Philips Avent Digital review

Philips recalled the Avent digital monitor as a precautionary measure on Monday 3 Feb 2020. This affects monitors in the SCD620 series, produced between January 2016 and March 2018. The products that might be affected are SCD620/79, SCD620/78, SCD620/93, SCD620/52, SCD620/26, SCD620/05, SCD620/01

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PRODUCT RECALL FOR THE PHILIPS AVENT DIGITAL VIDEO BABY MONITOR (SCD620 SERIES) DUE TO FIRE HAZARD RISKS

What’s in the box?

Camera, handset, belt clip, mains charger, user manual

Pros

  • High-resolution 6.9cm screen
  • Infrared night vision automatically switches on in the dark
  • Really good, high-quality audio with almost no interference
  • Talk-back feature
  • Five lullabies
  • Energy-saving eco mode
  • LED light tells you it’s switched on and in range
  • Night light

Cons

• No temperature display
• Battery life (should last for 10 hours but only really lasts for 4 – so use the mains when possible)

Key features of the Philips Avent Digital Video

• High-res 6.9cm screen with automatic infrared night vision
• Energy-saving eco mode
• Parent unit 10 hour battery life
• Talk-back feature
• Five in-built lullabies

What are the specs?

  • Model: SCD620
  • Weight: 458g
  • 22 × 15.6 × 9.8cm
  • Range: 50m indoors, 300m outdoors
Philips SCD620 Avent

How good is the picture?

Crystal clear. Philips' Avent Digital gives faultless visuals. At only 2"7, this isn't the biggest screen we have tested – our Mumsnet Best boasts one almost twice the size – but the quality was excellent.

Night vision meant our tester could see her baby just as clearly in the dark as in the day. You don’t even have to press a button – infrared night vision mode kicks in automatically as the light level falls.

Our only niggle is that it would have been nice to be able to control the camera angle from the parent unit – but this won’t be a biggie for most parents.

How good is the audio?

This monitor also stood above many when it came to audio capability. Adaptive Frequency Hopping Spectrum – commonly used in Bluetooth devices – guarantees minimal interference and got our tester’s seal of approval.

How good is the Philips Avent's signal strength?

Signal strength was nothing short of fantastic. There was no interruption anywhere in the house or garden, so our tester could peg out the washing without worrying that cries were going unheard.

Is the monitor portable?

Philips Avent Digital is less bulky than other baby monitors, and a belt clip helps with portability. The battery life isn’t great, though, and this makes it less portable in ‘real world’ situations. If you're looking for a truly portable device, we'd recommend the Babymoov monitor instead.

How good is the battery life?

Despite its eco-saving functionality, the device often struggled to reach the promised 10-hour battery life.

Is it easy to assemble?

The easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the three-step set up process. You won't need to part with any money for additional items because it's all in the box (though if you want to mount the device on the wall, you’ll need to buy your own fixings).

Philips SCD620 Avent

How does it look?

The Philips Avent Digital might not be the most modern-looking monitor out there, but it has a nice clean appearance. While the camera's aerial is a little cumbersome, the fold-out aerial on the parent unit is just right. The screen isn’t the largest on offer, but it’s big enough to deliver the picture you need. The wide bottom means it sits safe and steady on any flat surface.

Does the Philips Avent have any extra features?

Talk-back was genuinely useful. The sound of our tester’s voice was often enough to send our tester’s baby back to sleep if she stirred – and if that didn’t work, one of the five lullabies often did. Both were real lifesavers.

The sensitivity control can be set to pick up every hiccup and gurgle (great news for nervous parents) or reduced so that only ‘I mean it’ cries are picked up.

Is the eco-save mode any good?

To conserve energy, the screen automatically switches itself off if sound hasn’t been detected for 20 minutes. This was useful in that without it, the battery life would have been poorer – but our tester felt it would have been nice to have some control over this.

Is it easy to clean?

Easy-to-use, small buttons sit flush with the monitor surface – a real advantage when it comes to keeping it clean.

Is it good value for money?

The Philips Avent Digital baby monitor surpassed our expectations and was well worth the extra bit of cash. If you want to have eyes and ears on your baby, then you couldn’t ask for a clearer view. Audio was crystal clear too, and signal was never an issue. The extra functions enhanced an already brilliant monitor. Overall this device delivered the quality you might expect from this well-known brand.

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