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Established in 2011 in San Francisco, California, Infant Optics is one of the leading development and manufacturing companies of baby monitors. 

Since the beginning, Infant Optics has made it clear that it prioritizes customers' experiences and feedback. Infant Optics has continually designed, developed, and created safe, reliable, and quality baby monitors using this information. 

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The Good

  • Simple, Traditional Design
  • Hackability
  • DXR-8 Pro
  • Available Through Popular Retailers

Simple, Traditional Design

One thing that draws many parents to choosing an Infant Optics monitor is the traditional and straightforward design. Infant Optics does its best to make sure its monitors are easy to use and don't require an entire demonstration. The monitor easily attaches to a wall, or you can simply set it on a bookshelf. 

Hackability

In today's world, many baby monitors rely on Wi-Fi to work. While this technology is useful in its own ways, it can also be hacked and used in nefarious ways.

Infant Optics baby monitors don't require Wi-Fi to work — so you can worry less about being hacked. 

Additionally, since the monitor doesn't rely on Wi-Fi to work, it is a perfect travel monitor. The initial setup will have you simply plug the camera into a power outlet and pair it to the monitor. Once the two have been connected, you'll never have to do it again, making it easy to bring with you while traveling. 

DXR-8 Pro

Infant Optics' newest baby monitor is the DXR-8 Pro. Compared with older models, the DXR-8 Pro is extremely technologically advanced. The unit comes with a large 5" screen. The video on the monitor screen is displayed in 720P high definition (HD) resolution. This resolution is a step up from the previous models and allows you to see more details (even if the camera is placed farther away from the crib). 

The monitor also comes with 1,000mW speakers that allow for amplified and crisp audio. Plus, a Sound LED bar allows you to visually see if your baby is crying, even if the audio is muted. If you have a white-noise machine, you can expect the monitor to fluctuate, but parents have stated the monitor always turns red when their baby cries, thus alerting them that their child is awake or needs attending to. 

You can also purchase a wide-angle lens. The DXR-8 Pro's interchangeable lens system is beneficial as you can easily switch between the two. This is entirely optional and you only have to purchase the lens if you feel like you need an expanded view. 

The DXR-8 Pro comes with two-way audio so that you can soothe your baby back to sleep or until you can get back to them.  

Infant Optics also increased the monitor's reception range. This means there should be fewer "Out of Signal" warnings. 

Parents may also enjoy the following DXR-8 Pro features:

  • Scan Mode
  • Night Vision
  • Temperature Gauge
  • Pan, Tilt, and Zoom Remotely
  • Replaceable Battery

Available Through Popular Retailers

Infant Optics' monitors are sold at popular retailers such as Target, Amazon, and Buy Buy Baby. 

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The Bad

  • Video Resolution
  • No Wi-Fi Capabilities
  • Not 100% Hack-Proof

Video Resolution

Although Infant Optics' most recent monitor bumped up its video resolution to 720p, there are several other monitors that currently stream in 1080p. 

Additionally, older Infant Optic models have even lower resolution. So, if having a clear picture is important to you, you'll want to purchase one of the newer models.  

No Wi-Fi Capabilities

Although the absence of Wi-Fi was noted in "The Good" section, not using Wi-Fi has its drawbacks. Monitors that use Wi-Fi allow parents to easily download an app and use their phone as the monitor. That way, they can check up on their baby no matter where they are.

Also, because Infant Optics monitors don't use Wi-Fi, there are certain parameters you have to stay within for the monitor to function. If you walk outside the range, the monitor will become fuzzy or stop working. Some parents have even mentioned that their monitors struggled to work because of objects such as their TV, cell phone, or other electronics. These items cause interference which messes with your monitor's signal transmission.  

Not 100% Hack-Proof

Although Infant Optics likes to boast that its products are 100 percent unhackable, unfortunately, it's not guaranteed. Non-Wi-Fi monitors require close proximity to work. If you live somewhere with a lot of close neighbors, it is possible someone could somehow find a way into your baby monitor's transmission. 

This information isn't meant to scare you away from using a non-Wi-Fi monitor, but we think it's essential for parents to realize that there is no 100 percent guarantee that their monitor can't and won't be hacked.

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The Bottom Line

Infant Optics Baby Monitors are an excellent choice for parents who are a bit technologically inept or just want something more traditional.

However, don't be fooled into thinking that this monitor is sub-par or cut corners. The newest model is packed full of technology and advanced features designed to keep your baby safe. The DXR - 8 Pro model features a night mode, 720 HD video resolution, 100mW speakers, optical zoom, digital zoom, two-way audio, sound LED bar, and more. 

You can buy an Infant Optics monitor at Amazon, Target, or Buy Buy Baby. Currently, the monitor costs $199.99 — a reasonable price, especially since it comes with a lot of bells and whistles. 

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