The Motorola MBP8 Digital Audio Baby Monitor is the bottom line offering from Motorola, who have already shown that they have a firm understanding of what we as parents want to see as a baseline functionality as we allow their monitors to put a little distance between ourselves and our little ones.
With a low price, we didn’t expect the MBP8 to perform to the level that we would require in order to allow us to leave our children while they sleep, however it seems that since sound quality is our primary requirement after careful thought, it seem that it could be a last choice option and still allow us to have a little additional freedom of thought.
We know that every parent wants the best for their children, especially in the early years but it becomes clear that to hold that accolade, there is no need for it to boast a high range price tag although we simply can’t say that this would be a choice that we make as choice for a first choice baby monitor as it is just too basic.
White is certainly the colour when it comes to Motorola baby monitors and each of the three options that we have trialed have been dominated by a white colour base unit but for myself and Ian, this is unsurprisingly the worst looking option that we have seen of the three.
Obviously the look of your baby monitor will never affect the way that it functions, but this simply wasn’t appealing enough to make us think that this is something that we would entertain unless we were looking for a low cost system that we could put into a stopover bag for when the twins stay with their grandparents.
There is something to be said about going with a basic baby monitor system, the lack of functions and extras means that there is no additional set up steps, meaning that the MBP8 is a plugin and play formatted option that is as easy as plugging the units into the wall sockets and hitting the pair button.
The fact that the units are fixed to a wall point means that using it can be a flip between a great experience if you are staying in the same room for considerable time or terrible if you are planning to be mobile and moving throughout the house as with a 50 metre limit and a need to pair as you switch power points, it becomes a real pain.
As me and Ian have seen throughout the Motorola branded options, the sound quality of their baby monitors seems to be consistently good, a huge plus point for the manufacturers in our eyes due to our belief that every monitor should perform to at least this standard to be even viable as being sold as a baby monitor.
I have to admit that the quality did surprise me with this being the cheapest option that the brand have to offer, so much so that if it was sound quality alone that determined our favourite baby monitor, there is no doubt that Motorola would be up there in the list of the top 5.
Functions on the Motorola MBP8 Digital Audio Baby Monitor are limited and that’s not going to surprise anyone with the price of the system considered to be firmly in the bottom region of what you could pay, but although functions aren’t always used or even suitable for your own personal requirement, it’s always nice to have them there to be able to further the way in which you can use the system.
With a small 50m range available between the units the only sort of spacing that you have to work with before the system becomes more of a pain than something to give you peace of mind, so for us we have to rule out the MBP8 as a viable choice for a system we use within our home but that isn’t to say that we would not use it as a system for our parents when they have the twins as it offers a no fuss service that even they could use.
Overall the Motorola MBP8 Digital Audio Baby Monitor is a low cost option that we simply couldn’t use it inside our own house, however it would make a good option for a travel option that could be purchased and left at our parents house for those impromptu stopovers that we sometimes have to have when we have unexpected plans come into place.
The sound quality is good and the microphone catches a good amount of sound however bare in mind that since this is a unit that is plugged into a wall power socket, it will need to be as close to your child’s bed as possible to get the best possible noise pick up.
If we were looking for something more suitable for us from Motorola, we would be more inclined to be looking at the Motorola MBP161 Digital Video Monitor Babysense Bundle or for a more suitable travel option, the Motorola MBP160 Audio Baby Monitor.