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This review is from: D-Link DCS-5009L Pan/Tilt Day/Night Motion Detection Wireless Cloud IP Camera
Pros: - Easy to connect to existing network; even more so if you have a D-Link router.
- Configuring the camera is also a fairly simple task to accomplish using D-Link's web app. (Also used to view the camera from a browser.) However I personally found connecting to the camera's web interface more to my taste as it offered more options and was easier to adjust most settings; more specifically the motion detection areas.
- Motion detection with notification. I lump these two together as you'll probably be using both. The option to e-mail or FTP is also nice depending on your setup. You can setup zones for the camera to detect motion which comes in handy if you have it pointing towards a street and want it to ignore a section where cars constantly drive by.
- Pan and Tilt. Quite an impressive viewing range.
Nightvision works extremely well; I was impressed by the range and picture quality while this feature was turned on. The auto-dectect, despite a slight delay, is quite good at determining whether to be on or not.
- Microphone quality is great! Very clear and picks up everything.
- Free smart phone app. What more to say? It's easy to configure and it's free! I also like the ability to quickly take a screen shot saved right to my phone with the touch of one button.
- Wireless and wired connections.
- Mounting hardware and alignment sticker/template included. First off it's nice to not have to buy additional mounting hardware. Second, I wish more manufacturers would include a template like D-Link did. It takes the guesswork or measuring out of the picture. Put the template on the wall and drill.
- You can disable things like the LED's on the camera (great for a stealthy mount), the OSD (and its color) if you prefer not to have the time and date showing, and setup user access control.
- Preset camera views to quickly turn the camera to locations you set.
Overall, tons of options and settings to adjust.
Cons: - The smart phone app is frustrating to use when moving the camera around. It's fairly laggy and a royal pain to get the camera in just the right position you want.
- I wasn't impressed with the video quality. It's not bad; not by any means. But it wasn't good either. Slightly grainy but not enough where I would deter you from purchasing unless you're looking for an HD camera. In that case I would point you to the DCS-5029L.
- Zoom is horrible in regards to picture quality. Granted I get this is a digital zoom but it's painful to look at anything past 2x.
These next two cons I'm not taking into consideration for a score, but I feel they're worth mentioning.
- Lack of scanning option. This is being sold as a “surveillance” camera. While you can manually adjust the view there should be preset options to have the camera automatically scan an area you determine.
- Can't change the admin account name. My router, laptop, desktop, etc all have the administrator account (or admin in the case of this product) changed to something else. While I use fairly complex passwords I like the added security of not letting someone get the first half of the puzzle for free.
Other Thoughts: Let me begin my other thoughts with this: I put my 'Tech Knowledge' for this review to "average" because quite honestly webcams and surveillance cameras are not my strongest technical area. I've never had a need for one so this review is coming from someone who literally just spent 2 weeks getting to know this camera from scratch, playing with all the settings, and getting the motion detection working just right. With that said, I feel like it deserves a solid 3.5 out of 5 coming from that point of view. The sluggishness of the smart phone app and rather average picture quality really stick out. However the pros of this camera, more so of one in this price range, definitely hold quite a bit of weight so I'm comfortable giving a 4 out of 5 eggs for the DCS-5009L.
While I received this unit as part of Newegg's review program, if I was in the market for a camera like this I'd probably go the step up and get the DCS-5029L I mentioned previously. Not only for the HD, but built in speaker as well.
If this review does make its way to the eyes of a D-Link rep, for a future firmware update please please PLEASE consider adding a scanning feature to the camera to cover a wider area. I'm sure I'm not alone with this one!
Bottom line, if you're in the market for a camera such as this and it fits your budget, you'll be happy. Though not without its flaws, the 5009L is a really good product and I'm looking forward to all the fun little things I'll be using it for.
Pros: - Extremely compact. Little larger than your average smart phone. (Slightly thicker though!)
- Very light weight. For testing I literally had the switch plugged into my router hanging by the cat-5 cable without any fear of damaging the cable or switch itself.
- Data transfer between 3 devices met my expectations for a 10/100 switch.
- 2 weeks of testing and no drops, hiccups, problems, etc.
Cons: - Weight. While a pro this can also be a real pain if you have this sitting on a desk and happen to tug any one of the cables. It'll slide around and probably fall right off whatever you have it sitting on.
- 10/100 speed in a world of gigabit and beyond. While I won't knock an egg for a product feature that is intended and working as such, I do need to mention that unless you have absolutely no need for gigabit speeds 10/100 is painful for large file transfers. ie, moving folders of pictures and home videos from one desktop to another.
To keep it simple - files that sometimes took 5-10 minutes to transfer on gigabit became an hour+ on this switch.
Other Thoughts: Before I begin my closing thoughts on this product, please enter this item number in your Newegg search bar (in a differenct tab) and keep the page open while you read the rest of this review: N82E16833122363
That item number is for a Netgear 5 Port Gigabit switch and at the time of this review is on sale for around $15 more than the one I'm reviewing here.
There's not a lot to say about a switch as simple as this. Does it work? Yes. Does it work well? Yes. Should I get it? Well... Here's the way I look at it. If you open your wallet a little wider you can snag a gigabit switch. Given the fact that almost every modern desktop/laptop/smart device/etc support gigabit, why get a 10/100? And even if you happen to have 1 device that doesn't run on a gigabit, almost every gigabit switch will let you run a 100mb device without issue while the rest run gigabit. Why take a step a backward?
If you really don't need the speed or don't want to spend anything over its current price tag then this Netgear switch will get the job done. It's a very simple and inexpensive networking solution. However, I'd personally recommend going with their gigabit model.
This review is from: SteelSeries 62250 SENSEI Wireless Professional Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: - Configuration/Customization. This alone is what makes the majority of pros I'm about to list possible. You can change the DPI, mouse acceleration and deceleration, illumination, power saving features, program the buttons, change the lift distance, etc. Literally tweak this down to exactly the way you want it to feel in whatever application, game, etc you're using.
- Profiles and Programming. You can setup multiple profiles with settings to suit each type of game you play. Maybe you want higher DPI settings and a low lift height for some FPS games. No problem. There's your "Gaming Profile".
Working in Photoshop and want a slow DPI with high acceleration? Want to program some of the mouse buttons to replace keyboard shortcuts or even go as far as opening a window (providing there's a keyboard shortcut for it!) and typing in text for you? You got it. You can even edit the timing (ms) between keyboard and mouse clicks after recording them (macros) if you require any type of delay between commands.
- Lift Distance. I'm a personal fan of this and I will note it's nothing dramatic, but you can change the distance at which this mouse still detects movement when picked up off your desk/mouse pad and placed back down. This eliminates that tiny bit of unwanted movement you can experience during gaming when you're at the edge of your mouse pad and need to bring the mouse back to center.
- Power Management. I customized one of my profiles for max battery life while still enabling the LED light on the mouse. I got 20+
hours of use out of it. I would imagine disabling the LED light on the mouse might tack on another hour, but my next pro will who why that's not needed.
- Battery Indicator and Charging. I have the charging station set to illuminate battery status. Green=100%->30%, Yellow=30%-10%%, and Red=10% or less. In the event you run it dry and forget to charge the mouse, no problem. Unplug the cable from the station, plug it into the mouse and continue to use it like a wired mouse while the battery charges. I'll also note that the cable is of adequate length to cover just about any desk orientation. My motherboard allows usb charging while the PC is off so if I end a session while it's low on power, I simply drop the mouse on the charging station while my pc is off; it's ready to go a little while later.
You can also customize the mouse LEDs (The logo and mouse wheel can both be done separately) to do the same as the charging station. Mine set to match my keyboard's illumination color (you can literally set the LED's to any color!) and I have to say they look pretty
darn cool next to each other.
- Adustable Polling Rate. By default it's set to 1000 and I can't really think of a reason you'd want to lower it, but it can be adjusted for each profile you create.
- On the fly DPI adjustment. This is great for games where you'd like a slower and faster dpi without having to stop and change the mouse spe
Cons: - Non-adustable weight. For a mouse that's competing in the high end market, being able to adjust the weight would have been a nice addition. Although, if I had to guess, there may be no room given how much tech is packed into it. The weight is nice though. Not too
light; not too heavy. I think the majority of people using it will be more than happy or adjust to the weight within a few days.
- Battery is not replaceable. I e-mailed support to get verification on this. If your battery should die or stop holding a charge you will need to ship it back for service. Though I see this being a huge rarity, it's worth mentioning.
- One night while playing I experienced disconnects literally every 60 seconds; had to turn the mouse off and back on to reconnect.
Couldn't figure out what was going on until I picked up my cell phone which I had put down right next to the charging station that night.
Stopped disconnecting. Put it back and it started disconnecting again. Not really a con, but an annoyance that's worth noting in the event you're experiencing the same thing. Move any devices that may interfere with the signal away from the base if you experience something similar to this.
Other Thoughts: Before I go into my final thoughts let me throw this out there for you. This mouse has built in acceleration. If you're using mouse acceleration, in windows, you have 2 choices, turn it off within windows and let the mouse do the work or vice versa. Leave both on and you're going to have a bad day. (Or an amusing one when you move your mouse an inch over and it blows a hole out the side of your monitor.)
I've used quite a few wired and wireless mice over the years. I've always stood by wired when it comes to gaming and never found a single wireless mouse that felt just right. And by just right I mean has the response and reliability of a wired mouse. I mean "wireless gaming mouse" almost sounds like an oxymoron. If you would have told me a few weeks ago that I'd be shelving my current gaming mouse for a wireless one I would have laughed at you. And two weeks later you'd be reading this review laughing at me. And you know what? I'm OK with that!
I'll end on addressing the 300 pound gorilla or should I say the 300 pound price tag. I know the price is going to be a hot topic and probably one of the largest deciding factors in a number of purchases so hopefully I'll make it easy/easier for a few people.
Is the price tag worth it? Depends. If you're a casual gamer or on a really tight budget there are a number of other really, really good wireless mice to choose from. Not only from SteelSeries but other vendors as well. But you do get what you pay for here. While I won't go as far as saying this is the best wireless mouse out there, it is definitely the best and most fun one I've ever used.
If I could I would give this mouse a 4.5 out of 5 eggs. The non-adjustable weight and battery issue are worth a minor deduction in my book which leaves me on deciding a final score. In past reviews where I feel that .5 is needed I round up or down depending on whether the pros or cons carried the most weight. In this case I'm going up. You get a lot of really cool features with the Sensei and because of that you'll get hours of gaming entertainment. SteelSeries really did a heck of a job here.
If you can live the non-adjustable weight and both you and your wallet agree the premium is worth it, get it; you'll be happy you did.