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D-Link DCS-2332L Outdoor Wireless Cloud IP Camera, 720P HD, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot
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4 out of 5 eggs Simple to use; Clear image; Maybe not for Fort Knox 01/30/2016

This review is from: D-Link DCS-2332L Outdoor Wireless Cloud IP Camera, 720P HD, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot

Pros: Let's start with the superficial: it's a nice looking device. Not that it necessarily blends in, but it doesn't draw a lot of attention either.

This device is ready for the outdoors. With an IP65 rated casing it can handle anything but the extremes (and maybe even some of those) of dust, rain, hot and cold temperatures.

It was very easy to setup - you don't have to connect the Ethernet cord. I connected the wireless antennae, plugged in the device, pushed WPS on the camera, then pushed WPS on my router (for security reasons I turn WPS off when I don't need it), and everything just worked. I love it when the things that should be easy actually are easy. From there I download a program from dlink's website, as instructed in the materials that came with the camera. This program found my device and walked me through setting it up. Viewing the camera feed from dlink's website requires a browser plugin. I try not to overload my system with plugins but this seemed reasonable.

At this point new firmware was detected and I allowed the update to be applied bringing me to version 1.07.00. All of this without ever plugging in an ether net cable.

This camera is feature rich. It's got day and night time vision. The day vision is great, showing up to 720p. The night vision isn't stellar but it's acceptable especially up to about 20 feet.

You can setup motion detection and notification, schedule when it's active, choose whether to save notifications to a local SD card (not provided), email images, record video, store on a network drive.

You can setup privacy masks, for if you want to share the camera feed with others but don't want everything to be visible I suppose.

It supports Dynamic DNS, HTTPS, IP access lists, and SNMP.

And Dlink has apps you can use for iPhone, Android, and even Windows Phone. I really appreciate the addition of Windows Phone apps as I typically use one as my primary device. The app may not be as feature rich (I saw a complaint about an iPhone feature not working that is not in the WP app), but the fact that WP is supported and that I can open the app to see what the camera sees is a huge win in my book. I don't need admin features in the app, I can do that from a web site.

Cons: The day after I setup this camera I left town for 5 days. The second day, the connection was lost to the camera and it never came back. I haven't had that problem since, though I have had intermittent outages. So I can't really say if it's the camera's fault, or maybe something that happened at my router or even with my ISP.

I setup the motion notifications and it worked well during the day, but at night it sent me constant motion detection notifications. It has a sensitivity setting and you can select certain areas to be excluded from the monitoring, but I never quite got it to work the way I wanted it to.

Other Thoughts: Given the two cons I had, I might be hesitant to use this device as my primary security device in a remote area (or some place a don't visit on a semi-regular basis). Other than that it's a great little day/night IP camera with an IP65 outdoor raging. What's not to like.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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4 out of 5 eggs Fun & Functional Mechanical Keyboard 12/22/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: There is much to like about this Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard. First the obvious, the cherry mx brown switches. These things are extremely responsive, and the satisfying click of the keys is music to my ears. I wouldn't call them overly loud (depending on how hard you hammer the keys), but if you're looking for a silent keyboard this isn't the keyboard for you.

There are 6 programmable macro keys. And you can store 3 different sets of macro settings in the keyboard. It's like those fancy cars that store his & hers seat and steering wheel positions. Only in this case, they're all for you. Set one for work, or all 3 for 3 different games. It's up to you.

The keyboard comes with 10 extra keys, all red, including a raised A, W, and D key. They help find the keys quickly when gaming. But I've found I enjoy keeping at least the A key on the board all the time, it helps me find the edge of the letter keys when working/typing.

Then there's all the little things like the braided cable containing 2 USB plugs, and 2 3.5 mm plugs (for mic and speaker inputs/outputs). This allows you to connect directly to the back of the keyboard 1 USB device, a speaker, and a mic line - opening the door to many cable management scenarios, whatever works best for you. Then there's the bar in the back and the case for the extra keys (more on those in a moment) which fit together to provide a convenient and out of the way storage space for that box. There's 3 levels of backlighting which I appreciate. Media keys, which are expected at this level, but the volume roller is nice.

Cons: My biggest complaint is with the wrist rest. It's symmetrical and it looks nice. However, it is not usable because it doesn't extend at the same depth across the entire span of the keyboard. There's a cut out in the middle. If you're gaming with just AWSD and the keypad, then you're fine. But when you're typing your wrists will be in different places, one on the rest and one not. My right hand sits lower than my left because of the cutout. Part of my wrist inevitably ends up on the table which ends up flaring some carpal tunnel issues. It's really too bad. It's an otherwise comfortable rest, but the cutout is a huge ergonomic problem.

Other Thoughts: I took off one egg for the wrist rest. I probably would have given it 4.5 eggs if that was an option.

This keyboard can be loud, but it's a mechanical keyboard. It's a personal preference, but I expect, and enjoy, that aspect of it. I really hope they spend some time on the ergonomics, and specifically the wrist rest, for their next iteration. There seems to be some confusion about the LED colors - this model has red LEDS; there is another that allows programming of multiple colors.

The keyboard backlight has three levels. Personally, I don't find it well balanced. I keep it set on the middle level most of the time.

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OCZ Vertex 460A 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: SATA III / SATA 6 Gbps, 32 MB cache
Backed by 3 year warranty

The drive comes with a mounting bracket & screws necessary to place into a 3.5" drive bay.

The supplied Acronis software key makes it easy to mirror your current system onto the SSD so that you can then swap the SSD in as your boot/primary drive.

The drive is quiet. This drive is fast. Others have reported their read/write speeds and they're all in a similar ball park. So I did some additional testing as an external hard drive. Tested firmware version 1.0. This was going through an external dock over USB 3 into a SATA II board. The speed was around 156 MB/s read / 122 MB/s write (for sequential and 512k read/writes). This is not lightning fast and does not appear to be very fast at all, however given the bottlenecks (the external controller, the PCIe and SATA II limitations), this is a decent speed. As I said, see the other reviews to get an idea of expected speeds in normal operating conditions, for example if you are going to be connecting directly to your motherboard or placing into your laptop.

Cons: The Acronis software that you need is hidden on OCZ's website. They key comes with the SSD. However, they make you hunt around to find a link to download the software.

I ran into problems trying to upgrade the firmware to version 1.1. I think this may be because I was trying to update the firmware while the SSD was connected through an external dock. However, I could be wrong. The error message was less than helpful ("Update Failed"), and there is no documentation or help to aid in troubleshooting.

Other Thoughts: It's a nice drive, it runs well, it's fast if you have and can take advantage of SATA III. OCZ needs to put a little more attention into making things easier for the consumer (see my comments above about updating the firmware and trying to find the Acronis imaging software). However, this is a very capable drive.

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