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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)
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Pros: Free cloud storage is pretty cool

720p is great for good indoor light (decent for low light, acceptable at best for night viewing)

The packaging was very nice for a brand i've never heard of before

Camera was tiny, was not expecting it to be so small

Runs off USB, so I was able to connect it directly to my in wall USB ports, rather than needing the AC-USB adapter

Very minimal power draw

Sweet mounting package, it has two wall anchors and a metallic/magnetic base that connects to the back of the camera

Cons: I didn't like the reliance upon the app for setup, i'm a PC guy & would prefer to not mess around w/ apps and accounts for everything. I swear that I have 200-250 different accounts. Here is one more...

Minor gripe, but it seriously took 1.5 - 2 minutes to remove the plastic wrap on the AC adapter. I get you want your product to look sweet, but my ac adapter taking on a few scratches is the least of my worries...i'd rather have had scratches on it than spent 2 minutes peeling bits of plastic off in chunks.

64 gb max for micro sd storage is a bit dismal. Seems like they're trying to push people to the cloud...which may not be a huge deal for some, but I prefer local storage, which is why my 5 other cameras all store on my server with push clips to my cloud storage.

I didn't like the intrusive access rights on the cell phone app - it demanded access to device & app history, identity, location, photos/media/files, camera, microphone, wifi connection information, and device id/call information permissions.

The app was very odd, in some places you clicked on the prompt, in some places you clicked below the prompt. That should have been fixed in beta pretty easily! So for Enter Email Address you had to click in the line below, for re-type your email address you had to click on the same line. Very confusing at first...

The app required that I enter the WIFI credentials into the app, then waited about 3 minutes of holding my phone on the camera for it to "push credentials" to the camera. It was very odd in the way that it worked. But sitting there holding the phone and camera together for 3 minutes was seemingly odd.

Then getting into date formatting, I went in to switch it from the default to yyyy-mm-dd for better sorting, but that too was a bit switched to a scroll based mechanism...very odd.

Then we get into the playback, captures, and recording. This is where my long list of pros slowly begins to drop my rating down from a 4 star camera (too many cons for this price point) to a 3 star camera. I ran into so many errors that I'd never be able to trust that my video captures were going to work when I needed them my other 5 camera systems I rarely ever experience errors and most times it's due to connectivity issues.

That said a few of the errors I got during my time w/ the device...

There were more errors that I got, but did not screenshot because by that point I decided I was not going to use this camera.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it might be a decent entry level camera...but for me there were just too many things that prevented me from trusting this camera.

TP-LINK TL-NC200 Wireless Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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2 out of 5 eggs Great all goes down hill from there... 09/24/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-NC200 Wireless Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion

Pros: The camera is mid sized for entry level cameras.

It has an amazing entry level price point for a decent camera.

They say that setup is easy...

Cons: There were so many things that I did not like about this camera. I spent way too many hours searching for workarounds and assistance. For the setup to be so minimal, it sure did not work as easily as they portrayed.

For reference, I'll just get this out of the way, i've got a current security camera system in place that has 5 different cameras from 3 different brands...including TP Link. There are a couple LAN cameras and a few WIFI cameras. I have never had an issue that I could not fix, at the very least w/ the help of my ole pal google.

In any case, I was rather dismayed that I needed to connect this camera to the LAN to set it up, why do I need a LAN line for a WIFI camera? Didn't make sense to me, but I wanted to connect this to my guest network, as I always do when testing/reviewing products. However, my guest network is WIFI only. So I was relegated to disconnecting lines from my switch and then consequently connecting my cell phone to my wired only network.

This didn't work (even after creating a WIFI SSID for the LAN), so I tried to set up a vpn connection from the switch, this didn't work either. So I tried to put it on my business LAN that runs my other two wired IP cams. This two did not work for reasons I was never able to discern. Each time I'd get the camera to green light, i'd use the app to attempt to connect and i'd get a page that said 'oops no camera found'. I finally went back to my home network & connected the camera straight to my router and was able to find the camera. However, my office already has a camera, I don't want another switch in the office, and i'm out of ports. So I ran a few tests on the camera and uninstalled everything.

More cons include the reliance on the app. I am still old school and prefer not to run everything on my phone. I prefer setup on a PC and administration/maintenance from the PC. I have an air card and vpn into all my networks, so i've got as much connectivity from my computers as I would from my laptop.

Another issue I had w/ the camera is the intrusive app access. It pulled, Device and app history, identity, location, photos/media/files, microphone, wifi connection information, and device id/call information. In my opinion it's an insane amount of permissions needed to admin a camera.

Other Thoughts: To be honest, this would have received a 1 star review, however, at $30 the price might work for others. I am also assuming that most of my issues surrounded a complex network and in homes that have one single network, it'd probably work stellar. However, it just didn't work for me.

Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Great budget/entry level big gig SSD 08/15/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP480GBSS3S55S25

Pros: The biggest pro is the price point at which you can pick up one of these least at the typical sale price.

In addition, the drive installed seamlessly. A simple jump into Disk Management and it was up and running in less than 2 minutes. When I installed the 240gb S55 I spent more time grabbing a sata cable (only to find a spare in my case already!) than I did provisioning the drive. But I truly cannot state it enough...I love how fast and easy this drive installs vs every other HDD that I've installed in 40% of my customer builds.

After that, you're getting into pros of SSDs and not pros of this SSD, things like quicker speeds, better reliability, quietness, better power efficiency.

However, that said, it is a great option for someone on a budget that wants to move into an SSD with large storage space.

Cons: There are a few minor cons...that don't really detract from the value of the SSD, but should be noted.

This came in the dreaded hard plastic shell packaging. Every SSD i've bought in the last 5 years comes in cardboard packaging. It was a little annoying to have to find scissors...

The packaging was not sufficient to protect the drive, so you're at the mercy of your shipping provider. It was literally a sheet of maybe 50 mil plastic that was protecting it...

The warranty was only 3 years, seems to me most of my recent SSDs were 5 year warranties. I did spot check and only 2 of 5 SSDs that I clicked on were 5 year warranties. I'm guessing since I typically buy enterprise drives for customer machines is the reason for the additional warranty. But even w/ that said, 3 years is on the low end of warranties.

I know it's not a huge deal, but the plastic used in the drive felt cheap. Granted you're not buying it to rub it all over your body, you're buying it to store data...and store data it does. But felt it work noting under the pretense that if they are cutting costs & using cheapo casings it might also lend true for the nand they're using too.

Firmware upgrades were not pleasant and overly laborious.

Advertised speeds are marginally slower than other SSDs in this segment.

Other Thoughts: For benchmarking I noticed that the speeds I was getting were significantly less than advertised. I used ATTO Disk Benchmark...this was my overall averages...

From .5kb to 8mb, doubling each successive transfer size, speeds in MB per second for writes followed by the second line of reads.

13, 20, 53, 96, 137, 183, 220, 246, 261, 261, 252, 257, 259, 255, 260
8, 34, 74, 104, 155, 202, 234, 258, 265, 267, 263, 268, 265, 266, 112

A few anomalies that I thought were just bad tests, but after running ATTO 3 times it came back w/ similar averages. But worth pointing out...

- on 512kb writes the performance was posting about 8% of expected speeds.
- on 8gb reads the performance was over half than expected, posting about 42% of expected speeds.

In any case, while most in home performance benchmarks will not rate as high as your typical manufacturer benchmarks, it's worth noting that they're claiming 540mb/s and i'm getting essentially half that max at 260mb/s.

For my system, i'm using a pretty average test bed, posting 3.8ghz quad core CPU and 12gb of 1800mhz RAM on a SATA 3 (6gb) primary controller.


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