 30 minutes to charge completely, but like most phones etc, you can use it while it’s charging. Secondly, position the camera centrally in your baby’s room either on it’s base or your can hang it from the wall. No need to adjust the camera, you can do that remotely using the parent unit.
The Secure850’s parent unit is pretty user-friendly. You can see all the info you need displayed across the top of the screen including reception, room temperature (which I really like) and battery life. The cross shaped button on the left allows you to control the sound, switch cameras (you can connect up to 4 cameras) and play lullabies. Press the sound buttons for 2 seconds and you can zoom in on your baby. Press the camera button (next to the power button) and the cross will allow you to move the camera around the room. Press the long bar button on the bottom to talk to your baby.
The parent unit’s video is activated by noise, you can adjust it to be more or less sensitive depending on your needs, specifically to accommodate how noisy a sleeper your baby is and outside noise. The camera automatically adjusts to infrared in low light and at night.
The Secure850’s baby monitor’s picture and sound quality is pretty good. How much you can zoom in on your baby will depend on how far away the camera is. Also, the range is good, we live in a double brick terrace, and we get good reception all through the house + the small front & back yards. Much further though, and it’s kaput.
The lullabies are a bit bing-bong in an electronic lift muzak kind of way. Although it’s not so pleasant for you (it does sound much better in your baby’s room), don’t underestimate the power of a little bit of muzak as part of your baby’s sleep routine. We’ve had a lot of success resettling our little guy with familiar bed-time mobile muzak. Being able to do it remotely via the baby monitor would be even better.
Finally, the Oricom Secure850 baby monitor is great quality. I wouldn’t suggest you let your baby play with it, but if they did accidentally get their chubby hands on it, it’s not going to smash or break if it gets dropped.
Consider this …
The Secure850 baby monitor’s parent unit is reasonably heavy & bulky to accommodate the large screen, so you can’t wear it around like some other baby monitor parent units. However it does come with a little stand so you can set it up somewhere convenient.
The camera only has one small hole in the base to hang it from the wall. For extra security, you might want to use some double-sided mounting tape.
The Oricom Secure850 has features you might miss. While the instructions are reasonably easy to follow, I would have found video instructions useful to get a feel for what this baby monitor can do for me.
The verdict …
Overall, the Oricom Secure850 baby monitor is pretty impressive. It does everything you need a baby monitor to do plus a bit more. Also, I think it’s very reasonably priced at $249 (+ $129 for each extra camera).
I’d defiantly recommend it to friends.
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