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D-Link DCS-5029L HD 720P Pan/Tilt  Night Vision Motion Detection 2 Way Audio Wireless  mydlink enabled Surveillance Cloud  IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Everything on it works as advertised.

good resolution, good night vision.

the sound pick up, amazingly good.

Motion detection works as it should.

Can save files directly to my Windows Server fileshare instead of SD card (though has file size limits in that mode)

Fun to spy on the wife and kids.

Cons: The built in speaker, for talking back to people isn't so loud.. but it does support an External speaker... so not a big deal.

Some features require Internet Explorer (kinda of annoying but no biggie)

I had to upgrade the firmware for a few small features, but it went off without a hitch over the wireless network and reboot and came back up on its own.

The files stored on the SD card can't be downloaded all at once, you must click them 1 at a time, or take the SD card out and put it in something to move the files off all at once.

Configuring everything can take a little fiddling, and there are some hidden restrictions but nothing too bad. (like file size without SD card to a network share)

I had trouble getting any 3rd party camera tools to support its features, however its not really needed since the interface lets you pretty much set it up for almost any situation.

My wife can still see it, its not completely invisible.

Other Thoughts: I am glad i read some reviews on some lower model cameras. People wished they'd spent a little more and got this one, and I can see why. This thing is a good deal on sale. I gave it 5 eggs because every single feature worked exactly as it was advertised. I didn't bother with the "CLOUD" part of it, nor did I install the software from D-Link, because thats only for it... if you have any tech knowledge you really dont need it with this camera, I was able to set it up so i can view it from my phone no problem without the camera having full access to the internet. Just some port redirection for my phone and configuration is all I needed.

Can't have my Living room shenanigans with the wife ending up on the next I-Cloud incident!

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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Tested by a Professional 12/01/2014

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: 220MB / Second on large compressed files!
Well thought out external case, 4x little rubber pads on bottom.
Good ventilation for the drive inside, the case is covered in small air holes, this dissipates heat better then most externals I've seen, without the use of a fan.
Its a name brand, its got a 2 year warranty, for the price you can't go wrong.

Cons: One of the sides is polished smooth like a mirror, now i am paranoid about scratching it.

It needs 2 wires to work, (power and USB 3)

You can not jog with it.

Other Thoughts: This drive is a NO BRIANER
I ran some tests on it soon as I got it from look at the other reviews...

I copied 2.5 TB to it, and then verified that same 2.5 TB byte for byte the next day using a tool (WinMerge) 100% confirmation with no data corruption, as you should expect from any such hard drive.

For the Speed test I used several tools, but I STILL couldn't believe the 220MB/s till I copied an 8GB file to my SSD and then sent it to this drive... I couldn't believe it, but its really writing files at 220MB/s... VERY snappy for an external if you ask me.

DOA means nothing when you know its going to be fixed by Seagate with no problem, everyone knows its the guys tossing these things around that causes that most of the time. (UPS i am looking at you)

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iView CyberPad 420TPC Android Tablet - 1.2GHz 512MB DDR3 4GB flash memory 4.3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: CHEAP - cheaper then a large box of diapers
It counts as a tablet
Kids think its a tablet
Plays Android games pretty well actually!
camera
mic
my daughter loves it

Cons: Its almost a tablet
Seems to get really warm when its using WiFi?
The screen is much smaller then you might think by looking at the picture... its about the size of a DVD Disk.

Other Thoughts: Got this for a xmas gift for my daughter.
It was on sale, she loves it, shes 9.
I've seen its frame rates in some games it not so great, but other games its perfectly playable.
If it doesn't end up lost, in a toilet or under a bus in the next 365 days, I might actually consider getting her a real tablet.

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Jason V.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason V.

Date Joined: 06/13/03

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 05/20/08
  • Last Review: 12/14/14
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