Joined on 11/11/05
Nice fan -- Lots of Quality
Pros: Quiet Lots of cable alternatives Various mounting hardware Sale price too good to pass up
Cons: Price if not on sale
Overall Review: You know, all you have to do is handle an item to know it's a quality product. I'll never buy a cheapo fan again. Why would you? It's not worth it. Cheap isn't cheap if it's poor quality. I'll also never buy a fan again that isn't PWM either. This is my first PWM fan and it's really cool (no pun intended) the way the motherboard manages the fan speed. I went into the BIOS and set the fan management to PWM -- nothing to it even for a rookie who knows things work best when I keep my hands off. Make sure your MB has PWM and buy these good fans. BTW, I also wanted a ball bearing fan because I intended to mount the fan horizontally and I read they were more appropriate for the physics as to how the fan rotated on the motor spindle. I also used the silicone mounts instead of the traditional mounting screws. If you're looking to cut all sources of noise/vibration, use silicone which stands the fan off from the metal case. At first, I thought how's this going to work with the fan kind of suspended horizontally from the top of the case; but, it works just great. Learned something else. . . My case is more quiet running multiple fans, at lower speeds under PWM, than running a single fan at higher RPM. A lot of the whine comes from higher RPM.
Better Than Expected
Pros: Quality Surprising Nice Packaging Great Storage Bag Arrived with 81% Charge Charged to 100%
Overall Review: I need a jump starter around because my garden tractor sits in our shed about 50 yards from the house over the winter; I don't remove the battery. Since fall has arrived with some chilly temps, and I haven't started the tractor in two weeks, I noticed a slow crank a week ago on the 5-year old battery. This jumper will give me peace of mind that I can always get the tractor started without hassle. I'll keep it in my wife's SUV to cover an emergency there; I carry regular jumper cables in my truck. I was really impressed with the overall quality of all components, and the carrying/storage case is great. In my senior years, I can say I've had several jumper packs over the years, and I've replaced the "terminal grippers"/jaws on one in particular -- so, the cables with the terminal grips were the first thing I examined. I was surprised. With care, they should last. They're not mechanic high quality, but this is used for emergencies and should serve that purpose. Happy with the purchase! Might even keep this item in mind as gifts.
Serves the Purpose
Overall Review: Bought this to serve the need of occasion storage. Don't really care about how fast or slow. The difference to me in speed is inconsequential. I can transfer several small video clips of 1 gig faster than I can get out of my chair to do something else while waiting. For my needs, that's OK.
2nd Asus Router
Pros: Easy set up Nice set up interface
Cons: Total novices should be given a bit more set up information
Overall Review: This is my second Asus router. The first, a 66U, which I had for five years, developed a broken on/off switch which is a common problem you can Google. Rather than trying to pop the case open on the old one to fix the switch, I decided to get rid of the toothpick I had stuck in the old on off switch and just get a new router. I have a modest bi-level home, 56 x 26, and a Wi-Fi analyzer shows I have a green signal on both levels throughout the house on both bands. Ethernet cable is used to my TV and DVD player for streaming. Ethernet is also used to my desktop computer and the security camera base station. Wi-Fi is used for two smart phones, two tablets, a laptop, Alexa, and guests. We stream Sirius music and occasional Internet radio. I only pay the cable company for 100 Mbps service so this router fulfills my needs. Actually, I was happy to stay with a Asus router because I was familiar with the interface which is virtually unchanged. Don’t expect more from your router than you’re paying for from your cable service. Learn which band works best on which device, and there’s little need for a smart router. Spending three times as much on a router won’t solve issues that aren’t the router’s problem. Spend more only If your circumstances require more. And, throughput disappointments may be because of construction issues, device capabilities, or channel competition with your neighbors. This has been installed for a little over a week and so far so good. Time will tell regarding reliability.
Great as a Toy; Questionable for Security
Pros: Nice motion sensitivity Nice sound sensitivity Easy to mount Easy to setup -- if you are intuitive Customer support wait time was excellent Nice resolution even for the 720p in the Pro version Night vision is acceptable
Cons: Quick start guide is insufficient Positioning feature was too unresponsive to be useful Two out of three bars for a camera only 50 feet away Duplex talking has a lag time Alert to the app is too slow to view the activity Upload for later viewing is variable in lag time
Overall Review: I was able to purchase a three camera Pro set while it was on sale. For the price paid, it's an interesting toy; however, I don't think you could use these for real time security. It's kind of interesting to see the package delivery to your door, but if you're wanting a real security system camera, you need to spend more money. The quick start guide is virtually worthless. I had downloaded the owner's manual and worked from it. At that, you need to be somewhat intuitively literate as to what was happening regarding firmware updating for both the base station as well as each camera as well as each camera registering itself with the base station. In other words, the sequence of steps in the owner's manual isn't perfect as to how things actually happen. There is a feature that once you download the app, you can use the "positioning" feature to aim the camera while mounting -- that feature has such a lag time that it's virtually worthless. In fact, at most times there was absolutely no real time viewing as to where the camera was pointing. The camera has such a wide field of view that once I did the first camera, the others were easier. You can use the app to turn off any camera in case you happen to be using the area and don't want the camera responding such as when you're going to be using the deck or washing the car in a particular camera's field of view. In that regard, I had shared camera viewing/control with my wife's phone app and she inadvertently removed a camera rather than just turning it off. We couldn't intuitively get it back and had to call technical support; they took my call in a very short period of time -- perhaps no more than several minutes of wait. All in all, yes, I would buy these again. Just keep in mind that it's an interesting camera system but if you need real security these might not satisfy you.