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Pros: A very well thought out product with a great feature set. Mount the cameras right side up or upside down, view front back or both on the LCD, 'oh sh!t' button to save the current clip, constant closed loop recording, small discrete cameras.
Cons: Arrived defective. Every time I toggled on or off any electronics on the vehicle, the device crashed. At first I thought it was the V Reg MOSFET being inadequate to provide clean power, so I replaced the power converter unit with an upgraded voltage stabilizer. This unfortunately voided the warranty and didn't fix the issue. After more extensive testing, I discovered the rear camera USB port on the DVR unit was a tad loose, and if it wasn't perfectly aligned when a chassis power fluctuation occurred, the device crashed. I think this may have been due to inductive power pulses on the camera's USB line due to its close proximity to other wiring, but it doesn't explain why it only happened when the plug wasn't in perfect unless the PCB itself was defective in some way. I'm ordering a second one from another retailer that can get it here faster now, and hoping the replacement doesn't have that issue.
Other Thoughts: I ordered the product without the GPS unit, yet I received the GPS module with it anyway.
I really hope a v2 of this unit will come waterproof for external mounting. I'm using mine on a motorcycle so I had to improvise weatherproof housings for it.
I know better than to expect construction quality to improve however. These things are made cheap to poor tolerances. It doesn't take much to break them.
Pros: Card works well, runs quiet, and so far not too hot. It was a great deal for the price, and is a good upgrade from my old GTX260-C216.
Cons: Lightweight, feels cheap, flexes easily. You can tell they saved you a lot of cost by cutting corners on materials and construction.
Other Thoughts: If it works, it works. I just hope it lasts, since it didn't strike me as overly durable. If you're concerned about construction quality or want to do a lot of overclocking on it, I recommend seeking another card, or going full aftermarket on brackets and cooling.
I will update this review later if my impressions of the card change after breaking it in.
This review is from: NVIDIA Gift PC Game Assassin's Creed 3
Pros: Free (unless the game was a selling point for the video card which you used to justify the cost, and if so, tough luck.)
Cons: You get what you pay for (or less, if you consider your time valuable.)
Other Thoughts: It's a slip of paper with a lengthy redeem code printed on it. The redeem code is not, in fact, a game license key, but rather a code that starts you on a headache-inducing but ultimately fruitless wild goose chase to obtain your game.
Once you type in the URL of the page to redeem the code, and the code itself, (and several irritating captchas, and personal info), it spits out a coupon code and instructs you to use the coupon code to redeem your game from Ubisoft's store by first adding the game to your cart, then checking out with the coupon code. When you go to Ubisoft's store, probably the first thing you'll notice is it's broken. Nothing works here. Some people reported being able to input the coupon code and then being told it's invalid, but I couldn't even get that far. I tried it in 3 different browsers, and every time I add the game to my cart, the cart comes up empty. I even tried the workaround another reviewer provided here, which was to add the game AND the optional paid DLC "season pass" to the cart, then remove the DLC at checkout, but the cart STILL comes up empty. After wasting almost an hour of my time, I've given up.
The video card is still worth the money, and I wasn't really expecting this to work anyway knowing Ubisoft. I guess I was right. If you take a lesson from this: Don't buy Ubisoft titles, and never trust Ubisoft not to cheat you out of even free stuff.