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Pros: I'll be flat out honest - it's hard to find anything in a hard-drive like this that would make it stand out above the others. It's great for massive storage, and performs as advertised. However, I'm actually only using it in a server with SATA 1 connectors, but I get a solid 131.1MB transfer average across the board (using HDTune) and it's been clicking away doing backups since. Random access time is an impressive 7.5ms, however. The clicking is audible, like most mechanical drives are, but it seems a bit quieter than my other drives.
There's nothing I can see that would prevent this from being a great storage upgrade for your PC, or a NAS!
Cons: It seems to get warmer than my other drives, but nothing to be alarmed about.
Other Thoughts: There's no middle mounting hole. Make sure that's not required for your mounting situation.
Also, keep in mind it's 10TB, not TiB. So, it's actually 9.09495TiB. Don't throw a fit when you plug it in and format it, and Windows tells you only got 9.09 "TB" - it's not the manufacturer's fault for the decimal vs binary prefix shenanigans. It is the whole 10,000,000,000,000 bytes as advertised, and not 10,995,116,277,760 bytes one would need to see "10TB" in Windows. It's still the biggest drive around.
Pros: I got the product because of its impressive stats at the time and I've always enjoyed NetGear products. It performed as advertised and I was quite happy with it!
Cons: Recently, after about 8 months of use, my internet started dropping out randomly and performing poorly. I had a lot of trouble diagnosing the temperamental issue, taking all the obvious troubleshooting steps. I was already in a battle with my ISP over who's fault it was, which is frustrating enough. Until one day, I was going to power-cycle the modem again in an attempt to regain internet connectivity, I touched it and it was HOT! Burning hot! Like, touching your GPU heatsink after several hours of intense gaming hot, and this was the outer plastic case! It was on top of a bookcase, not enclosed or shoved somewhere where there's no air circulation. After letting it cool down, and putting it on a cookie sheet with a fan blowing on it, my Internet service started working a bit better with less (but still existent) drop-outs. Enough to get through to their tech support and request an RMA (funny how you need an internet connection to fix your internet equipment)...
I'm kinda impressed it still worked after getting so hot. But, the fact that I feel this was a real fire hazard if it was left unchecked or under any kind of different circumstance, I can't in good conscious give this product anything more than 1 egg. Sorry NetGear, I loved ya, but if anything from a modem manufacturer is unforgivable, this is it.
Other Thoughts: NetGear was helpful and quick in helping me RMA/replace my product, and I would've given their customer service an excellent review in the follow-up survey, and maybe even an extra egg just for that. Until the day after, when I got my tracking number, I notice my replacement modem was shipped to an incomplete address (apartment number was cut off "blah drive, apartme....") AND they put "asdfasdf" gibberish as my last name! So, it was a real pain in the you-know-what to retrieve my replacement product from FedEx. Really, Mr. Tech Support guy?? That's low.
My replacement is working perfectly, just like the old one did, and I also did manage to isolate another problem with my ISP, where they did send a technician out to fix, and no drop-outs since. Did my ISP fry my modem? I have no idea why or how that could be possible, but I'm wondering about ditching cable service out of SAFETY reasons and NetGear for making a product that somehow did get downright dangerous.
Problem is... is anyone else out there really going to be a better alternative?? I somehow doubt I'll find the "this product won't catch fire" feature listed on other product details.
Pros: -Quality build, easy to mount
-Great video feed
-Good sound & mic
-Easy setup and good quick-start guide
-Website and app are very easy and intuitive to use
Cons: -Branded as security camera, but not good for security
-Requires Internet connection to do anything
-Arlo website requires, and can potentially record, your WiFi password
-Various privacy & security concerns, involving both Arlo/Netgear and potential attackers
-Will not mix with any other camera model
-Nothing stopping them from becoming the monopoly over your home surveillance and increasing prices
Other Thoughts: Unboxing the Arlo was pleasant, and it was easy to mount. It feels solid enough that it’s not a big deal if your cat knocks it off the counter-top. The USB/Power cable is adequate length for most applications, and the camera can be powered from any USB port. The included AC adapter can provide 2 amps of power and seems to be good quality.
Setup process is simple, but appears to be done via the Arlo website regardless of if you use a PC or the App to do so. This website requires your WiFi password, which was very alarming to me. Being a security camera, that doesn't seem to be very security-minded. In addition, looking at the permissions on the app, I see it requires permissions for things such as Location, Phone Number & Call Information. Why would they need these?
There is no alternative process to set up the device such as device hotspot nor USB connection. If you’re not willing to give Arlo/Netgear your WiFi password, or stream your video via the Internet, this device is useless.
Once you provide your WiFi SSID and password, the app/website cleverly generates a QR code with your WiFi information. Simply point the camera to the QR code, and it will log into your WiFi.
"The Internet is not 100% secure. We cannot promise that your use of our sites will be completely safe. We encourage you to use caution when using the Internet. This includes not sharing your passwords. "
Next, you're presented with a few different payment plans, the "free" one being all the way to the right and unimpressive. Clicking that, you're presented with more purchase options to upgrade features, such as CVR. It’s abundantly clear they want more money from you, and they want it every month. The Arlo website does seem rather nice for managing multiple Arlo cameras, so long as you have Internet access and trust the Arlo website/Netgear with your personal details (and video stream). There’s no features to add cameras of other manufactures.
Both the website and app seem to have about 6 seconds of latency. I’m actually a bit surprised it’s not more, given that there’s no way to configure a shorter path for the signal to take. An Internet connection is required to view your cameras, and there doesn't seem to be any way to view your camera feed without it, even if you are sitting right next to your camera. This means the Internet bandwidth will be a potential bottleneck, it will bog down any other Internet applications you have going, and if your Internet is disconnected you're out of luck. I expected the WiFi to be a slight security risk, as anyone could simply jam your WiFi signal before they break into your home, but they don't even have to do that - they simply have to find any other way of disconnecting your Internet (such as the cable box outside). Or, they can simply gain access to the Arlo website via your login info/security question, or compromise your access to it, and you have no alternatives.
Is this a device I'd recommend to improve your home security. Definitely not! This, nor any Arlo product it seems, is what I'd call a "security" camera. The website may be secure enough to not make you an easy target so long as you do your part in securing your WiFi and picking good passwords, but if you're afraid of being explicitly targeted, then don’t use a “smart camera” such as this one.
If they didn't brand this as a security camera and advertise it as a security product, I'd probably give it 4 or 5 stars as it makes a really nice "smart camera". But, as much as I'm impressed with the hardware, and the innovative way of configuring it (I /really/ wish the app could generate the QR code offline!), I would strongly advise others to look elsewhere if they want true security from stalkers, burglars, or worse.