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This review is from: Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
Pros: - Fairly fast as far as portable drives go
- Wireless access is interesting
- Quite rugged, I dropped it once or twice and it seems fine
- Set up is easy
- It has a nice form factor for carrying and holding
- Looks decent
Cons: - Insanely slow charging. The instructions talked about a wall charger but I didn't get one, may have just been my unit though.
- Battery life didn't last nearly as long as described, again it was hard to tell what my battery life was like.
- Switching between USB mode and WIFI mode wasn't very intuitive.
Other Thoughts: This is an interesting product. It certainly lets you stream to your devices and in that respect it succeeds. The battery life doesn't really feel like it meets the intended purpose however. If you're on a long flight or roadtrip it will run out of juice quite early. Of course you could just plug it in, but at that point the wireless aspect is kind of useless.
I feel as thought at this price point it would have been more fitting to have a USB 3 connection to allow faster data transfer and power transfer.
The instructions covered any questions I had and using the device was straight forward enough. I really wish it had a battery meter on it though.
There is probably a concern that you could just reset the settings and disable the wireless security. I guess that's true, but you could just plug it into a computer too or steal it if you were holding it in your hand...
Speaking of holding it, it feels nice. It has a decent grip, but it's a bit slippery. Mine was red, and it was good to look at.
If you're looking for a portable hard drive that can wirelessly stream movies and music to other devices, I highly recommend this unit. It's a pretty solid choice for a portable drive too.
If you want a super secure external drive, this probably isn't what you are looking for. It's for media, not state secrets, and it works quite well in its niche.
Minus 1 egg for the relatively quick battery drain.
This review is from: Belkin F7D7606 Netcam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision
Pros: - Decent quality when you finally get it working
- Looks decent
- Low light quality is good.
Cons: - I hate hate hate the trend of cameras requiring apps. Just let me plug it in somehow or use WPS.
- The app is horrible, it's buggy, it crashes, it doesn't work sometimes. Half the time I don't even want to wait for it to load to check up on my place with it.
- The IR is really poor. I managed to manually shut it off since the low light quality is better than the IR.
- You can only use it to watch a room (no webcam ability).
- Website doesn't work in chrome.
Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this camera, but I just hate app based cameras so much. I would have at least liked to just go to an ip in my browser and put it on another monitor. Maybe you can do that, I couldn't even test it because the website doesn't work on chrome and I can't justify being forced into IE for a camera. I've gotten cheap knockoff cameras 4 years ago with a broader range of support...
The picture quality is fairly good, once you get it turned on. I really wish I could record to my DVR server but this requires a cloud subscription, which annoys me to no end. For something this expensive you shouldn't be forced into a cloud service. This holds true for all of this cameras' competitors also.
The night vision is poor. In fact the IR was so bad I shut it off and just rely on the low light performance, which is quite good.
The app was bulky and not very friendly to use. Its UI felt straight out of the 90s, and really made me miss the big competitor's UI. The first 2 times I went through the entire setup procedure the camera didn't save its settings and I had to do it all over again. Again, I've purchased very cheap knockoff cameras before with better apps that are easier to setup, which I find bizarre.
If this camera had a mini-usb for setup and to use this as a webcam I would have given this camera much better review, but as it is it's not what I expected at all.
3 egg explanation: when it works the picture quality is good and it seems fairly quick.
This is 2015, with slick products coming out of startups constantly that are highly usable and broadly supported, and this is a poor imitation which had so much potential. I wouldn't recommend a purchase at this time, go with the more polished alternatives.
This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GT 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGT3B-128GB
Pros: - Huge space
- Durable exterior
- USB 3
- Looks great
- High speeds
Cons: - Top isn't attached to the body so you can lose it, defeating the purpose of being environmentally resistant
- No lanyard/strap included
Other Thoughts: This flashdrive worked great. The speeds were essentially as advertised (230/130) and I never had any issues with it speed-wise.
I do have to wonder their logic of having it be formatted as fat32. I understand that maybe it is for compatibility issues, but for a drive of this size it would really make more sense to be at least NTFS out of the box. If you aren't sure of the difference, fat32 limits individual files to be 4GB (or so) in size. This might not impact most users of regular small flash drives, but for something of this size you are probably not getting it for text documents and you would want to put an 8 gb movie on it.
It is really big. This is great in that it gives me the impression it's super durable, but if you have anything plugged in the next usb slot this just isn't going in. I personally used it on the front ports of my system and it was fine, but for other ports I recommend using a usb 3 extension. This might have a slight impact on speed but it does really make dealing with the bulky size way easier.
The drive got a bit wet in the rain for me and didn't have any noticeable problems so it does seem to go along with the marketing materials. I really want to believe that with the cap in place you could probably throw this through the washer without issue, but since this drive is pricey I really wouldn't want to test it on purpose.
Personally, I used the drive for transferring large files between non-networked workstations for a solid month. It was great at big files and small files alike, and when copying from a solid state it was a dream. Mechanical drives are always an issue with lots of small files, but they copied large files like a dream.
I had no issues, even ignoring the "you didn't properly eject this drive" after impatiently yanking it the second the copy dialog disappeared.
Highly recommended if you have a need for a 128gb flash drive. It's like having a solid state in an external case, and that's awesome.
Display Name: Andrew G.
Date Joined: 07/12/04
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