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This review is from: Sony PS Vita 16GB Memory Card
Pros: it works in the PS Vita
Cons: you pay 5x the going rate for ssd ram to shake hands with sony's proprietary connection.
Other Thoughts: if I knew of a third party that even makes these things, I'd have picked it up but...yeah. what a joke.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: wireless AC
can accommodate full size (3.5") hdd
small footprint, classy appearance
multiple USB 2 & 3 options
latest bluetooth (4.0)
was very impressed with the seemingly spacious design and ease of access both getting into the box and manipulating components within it.
Cons: pricey because you need to add memory, primary storage device and operating system. however, it's a lot more bang for your buck than a comparably equipped Intel NUC, and compares favorably to Gigabyte in reliability/quality control.
Other Thoughts: I use this as a video entertainment device. The 433/867 wireless lan link(s) is necessary for streaming uncompressed Fios signals. I have a 6 tuner Ceton cable card device, and it requires Windows Mediacenter (win7 or win8). With wireless AC, I'm able to use this computer for displays that are not easily accessible with cat5/6 cables.
It eats up Plex feeds in 1080p (no transcoding necessary), and Netflix is a cinch.
I'm running win8.1 on a 240g sata3 ssd with 16g of DDR3 1600 ram. The device itself needs very little storage. All you really need is something for your OS and the handful of programs required to play the various A/V streams, but there's a 3.5" option available for larger, less expensive storage options...and of course a TON of USB stuff.
I have not yet looked into the smartphone input device system that ASUS advertises with this system, but it does look interesting.
I don't leave mine on, so I can't speak much to the longevity in that sense, but there aren't any heat problems with the system while running.
I use hdmi for audio, so haven't tested quality of other I/O, but the sound and video quality is excellent.
I'm very happy with this little system. I intend to place a couple of them around the house and eliminate a few more STBs that I'm renting from Verizon! :-)
Pros: 8 channels. indoor/outdoor application. 1TB HDD included. Excellent video quality. PAL/NTSC compatibility. Very good value.
Cons: there's a separate power (bnc) and video i/o at each end of the cable (in other words, it's not power over ethernet), so it has to draw power from a standard outlet. Each set of 4 cameras must be tethered to a power supply that comes with about 4' of cord. This means a couple things: 1) 3 power adapters (2 for the cameras, 1 for the base unit); 2) every camera's power supply has to go all the way back to the same area as the base/hdd.
Another issue with the system is that every cable has two heads/caps: a bnc (power) and an rca (video). it's not fun trying to route those things through an existing wall/ceiling/floor. If you know what you're doing, it might be worthwhile to simply cut the BNC cap off and then cap the wire again once you've routed it (a pack of 5 BNC caps costs less than $5 at a hardware store). you only need to do this with one end of each cable as it's to make snaking the wire through your house/building easier.
I'm not a fan of the quality of the wire housing/insulation of the wire, but it's about what I'd expect for a DIY kit designed for entry level use.
Other Thoughts: the p2p protocol works wonderfully with the free android app. I haven't tried it on the ipad yet. I've only installed one camera so far (taking time for wire routing concerns). The system seems to arrive in PAL mode by default. You'll need to adjust this to NTSC in north america. Do this from the system configuration menu in the OSD once you hook the base up to a monitor. nightvision isn't so great and requires tweaking; it's not as intuitive as the remote viewing or PAL/NTSC stuff is.
$200 for 8 indoor/outdoor color cameras with infrared is an absolute steal. the fact that it comes with a 1TB hdd is just gravy.
I can't speak to the durability of the system. my main concern is the durability of the wires (insulation), but this is looking like a fantastic purchase.