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This review is from: EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
Pros: For the pros, I guess I would say that the unit seems to be of a good build quality, the software that I had to download for my android phone works fairly well, and the picture quality during normal lighting conditions is good. The unit had the ability to hold a SD card and remotely record the video. The unit also comes with a USB to mini-USB cord and transformer. The transformer is compact and doesn't interfere with the outlet.
Daytime video is crisp and clear with descent frame rate. Night video is bright, black and white, and slightly low density.
Cons: The cons: The unit seems to run hot. I wouldn't think a camera would run quite that hot and it never really cools down. It just runs hot all the time. The next issue I have is with the setup. The unit took forever to finally connect to my phone using the software downloaded from Google play. It took 9 attempts before the unit would recognize the phone and begin working. I was ready to box it up and send it back since I assumed it was broken when it finally clicked and worked. I also haven't figured out a way to actually get it to work on a computer. As far as I can tell from the instructions I can only watch the video from the phone app. The app, by default, assumes I have 4 of these camera running so it's split into 4 quadrants and you need to click on the active screen to see it live. The other way would be to remove the SD card from the camera and view that on the computer...at least that's what I've been able to figure out. The last con would be that there's a bright blue light on all the time. I assume this is to show that it's recording and for legal reasons (?)
Other Thoughts: I would think there's a better solution out there for someone who wants to have a camera to records what happens in a room. I don't see a lot out there that's any different than this camera so maybe this is the norm. Overall, I don't have a lot of bad to say about the camera. I'd recommend it but I'd also talk about the things I don't like.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with 4-Port PoE (GS308P)
Pros: This is a fine quality PoE switch. The build quality is excellent with a nice steel case. Power is handled with a power brick with a long cord so the unit runs very cool. The power brick also runs very cool so I'm assuming it's has well designed cool-running electronics. The four PoE ports work great and supplied power, in my case, 2 CCTV cameras.
Other features include the standard LEDs on each port. There is one for the non-powered ports and two for the PoE ports. The unit also comes with wall mounting hardware.
There's not a whole lot you can say about a switch but as far as this one, if you need an 8-port PoE switch, I would recommend this one.
Cons: No cons that could see except possibly that I prefer more ports.
Other Thoughts: Just a FYI... I used this unit connected to a 24 port switch and it worked fine. I have my main switch near the router and then I ran a line to the upstairs area and installed this switch there. From this point I ran the lines out to the two cameras. Worked perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a nice compact case with just enough features to be a workable case. The design lends itself to good airflow and since there isn't a need for the DVD writer taking up room in the front you have a lot of options for fans and cooling including installing a radiator in the front versus on the top. Note: there's no room for a radiator above the motherboard. I wasn't sure about the case design but it's grown on me and I actually like it. There are "feet" at the base of the case which actually raises the case up a bit allowing for better airflow. The feet seemed weird to me at first but they work great. There's a lot of plastic on the case which makes the unit very light but steel is used where needed to keep the case rigid. The case comes with 3 fans. The rear fan is the standard non-lighted fan. The two front fans are lit with red LEDs and look great. The front fans are controlled by a switch on the front panel that allows for low-medium-high speeds.
Cons: There are a few items that I really don't understand. For one, I really hate the way Corsair does there harddrive installations. The drives must be installed backwards and the sata and power cables must be plugged in from the opposite side (unless I'm missing something because the manual was really no help). This means that if you want to pull a harddrive you need to take both side panels off which just doesn't make sense. The is my second Corsair case that's like this and it drives me nuts. I guess the idea is that once the harddrives are installed they won't be removed. The second issue is with the plastic density. I grew to love the case when the lights are on but once I turn the light off I can see the fan LEDs shinning through the red plastic. That just screams "cheap" to me. The white plastic sections don't pass any light so I assume the white has been painted on. Either Corsair needs to use a denser plastic or place some kind of frame behind the red plastic sections. Lastly, the "feet" on the unit seem very flimsy to me. I feel like if I set the case down too hard one of them is going to break off. They may be able to handle the abuse but I don't have a lot of confidence in them.
Other Thoughts: All in all it's not a bad case. It's not something I'd choose for a build but if you're looking for a 70's style design or possibly a Star Trek theme maybe it would be perfect. I don't understand why someone wouldn't want a DVD drive in their build. I understand that they aren't used much anymore but they're so cheap you might as well throw one in. Again, if the design is what you're looking for then the lack of a DVD slot may be fine.
Corsair needs to redesign the harddrive slots and I would like it a lot more.