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This review is from: Netgear VMA1000-10000S Arlo HD Security Camera Adjustable Mount
Pros: This mount gives you about 5 inches of elevation while allowing you 360 degrees of rotation. You can tilt the camera approximately 90 degrees which is handy.
The mount seems to be sturdy with one exception that I have listed in the cons section.
Cons: The threaded portion of the mount fits loosely in the camera. It almost makes you think that the camera has SAE threads and the mount has metric threads. The lock-nut is made out of plastic with a metal threaded insert. The lock-nut seems to be too thick to permit an adequate number of threads to screw into the camera base. You almost feel like it is better to remove the lock-nut and simply bottom out the stud into the camera.
The mount is a little difficult to adjust by your self. You have to position the camera where you want it and then tighten up the lock. You almost need 3 hands as the camera has a tendency to move as you tighten it up.
Other Thoughts: The mount is sturdy and seems to do a good job of supporting the camera. The base of the mount has three screw holes and the mount comes with all of the necessary hardware to mount it. Since the camera is so light you can simply use some heavy-duty doubled sided tape if you want. It is holding my camera nicely.
I am happy with the mount and would recommend it to my firends.
Pros: The deciding factor for me was the fact that the system had 7 day cloud storage that is free. The camera takes very good pictures in normal lighting conditions and also low light conditions. I also was impressed by the IOS app finding it to be very user friendly. The camera is smaller than I expected it to be making it easy to overlook when it is mounted in plain sight.
Cons: The batteries are expensive and do not last very long at all if you keep the camera functioning where it has to make numerous recordings. The battery meter dropped one bar the first week.
When you attempt to open the battery compartment door you slide the door as far as it will go and then you have to grasp the lip of the door and pull it up. It seems to be stuck to the weatherstripping the first time you open it. You almost feel like you might break the door, but you won't. Both of my cameras were difficult to open the very first time. After initially opening the door then it works just fine on subsequent openings.
The Android app is not very user friendly. I could not find any way to shut off the cell phone notification like there was on the IOS app.
Although sound is not absolutely necessary, it could be useful if some intruder happened to mention a name or say something useful. Unfortunately, this camera does not record sound like the new camera that Netgear has just released.
I feel like the price of the units could be priced more reasonably. Especially the price of the additional cameras. It is almost as cheap to buy a complete second single camera system as it is to just buy the extra camera.
Other Thoughts: What I found out with this system is that you leave the system off most of the time. When you leave your home or retire for the night you turn on the system. To get the maximum battery life you need to limit the number of recording to less than 4 minutes a day. Essentially, if you treat the system like a burglar alarm then the battery life is tolerable. I have found that the batteries are somewhat difficult to find and when you do they are somewhat expensive. I found that you can get name brand batteries for about $2.00 online where-as they are in excess of $10.00 a piece in some stores.
I am pretty impressed with the ease of installation and the overall quality of the system. I have one camera mounted about 25 feet from the base unit and another about 40 feet away on the outside of my home. Both camera's seem to work reasonably well on my internet service which is DSL with 10 Mbps down and 512 Kbps upload speed. All of the information says that you need 1 Mbps upload speed, but I haven't had too many issues with a two camera system. I do see some slight buffering when both cameras are recording but that would depend on how you have the cameras placed.
Eventually I will probably consider rechargeable batteries since you supposedly get 500 recharge cycles on them. Rechargeable batteries are a subject all their own because the battery size appears to be a moving target and some batteries will simply not fit. I have read good reports about Nitecore and GTL batteries, but I have not personally tried them yet.
Like I previously stated this is a fairly decent system with what appears to be well constructed components. I am by no means an expert, but the system was very easy to set up as far as I was concerned. I do not think that you would be disappointed by the unit should you choose to purchase it.
This review is from: Seagate ST3500526AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Pros: A 7200 RPM, SATA 6, 500 GB drive is a nice size drive for practically anything the average person would need. That being said, the price of this drive was so low that I couldn't resist buying it. After receiving the drive and looking back, I probably should have bought several more.
The drive appears to be brand new drive even though it is labeled as being re-certified. A check using a disk utility indicates that number of power-on hours as 1 which is about how long I have used testing the drive which further supports the statement that this is a new drive.
The drive is very quiet in operation and runs very cool. All in all this is a very nice drive.
Other Thoughts: I bought this drive as a spare drive to have around should one of my other drives fail in operation. For my purposes a 500 GB drive is the right size drive. It has a large enough capacity for my purposes and is usually cheaper than the larger drives. I normally use a 500 GB drive for system backups and miscellaneous file storage although in the past I also used this size drive as the primary drive in my computers. I used to worry about a drive being re-certified, but I have purchased enough of them that I am not concerned by the classification. I have been very pleased with all of them, just as I am sure that I will be very pleased with this drive. Re-certified drives is all that I purchase anymore.
If you are looking for a nice sized hard disk to replace a smaller drive or to use as a secondary drive in your computer I believe that you will be pleased with this one.