About the Oricom Baby Monitor System – Secure870
(I received a Oricom Baby Monitor System – Secure870 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.)
Design: White, egg-shaped camera with purple accents, white and purple parent unit.
Baby Unit Specifications: Motorised pan and tilt camera, infrared sensitive camera for night vision, 3x digital zoom, wall mountable.
Parent Unit Specifications: 3.5” touch screen, up tp 6.5 hours battery life (rechargeable), can display up to 4 cameras.
Features: Camera includes inbuilt lullabies (19!) and starry night show, vibration alerts, in-built talk back, adjustable night light, room temperature monitor and display light.
Where you can get it from: Baby Bunting/ Babies R Us/ Baby Kingdom/ Baby Bounce/
Our Review of the Oricom Secure870 Baby Monitor System:
The Oricom baby monitor can display up to 4 separate cameras (sold separately), depending on how many young children you are wanting to keep an eye on. However with the small screen, the display of 4 screens might be quite small and difficult to monitor consistently. We did find that overall the Oricom was one of the best monitors for screen quality, and we could clearly see our son and what he was doing (the night vision worked well!).
We found the Oricom SC870 was the best monitor system for keeping an eye on our boy through the night and ‘intervening’ from afar before needing to go in to help him to settle. Our favourite feature was the starry night light show, which would keep my son occupied in the middle of the night and help him drift to sleep if he needed it. We also found the intercom and lullaby functions handy as well (and it was great that there are 19 different lullabies so you’re not listening to the same thing over and over again at 2am!).
The Oricom Secure870 is an easy to install baby monitor, which is ready to go once the camera and baby unit are both plugged into power. They are both lightweight and portable, making them easy to take with you on family holidays or on overnight stays when you are wanting to keep an eye on bub. It is also wall mountable if you’re wanting something more stable and permanent.
The baby monitor also uses an alert system to let you know if the temperature was too cold or too warm in baby’s room, which is really helpful. However, we started getting the alert frequently in that weird in-between weather (you know, between Winter and Spring?), where the temperature would yo-yo between 15 degrees (too cold) and 16 degrees (just right). This was a bit frustrating at 5am when the alert would keep going off – and the alert keeps sounding unless you dismiss it (although this doesn’t happen with the up and down temperature). Fortunately there are settings to fix this and you can remove the temperature alert (which we did as we’d already taken measures to help keep him warm!).
The Oricom SC870 also had a limited pan range, and we found this particularly challenging if we accidentally knocked our bookshelf (which housed the camera) and then our son wouldn’t be in the frame of the camera and we’d have to sneak in to rearrange it. There are other baby monitors with better pan and tilt ranges if this is something that you will need.
We loved the Oricom Secure870 because it had the amazing added features of quality lullaby tracks, the starry night lightshow, and a temperature display on the camera. This baby monitor was generally the best ‘all-round’ baby monitor as it had the best of all worlds in regards to its features. It is quite a bit more expensive than the other monitors in this review, however for the overall quality of the system and the peace of mind it gives us at 2am, we think it’s totally worth it!
- Best ‘all-round’ Baby Monitor – it has a high-quality touch screen, and excellent camera quality.
- Awesome features like the starry night light show, temperature display on the camera (and a noise alert through the parent unit), and parent talk-back.
- The best in terms of battery life – up to 6.5 hours for the parent unit.
- Easy installation and lightweight for portability if you are travelling.
- Can display up to 4 cameras but they might be quite small as the parent unit screen is smaller compared to some of the others.
- Temperature alert is great, but it will continue to sound an ‘alarm’ unless dismissed (and if the temperature yo-yo’s between 16 and 15 degrees, the alarm will keep going off!).