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EZVIZ Mini Plus HD 1080p WiFi Home Security Camera with 16GB microSD Card, Motion Detection, 135 degree View, Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Black)
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Pros: Very compact
SD storage
Magnetic mount
Good quality video
IFTTT compatible

Cons: No local network storage
Motion detection is a bit tricky
Control must be via smartphone/tablet app
Seriously no Desktop control!

Other Thoughts: Compared to some other cameras of a similar type the EZVIZ Mini Plus is a high quality device. It is dependent upon an internet connection though and if you are looking for a straightforward IP camera with local storage then you should perhaps look elsewhere. If on the other hand you are looking for something that is easily setup, with very good video quality, is intended for fairly infrequent use, with two way audio (admittedly laggy), motion sensing, and IR then this may be for you. The camera comes packaged in a rather neat little box complete with a dinky PSU and a micro USB to USB cable. When connected to my laptop the camera powered up but the laptop could detect nothing on the USB port so I suspect the cable is merely for power, although there is a dedicated 1TB hard drive available for this device so maybe it is just hiding its capabilities. The camera itself is remarkably small and if it was white would probably blend in better in my environment than the jet black one I have. Connection and setup was a breeze, my only concern was the heat generated by the camera, it got rather warm. Instructions were a bit sparse but I managed to get through it without a misstep. The video and stills produced were much better and less laggy than what I had experienced with other similar devices from other manufacturers. I set this one up on the fridge door in my kitchen, when we're out my labrador dog has a habit of getting into the trash as a means of revenge for not taking him with us. While in the restaurant I got an email alert, pulled up the app and there he was sniffing around the trash can. Much to the amusement of the other diners and his abject shock I told him to "lie down". I think I'll be using it for this most! However, my biggest concern is the requirement to use the internet to do anything with this camera, really? Dismounting the SD you can find the video files there with a USB card reader. At first I thought that there was an issue as the whole card (16GB) was full and most of the files were unplayable, I later figured that maybe the camera reserved space on the SD by writing empty files for "filling later", it stills seems rather clumsy to have to fish out a microSD card from the camera to retrieve files when the thing is connected to your home network. Not elegant but definitely a possible income stream. 4 eggs for design quality, video quality and ease of setup and use. -1 egg for making it fully dependent upon the internet and not having a desktop client able to configure/control the camera.

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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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Pros: Small units.
LED indicators
Relatively Easy to Set Up
Works Well
Utility App

Cons: Very few cons the biggest being the 10/100Mbps LAN connections, the 500Mbps reflects the maximum throughput on the powerline side not the throughput of the LAN socket.
Connection was pretty stable.
Like all Powerline kit you are at the mercy of your power circuit in your house, newer ones with newer appliances will give you better results.

Other Thoughts: If you're stuck for a hard wired connection in an area that is inaccessible from the point of view of laying a new LAN cable then this may be your solution. There are a couple of riders to this, don't be expecting blistering speeds, make sure that the receiving outlet is on the same electrical circuit as the transmitting outlet, don't expect the best performance on older wiring. The maximum you're going to get should be enough for a decent HDTV stream, but again this may vary according to the wiring and line conditions in your home. In my situation I found that the presence of an old refrigerator on the circuit didn't help line reliability. I found the throughput to be more reliable and of a higher speed when I installed the system on a newly laid power circuit in my house. I've tried numerous Powerline systems in the past and they all seem to have similar issues and they all have the 10/100 Mbps LAN limitation, this suggests that this may be a limitation of the technology itself. The Netgear Powerline 500 seems to be middling in terms of performance with the others I've tried but the set up is a lot simpler IIRC. Overall I would recommend the use of these if a friend was in a bind as far as connectivity was concerned but I would advise that they may not solve the problem to their satisfaction, which is very environment dependent.

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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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4 out of 5 eggs Budget priced... budget performance. 09/24/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: Price.
Small.
LED indicator.
Retractable.
Positive Lock.

Cons: Case seems somewhat flimsy.
I doubt it is robust enough for extended pocketing.
The drive when retracted into the case rattles.
Speed is not stellar.
Lack of lanyard.

Other Thoughts: As a budget storage device you really can't complain about this drive. 64 GB of flash storage for under fifteen dollars is a bargain. The drive performs adequately coming in with a consistent 25 MB/s transfer speed on a variety of USB 3.0 interfaces on a variety of PCs and Macs. I've seen USB 3.0 drives with 3-4x the performance of this drive but they've also been 3-4x the price. Reformatting for NTFS, HFS+ and back to exFAT was faultless and I had no problems booting from a Ubuntu live image written to the drive. The slider gives a good positive lock when the USB plug is extended, something not all drives are good at. The LED indicator is nice, not all flash drives in this price bracket have them and this can be a big annoyance when dealing with OS X and its rather cavalier attitude to ejecting flash drives. i.e. it says they're ejected but if you have an LED on the drive you will see it flashing for a few seconds after the icon has disappeared, no indicator and the unwary user will pull the drive before the flush write has completed, ruining the data and occasionally the drive too. I've seen this happen countless times with teenage students and it is something Apple should address... but they won't. The presence of a lanyard hole and the lack of said lanyard is mildly irritating, further to this I'm not sure how well this drive will stand up to my pocket full of coinage and keys. The fact that the drive seems quite loose in the case when retracted does not make me comfortable with it. I have ruined a number of fairly robust metal Kingston drives by keeping them on my keyring so my hopes for this one as a pocketable device are not high, it may be one for keeping in the desk drawer. 4 eggs for a very competitive device in terms of price and warranty. 1 egg off for the cons above.

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