Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Lorex LW2002W Video Baby Monitor is the only monitor on our list manufactured by a company that actually specializes in security. Lorex Technology is a global leader in video security camera solutions and has recently been making a name for itself in the world of video baby monitors. Thus, it's hardly surprising that while this particular monitor may not be the traditional baby monitor one would expect, it certainly excels when it comes to certain technical features like picture quality.
Lorex video baby monitors are equipped with all the features we'd expect on a more high-tech video monitor, including a secure digital wireless signal and automatic frequency hopping designed to ensure no one outside your home can pick up the monitor's audio or video transmission. The receiver unit can support up to four cameras and automatically scans between each one every five seconds. We also liked how the receiver had an A/V port (and included video cable) so you could hook it up to a television, VCR or DVD recorder.
Two things we looked for on all the video baby monitors we reviewed was remote pan and scan capabilities and a zoom feature; shockingly, the Lorex video baby monitors have neither. We were also surprised to find the monitor's innovative auto-mute function can actually be more burdensome than helpful. The feature is designed to avoid the constant hiss of ambient noise by automatically muting all noise below a certain level and turning the speaker back on only when the sound reaches a designated threshold. While there is adjustable detection sensitivity, you can't turn it down very low and the feature cannot be disabled. Subsequently, the monitor isn't ideal if you want to hear every sound – aside from screaming – your baby makes at 2 a.m. There is, however, an alarm you can set to go off if there are any changes in sound or movement coming from your baby's room.
A few things we found really useful on Lorex video baby monitors include the wide-ranging brightness controls, an audible out-of-range indicator and a charging cradle for the receiver unit. The monitor also has sharp night vision that works astoundingly well: up to 15 feet in low light and slightly less in total darkness. That being said, the monitor definitely needs a low-power indicator and longer battery life. When both audio and video are running, the monitor can only last on battery power for about an hour and a half – you'd be better off keeping both units plugged in constantly to ensure uninterrupted monitoring. Also, the menu on the receiver unit can be cumbersome to navigate since you have to use the toggle button and you can't tell really tell which option on the menu is highlighted until you actually select it.
Finally, we aren't fond of the video baby monitor's design; it's very industrial-looking, and the camera doesn't blend well in a nursery. However, we suppose the look probably wouldn't matter if the monitor were used foremost as a home security system with cameras placed in rooms throughout the house.
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Although it touts a handful of beneficial features and great picture quality, the Lorex LW2002W Video Baby Monitor is best used if you want a baby monitor that's compatible with an overall home security system. If you're looking for more conventional video baby monitors, be sure to check out our top-rated monitors, including the Summer Infant BestView and the Levana BABYVIEW20.