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HP Desktop PC ProDesk 600 G2 Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6500 (3.20 GHz) 4 GB DDR4 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 530 Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (available through downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro)
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Pros: Nice compact micro-tower case.

Cons: Unusual PSU connector. I prefer tower cases because they are easy to work on and you can usually replace the PSU with a standard unit. While the PSU is standard size, the mobo connectors are two (new to me) 6-pin, plus one standard 4 pin ATX plug. Hopefully someone will make an adapter cable soon so that gamers can upgrade the unit, and replacements don't have to be a special order.

Other Thoughts: I was surprised to see PS/2 ports on this machine, but soon realized why. Windows 7 does not have a driver for the USB controller, so if you want to do a fresh install you need to use a PS/2 keyboard. Once installed, I used Live Linux off a USB drive (which it runs very well) to go to the HP site and download the driver files to the hard drive, then reboot and install from Windows. After that it was the usual all day process of updating W7 before it was ready for work.

The optical drive is slim laptop style, which means you can not close it using a software command.

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BONDWL BW2AA2-VP 2.0 MP 1/2.9
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2 out of 5 eggs Good video quality, lacking elsewhere. 03/15/2016

This review is from: BONDWL BW2AA2-VP 2.0 MP 1/2.9" 1080P HD NETWORK IR Bullet CAMERA With IR CUT WDR 3DNR 3.6MM LENS POE ONVIF

Pros: Clear, H264 mp4 video stream. Acceptable edge distortion from wide-angle lens.

Cons: No documentation. A small card instructs you to read the user manual, but there is none included.

No extras. You get the camera, some mounting screws and some sort of cable cap (no idea what it is for). No power supply, no mention of polarity. Without PoE you need a 12VDC center positive power supply.

Firmware outdated, written for IE8 or IE9.

Insecure defaults.

Other Thoughts: Don't know how ONVIF compliant it is, the "ONVIF Device Manager" software did not even detect the device.

A network scan found the camera on http://192.168.1.189 and I could log in as admin with no password.

It specifies to use Windows XP and IE, or Windows 7 "as administrator". There is a drop-down field which only has a "Non ActiveX" option. Google Chrome seems to work the same as IE11.

The UI has a lot of options, including PTZ, which do nothing.

I am using the camera with VLC, recording url "rtsp://192.168.1.189/ch01". No security or authentication.

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Lenovo K450E (57330819) Desktop PC Intel Core i5 4460 (3.2GHz) 8GB DDR3 1TB + 8GB SSHD Windows 7 Pro Downgrade from 8.1
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Pros: Good balance between performance and price. Not a lot of junk to uninstall before putting it to work.

Slot on top acts as a convenient carrying handle.

Cons: No install media included.

Other Thoughts: Office use. Bought two so far, considering more.

The recovery partition on the hard drive will allow you to restore OS, but I find those to be inflexible and a waste of disk space.

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Display Name: Scott S.

Date Joined: 09/29/06

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 03/15/16
  • Last Review: 07/06/16
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