First of all, the main reason I focused on this was because I wanted a Secure monitor. Something about broadcasting my kiddo and the inside of my house to the world (or neighbors at least) didn't sit well, so that limited my choices quite a bit. If you don't care about that, there seem to be some other options out there that rank higher. With that, I'll get into the reviewing.
The camera (we only have one) and monitor were very easy to set up, and appeared to already be sync'd to each other out of the box. After unpacking and plugging it, we let it charge for the suggested 4 hour minimum (just to be safe) and were ready to go. Turn them on, and everything works out of the box. Adding more cameras may require a sync step.
The video and night vision on this camera is, in my opinion, very good. It provides pretty clear images, as long as the distance is within 50 feet or so (night vision to 15-20 ft). I tried pointing it out the window, and it had a hard time (images got a little hazy and distorted by the sun), but this was intended for indoor use, so that's not really too big of a ding against it. The picture came in clear in both modes, and it was easy to make out small details.
The audio on this system comes in fairly clear (when it is on), but that's the big problem. The audio only turns on when a high volume threshold is met (no "always on" mode). Also, getting the audio to come on requires activity that is a bit louder than it should. I would have liked to see a more sensitive setting on the audio, or perhaps a better mic was needed.
The reception is very good, everywhere in the house (and a ways outside). We have a lot of wireless devices, and had no problems with interference (another big plus). The settings leave something to be desired. A brightness control or possible a digital zoom might be nice, but that's just being picky really. The ability to hook up to a DVR/Computer/TV is very handy, and the Picture in Picture mode is great. (Just don't expect HD). Another nice feature is the battery mode on the camera, so you can take it with you making it very convenient.
Overall, I would say I'm mixed on this one. I really like the video, reception, options, and especially the security, but the audio problems are a tough call. If they had an "always on" audio mode and a better sensitivity setting on the mic, this would be a 5 Star, but that's a pretty important feature. I'll probably keep it and make do, but if the audio is really important to you, you may want to find another monitor.
(6 customers reviews)
Customers Rating=4.0 / 5.0
More Detail For Lorex LW2002B Digital Portable Color LCD Wireless Surveillance System Black
- 450 ft. Open Space Range with interferace free, secure reception
- The ability to connect to any DVD Recorder, VCR or TV with included A/V cable
- Add up to 3 additional color cameras to this system
- Camera features 15 ft. Night Vision and built-in battery compartment for optional portability
- 2.4" Color LCD Monitor enables good quality listen in audio, audio level indicator and out of range safety warning