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David B.

David B.

Joined on 04/03/09

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Most Favorable Review

Does a very good job, but...

Arlo Pro 2, VMC4030P + VMB3500, 1-Cam System Rechargeable Battery Powered Wire-Free HD 1080p Night Vision In/Outdoor Wireless Camera 2 Way Audio, Free Arlo Basic 7-Day Cloud Storage Recording
Arlo Pro 2, VMC4030P + VMB3500, 1-Cam System Rechargeable Battery Powered Wire-Free HD 1080p Night Vision In/Outdoor Wireless Camera 2 Way Audio, Free Arlo Basic 7-Day Cloud Storage Recording

Pros: The video quality is excellent. The sound is a little weak, but not really a problem. Setup was fast and easy, although the instructions are pretty basic. You can not view this on your local network. As I understand it, video has to go out to the company servers and be sent back to your computer in the same room. So, if you have a metered internet connection, be aware of this. But, the usage is remarkably low for such a high definition image. The 7-day storage is free, and for my uses adequate. I just want to be able to review footage if something happened while I was gone overnight. More than 7 days requires a paid service. The camera has excellent battery life. Mine has been on for 3 days and battery charge is still over 90% I am estimating it would take a month to run the battery all the way down.

Cons: I bought this package to try Arlo products. Some friends have Arlo systems and seem to be very happy with them. I'm used to IP cameras that I can connect directly to and the video never leaves my local network. Not sure I like relying on the internet to pass and store my video. But, the price is certainly right. One caveat...I believe this product is discontinued as I have been unable to find additional cameras to add to my base station. I had planned on having 4 or 5 cameras on the system, but it looks like this may not be possible now.

Overall Review: I like the product, although having to connect to a remote server to view video from a camera in the next room introduces at least 8 seconds of delay from real time. But, I can live with it. The downside is, if your internet goes down, as mine did a few days ago, the camera is useless...no recording, no live viewing. Also, the Pro 2 model appears to be a discontinued product, as I can not find anywhere to buy individual add-on cameras.

Most Critical Review

Not quite what was advertised

Acronis True Image 2015 w/ 250 GB Cloud Storage
Acronis True Image 2015 w/ 250 GB Cloud Storage

Pros: Good imaging software. It does what it says, backs up your drives and provides a recovery option.

Cons: Not really a con against the product, but I bought it on sale for $40 off list, advertised as including 250gb cloud storage. Well, it DOES include it, but for only 30 days. The ad said, "Save your entire system to a secure online location, and access it anytime, anywhere." Yes, but that anytime, anywhere must be within 30 days, which is not spelled out. Of course, it's non-refundable, so that half-price bargain cost me $10 more than I could have bought just the bare product online direct from the manufacturer. Lesson learned. A big thumbs down for Newegg on this one.

Overall Review: The product is fine. My beef is with the deceptive advertising, then not being able to return the product after finding out the truth.

Great product...support a little weak

Wavlink AC3200 Dual-Band Gigabit Gaming WiFi Router With MU-MIMO, Supports Guest WiFi & Parental Control, 4 Gigabit Ports, USB3.0 Port, 8x5dBi Internal Antennas, LCD Screen, iF Design Award Winner
Wavlink AC3200 Dual-Band Gigabit Gaming WiFi Router With MU-MIMO, Supports Guest WiFi & Parental Control, 4 Gigabit Ports, USB3.0 Port, 8x5dBi Internal Antennas, LCD Screen, iF Design Award Winner

Pros: Very nice looking unit, has b/w usage display on front panel, as well as your local temperature. Fairly easy to set up, lots of features like guest accounts, various parameters that can be monitored realtime when logged into the unit as administrator. Changes are easy to make. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the unit. I use it inside a metal building, and it covers the entire 2400 square foot area with no dead spots. However, the signal will not penetrate the metal siding or roof, so the signal is not usable outside. With a wooden construction, I'm sure it would have normal coverage outside the building. My cell phone doesn't even work very well inside the building, so that's not a fault of this unit.

Cons: Boot up time is 2-3 minutes. Seems unusually long. Temperature can only be displayed in Celsius and can not be changed to Fahrenheit. Display is difficult to read in normal room light. The display is just too dim, and the light blue color of the readout is hard to see in normal ambient light. Mine has been a little "buggy" having to be rebooted every couple of weeks for some reason. It gets slow, or either the 2.4 or 5ghz bands will suddenly disconnect and can't be reconnected, or sometimes aren't even visible, requiring a reboot to restore normal operation. This is only a problem for me because I use it to remotely access my devices when I'm away. If the 5g goes down, most of my devices will reconnect to the 2.4g, and vice-versa, but sometimes that doesn't work, and again a reboot is required. Note that this does not happen frequently, but it does happen. There seems to be little detailed information for setup or troubleshooting, but so far I've been able to get everything I need from it. Hopefully a firmware update one of these days will take care of some of the flakey things.

Overall Review: I would recommend this to anyone whose life doesn't depend on uninterrupted internet service, or if you are using it at a remote and unattended location. Mine does need to be rebooted every couple or three weeks.

Excellent product

HP Laptop 17-by0053cl Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8250U (1.60GHz) 12GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon 530 17.3" Touchscreen Windows 10 Home 64-bit
HP Laptop 17-by0053cl Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8250U (1.60GHz) 12GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon 530 17.3" Touchscreen Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Pros: I now have two of these units, both identical. I bought one of these on a refurb sale a couple of years ago because my 2014 model HP 17" laptop was getting a little too old for comfort. I thought I better have one on standby in case it decided to give up the ghost. (It's still running perfectly today!) I loved the 17" touch screen and wanted to stay with that size and feature. This one checked all the boxes. It looked like new, and It performed flawlessly. Until I spilled a full travel mug of coffee right in the keyboard. I cleaned it up as best I could, laid it on a cloth face down so whatever was in the keyboard could drain out, and let it dry for a couple of days. It would not come back to life when it tried it a few days later. It would power on, but would not boot, and the display showed nothing. So, I began looking for a replacement. I wanted to find an identical model so I could just pull the drive from the old one, install it in the new one, and hopefully go on as if nothing had ever happened. When this new one arrived, I tried it before doing the swap to make sure it was fully functional before opening it. It ran just as fast as the damaged one, so well in fact that I hesitated to swap drives. So, I decided to just copy the data from the drive in the damaged one and get the configuration set up as close to identical as possible. Before removing the drive, I gave the damaged one a chance to power up one more time, and to my great surprise, it did! The only problem with it is the coffee had sugar and creamer in it, and that damaged the keyboard to the point that the keys stick, and several act like I'm pressing the adjacent key at the same time. For example, pressing the "4" on the keypad causes it to enter "41". Nearly all the keys on the right side where the coffee hit are sticking and doing this double-key thing. So, I put a wireless keyboard on it and use it just like i did before. I am considering disassembling it and either trying to wash out the keyboard, or just replace it, but otherwise it works perfectly. Now I have 2 identical laptops, both functional, and I'm a happy camper. I love them both. They are fast, the large screen has enough room for all the windows I need to have open simultaneously, and both have DVD R/W so make excellent devices for watching an HD movie or other HD content. While its not "water-proof", or perhaps I should say "coffee-proof", the older one did survive, mostly. I could not ask more of these machines. They do everything I need to do and just cruise along without even getting hot. I am a heavy users and usually have anywhere from 15-20 tabs open in the Edge browser, as well as half a dozen other programs running at the same time. The temperature stays low, the fan is not loud, although under heavy load you can hear it in a quiet room. I think these came out in 2018 or 2019, and are 8th generation CPU's, but don't let that keep you from saving a bundle. I am pretty sure you won't be sorry. If I could justify it, I'd buy yet another one, just in case, you know...

Cons: There is no room to add a second internal drive like my old 2014 model. But, other than that, I can't really think of a single thing that I don't like about these machines. If you get one and it seems to be incredibly slow, with 100% disk usage for several hours, don't worry about it. That's a normal part of updating a system that is several Windows versions behind. Once all the updates are done, it will run like a new one.

Overall Review: Would buy again, and I just might do that. I would recommend to a friend, or even an enemy.

Great Phones

Arctic Cooling P253BT Bluetooth Headphones with Mic
Arctic Cooling P253BT Bluetooth Headphones with Mic

Pros: Cost, range, clarity, trouble free

Cons: If working in warm area, these will make you a little warmer, due to the close fit of the ear muffs. Otherwise, I have found no other cons.

Overall Review: Have used these with a range of 400' from my phone (with one wooden wall between the phone and headset. I own 2 sets, one I use with my phone, the other with my iPod, just because they were so inexpensive I could. The first pair was so good I thought I'd buy the second pair as a backup, but haven't had any trouble with either. I may buy a third set just to have them in case I get another BT device sometime.

Low volume

Mee audio M9 Classic In-Ear Headphone
Mee audio M9 Classic In-Ear Headphone

Pros: Low cost, good construction with strain relief, good fit in ear, good noise isolation.

Cons: Volume is low. Have to run iPod at max volume to get a comfortable listening level in the headphones. Old pair ran comfortable level at less than 50% setting on iPod. I would have to rate this MEE set as unusable in my application.

Overall Review: I bought these to use in a high ambient noise environment, and the noise isolation is good, but the volume level is too low even in a normal environment.