Modern times have brought with them great advances in technology that have affected almost every aspect of our lives. This is especially true with regard to how we care for our children. One of the modern innovations that helps give parents peace of mind when they are home minding their children is the video monitor.
One of the newest additions from Samsung is the Samsung SEW BrightView, and we’ve recently picked this as an “Honorable Mention” in our list of the top picks for the year. It’s very feature rich, and just barely missed out on being one of our “Top Picks”. Let’s take a look at the breakdown:
Features and Specs:
- Wifi: No
- Range: 900 ft.
- Remote Pan/Tilt: Yes
- Viewing Angle: 300-Degree H/110-Degree V
- Temperature Sensor: No
- Humidity Sensor: No
- Screen Size: 5.0 in.
- App: N/A
- Wide Screen – The 5 inch screen is wider than our top pick the DRX-8, and by all accounts the image quality is very high as well.
- Long Range – The monitor is reportedly useful up to 900FT away from the camera, which is a big difference compared to the 600FT other models claim. Depending on your situation, this may be helpful, however smaller homes and apartments probably won’t notice a difference.
- Remote Pan/Tilt – Just like our top picks, this model allows for remote pan/tilt, so you can adjust the camera without having to go into the room and disturb the little one.
- Multiple Cameras (Sold separately) – Up to 4 cameras can be added to the unit, and it can even present a split screen (or an 8 second rotation between cameras).
Seems like it’s all good! Why didn’t this make our top picks? Well, the differences were pretty small, but here are the reasons we thought the other models edged this one out:
- No Temperature Sensor – Unlike our top picks the DXR-8 and the iBaby M6T, this model doesn’t have a temp sensor. Especially for those parents with newborns, its important to know that the temperature is comfortable for the little one. It’s not necessarily a deal breaker, especially if you are confident in your homes thermostat to maintain to good temp throughout the day.
- Audio Sensor on Screen – When trying to save battery life, its often useful to keep the screen turned off and rely on the audio only. On other models, there are colored light alerts the parent to changes in audio levels without needing the screen turned on. On this model, the screen needs to be on at all times to see the alerts. It’s a minor annoyance but still significant for a lot of use cases.
Overall this is a very solid product that could do well in most any home situations. It just barley got beat out by our top picks the Infant Optics DXR-8 and the iBaby M6T. Nonetheless it should certainly be on any parents shortlist when deciding on which baby monitor to pick up.