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CORSAIR CX-M series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply
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Pros: Great power supply for the price! AND it's semi-modular which is really nice, you can use what you need and then leave the rest of the cables out of the case. More room, and better air flow = less heat! So your junk will last longer. 80 Plus Bronze is good and it powered up my older EVGA GTX660 just fine (I know the card is super old by standards today) which uses some hefty amounts power. This power supply runs cool for me. It was tested for almost a month in a basic build. Core i5, 16GB ram, SSD, and 2TB hdd (above for video card). I've use a LOT of Corsair products in the past and they have never let me down. Solid built and this power supply has a 3 year warranty! For the price, (especially if there are promotions going on) this power supply is a HUGE bargain for an entry level computer user. And honestly, it would be more than enough for decent gaming.

Cons: I really can't think of too many. It is quite and cool and worked right out of the box for me. When I would game, you could hear the fan crank up, but I didn't think that it was really that loud. Then again, I'm use to servers running 24/7/365, so maybe my hearing is going out...

Other Thoughts: Great power supply for the money, especially with rebates. Good amount of power, excellent that it is semi-modular, so no huge rats nest. I've had this thing running solid for a month and no problems. Great 3 year warranty, Corsair stands behind their products. I had an issue with a gaming key board and they made it right! I'm a fan of the color as well. I really think if you can snag this power supply with the rebates and all that, just buy it now. Keep it for a spare even. You never know...

Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Good drive for basic low usage amount 12/08/2016

This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Pretty fast, quiet, does not get that hot, 2 year warranty. Drive supports SED or self encrypting drive mode, which is good for security. Price is pretty good for the size. I installed this drive in my kids computer so that we could off load all his Steam games and music on to it. It is GREAT for "warehousing" files. Transfer times from his Intel SSD to the 2TB Seagate were good, around 150MB/sec average for the large stuff. So I think the 64MB cache was helping here. This drive has been in operating for almost one full month on a computer that sees A LOT of use. The drive has been performing well and I hope will continue to do so.

Cons: I (personally) have a love/hate relationship with Seagate. Sometimes, I'll come across a good batch of drives and sometimes I'll get a TERRIBLE batch. I have a STACK of ST3000DM001's (3TB) that didn't make it much past warranty. And when I mean stack, it is at least 17 drives. So... I don't know how much I trust Segate. They have a 2 year warranty on this drive and if you look at their website it shows this drive to have a "power-on hours" per year of 2400, which is not a bad as some drives, but it goes to show that this drive is NOT made for 24/7 applications. HGST for instance has a much higher MTBF, meantime between failures, 1 million hours I believe. SO, if you just need a cheap priced drive to store data on, this will work, but I would NOT trust it past 2 years!

Other Thoughts: Others: I really do not have much to say here. If this drive is not going to see a lot of usage, it'll last a while I'm sure. BUT if you are a power user or use a computer EVERY day for a while, this may not be the drive for you. Light duty computer usage, like what my parents do, this drive is perfect, gamer or heavy user, forget it. OR at least only use it to toss data on that you really do not care to lose. I personaly would want to spend a few more dollars and get a drive with a much higher MTBF. A two year warranty to me really states that it'll die in a year or right after the 2 years. Most drives with a 3 year warranty will last more than 3 years. I have some WD Black's that are more than 5 years old and have had 24/7/365 operation. Did I get lucky? Maybe... Or, maybe the WD Black is an enterprise level drive for the consumer. Do your research and find good drives, or have multiple so that you will be okay if one fails. I'm a big believer in RAID+good backups. This Seagate drive is CLEARLY not made for an array but you could do it. That would make for an interesting test. All told, I'll give this drive a 4 star, good basic drive, but I think there are better choices out there for your cash!

EZVIZ Husky HD 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi or PoE Video Security Bullet Camera, 16GB MicroSD, Works with Alexa using IFTTT
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5 out of 5 eggs If you want high quality and easy, this is IT! 11/21/2016

This review is from: EZVIZ Husky HD 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi or PoE Video Security Bullet Camera, 16GB MicroSD, Works with Alexa using IFTTT

Pros: This is a nice camera! Has a great feel to it and is not made of plastic and junk. I deal with security cams A LOT with my job. This camera will easily hold its own with Dahua and HikVision camera’s in terms of build quality and picture quality. Very nice, looks as good as my 3 mega pixel Dahua cams I use. Box was nice, neat packaging. SUPER EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND INSTRUCTIONS! I cannot STRESS enough, if you want a SUPER simple VERY high quality camera to keep an eye on your home, office, barn, business or whatever. This is the ticket! Super easy to setup and deploy and I like that there is an option for PoE, which worked fine with my TrendNET PoE switch. The provided 12 volt adapter worked fine as well. It was also nice to see that EZVIZ provides the weather tight connector should you choose to run Ethernet to the camera, Dahua started to cheap out and now they don’t include them with their camera. It was nice to see that this camera had the plug and the drill template. That was a nice touch too. I have been using this camera for about a month now and it has been recording just fine. The picture quality is great and I know that this cam will last a long time in the elements. This is not your average consumer camera; it is much more higher quality, close to business grade, very close if not the same in terms of build quality of Dahua and HikVision which I feel are among the best over-all cameras on the market for price and performance. I cannot stress enough on how easy it was to setup the camera on my network via the application for Android. I did not have an iOS device at this time to test it with. I also like that it has IFTTT (if this then that) features built in, I don’t have Alexa, but I’m sure it would work well.

Cons: Not many things to complain about, but the number one (at least for me, a pro level user) is the fact that I can’t do anything with the camera in a more professional environment. I’d like to see if they had other cameras to test out like this one, but something that had a web browser and used the OnVif standard so it could be used as a typical IP camera. Hook it up and then add it to a Dahua or Hikvision or other NVR (network video recorder). I am NOT going to deduct one egg because of this, since I know not everyone out there is a professional, they might want the easy simple solution. I know that the camera is built well and I know that it works great in low light / light. But they have this fantastic camera and I can’t REALLY play with it, or put it to use on my other NVR.

Other Thoughts: Listen, this is a great camera. It works wonderful in pretty much all conditions that I have tested it in. Direct sun, shade, complete darkness, with PoE, without PoE, wireless, etc. The Android application seems to work reasonably well for me. It would have some errors (no picture), but then you could just retry it and it would work (I’m sure they will keep improving the application). Performance with wireless was good, I also had a good AP to test it with (a pretty high powered Ubiquity) and never had an issue with wireless. Also never had any issues with the PoE side of things aka, wired. The web client is okay, had some nice features for privacy but it only worked well in Internet Explorer. Ugh, please people, (MFGs) make things work cross platform; stuff like this should work in ALL browsers. If this camera would work outside its “walled garden” it would be easily be a go to pro level camera. It’s a great camera. Believe me I use a LOT and have seen what a good camera is and this camera easily has the build and picture quality down, like I said, very close to the quality of my Dahua cams. This camera will be PERFECT if you just want to monitor a few rooms, I think they come in a 3 pack as well, VERY easy to set up. I mean, my parents could follow the instructions. And if they can do it, anyone could, I cannot stress this enough. Getting the camera online and view-able is EASY. 5 minutes or less! BUT, if you are more of a professional or hobbyist like me, you’ll want something that you can change ports on and add to an NVR or other software to record and view the video (again, Dahua or HikVision). BUT, this is a great camera if you DO NOT care about that, if you want to rip the box open, download the app, make an account and get it online, this is your camera! One last thing to note is how you can toss in a MicroSD card, I like that. (It came with a 16GB but I used a 64GB) You could set it to only record movement and a 64GB card would last for a long time. I think we’ll see more options like this with future vendors. So, if you need something easy and with pro build quality, this is the camera you want!


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