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iRulu V1101 5.5” QHD Android 4.4 Smartphone MT6582 Quad Core 1.3GHZ Dual camera Dual SIM Cellphone, Blue
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Probably the biggest pro for this phone is the price. Yes, it's true that you can probably find as good, or maybe a better deal if you intently watch promos that your carrier or your favorite membership club offers, but if you want a phone now, this is a tough price to beat. Oddly, NewEgg's price is quite high, considering it is sold and shipped by iRulu, and their own web site sells for $20 less and free shipping.

The phone is unlocked.

The IPS screen is beautiful and, as expected, has a 180 degree viewing in any direction.

Voice (incoming and outgoing) and sound quality is very good.

Dual SIM cards is a nice benefit. It could be considered a pro or con, depending on your situation, but SIM 1 holds a large, original-size SIM, while SIM 2 holds a micro SIM.

Has a micro-SD card slot which supports up to 32GB. Not sure why they are holding onto the old "TF card" nomenclature.

There are actually 2 included screen protectors, one already installed, and one replacement.

Uses the standard micro USB charger that most non-Apple phones use.

The camera works well, although the flash is not very powerful, so don't expect too much in low-light situations. They seem to be very proud of the camera in this, and as such have pre-installed many photo editing apps.

1 year warranty

Cons: Unfortunately, this phone does have some cons. I'll start with the ones that are annoying at any price:

- The battery doesn't always seem to read correctly. I have seen it say almost full and then an hour later (with nothing running), it will be off, and will only power back on when the charger is connected because the battery is completely dead. Another time, when I removed the battery to insert a memory card, it went from 90+% to 32% between power down and power up 2 minutes later. Hopefully these are just a couple fluke events.

- Sometimes the phone will not recognize touch input. This is particularly noticeable when "typing" a message. Swiping doesn't seem to show the same problem. I have not tested with a stylus yet.

- This is probably the fault of the screen protector, but the screen is no where near as smooth as other phones I have used, even with screen protectors on them. I did not remove the screen protector to test the phone's bare screen though.

- There is very minimal documentation for this phone, and by this I mean none. Included with the phone is a miniature (I'm not kidding) "user manual" that covers only the most basic functions of the phone. There are no details, and nothing more advanced than how to turn on BlueTooth. There is nothing on iRulu's web site to download either. Sadly, you can't even download an electronic copy if the included "manual" so you can zoom in and actually read the miniature print!

- The earbud headphones listed in the "Package Contents" were not present in the unit sent to me for evaluation. This might have been a mistake in the Newegg description, as it is not listed in the description on iRulu's web site.

- The pre-installed flashlight app is one of those ones you've been warned about (requires access to just about everything).

- When it arrives, the battery is already in the phone, but it has clear tape, which you can barely see, covering the terminals. There is no mention of this in the user manual, of course. Yes, it seems obvious now, but it took me a while to figure out why it wouldn't turn on even after charging it over night!

The rest of these cons should be weighed against the price:

- The Cortex A7 processor is pretty old (2011).
- Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) is also pretty old (2013)
- only 1GB RAM (964MB, actually), and with only stock applications, 500MB is in use just after booting.
- Does not support LTE

Other Thoughts: Not really a pro or a con, but there is an alternate desktop (called APUS) installed. This looks quite similar to the normal Android desktop, and you can choose which one you want to use.

Overall, this is a pretty good phone for the price, and most of the cons can be overlooked. In the 2+ weeks I have been testing this, I haven't found anything that would make me regret buying this phone at this price. Reviews at another popular site are quite bi-polar, and a number of people reported that the phone died young. It seems that people who reviewed it right after buying it, loved it, and the rest reviewed it after it died, and hated it. Only time will tell how long this evaluation unit will last.

SAMSUNG S29E790C Glossy Black / Metallic 29
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: no additional pros

Cons: I came back and looked at this item again today to make sure that my review got posted, and found that the price had dropped from $800 to $400 (in less than a week). While someone currently shopping might say, wow, that's a great deal, someone who purchased it 3 days ago and hasn't even received yet, it will be saying something quite different, which I am sure Newegg's content filter will flag.

When I said this wasn't worth $800, or even $400, I had no idea about the price swing, I simply meant I wouldn't even pay half price for it.


I also did some more digging into the power consumption of this monitor and found something interesting. While this monitor only draws a maximum of about 40 Watts, it has a very, very poor power factor of 0.51. The Power Factor is the ratio of actual power consumed divided by the apparent power delivered. Ideal is 1, and as the ratio decreases, it is said to get more poor.

What this means to you is that this monitor pulls twice the amount of power than it actually consumes. Since most homes are billed by how many Watts they use, you will likely not pay more to power this monitor. If, on the other hand, you are considering installing 100 of these at a business where you are charged by VARs (Relative Volt-Amps) used, then you will actually pay twice as much to operate it.. While in standby mode, the monitor consumes 0W, but it consumes 6 VARs, so that will also push up costs for some business users.

Even for a regular home user, you need to be aware that this monitor will pull 80 VA from your UPS, if you have one, even though it only uses 40 Watts, which means you might need to purchase a larger, more expensive UPS to cover it.

Other Thoughts: Subtracting another star for wild price swings, and it's extremely poor power factor.

ACTi E33A Outdoor Vandal Resistant 5MP Day/Night PoE IP Camera
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Very good 08/31/2015

This review is from: ACTi E33A Outdoor Vandal Resistant 5MP Day/Night PoE IP Camera

Pros: Note that this review is for the ACTi E33A model, which replaced this one. As far as I can tell, the only difference is that the E33A adds a microSD card slot for local storage, and requires a little less power. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase the E33A somewhere else, since Newegg doesn't carry it. B&H Camera (best price today) and Ama zon both have it.


Very high quality day and night images but see cons.

The lens is 4.2mm, which provides a fairly wide view, and maintains clarity even into the periphery.

The enclosure is extremely high quality. The front of the camera body unscrews to provide access to manually focus the lens, The back end is attached with 3 captive screws, and once removed provides access to the Ethernet port (or micro connector that the included cable uses) and the microSD memory slot (E33A). Both the front and back removable pieces have o-ring seals.

Out of the box, there is an 18" Ethernet cable connected to a micro connector inside the camera body, which then exits the camera through a sealed gland. At the end of the cable is an Ethernet jack, for you to connect your POE cable. This setup requires you to seal this external connection, or somehow keep it out of the elements.

Included with the camera is a sealed flexible conduit connector which would allow you to easily route your Ethernet cable from a sealed junction box into the camera, providing the most weatherproof installation.

The camera can be mounted right-side up (Ethernet cable fitting facing down) or upside down (Ethernet cable fitting facing up), and there are 2 mounting holes (1 about centered, and 1 about a quarter of the distance from the back) on both the top and bottom.

The camera is attached using a round base with 3 screws. An articulating arm then screws into the base, and screws into the camera. Adjustments can be made then a thumb screw is tightened to hold it in position.

There is an included sun/rain shield, however if you mount the camera by hanging it from above, you cannot use the shield. This is likely not a problem since it will be shaded by whatever you mounted it to (like the under side of your eave, for example).

(E33A only) You may also install a micro SD card to record data locally (edge storage). There is no mention about the maximum supported size, and I have not tested it.

The ACTi NVR software is free to use for up to 16 cameras. It is a full featured NVR (network video recording) package providing everything you need to get up and running quickly, but see cons about the search tool.

3 year warranty according to ACTi. Not sure why Newegg lists only 1 year.

Cons: ACTi cameras do not do very well with close up (less than 1 meter) motion, resulting in blurred images. This is particularly bad at night..

IP security cameras have a dirty little secret, which does not seem to be limited to ACTi cameras. While this is a 5MP camera and supports 30 frames per second, you can't have them both at once. As it turns out, you can only have 1MP if you want 30 FPS. If you want anything better than 1MP, you are limited to 15 FPS.

With this camera, 15 FPS produces blurry day time video and very blurry night time video when there is close by motion in the frame. Reducing the quality of the image to 1MP and increasing the frame rate to 30 FPS helps, but why buy a 5MP camera and set it to 1MP?

Only 1 video setting is allowed. It would be nice if it was possible to have a set of settings for night time (IR on) and another for day time (IR off). This would greatly improve the performance of this camera because some of the settings like WDR (wide dynamic range) or motion sensitivity help in one case but hurt in the other. Perhaps some feedback to ACTi is needed.

Initially, I was unable to get the NVR Search Tool (IVS 2) to work, and after several tries, it crashed and now it crashes upon start up. Not sure what is going on. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, to no avail. Next is a registry clean up, then I'll need to write to ACTi for assistance.

Other Thoughts: For the price, this is an excellent camera. As with anything, you can always spend more to get something better, or spend less to get something that isn't as good. This price point and quality has worked well for my needs, and the free NVR software (others charge upwards of $200 per camera) was a huge differentiator.

This is a class 2 POE device, which means it will pull a maximum of 7.4W.. During the day it pulls about 3.5W and at night with the IR LEDs on, it pulls about 4.5W. (E33A power ratings)

Network bandwidth is capped at 6Mbps per stream (supports up to 2 streams).


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