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EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
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Pros: Really good image quality

Small footprint

Looks nice

Set up is pretty straight forward (but has a few issues)

Has local storage option on SD card

Can turn camera LED light off if you want (very bright light at night)

IR/night mode works pretty well, but as with all IR cameras, no color and pic is not as good as daylight pics.

iPhone interface is pretty easy to navigate.

Has HD and SD video mode, SD mode is nice if you are recording to onboard storage (NOT included) and image quality is still decent.

Has 1 free year of cloud storage, and price for paid service does not seem too bad either.

Cons: This camera gets hot (120°F after being on for 20 minutes in a 76°F room). I know electronics produce heat, but this seems like a lot of heat from a small item.

A few issues connecting. One was my fault (I was on my 5ghz network, needs 2.4 ghz). Once I switched over to my 2ghz network it still would not connect via push from my iPhone6. It does have an option to create a QRcode on the phone for the camera to read, which it did. The directions say the light will turn solid blue, mine was a blinking blue when connected.

Camera mount and base not ideal. I can not mount it on a wall and have it face to the left or right and be level. (look in the items overview here and you can see a pic of what I am talking about, the "Flexable Placement" picture). Annoying, but not a huge deal for me, but be aware of how you want to mount it.

Power cord (~5 ft) is connected to the camera on the bottom corner, and affects camera position some also. It should be on the back ideally IMO. It also has a USB type plug on the end, but it does come with the outlet to plug into (that is a plus).

Computer use is clunky and you must use IE. I could not get Chrome or Opera to work with it. Plus I had to download something to get it to work since I am running 64 bit. Files recorded to computer will not play back on computer (saved as .avi files, still looking in to that).

Other Thoughts: I am using this as a camera to monitor my garage. I am a little worried about the heat, since my garage can reach 100°F in the summertime, how hot will the camera get and will affect its life?
It is nice that I can move it around my house if I want to change location to monitor.
I did get this camera to review, and if I had paid full price for it, I am not sure if I would keep it. The mounting problems annoy me even though they don't really affect where I have it now.

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Lightweight

Thin

Fast transfer speed

Already on latest firmware

3 year warranty

Cons: Was not recognized on 2 external drive caddies

Plastic clamshell packaging is a pain to open

Drive graphics are kind of plain, but most will never see it once installed.

TLC drive. While a con when compared to MLC, in all practical uses, this will probably be just as good as a MLC drive for most.

Other Thoughts: I tried 2 external drive caddies (one Seagate that plugged directly onto the drive, one dock) and the drive was not recognized, tried it on 3 different computers. Was about to say forget it but decided to try hooking it up internally, and then it was recognized. I formatted it and then it worked in the external drive caddies. Not sure what the deal was, never had that happen before.

Read/Write speeds are between 475 and 550 consistently, even on USB 3.0.

I am now using this as my only drive on my HTPC. Copied old install over to drive and also use it for recorded TV. This will really give the drive a workout (live TV constantly records to it, and I record several GB of shows daily). Seems to run smoothly so far.

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Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH1000101 Gold
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Pros: It is a very thin but attractive case.
The White LED is very unobtrusive, yet easy to see from most any angle.
The gold color is not glossy at all, a very satin finish to it.
The dimples break up what would otherwise be a plain surface.
After transferring 20 gigs of data (110-115MB/s read and write) the case was right at 104°F, barely warm at all.
Very portable. It is more inconvenient carrying the cable than the drive itself.
200 GB online storage for free (for 2 years) through OneDrive, setup is simple if you already have it setup.

Cons: No built in security. Yes it is easy to find online, but should be included IMO.
Price is too high. You can get double the capacity for just ten dollars more with the 2 tb model. This is the reason for 1 egg off.

Other Thoughts: I am now using this plugged in to my router as a central storage location. It is thin enough to fit under the router, so it takes up no extra space. Kind of a shame to hide it though since it looks so nice.

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Display Name: Nolan H.

Date Joined: 03/25/07

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  • First Review: 04/18/07
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