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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: Let's face it, the big selling point for this cooler is its looks. This is an entry level AIO liquid cooler and expectations have been adjusted accordingly. With that said, I must say it is definitely one of the best looking AIO liquid coolers out there. The pulsing reactor water block with the glass tube showing coolant flow makes this AIO really stand out.

While running, the pump is definitely audible as a purr but is not overly annoying. Fan noise is also acceptable. This is a small water cooler, even among the field of 120 mm radiator liquid coolers. Take notice of how slim the radiator is compared to other 120 mm offerings and you'll see what I mean.

Cons: For comparison, with my current setup I've been running a tower HDT cooler with push-pull 120 mm fans. It's more bulky than this all-in-one, but it's also about the same price. In my setup, the DEEPCOOL Gamers Storm Captain 120EX gets about 3 °C warmer on each core of my 4700k at load. This is with the radiator and fan mounted at the front of my case drawing in cool air and using the same thermal paste.

In short, for the money you can get as low, or lower, temps using a good quality air cooler.

Other Thoughts: So I have this AIO liquid cooler and a better performing air cooler. Which one am I using right now? I'm sticking with the DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Captain 120EX. It has one less fan than my tower cooler and even with the purr from the pump it is quieter. The loss in cooling performance is not an issue for me since temperatures are still more than acceptable. The coolness factor of this AIO is enough to push it over the edge for me.

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EZVIZ Mini Plus HD 1080p WiFi Home Security Camera with 16GB microSD Card, Motion Detection, 135 degree View, Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Black)
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Pros: I have a variety of mid-level security cameras similar to this item. I'll cut to the chase: this is the one to get.

- High resolution (1080p): Check
- Night vision: Check
- Access control and live feed from external network: Check
- Ability to save video: Check
- Magnetic base: Check
- Up-gradable storage: Check
- Low time lag: Check
- 802.11ac connectivity: Check
- Two-way intercom: Check
- Wide angle lens: Check
- Reliable (doesn't go offline): Check

+ Bonus points: alarm feature, scheduled notifications, time stamp live feed

I really can't say enough to express how this camera has everything needed for a simple security setup. My other cameras all have compromises. I've never even heard of EZVIZ as a brand and it beats the established players. The Netgear Arlo has horrible lag, the Belkin Netcam is completely unreliable constantly going offline and the intercom is unusable, D-Link Cloud Camera has poor resolution.

The thing I like best about this camera is the app shows a timeline and highlights all times during the day the camera was activated and shows the duration the camera was active. This is much more intuitive than a list of time stamped files.

The audible alarm is something I've not seen in a security camera before. Now that I think about it, this is a great idea. If you have a thief break into your home, instead of just catching them on camera stealing your stuff you may actually scare the thief away with the alarm and prevent the theft altogether. The alarm function can be turned off if you don't want to alert people they are being recorded.

Cons: The only nit I have to pick about this camera is the inability to rotate the camera view 90°. With its magnetic base, one can stick it to the side of a metal object. Now, you can tilt the camera to an upright position if you intend to view a room straight facing the metal surface. However, if you want to discreetly attach the camera to the side of an object, say a refrigerator, and view a room perpendicular to the camera mounting there is no way to maneuver the camera so that it faces upright. The video will be sideways with no way I could find to rotate the image.

Other Thoughts: The title says it all. This is the camera to get if you want a simple inexpensive security camera.

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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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2 out of 5 eggs Meh... No Improvements in Powerline Tech 10/22/2016

This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: I've tried out a few powerline kits in the past and I've found all of them to be lacking. On the plus side, this particular kit is super easy to set up. You plug them into outlets, connect one to a network source and the other in a network destination and voila, LAN connection. I do like that Netgear has included an LED that gauges the powerline quality. Previous powerline kits I've used were very hit or miss on connection and had no indicator of network quality.

Cons: Just like everybody else, I'm going to complain about the advertising of speed on this product. If you say it connects up to 500 Mbps, then it better not have a footnote attached. Yes, the LAN ports on this kit only support 100 Mbps making the advertised speed claim far from genuine.

So, going into this kit knowing it only supports 100 Mbps I installed the kit on the same circuit, in the same room, in my home to give it the best chance to show what it can do. I performed three tests and compared the results to my 802.11ac wireless connection I typically use. The powerline connection speed was at 100.0 Mbps and my 802.11ac connects at 468.0 Mbps.

The first test was a ping to the connected router.
Results:
AV500 = 20 ms average
802.11ac = 0 ms average

The second test was downloading a large file from a network attached hard drive.
Results:
AV500 = 6.13 MB/s
802.11ac = 25.3 MB/s

The third test was trying to play an uncompressed blu-ray mkv file from a network attached hard drive.
Results:
AV500 = disaster, completely unwatchable
802.11ac = no skipping or stuttering, perfectly watchable

In summary, this powerline kit has higher latency, is about 4x slower, and is unsuitable for HD streaming in comparison to 802.11ac wireless. Now, maybe someone doesn't need the speed and just wants a simple wired solution for basic network connectivity. However, for the price of this product, one could easily get a 802.11ac router and compatible 802.11ac adapter and have a much better experience.

Other Thoughts: It's been years since I've tried out powerline technology for networking and I'm disappointed the technology has not progressed. I gave this kit every chance to shine by installing it on the same circuit approximately 8 ft apart from source outlet to destination outlet.

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