Date Joined: 11/03/04
Pros: I haven't been able to use it (see cons)
Cons: This is a physically long card, only surpassed by some 3 fan models.
I bought one of these and it didn't fit in my case by a little less than 1/4". My case is not a small form factor type. Unfortunately I didn't try to install the card until after the return period had elapsed, so I wasted $200 on a card I can't use. The thing that annoys me is that this card could have easily been designed shorter and be a more generic fit.
I haven't seen another card in this class that isn't at least an inch shorter, so it appears I picked the 1 card that wouldn't work for me.
Pros: The unit seems to work well at 6G speeds using Seagate Barracuda SATA3 drives. A similar Icy Dock cage would not work reliably with the exact same motherboard/drive/cable combination. The cables do need to be SATA3 rated, which is rarely marked on the cables (including the cables that come with this dock).
Cons: It gets a small ding for a noisy fan. The "auto" fan setting is annoying as the fan is constantly turning on/off. There also seems to be a high pitches squeal with the fan turning on. I'm not sure if it's the fan itself or the circuitry that's controlling the fan.
Pros: The video is decent quality. Not super high res (640x480), but it seems to have good optics and it has decent low light performance. It at least gives the appearance of being well built (it's heavy and has a nice smooth motion when moving).
Cons: The software is featureless. It would be nice to be able schedule when the alarm is active and be able to email the video clips that are produced. I doubt the software will ever get any sort of update.
The camera interface is a proprietary USB dongle. There's no easy way to share the video feed with another computer or remotely view the camera. Only the PC connected to the dongle can us it. The range of the receiver is limited (would not go 40' through 1 brick wall).
The PIR sensors false quite a bit during the daytime, much more than I thought they would (though still better than image based motion detection). The PIR detection range is wider than the camera can see, so things can trip it the camera won't catch. There is no sensitivity adjustment for the PIRs. Sometimes they trigger on cars on the road, which are ~80 ft away. I wish I could back off the sensitivity a bit.
Parts of the assembly are plastic, which I think is going to be bad for outdoor service li
Overall Review: This could have been a great product, but the simplistic software and other problems sort of ruin it. As is, it's sort of so-so. It works OK within the limited scope of its software features, but it could have been so much more with a little more development.
If it had been designed as a webcam with remote access and panning control, it would have been killer.
Pros: Fast when it worked, which wasn't for very long.
Cons: This drive was in use for less than 3 months with very sparse use. It first exhibited "time warp" symptoms (look it up) where all new changes to the drive got lost when the system was powered down. I thought I was going nuts when changes I'd made and newly installed software would completely disappear with no signs it was ever there.
Then when attempting to use their Windows based toolbox to update to new firmware that _might_ fix the problem, the machine blue-screened and now the drive is dead.
The support at the OCZ forums was somewhat helpful, but the OCZ support staff has gotten a bit gruff, probably due to the large amount of complaints they have had to deal with around these drives.
Overall Review: This is actually my second OCZ drive, though I didn't realize it at the time I bought it. The first one was an earlier generation drive that worked OK for a month or so, but then got progressively slower with the machine "stuttering" to the point that the SSD was much slower than a regular hard drive.
Had I remembered that that first drive was also OCZ, I wouldn't have bought this one. I think I'll be hitting this drive with a big hammer because at this point I wouldn't trust or use a replacement drive. Complete waste of my time and money. Never again, OCZ.
Pros: It seems to work as a USB 2.0 dock.
Cons: I could not get it to work with USB 3.0. At the time this was my only USB 3.0 peripheral so I wasn't sure where the problem was. Calvary tech support blamed the motherboard/drivers. I later bought another drive bay that had a USB 3.0 port and it has worked flawlessly.
Overall Review: This is my second Calvary product that failed to work properly (and my last).
Pros: Has OK picture. Good range of motion and reasonably fast moving.
Cons: I bought 2. First unit failed in about a month. I put up the second camera in its place and eventually got a replacement for the first one. Motion detection plain does not work. The lights where I have this in are motion sensitive and sometimes turn on on their own. The camera sometimes notices turn on events, sometimes turn off events, sometimes both, but is erratic. I've walked through the door this is pointing at and it hasn't triggered, but oddly has triggered when the lights went off 5 minutes after I left. It's like it's checking an area for movement other than where I set it to look, but I've set the movement zone and it is set for "included". It falsely triggers when when the camera switches from B/W to color mode. It doesn't inhibit the trigger when you move it during remote viewing. It has an long delay and very slow frame rate when viewing remotely (It takes around 20 seconds for it to move after a move command). I don't see this lag with other network cameras
Overall Review: I initially thought I'd like this camera, but once I figured out that motion detection doesn't work, it became useless as a security camera and the second camera I have is sitting in the unopened box. If the motion detection feature worked properly, I'd be reasonably happy with it, but it doesn't, so it's junk. BTW, it does have the latest firmware in it.
Pros: None so far.
Cons: I bought two drives to make up a RAID array on a new computer. I couldn't get the computer to boot past the BIOS. After some disassembly and troubleshooting, I found that one of the drives wasn't getting recognized and when it was connected the BIOS would lock up. When powering up the drive by itself, you could hear that something was scraping on spin up, it would make some bad sounding noises, and spin back down. Dead. The other one seems to work, but I don't have much data on it because I have to wait for the replacement before building the RAID array.
Overall Review: I was on the fence on whether to use RAID 0 or 1 for performance or reliability. Looks like I have to go for reliability.