The very first baby monitor was designed in the 30s, accompanying the expanding medium of radio broadcasting. It started as a humble, sound only system that consisted of a mic, transmitter, and speaker. By the 70s, 2-way intercoms were developed; and by the early 2000s, it had evolved into video-capable units. With the introduction of so much more technologies, the baby monitors came to accommodate complex innovations into their designs.
Now, there are baby monitors that range from purely sound to high definition video recording apparatuses, with innovative features like temperature sensing, humidity monitoring, crypto security (which is necessary nowadays), and recorded lullabies and/or white noise makers. The task then becomes how to filter out the “fluff” while ensuring that it does exactly what it’s created to do: allow you to monitor your child’s safety and comfort without difficulty, at any given time of the day or night.
From the abundance of options available, we have singled out one product that seems to have gotten it right, and has gotten it right for several years now. Infant Optics DXR-8 grabbed our attention for getting the right mix of performance, durability, reliability, and innovation. Following are some comparisons with other top competitors.
Prefer a video instead of reading? For information on the different possible baby monitors, check out this video from Babylist.
Infant Optics or Eufy Space? Infant Optics Dxr-8 vs Project Nursery
Probably the only other baby monitor that comes close to the Infant Optics DXR-8 baby monitor is the one from Eufy SpaceView. At roughly the same price range, they have been elbowing one another for the top spot on reviewers’ lists since 2019 Make no mistake though, Infant Optics DXR-8’s track record for recognition remains currently unbeatable, with awards for the best baby monitor since 2017, such as “Best Baby Monitor Of All Time” by New York Magazine.
It has earned the name “Mighty DXR-8” by doctors and expert tech reviewers because of its easy interface and dependability. It’s not surprising that it continues to be the best-selling brand of baby monitors on the market, with an average of 16,000 units sold monthly on Amazon, and over 500,000 sales since its introduction into the market.
Both baby monitors are preferred by customers for their ease of use at home. Their local-only sound and video feed provides the utmost safety, giving parents additional peace of mind — no need to be worried about hackers infiltrating their personal space! Aside from utilizing frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) technology that makes both baby monitors almost decrypt-proof, they also don’t connect to the Internet, reducing risks of unwanted data transmission.
Infant Optics DXR-8’s edges over the Eufy Space View are its variety of interchangeable lenses. The normal lens is best for nighttime or low-light viewing, the wide-angle lens is ideal for viewing the entire nursery, and the telephoto lens can zoom into your infant for greater detail. While Eufy’s night vision needs to be manually switched off and on, Infant Optics DXR-8 can detect low-light conditions and automatically switches to its invisible infrared.
Battery is also an issue with the Eufy SpaceView, as it can’t be replaced (and it is a common fact that baby monitors tend to burn out due to extended hours powered on). Infant Optics DXR-8 is runs on lithium-ion batteries and may be replaced. While a complete charge claims to last 12 hours, it has been noted to operate up to 15.5 hours. Eufy, on the other hand, may work better plugged in to last through the evening.
Finally, the Infant Optics DXR-8 seems sturdier overall. The Eufy’s kick-stand feels fragile, and even looks off-kilter, if we’re nitpicking; then we could say that its antennae are not that stable. Inversely, Infant Optics DXR-8’s screen looks like it could fall from a table and still be okay. Infant Optics Dxr-8 vs Project Nursery
Infant Optics or Motorola
At approximately $20 cheaper than the Infant Optics DXR-8, the Motorola MBP36XL also makes a consistent presence on lists of best baby monitors, albeit at the lower ranks. Though many of the features are very similar (because how far can you deviate from a baby monitor?), there’s 1 quality which makes the Motorola stand out: its 1,000-ft range. Other than that, Infant Optics DXR-8 trumps most of its other attributes.
Infant Optics’ installation is quite easy as compared to the Motorola unit which requires a screwdriver to just insert the battery
On the subject of batteries, the Motorola MBP36XL uses a NiMH rechargeable type for power, which explains the issues we have with this model. Charging typically takes 10-12 hours, nearly triple the time necessary for Li-ion batteries. Due to the nature of NiMH batteries, overcharging (keeping the device plugged) is not encouraged as this will make them lose a portion of their charge each month, so prepare to spend on replacements frequently. Extreme temperatures also make the NiMH voltage outputs to fall, while Li-ion batteries are more tolerant to temperature fluctuations. To make the point more succinct, the Infant Optics DXR-8 uses Li-ion batteries, adding to its reliability.
With regard to video feed, the Motorola baby monitor has a slightly bigger screen, but the view is quite limited and needs to be mounted fairly far in the baby if you want to see the entire room. Both models have tilting and panning controls for their camera however there’s visible static on the Motorola MBP36XL while and a bit after it is being adjusted.
No Unnecessary Features
One of the features that the Motorola model has actually becomes being quite counter-intuitive and will require that you set it up rather close to your child as the MBP36XL has a feature which lets you play up to 5 pre-recorded lullabies, which unfortunately also hides the sound your child may make
In general, you really get what you pay for (or do not, in this case).
Infant Optics or Netgear?
How does the Infant Optics DXR-8 compare to some of the more current releases on the industry? Arlo Baby by Netgear is one such release that really looks like the shiny new toy of baby monitors. In customizable character outfits like bunnies, kittens, and puppies, and features like HD recording, night light, and lullabies, it’s hard to ignore this new kid on the block.
But for all its flashy new tricks, how well does it deliver what we actually need in a baby monitor? It’s true that at 1080p resolution, you get a much clearer image of your baby, but unless you are planning to make vlogs out of your footage, it doesn’t really seem that necessary.
Although the Infant Optics DXR-8 is an older model, majority of the features are also available. One distinct feature, the temperature monitoring (which is important to prevent SIDS), which may show in either Celsius or Fahrenheit; two-way talk capability, which allows you to speak with your baby from another room; digital zoom of up to 2x, to check out what your baby is playing with; and night vision, for observing changes in your child throughout the evening.
Remote Camera Access and Cry LED Alert
For all of its technological advances, there are two things the Arlo Baby didn’t include. One is panning and tilting remotely, which the considerably simpler Infant Optics DXR-8 offers. This feature is especially useful for monitoring bigger kids that have a lot more movement than in-crib babies. The next is a vibration or LED light alert if the baby-end monitor picks up quite loud sounds (such as extreme yelling ), which can be beneficial for consumers who are hard of hearing.
As may be expected from a gadget with several features, as well as a WiFi-enabled device, the Arlo Baby may be harder to set up for the technologically challenged. It definitely requires more steps to connect the baby monitor to a network, calibrate it with an app that you will need to download, etc. As mentioned previously, Infant Optics‘ fool-proof setup is one of the reasons why parents still prefer it over fancier options.
Connected devices such as the Arlo Baby are more vulnerable to hacking or transmission issues, endangering your family’s security. Since it’s dependent on your phone and an Internet connection, problems like feed and connectivity consistency may be a problem. Infant Optics DXR-8’s radio frequency or end-to-end audio and video does not have the exact same security problems nor the reliance on the Internet.
It can look like the Arlo Baby is packed with terrific features, and we’re not denying that it actually does, but for the purposes of a baby monitor and the price it goes for, you’re probably better off with the tried and tested Infant Optics DXR-8. A few of the functions, like nighttime lights and lullabies, you might already have at home or are much more soothing if sung by a parent consecutively. With roughly a $60 price gap, we’re pretty certain the much more affordable Infant Optics does the exact same job without hurting your pocket.
Conclusion Infant Optics Dxr-8 vs Project Nursery
Being a very important investment for the safety of your child, the Infant Optics DXR-8 is still the clear choice amongst All these baby monitors that we’ve established. However, as parents, you will still be the better judge of what you and your child or family need. It will still depend on your living conditions, your budget, how active your baby is (or how busy you are for that matter), and if you would like to use it to communicate with family scattered around your house. At the end of the day, all it has to do is to allow you more mobility through the day, and some much deserved rest at night, whilst keeping an eye on your prized one. Their safety and your peace of mind is the top priority. Infant Optics Dxr-8 vs Project Nursery