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Graco True Focus Review

Our Verdict on the Graco True Focus Baby Monitor

The Graco True Focus is the least expensive video baby monitor on our list. We’re disappointed by its range and display size. As a result, we think that you’ll probably be better off with an audio monitor that is more reliable and gives you more range (like the VTechv DM111). If you can bump up your budget, the best value for money is the Eufy SpaceView.

But if you’re on a budget and really want a video baby monitor, the Graco True Focus is the best available under $50.

Continue reading our review of the Graco True Focus for the in-depth results.

Our Rating: 4.5 / 10

Summary

We like:

We don’t like:

  • Very small display.
  • Limited range.

Where to buy it:

Alternatives:

  • The Nanit Plus Smart Camera if you want the best WiFi video baby monitor with improved video quality and insights to help improve your baby sleep (check price).
  • The Eufy SpaceView is the best Plug & Play monitor on our list at the moment. It comes with a dedicated parent monitor, a high-resolution video quality, and the prettiest design (check price).
  • The Lollipop camera if you want a budget-friendly WiFi monitor with great video quality. It’s one of our favorite monitor of the year as well (check price).
Baby Gear Essentials Graco True Focus baby video monitor review

Overview

 
 

Features

 
 
 
Baby Gear Essentials monitor nightlight

 

Nightlight
NO

Baby Gear Essentials monitor recording

 

Video Recording & Snapshot
NO

 

Our Hands-on Review

On paper, the Graco True Focus is an attractive proposal. For less than $50 you get a video baby monitor. But in practice, the tiny 2.4” display and the poor range makes it a very disappointing monitor. The built quality is also disappointing. While we didn’t experience anything falling apart in our tests, we can easily see how the parent unit wouldn’t survive long during a normal and regular usage.

We think that your money would be best spend on something else.

Audio and Video Quality

The audio quality is average at best. You’ll hear your baby crying, but that’s about it. And you can adjust the volume of your display easily with the buttons on your monitor.

The video quality is equally disappointing. The 2.4” display is just too small to be useful. It does have a digital zoom option though.

The camera on the Graco baby monitor offers infrared night vision so you can see your baby even in the dark or low light. The camera will automatically switch to night mode if the light is too dim in your baby’s room.

Signal Strength

The range is below average and inconsistent. You might get lucky some days, and be awaken by the out-of-range alarm the next day. Trust me, that’s not a pleasant experience.

The baby monitor uses a wireless 2.4 GHz FHSS signal. The manufacturer claims that it can reach up to 1,000 feet / 300 meters outside, but in our testing it was closer to 30 feet / 9 meters inside with plenty of signal drop in our tests. Frankly, within that distance you probably don’t need a baby monitor to start with.

Battery Life

In our testing, the battery life was fairly good, probably because of its low-resolution small display. It’s enough to be used unplugged during nap time and until you put your baby to bed in the evening. So about 6 to 7 hours in total with the screen on. The battery takes about 5 hours to be fully charged, so you can do that once you go to bed yourself. Your monitor will start beeping when its battery is almost spent.

One thing of notice that we don’t have in any of the other baby video monitors in our tests, is that the baby camera has a backup battery. So if you live in a place that experiences regular power outrage, your Graco baby monitor will continue to operate. Kudos to Graco for that.

Two-Way Communication

The Graco True Focus does not have the option to talk to your baby through the camera.

Security and Hacking

Because the Graco True Focus uses an encrypted FHSS radio signal, risks of hacking and security breach are minimal. It’s impossible for someone to hack into the Graco via your WiFi connection, they would need to be within signal range. They would also need to be able to decrypt the secured signal.

Health and Safety

The Graco baby camera connects to its parent unit through a wireless 2.4 GHz FHSS connection. It means that an electromagnetic field (EMF) will be constantly emitted from the camera to the monitor in order for you to receive an audio and video feed. We recommend that you read our article on electromagnetic field if you want to understand what it means in terms of health and safety for your baby.

In our testing, the Angelcare camera produced slightly higher EMF readings than the other baby monitors on our list when placed 6 foot / 1.8 meter away from our baby’s bed. This is the minimum approximate distance for most baby monitor cameras. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you limit your exposure to 0.5 mG to 2.5 mG at a time. The further you place the camera from your baby, the less EMF they will be exposed to.

Note that the parent monitor also emits EMFs. Most parent will sleep with the unit on their bedside table, but we recommend you move it further away.

Baby Gear Essentials Graco True Focus baby monitor box

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question: Can I talk to my baby through the device?
    Answer: No. The Graco True Focus does not have talk-back option.
  • Question: Can I use more than one camera at a time with the Graco True Focus?
    Answer: No. It can only be paired with one camera at a time.
  • Question: Can it be voice-activated?
    Answer: No. The Graco True Focus does not support VOX mode.
  • Question: Can I pair one camera with two receivers?
    Answer: No. The camera will only work with the parent unit that you bought it with.

What’s in the box

Wondering what’s in the DXR-8 box? Here’s everything that will be included in the Graco True Focus package:

  • 1 x Parent monitor unit
  • 1 x Baby camera unit
  • 1 x Rechargeable battery
  • 2 x Power Adaptors for the parent unit and camera

User Manual

You can download the Graco True Focus baby monitor user manual from here.

Alternative Options

  • The Nanit Plus Smart Camera if you want the best WiFi video baby monitor with improved video quality and insights to help improve your baby sleep (check price).
  • The Eufy SpaceView is the best Plug & Play monitor on our list at the moment. It comes with a dedicated parent monitor, a high-resolution video quality, and the prettiest design (check price).
  • The Lollipop camera if you want a budget-friendly WiFi monitor with great video quality. It’s one of our favorite monitor of the year as well (check price).

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