This is a highly technical and award-winning baby monitor. It is intuitive to use and well designed, but is more expensive than your average unit, and comes with so many features that some parents will find some of them unnecessary. Let’s get started with the review of the Angelcare AC1100 baby monitor.
The Platinum Edition of the Angelcare Sound, Movement, and Video Monitor is an all-dancing, all-singing baby monitoring system, and is fairly different from the AC401. The monitor comes with digital sound and HD video transmission to keep you updated on every move your baby makes. But it also comes with a high price tag. Setting it up also takes some time.
When it comes to baby monitors, the Platinum Edition of this model of monitor is the Ferrari, Bentley and Rolls Royce combined. This award-winning baby monitor enables you to hear, see and communicate with your baby. The platinum edition of this sound, movement and video monitor is a highly technical way of ensuring your peace of mind.
The monitoring system (which actually is a system instead of being only a monitor) is loaded with features to the point that it can be a bit overwhelming trying to understand how it works and get it set up.
The keys to this system are the nursery and parent units. The pyramid-shaped nursery unit (that goes in your infant’s room) comes with an HD video camera that has rotate and zoom functions, crystal clear sound via a digital 2.4GHz microphone, a nightlight, and temperature monitor.
The parent unit (which you look through) comes with a color digital touchscreen. It is similar to an iPhone. This unit is the control center that you use for operating the nursery unit – you can rotate and zoom the camera on the nursery unit, talk to your baby by using the talk-back function, monitor your baby’s room temperature, and adjust the microphone’s sound levels.
The system is completed with the sensor pad so there’s no need to buy any additional baby movement monitors. The square, flat pad sits under the mattress of your baby’s bed and monitors the infant’s movements. An alarm sounds if no movement is detected within 20 seconds.
The system has a 200m range and can be electric or battery operated. This isn’t a long range unit, but it is still a decent range. The parent unit is both portable and rechargeable and has an approximate eight-hour battery life.
Things We Like
It can be a very nerve-racking experience to have a newborn baby in your home, especially during those first few months with them. However, having the ability to monitor, hear and see your baby’s movements can really help to reassure you that everything is fine with your dearest little one.
You have to have the patience of a complete saint to set this monitor up. It does come with clear instructions, but there is so much to read that I wondered if all of it was actually necessary. However, once it is all set up, the appeal of the unit is how easy it is to use.
The touchscreen parent unit is perfect for the generation of iPhone parents, and for anyone who is even remotely tech-savvy – it should be second nature to use it.
I really love the halo nightlight that is part of the nursery unit. It is an excellent function that spares you from having to scramble around in the dark looking for wipes and diapers, and helps you identify which end of your baby needs to be changed!
The thing that really impresses me the most is the quality of the picture and sound functions. The camera is so great that I find myself watching my baby, fascinated by all her movements in bed.
The sensor pad may be placed inside of a Moses basket and used that way.
Things to Watch Out For
To begin with, the sensor pad is very sensitive (which isn’t a bad thing). That means you will have to do some experimenting with its settings in order to get it just right. When the sensitivity isn’t set high enough it will not be able to pick small movements up, and you might end up with a couple of heart-pounding false alarms.
It is also important to ensure that the pad is placed on a flat base. The base on my baby’s cot folds in half, so I could only position the pad on one end of it and not across the split in the center. That has some obvious disadvantages.
To a certain extent, I wonder whether you actually need everything that comes with the kit, or if it is playing on parental paranoia and worry. For example, there is an auto tick sound function on the monitor that confirms it is working. We just go in the room and start whispering into it to see if it is working right.
Who is best suited for using this type of monitoring system?
High tech gadget lovers along with new parents who are overly anxious and can afford to spend the money to be completely reassured are going to get the most out of this unit.
This is an award-winning, ultra-sophisticated baby monitoring system. It works very well and is loaded with features, but some of them might not be necessary.
With its top-of-the-line features and specifications, along with its sleek design, the Angelcare AC1100 baby monitor is a true market leader, but it does come with a higher than average price tag.