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TRENDnet TV-IP551WI 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless N Day/Night Internet Camera
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Built-in IR; quick transition from dark to light; manual settings for day/night only; good clarity once focused (for 640x480); decent wifi range.

Cons: Ability to adjust to outside ambient light compared to other models near non-existent. Hours wasted attempting to dial in brightness, contrast & color saturation.

Other Thoughts: If using these in a strictly interior home/office scene, where light conditions are more controlled and dominated by artificial light, these cameras are very nice for the price point. In areas w/ predominant exterior lighting, e.g. four season room or protect porch area, this has to be one of worst cameras I've dealt w/. Trendnet cameras have dominated the majority of installs I've performed and proven to be stalwart units in every climate and condition, from sub-zero to trapped in a box under the sun. But while the IP551 d/n camera has no fewer options vs. some of the older, similar and less expensive models, it was completely useless in areas where natural sunlight provided nearly all illumination during daylight hours. These were to replace 2 older model Trendnet cameras assisted at night by external IR flood lamps. No luck. Relegated to basements and hallways now.

LIAN LI PC-Q07B USB3.0 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to work in for it's size; accepts ATX PSU; accepts 5.25" device; USB 3.0 front panel. Great case for a more-than-just watching movies box or modified for water cooled clock crunching.

Cons: Tiny steel screws for aluminum case; the screw is stronger than the case material. No extra tiny screws if one is misplaced. Power button catches/sticks in place. One unit had no issue, second unit had a warped side panel (not bad, but it's there and I know it). While this case is extremely small, it's small in relation to the fact it can house a full ATX PSU and a 5.25" device. There's very little room for a killer air cooled CPU heatsink and no place to mount addition fans (stock). The PSU and CPU fans are all there is. Too little space between the PSU and CPU fan can cause a negative airflow pocket. Mounts only a single 3.5" or 2.5" (stock).

Other Thoughts: While physical media may be on the way out, it's nice to have a case capable to supporting devices for those of us who still cling to the fringes. There is a rhythm to building in cases like the PC Q07B, and some things must be done in a particular order. Otherwise, a simple build can escalate from irritating to potential nightmare. The flush mount screws are nice, since they don't detract from the stunning simplicity of cases like this. But, be mindful those same small screws are easily marred and can potentially ruin the case by stripping out the thread points. There are adapters available to use a SFX PSU vs. the ATX, but price & performance share throne on my bench. These cases can also make a rocking water cooled LAN box for the patient, capable, tool wielding customizer. The extra space is perfect for a radiator and there's plenty of room for add-on air intake from the front of the case. Difficulty is relative to perspective and resource. Think about the end goal, the parts available and plan it out.

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nicely laid out for a small(ish) form factor case; no compromise 5.25" bay and 3 3.5" HDD; full ATX PSU; 3 fan mounts

Cons: Used one of these for a closed loop build before they decided to release the Elite 130 - oh well. Utilizing 2nd 120mm fan mount can be tight depending on MOBO power and SATA locations. 90 degree or smaller straight SATA connections needed due to spacing.

Other Thoughts: This makes for a very good media box or micro home server. W/ 2 120mm fans and an additional 80mm on the side there is plenty on cooling for a well thought out build. The case rails have tie off points all along for cable management, as well as several along the bottom edges. For a less expensive mini-ITX case this unit will not disappoint.


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Date Joined: 02/17/07

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