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Pros: Same as for prior review.
Cons: Those in prior review still stand but not as serious as I first assumed.
Other Thoughts: I'm posting this as an addendum to my earlier review out of fairness. While my criticisms still pertain, I can now at least report that by increasing the loop segment length to 3 minutes it seems to work OK on the car charger (it didn't cut out during a 2 hour drive). My experience with it cutting out so easily before still would make me queasy about relying on it, but I'm willing to raise my rating to 2 stars (3 for this addendum to balance the 1 for the original).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: wide angle lens, anti-shake, and video loop (ha ha). Resolution is excellent (1080FHD). Has an HDMI output (not tested). SD card (not supplied) accessible from computer when cabled to computer's USB.
Cons: Loop feature is a joke (I set the loop time to 2 minutes and went off to dinner. On return an hour later, I found 9 two minute videos and the camera shut down. Sound like looping to you? Me neither. Totally unacceptable. It's not like I didn't try to isolate the problem. Same behavior with SD cards from two different manufactures, a 32Gb and an 8Gb. All of this was compounded because once an SD card was installed the camera repeatedly rebooted with the USB cable supplied, which I eventually determined could be corrected (sort of) by using a better quality cable of my own).
Doesn't record without SD card and none is supplied.
Documentation is very limited, leaving some features unexplained and others with only cursory explanation.
Night vision is low quality (although probably good enough for most kinds of accident recording, assuming it is recording).
It will take a couple of weeks to get to you.
Only works when powered (I assume I got the -C version since the charge indicator never stops flashing ... with a battery it is supposed to turn blue on full charge).
There is no indicator on the case of what model you have or any other kind of manufacturer designation,
Other Thoughts: I bought this because I wanted to see how useful this kind of device would be in day to day driving without committing a lot of money. After all, you haven't exactly seen car manufacturers rushing to add something like this to the rear view mirror. I was also motivated because
1) I was in an accident where I was not at fault and in the absence of witnesses would have benefited from video proof that the other driver ran a red light;
2) It was a special offer (about $45, no shipping) and appeared to be the kind of video device I would have needed.
As noted this camcorder comes with a lot of negatives, at least one of which makes it an unacceptable product. There are obviously better (and much more expensive) car camcorders out there (plus cheaper ones, with lesser capability). For my purposes this one should have been adequate, but no one should tolerate electronics that don't even come close to meeting what they claim to provide.
I should also add that the camera has an input listed in the documentation as being for GPS input, but no information is provided on how to take advantage of it. The internal menu has an undocumented feature for putting in license plate (or other id) for your car which appears on the recording along with time/date stamp. There supposedly is a G-sensor, but nothing about how its data might be recorded (it is set to Off by default, so maybe its use hasn't been implemented).
In my estimation this product is at best half-baked and shouldn't be on the market. Newegg should remove it from its product offerings.
Pros: 1) extremely compact size with lots of connectivity
2) less than 5 minutes to pop in memory and hard disk
3) 6.4 on the Windows experience index (Win 7)
4) VESA compliant mount option
5) excellent stand for vertical mount
6) can replace a much, much larger desktop
Cons: 1) needed to take lid off case to install antenna
2) CPU already installed, but it's a good one so not necessarily a con
Other Thoughts: Overall far better than I expected. Size-wise it is not much more so than a paperback book. You have to supply both memory and hard disk. For my unit I installed 8Gb of DDR3 memory (Crucial 4GB x 2) and a 250Gb SSD (Samsung). Max memory is 16Gb. If you already have monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you are getting a full-fledged, tiny, and powerful system for your investment (in my case, about $600). You will also need a USB DVD drive for installing the OS and drivers (drivers are supplied on DVD for Win 7 and 8).
The system has 4 USB2 ports, 2 USB3 ports, HDMI and DVI monitor ports, ethernet port, and even an S/PDIF optical port. Wireless and blue tooth are also built in.
Physically the unit is mounted on a metal framework with aesthetically pleasing heavy gauge plastic top and bottom. Remove two thumb screws, slide off the case cover, pop In the memory, release the retention screw for the hard drive and insert, reassemble, and it's ready for OS install. It takes longer to get the stuff out of their boxes than to complete the assembly. An IR remote and USB dongle are supplied if your intention is to control it from a distance - I haven't tried that particular feature.
The lid of the unit has a large "signature" circle on it that lights as a soft blue, a "feature" that is easily disabled in the ROM BIOS. In initial software installation, stick to the USB2 ports for DVD, keyboard, and mouse, as the USB3 ports require a driver, and you won't have USB3 drivers until you have an OS in place.
It's potent enough to run just about any app, gaming excepted.
Display Name: Charles W.
Date Joined: 03/03/06
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