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LaView LV-KD514FD7S 4 Channel H.264 Level CUBE Plus Advanced Face Detection 4 Channel DVR + 4 x 700TVL Cameras (No HDD Included)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Simple Linux-esc interface
- Great quality for the sale price
- Night vision works beautifully
- Motion sensors can be adjusted* (see thoughts)
- Easy to configure, although can become confusing if you do not read and follow directions well.
- 65ft cables can stretch to work with most configurations
- Lots of support online in terms of most of these DVR's being nearly the same.

Cons: - Can be difficult to follow directions, though staff is pretty good with tech support for newbs
- Between night/morning, camera switch from night vision to regular tends to cause a little static/disturbance (will keep watching but it does not seem to really affect performance)
- I can see the interface being a tad confusing for people who are not tech savvy in the least. If you can find your way around a computer, and have generalized knowledge you should be able to work this system with little issue. But the interface for recording or watching can be a bit clunky... see thoughts.

Other Thoughts: The motion sensors are wonderful. They pick up the neighbors's cars at around 50-60ft away. It is pretty responsive and although the night vision needs to be angled correctly, it works as advertised. When I first set this system up, I had it too high and aimed at cars in our yard. It did not pick up the light very well, but a small adjustment towards the ground and the IR light bounced right back to illuminate much more area. So don't get discouraged... just use the mobile app and adjust as you test your specific needs.

The sensor between night and morning thing can also be due to the angle of the light when nv is kicked in... or the icy cold winter we've been having in PA. Either way, it would not deter me from buying another.

The interface is tough in places... but is user friendly so I give them credit. It is not the easiest thing to make Linux-simplicity OS's into such an easy to use platform. The difficulty comes with things like not having bars to display the HDD usages... or other stats you may want/need. It also does not have easy to use bells and whistles, although their DDNS free server is a nice way to configure remote viewing. This is one area you will NEED the instructions. Even if you dl from their website... you will need them if you have never done this before. Most people will not understand much of the capabilities of this DVR but it can still be navigated fairly easy, along with very simple formatting and prepping for HDDs.

One things I'd love to see in the future (well theres really a few things, like the one person's review talking about the 6 digit PW max... but just focusing on one) is an update to help cleanup the "search" system. When reviewing your videos, the snapshots are a bit small. So if you view it far away on your home TV like me... you cannot really see the snapshots so well and must get closer. Then theres the major issue of the playback. When playing back video, it is hard to click on specific instances of motion detection and the controls bounce around a bit. I tried capturing and showing family some pics and vids of a skunk in my backyard... it took me 15 mins and some frustration to perform this simple task. I would just like to see an easy to drag and slide type bar where the user can click, adjust the time, and search through their recordings with ease. After all... isn't that the entire point of a DVR camera system?

I will have to discuss more with the company to see if it is just my own issues, but that update with a scroll bar for searching video recordings would make this system amazing in my book.

Logitech K360 920-004086 121 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard- Coral Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Quiet operation (one of the quietest keyboards I ever used)
- On/Off switch to save battery is great
- Function keys are very handy -- I especially love the speed of the sleep one.

Cons: None really. For the price you could not ask for more (I paid $9.99 shipped). I have a relative with the illuminated version of this KB and it is a nice, soft backlight. But he also paid 30 for a refurbished one.

My only gripes with this setup is the placement of the arrow keys (they are in a confusing area when searching with your hand playing a game... but how many games really require those keys?) and also the DEL key should have been at least the size of two keys. Not a single key. I had to restart my computer because I could not find the dang thing at first. Still... a nice keyboard.

Other Thoughts: - It still feels full sized while being smaller than many keyboards. Compared to my old Dynex combo, there is only a 1 key difference in size of key coverage. But with the smaller margins around the edges, the overall size is quite efficiently shortened. It is still comfortable on your lap in a chair or on a desk. Very nice KB for the price.

Best of all... can utilize the unifying receiver! So you can expand like many Logitech products. I heart Logitech.

UtechSmart US-D8000-GM High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse - Avago ADNS-9800 Chipset, 8000 DPI, 9 Programmable Buttons, Weight Tuning Cartridge
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: More than the typical mouse buttons but not too many.

Many are in comfortably accessible places.

The precision available in the settings is highly customizable. (Adding the weights help at higher poll rates).

It's a bigger mouse and it's nice bc I have bigger hands.

The software may have a high startup impact, but it is highly tunable, from color of lights to DPI settings for 4 different profile settings dispersed between two actual profiles.

The two profiles can be switched on the fly with a bottom button (which is nice to avoid accidental profile swapping).

I personally like to customize it for different uses which I will explain in notes section.*

Cons: Of the polling rates are set to high, the smallest fibers can throw the Mouse off. Not a huge problem tho, just turn the rate down a bit and save your profile to correct.

Higher DPI settings are not as useable unless you turn down Windows' mouse settings for pointer speed. They prolly should've made it one adjustable feature with the Mouse drivers.

Some ppl report shockingthemselves or having cheap quality to their products and I can't agree. It's not a con, but has been a con many have reported. So I thought I'd mention here, I've dropped this mouse with all weighs in it, multiple times, and out still works great well as remain accurate. And I've never h had any shocking problems. I also do not use the "breathing lights" settings. Only the standard steady lights.

Other Thoughts: *I like to make one profile with buttons programmed as normal operating buttons. So if I'm using Windows and web browsing or looking through Windows explorer I have buttons for Back, Fwd, Select All, etc. On the 2nd profile, I have buttons programmed to represent keyboard keys on the right hand side which I couldn't normally use in games like Far Cry 3, B4, Crysis 3, WoT and it proves useful to clear up other buttons around my left hand thus allowing me to customize those buttons in game. So I basically have a gaming profile (with DPI settings in increments of 1000 and the mouse light on so I could fine tune the DPI I want depending on the games settings and feel) and then a regular profile with the light a different color (or off bc I watch movies a lot at night and hate the bright lights at night). The regular profiles DPI settings are a little more broad (and with zero mouse acceleration) So they can be adjusted for different situations. The gaming DPI settings are a bit tighter to allow for precision fine tuning on the fly tho.

Overall I like this mouse. I wish the thumb grip button was located a bit differently so the mouse had a better grip but it's not a problem. Just my 2cents.

Another great aspect of this mouse is that my profiles store to the mouse itself. Bc I disconnect from my PC and plug into my laptop for school projects, and I never installed the driver software on my laptop. The button settings remain the same though. I can use the back button to undo things in MS Office/Visio/NetBeans IDE which is useful for ppl like me who change devices regularly.

Great mouse, high DPI, high polling rate, good selection of colors (and yes they are a little different in cases between screen and light, bc the screen is a color swatch and the light is an led, so obviously they wouldn't look exactly the same). For the price and quality of the peripheral, it is surely worth the purchase. I got it bc I hate replacing batteries too often and wanted higher DPI w/o spending 3x as much on a different mouse.


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Display Name: Cory S.

Date Joined: 10/01/13

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  • First Review: 06/18/14
  • Last Review: 12/31/14
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