Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with the baby crying in another room. You got bewildered, and scared. You grabbed the baby monitor as fast as you can while your eyes are still adjusting to the light…but since you were barely awake, you panicked and end up pushing the wrong button.
Oops. Another wrong button. And then another wrong one. So you decided to head over to baby’s room instead to keep the neighbors from waking up.
You bought a full-featured baby monitor because you want to check up on baby without having to leave your room…and this happens. So much for buying an expensive unit, right?
Parents with this problem will understand me when I say to get a simpler baby monitor that does its job well – one that is simple to understand and operate even when your eyes are closed.
For this reason, we decided to review one of the many recommended uncomplicated baby monitors that many users prefer – the Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10. This review aims to help you figure out if this will suit your needs.
We are going to discuss its features, the users’ opinions, and our thoughts about this straightforward audio-only baby monitor.
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Simplicity is Beauty
The parent unit has volume adjustment and power buttons in it. Therefore, parents can easily operate it even while their eyes are closed or even when it is dark. It is that simple to use.
It is virtually impossible to make a mistake even if you fumble with it in the wee hours of the morning.
There is no need for elaborate setup either. As soon as you get the Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10, all you have to do is unbox, plug it in, and turn it on. See? No fuss!
The baby unit has a power button in front, and a small nightlight. That’s it.
However, simplicity means that you only get a few features. This is both a boon and a bane for this product.
Some parents are looking for features such as two-way talk which is not present in this audio-only baby monitor. We can’t complain for its price though.
What is DECT Technology?
DECT or Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications baby monitors rely on 1.9 GHz frequency. At first, this technology was used on cordless phones but now, baby monitor giants such as VTech and Philips Avent apply this on their units.
Other baby monitors use 2.4 GHz frequency. DECT baby monitors, on the other hand, use an unusual frequency so it does not have much interference with other gadgets.
As you may be well aware by now, baby monitors that use 2.4 GHz usually encounter problems when they are placed near other baby monitors, cell phones, cordless phones, and other gizmos. This challenge was solved by DECT.
Since DECT uses a lower frequency, they also emit lower radiation level. This is another plus in any parent’s books.
Another perk of using DECT baby monitor is that they are difficult to hack. Parents will be happy to know that they are safe as they utilize a unique network to carry signal from baby to parent unit. Since they are using a secured line, you are assured that only you can hear your baby.
In addition to that, DECT baby monitors such as Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10 have topnotch sound quality.
Having said so, we can conclude that DECT baby monitors are safe in terms of hacking, and radiation emission. Plus, they are interference-free as well.
Apart from the crisp and clear sound sans the interference, the Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10 also has the following features:
- Long range – this baby monitor can reach up to 300 meters outdoors, and up to 50 meters inside the house. This depends on many factors though such as walls and other interference.
- Sound activation – parents can get a good night sleep because the parent unit is quiet when baby is.
- LED lights – the five lights are sound activated so that you can see the noise level in your baby’s room when the parent unit is on mute.
- Volume control – you can turn the sound up to hear better or turn it down so you can enjoy watching your favorite shows while you relax.
- Night light – baby is afraid of the dark? Simply turn on the comforting night light (that is not too bright) to ease her to sleep.
- Operation options – you can go cordless or corded. Simply plug in the parent unit if you want to save battery life, or put batteries if you want to bring the parent unit everywhere. The choice is yours.
- Alarms – you will be notified if your unit is out of batteries or if you are out of range.
Mystery Box: Inclusions
What do you get when you buy this baby monitor?
1 x Parent unit
1 x Baby unit
2 x adapters
You can click here to take a look at the monitor’s manual.
What Others Have To Say
As of writing, the Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10 is Amazon’s Choice and has 4.5 out of 5 stars. It also has 307 ratings – majority of which are of high praises. Not bad, if you ask me. Meanwhile, below are the pros and cons based on the reviews shared by its many users.
- Decent range
- Built in sensitive sound activation – triggered when ambient noise reaches to a certain point
- Helps parents rest easy and sleep better
- Can also be used as a travel monitor
- Reception is great even all the way to the third floor
- Does not lose connectivity
- Safe and not hack-able
- Clear and crisp sound
- Works well
- Easy to use, can even be used in the dark without mistakes
- Low price
- Still has signal through three closed doors
- not broken even after falling several times
- Does not transmit sound if it is just white noise – other parents prefer to hear every little sound
- Lacks some features that other lower-priced monitors have
- Parent unit is too light that it falls off sometimes – even its cable unbalances it
- Battery is not rechargeable
- Portable unit does not come with a strap
If you are looking for a no-frills basic sound monitor…if you are on a tight budget…if you are searching for a handy travel monitor, the Philips Avent DECT SCD 501/10 is an awesome choice.
It may be basic but it gets the job done. You will hear every giggle and cry with its clear sound minus the interference from other gadgets – making it earn a spot in our list of best audio baby monitors. Its range reaches up to more than 1000 feet which is an impressive feat for its price.
It may not have excess features such as two-way talk or temperature control but that is not a big deal. Anyway, those features will only make the unit more expensive, and more complicated as more buttons are added into the monitor.
So if you want a no non-sense and straightforward monitor without sacrificing quality, the Philip Avent DECT SCD 501/10 is the best choice for you.