Review of Defender PX301-013 Digital Wireless DVR Security System
Reviewed on: July 27, 2013
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Pros & Cons
Defender's PHOENIX 301 System can be used to monitor and record video and audio in any indoor or outdoor space at any time of the day. The device comes equipped with Digital Wireless Technology that ensures there is no messy wiring involved when setting the system up. Built for indoor or outdoor use, the camera's durable aluminum housing resists rusting, deterioration and can weather any season. The attached sun shield helps prevent glare from the sun and other bright objects. The camera also has a built-in motion sensor to alert when motion is detected. This system can support a total of 4 cameras to monitor multiple offices, entrances and other outdoor areas. The compatible camera is Defender's PX301-C.
This wireless plug and play system allows for easy set up in a matter of minutes and the included 2GB SD card can record up to 350 minutes of continuous audio and video footage. The weather resistant cameras included with this system have 18 infrared LEDs that allow you to see up to 40ft away in the dark. The LEDs activate automatically when it gets dark, and deactivate during the day to save energy. This system includes a compact receiver that easily connects to any television in home or business using the included 6 feet A/V cable and experience the convenience of watching the live or recorded video on any screen size. It also features an option to set the system to sound an audible alert to notify whenever a motion is detected within the range. The recording system allows to record video footage using three different types of modes: manual, scheduled and motion activation. This system also comes equipped with an IR extension wire which allows the remote control to reach further and make the system even more user-friendly.
Some reviewers experienced that wireless connectivity range, does not match up to 450 feet as claimed by the manufacturer. It can manage a range of about 100 - 300 feet without any interference. A few reviewers also mentioned that the intercom or the two way audio feature fades or lags many times. Another problem mentioned by the reviewers is, it does not come with an option to zoom one camera at a time. The zoom option is applicable to ‘all or none’ which is a disappointment. Some minor problems that are applicable to all home security systems like image clarity, lesser range or wider angle are also seen in this system.
Overall, Defender's PX 301 System is ideal for monitoring entrances, backyards, valuables and employees, in any situation needed. This is a recommended system with perfect pricing for its perfect quality features backed with life time customer support facility.
- Dimension: 12 x 9.2 x 11.5 inches
- Weight: 4 pounds
Review Group #: 1
Easy to install and operate • Overall picture and sound quality is good • Night vision works well • Easy playback on monitor • Rugged enough to take rough handling • SD card cannot be upgraded • Many are not happy with the image clarity • Extra cameras are quite expensive
Review Group #: 2
Everything works as advertised • Decent picture and two way audio quality • Motion detection works nicely • Does not record in screen saver mode • Audio receiver fades in and out
Review Group #: 3
Camera works very well • Includes a power cord • Direct range under 300 feet provided no interfering walls, trees, electric lines etc. • Resolution is poor with poor or almost no color • Sometimes the system locks up and fails to record, has to be unplugged for at least 24 hours to reset
Review Group #: 4
Clear pictures and video recording in night vision • Day time pictures are decent • Camera holds up nicely in wet conditions with no fuzzy picture or garbled sounds • Poor wireless connectivity range, Range does not go up to 450 feet as claimed • Poor technical support
Review Group #: 5
Installation is very easy • Works very well • Well worth the money • IR LED works very well • Records with no colors in the night, only black, grey and white • Intercom or two way audio feature works well • Good to monitor any insecure area or when away
Review Group #: 6
Motion sensor works perfectly and records any motion within range • Unbelievable night vision • Recordings are time stamped • Auto mode with motion sensors cuts down on reviewing time • Only 1 camera can record at a time
Review Group #: 7
Camera and monitor work flawlessly • Monitoring station and camera are powered by AC adapters • Camera pairing is easy
Where to Buy
Amazon.com Rating: 3.80 stars from 173 reviews, Price: $249.99