The first thing to note about the Infant Optics DXR-5 s that it is a seriously compact monitor that is designed for portability. It weighs just a pound and measures 3 x 1 x 3 inches, so it can be moved quite easily. Perhaps a downside of this lightweight design is the plastic used, which many consumers complain has a cheap feel to it. Still, at only $90 on Amazon, it might be worth overlooking this in favor of purchasing this best selling baby monitor (it ranks number 2 in the Baby Monitors category).
Infant Optics DXR-5 2.4 GHz Digital Video Baby Monitor with Night Vision
|Signal Range||Up to 800 feet in open areas|
|Battery Life||12 Hours|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Product Dimensions||3 x 1 x 3 inches|
|Power source type||Rechargeable Li-on battery, A/C Power: 6 V 1 A DC adaptor|
|Display type||TFT LCD|
|Sound clarity||2.4 GHz static free digital wireless transmission|
|Maximum indoor range||150ft in enclosed areas|
The DXR-5 comes with a 2.4 GHz digital wireless FHSS communication link that makes transmission easy. It can transmit signals up to 150 feet indoors and 800 feet outdoors. While these distances don’t outperform some of the other baby monitors we tested, they are impressive nonetheless. The signal features FHSS encryption, enough to keep all nosy neighbors at bay.
As with most baby monitors, signal disruption can occur when microwave ovens are used and if your building has a lot of metal in its construction, you may experience some disruption as well.
Another feature that many consumers love about the DXR-5 is its super high quality 2.4 inch screen, which automatically switches to night vision when the lights in Baby’s room are turned out. If image quality is a major consideration for you, then you probably won’t find a better baby monitor than this. Seriously, images seen on it are Crystal Clear and also in full color. You get a cool 30 frames per second of playback, which is about all you’ll need.
The audio that the DXR-5 provides is crystal clear as well. We tested for signal interference and found none, with none of the static and crackles that oftentimes accompany other baby monitors. This model also comes with a feature called a “White Noise Eliminator”, which is designed to eliminate any unimportant static noises once your child is asleep. The way this works is that, whenever the sound level falls below a certain threshold for more than 10 seconds, the monitor’s audio will shut off temporarily, until it is reactivated by noise. The cool thing about this feature is that you can turn it on and off as needed.
Infant Optics emphasizes the simplicity of this monitor, telling consumers that they have stripped down the baby monitor to remove all but the essential features. If you are the type of person who prefers to keep things simple and to the point, this is probably a good option for you. If you are a tech-spec geek who likes fiddling with features, you’ll probably want to go with a more feature rich model of baby monitor.
The DXR-5 features a 900mAh Li-on battery that lasts for about 8 hours without a charge. The battery doesn’t give you as much bang for your buck as other models, but it is still good enough for most cases. When in power saving mode, the monitor will turn off after three minutes of quiet, and will be reactivated when it detects any sound. This is called VOX standby mode, and like the White Noise Eliminator feature, it can be turned on or off as desired.
What’s in the Box?
Out of the box, we managed to get the DXR-5 up and running within just a few minutes. All you’ll have to do is connect the adapter to the camera and monitor unit and you are good to go!
The camera also comes with a set of mounting screws and a mounting stand that allows you to mount the camera vertically and angle it upwards or downwards as necessary.
Overall we found the DXR-5 to be incredible easy to setup and use and think that it will fit the needs of most parents. As mentioned earlier in the review, if you are a natural born fiddler and you really like customizing the settings of your electronics, then you’ll probably tire of this fast. If you like to keep set up and maintenance of your home products short, simple and sweet then you’ll probably find the DXR-5 to be a great addition to the household, just as thousands of other parents have.