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amplicomms Watch & Care V100 Monitor review

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8
User rating
£99.99 RRP
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In a nutshell

A useful video monitor with clear display and good range that operates through walls and floors, not just along line of sight
Ease of use
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Sound and/or picture quality
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Signal range
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Design
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Durability
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Worth the money
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Pros: Clear screen; good transmission; excellent features such as talkback, nightlight, night vision, vibrate alert and lullabies; can control features remotely from parent unit
Cons: Need to manually adjust camera angle, no zoom on camera
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A digital video baby monitor with audio and visual alerts, such as the amplicomms Watch & Care V100, can give you peace of mind without you creeping into the nursery and waking your baby. Just make sure you keep it the recommended 1 metre away from other electronic items to avoid interference.

German company Audioline has manufactured telecommunication products since 1991. Four years ago, it launched the amplicom brand, which focused on communication devices for people with hearing, visual or dexterity issues. amplicom was rebranded as amplicomms in 2011, and its Watch & Care V100 is one of only a few baby monitors suitable for hearing-impaired users. Many digital monitors alert parents to noise or movement by automatically activating a viewing screen and triggering green and red sound level LED lights. In addition to this, the Watch & Care V100 receiver (the parents’ viewing unit) can be set to vibrate, so anyone with hearing difficulties can feel the movement by wearing the unit on the belt clip provided.

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With a 2.4GHz digital transmission and a range of up to 150 metres, the Watch & Care V100 works through floors and walls. I set the camera up in my sons’ bedroom on the second floor of our house and it transmitted perfectly to the parent unit on the ground floor – through two ceilings! Despite the wide coverage, the unit offers secure transmission, so no one can listen in.
Both the parent unit and the camera can be mains or battery operated, and the product comes with a 24-month manufacturer’s warranty. There’s even a helpline (call charges payable) if you have any problems.

What we love

My daughter Gracy is 9 months old, but I still like to check on her a few times when she’s asleep. The amplicomms Watch & Care V100 saves on trips up and down the stairs – and the chance of disturbing Gracy – because all bar one of the functions can be operated and adjusted from the parent unit.

When the Voice Operated Transmission (VOX) system picks up any sound, it activates the 2.4-inch LCD colour screen on the parent unit. The display is very clear and there are five brightness settings. The level at which sound is detected can be adjusted, so you can decide if you want to hear every gurgle or just louder noises.

My favourite feature is the night-vision function, which automatically kicks in when light levels are low. The camera is fitted with four infrared diodes, so the picture relayed to the screen is in black and white rather than colour. It’s like watching an episode of Most Haunted – without Yvette Fielding!

You can even play five lullabies through the camera by choosing this option on the parent unit.

There’s also an Intercom function (talkback), so you can speak to your baby without entering the room. This feature encouraged me to try the Watch & Care V100 in Gracy’s brothers’ bedroom. Fynn, 6, and Harry, 3, share a room on the second floor, so it’s a trek from the living room if they call out during the evening. Fynn has a habit of trying to turn the main light on so he can read or play once I’ve gone back downstairs. The first time I used the Intercom, he shot out of bed and turned the light off. Now he knows that the screen is activated if he’s on the move, so he’s less inclined to leave his bed. This goes to shows that a digital video baby monitor can be put to good use once it’s no longer needed for its original purpose!

The temperature in your baby’s room is constantly displayed on the screen, so you can ensure it’s not too hot or too cold. There’s also a built-in nightlight – so no need to turn on the bedroom light if you want to enter the room.

The paren’t unit is charged on a cradle, but it has a rechargeable battery too and can be carried around cordlessly or hung from a belt by its clip.

What to watch out for

Though most functions can be controlled from the parent unit, the camera angle can only be changed manually. This is slightly annoying if your child is a wriggler and the camera can’t be positioned to encompass the whole cot/bed. I’d also like to have a zoom option on the camera.

The unit must be located at least 1 metre from other electronic equipment to prevent mutual interference, though this is not unique to this monitor. I did try leaving the parent unit next to my laptop, but it affected the wi-fi signal. Placing it the obligatory 1 metre away, however, cured the problem and I could still see the screen when it was activated.

Who is the amplicomms Watch & Care V100 Monitor best for?

Parents, grandparents and childminders who want to keep an eye on a sleeping child in another room without disturbing them.

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MadeForMums verdict

The amplicomms Watch & Care V100 has a clear screen, great transmission and is reassuring to use. Although the camera has to be altered manually, the monitor offers a useful range of features that can be controlled from the parent unit. The vibrate mode means it’s ideal for people with hearing problems, too.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Amplicomms
Model Watch & Care V100 Monitor
Price £99.99
Signal type Digital

Features

Video screen Yes
Movement sensor pad No
Range indoors 150m
Range outdoors 150m
Number of channels 36
Sound level indicator lights Yes
Two-way talkback Yes
Night light Yes
Room temperature display Yes
Soothing lullabies Yes
Power supply Battery and mains
Power supply Battery and mains
Features
  • Infrared night vision
  • 2.4-inch LCD colour screen
  • Five brightness settings
  • Vibration alarm
  • Voice Operated Transmission (VOX)
  • Can control features from parent unit