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Pros: Fair price, attractive design. Fast enough for the purpose it was bought for. Currently supporting one wired computer, a tablet, and a couple of Android smartphones all with no trouble. Two friends came to stay for a week and had no problems with their Apple phones and a Mac laptop.
Cons: Probably should be a lower price for an N300, single band router nowadays. Maybe 50 bucks?
Other Thoughts: Have been using this for 6 weeks as of this writing. Only felt it needed a reboot one time, rebooted it a couple of other times just because. Set it to N-only @ 40 Khz (I think) to get best performance with a MS Surface RT tablet (that device is a bit finnicky with its WiFi connections). Really, no complaints so I gave it 5 eggs for its performance as an N-300 single band router.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mini Spy Cam Pen HD Hidden Camera DVR Video Recorder + 2GB SD Card USB Charger
Pros: Mine works. It takes both video and stills.
The microphone seems to work OK as well.
When clipped into a shirt pocket it is well positioned to take pictures.
Shipping was fast.
Cons: Mine did not come with instructions so I had to Google around to find some. Otherwise it came with everything you see in the picture above.
The device has to be held very still to get usable pictures. Given its shape (long, skinny, round) that's a little harder to accomplish.
I tried to take an hours worth of video on two occasions but both times I wound up with about 35 minutes worth. The 2 GB card was not full, perhaps the battery was pooping out but I forgot to test it before plugging it into the computer again.
The micro SD card that came with mine was previously used, it had a number of files on it. I reformatted it and it seems to work fine.
Other Thoughts: Recording quality is about what you would expect, all things considered. It is a very inexpensive device.
It saves video in 10-minute increments, more or less, so you wind up with multiple files for a single recording session.
Pros: Cheap. Seems fairly well made, all things considered. It works, and it does as good a job as you have a right to expect given the price.
It's quite small and feather-light.
Will take both video and stills.
Cons: Orange LED stays on when it's in still-photo mode.
The micro-SD slot is double thick; it has a tiny metal tray that the card slides onto BUT there is room to slide the card in below the tray whence it can fall into the interior of the device. I know this because it happened to me; I had to open the body of the device to retrieve my SD card (two very tiny screws gave me access).
Instruction sheet that came with mine was written in Engrish and with poor photos to illustrate the features of the device. It took a small amount of Engrish-to-English translation and some trial and error to understand the instructions. Even then they were a tad incomplete.
You will not get usable videos or stills while this camera is in motion while taking them so keep it very still.
Other Thoughts: I have used the device twice (besides playing with it at home) and found that it saves video in 10-minute increments thought it doesn't seem to miss a beat in doing so. A half-hour video will be saved in three 10-minute files.
Low-light performance was poor as might be expected but under good lighting conditions it takes acceptable pictures and video (again, all things considered). Microphone also does an adequate job.
I saw a bit of video that I didn't recognize at first but it was from the inside of my shirt pocket. I dropped it in my pocket while still taking video and it actually seemed I could see the inside of the pocket as it looked up toward my face.
Surface of device is matte black and sort of rubberized. It looks like an ordinary car-key-fob that unlocks doors and turns alarms on and off thought there are no labels or icons on the device at all. I would like to see a plug, or cover over the USB port as such car-key devices don't have USB ports. There are 4 buttons on the top of the device; the back pair are just dummies but they contribute nicely to the overall impression of the device.
Mine shipped from China and took two weeks to arrive which is about right for standard China-USA parcel service. It also came with a USB cable but no wall-wart. It charges off the computer or you can use another standard little wall-wart I suppose.
Display Name: James K.
Date Joined: 07/22/03
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