Philips AVENT SCD630/37 with FHSS – Rating and Review

Philips AVENT SCD630/37 Video Baby MonitorIn our yearly review of the best baby monitors, we’ve got the Philips AVENT SCD630/37 rounding out our top 5.  In terms of its features and functions it shares a little bit from our top picks (the iBaby M6T and the Infant Optics DXR-8) and is about the same price range as those as well (around the $200 range depending on where you shop).

There are a few reasons why this didn’t make our top pick, but it still makes a suitable choice for many homes.  Let’s take a quick look at the breakdown of its features:

Features and Specs

  • Wifi: No
  • Range: 150 Ft Indoors, 900 Ft Outdoors.
  • Remote Pan/Tilt: No
  • Viewing Angle: N/A
  • Temperature Sensor: Yes
  • Humidity Sensor: No
  • Screen Size: 3.5 Inches
  • App: N/A

Not to shabby, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this unit:

The Pros

  • Temperature Sensor with Audio Alerts – One of the key features that this item shares with our top picks is the temp sensor.  Parents (ourselves included) really like this feature, especially when houses have drafty windows or fluctuating heat in the home.  Additionally this has an audio alert when temperature pass a certain range, so you don’t have to have your eye on the monitor to notice the change.
  • Night Light and Lullabies – Another fancy feature that isn’t available on many nanny-cams or security cameras is the night light or lullabies.  Some parents discount the music features of baby monitors, but we really appreciate them.
  • FHSS Connection – It’s worth noting that this comes with a technical feature, FHSS or Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum. It is essentially a way to insure that there isn’t any interference with other RF devices (like portable phones, etc). and that the connection is secure enough so no one can eavesdrop.

The Cons

  • No Pan/Tilt – This camera is a fixed camera and doesn’t feature pan/tilt at all.  It is wall mountable, which means you can place it where most of the room is able to be seen, but it’s still lacking a feature that most parents seem to like.
  • Reports of Background Noise – There are some users reports of background noise in the audio.  Video seems to have not issues, however.

As we mentioned before, this shares a lot of the features of our top picks (lullabies, temp alerts), but lacks some others (no pan/tilt). It does stand out with the inclusion of audio alerts, which many parents have reported are a better option then just visual alerts for temperature changes.

All in all, this is a solid buy and could fit well in most all homes and situations.

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