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This review is from: Belkin F7D7606 Netcam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision
Pros: Nice design, very light, wall-mountable. Comes with a very long 10-foot power cable, which is very helpful if you want to place your camera some place far from a power source.
A really cool feature is when there is movement and it sends an email notification (this must be turned on in the camera settings). The email notification includes two pictures, and the picture quality is very impressive.
Cons: You can't use this device without signing up for an account and registering the camera on their server. You also can't do firmware updates without an account.
Other Thoughts: The instructions are slightly out of date. It missed a huge step. In order to use the app features, I must sign up for a netcam account and be registered on their server. Once an account has been created and I named my device, I have to log in again. Then it takes me to a menu of registered cameras (I only have the one) and a firmware update is available. I updated firmware, which took the camera offline, then returned me to the list of cameras menu. I tapped on my netcam and it says connecting to camera, but it never connects. I keep getting this error "Cannot receive data. Please check your internet connection, or adjust the Regular Stream settings for this camera." So, I unplugged the netcam and restarted the app. Worked this time! Apparently, the connection between the netcam and my cell phone isn't very stable, so I had to unplug the netcam several times. Once I did connect, I was able to view the camera. The problem is that the connection speed is extremely slow, which causes a huge delay when there's movement, at least by five seconds, which is quite a long time. My internet is 40Mbps Downstream and 2.5Mbps Upstream. I tested this again on several different days, and the connection speed varied, some days were very good, some days were very bad, probably due to how congested their server got.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK
Pros: nice simple design
large green power button
very easy to use
The battery pack has a nice design, very easy to read and use. It comes with a 1-foot USB power adapter, which in my opinion is quite short for charging the battery itself. The distance from the wall outlet (using a USB wall charger) or pc's USB port isn't always conveniently close by. However, the cable length is good for charging a mobile device. It took about 4 hours to charge a smartphone completely. Once charging was completed, the unit turned itself off automatically. Charging the unit itself took about 6 hours.
Cons: Sometimes in the middle of charging a device, the unit turns off. I have to press the power button to turn it back on. While in use, it gets a little warm, which is to be expected.
Other Thoughts: It would've been a nice add-on if the unit came with a travel case.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
Pros: It's nice and compact, very simple nothing fancy about it. The casing doesn't seem cheap or flimsy. It's made to be laid flat; however, because if its shape, you can easily stand it up on its side without it toppling over. The only indicator that the drive is "on" is a tiny blue led on the top of the unit, which blinks when the drive is in use. You probably wouldn't be able to see it until it's plugged in and on. Use is simple plug and play. No additional drivers needed (for Windows 7).
At USB 3.0, I got transfer speeds averaging 188MB/s write and 167MB/s read.
Cons: This drive is only 5900RPM. Venting is only on the bottom of the unit, so it gets a bit warm when it's been working for a while.
Other Thoughts: I also tested it as an internal drive for Windows 7. The drive is a Barracuda. It doesn't say on the drive but it has the same model number.
Reading the reviews made me wonder if this drive was going to behave differently. This drive is absolutely no different than any other terabyte drive. The most important thing to remember is that any drive larger than 2TB MUST be converted to a GPT disk; otherwise, you will not be able to use the full capacity of the drive. I went into Computer Management. The operating system saw 1 raw partition and 2 unallocated partitions. I deleted the raw partition. There was now 3 unallocated partitions. Size of the partitions didn't matter at this point. I then right-clicked on the drive itself and selected "Convert to GPT Disk". In a couple of seconds, a 5TB unallocated partition was created. I quick-formatted the partition and the drive was ready to go, with full drive capacity. I got transfer speeds averaging 185MB/s write and 165MB/s read. No read/write errors whatsoever. I'm glad I trusted my own instincts and made the purchase. I now have an extra 5TB to use for my HTPC.
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