Joined on 04/26/01
Great camera, make sure you adjust settings for ideal picture
Pros: - This camera is replacing a Reolink RLC-410 (2560x1440 and does max 8fps at night) and this camera can do 2688x1520 with a wider FOV and can maintain 20fps.
Cons: - IR spotlight is pretty heavy in the middle, since I have the camera pointed over my driveway this unfortunately results in the bushes near the center of the view becoming a relative bright spot at night
Overall Review: - Initially my nighttime image was very soft, almost like the camera had a protective film left on the lens (it didn't), turns out this was due to the default video settings. - It will default to: DNR (digital noise reduction) OFF. At night this causes an excess of data to be transmitted which causes the video codec to smooth over the entire image to keep up. Turn DNR ON and immediately see improvements. - You can also play with the manual iris to switch from the default of 1/30 to 1/12 or 1/6 and while you will have slower FPS the image will be much sharper. I left the camera on 1/30 to get daylight benefits though at max res my FPS will be no more than 20FPS.
Bit failures started appearing after a year of standard use
Pros: Bought this product from Newegg 04/2017 at $101.99, good value at the time.
Cons: Memory reliability appears to fall off after a year of use.
Overall Review: Bought this 2x8GB product in 04/2017 for use in a non-overclocked PC (mobo: Gigabyte Z270N-WIFI-CF)-- ran just great initially. Then about half a year ago the system would start to blue screen ("SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION") with no underlying system changes (e.g. no driver changes). At the time memtest86 didn't report any memory failures though the BSODs had all the hallmarks of memory corruption. Flash forward to last night memtest86 now reports 457 errors in the memory.
Internal 3.5" drive is a 4TB Barracuda ST4000DM000 with expired warranty
Pros: - Easy to open external box to shuck drive, I'm using mine to replace another drive in a FreeNAS volume - The external unit's warranty for mine (purchased last week) is good until March 1st 2018, a little over a year.
Cons: (nothing yet, will update if drive fails within a short period of time)
Overall Review: - Anyone opening up an external drive for the purposes of shucking the drive is prepared to void their external drive's warranty. However with other manufacturer's (i.e. WD) a shucked drive can still have warranty coverage, but as an internal drive only. Seagate appears to be marking the internal drives as having an expired warranty so this is not an option. - If you're picking this up to shuck weigh the cost of spending an additional $25 for a retail 4TB Barracuda for warranty coverage. If it's not worth it to you then this is a reasonable way to get a 4TB 3.5" drive.