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Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive 01/16/2017

This review is from: Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST3000VX010

Pros: The Seagate Skyhawk hard drive has performed well in the weeks that I have owned it. Installation and quick format was simple and the drive was recognized. It shines in high write and 24x7 usage, with up to 180 TB/year workload. That is much higher than what I expect to use in my application. In those types of surveillance and related applications, the maximum write and read speeds are unlikely to be or critical importance, but that does not mean this drive is not fast. Benchmarking with CrystalDiskMark resulted in sequential reads of 182 MB/s and sequential writes of 180 MB/s (see below). While copying data files to the drive, I typically observed about 160 MB/s, sometimes higher. This was on the 3 TB drive, and it is noteworthy there are seven different drive sizes to choose from. I only use this drive to store large files that are seldom read, so spin up and access time is not a big concern for me. The drive runs cool, and the SMART data reports this drive runs 2-3 degrees cooler than a different 3 TB Seagate ST3000DM001 and 2 TB Seagate Firecuda. Quiet is an understatement. I have about 2TB of the data filled and was not able to hear it writing during anytime it was in use. The three year warranty is decent in this era of spinning hard drives, between the 1 and 5 years in other drives. It is easy to recommend this drive if you are building or upgrading a surveillance system, or other write intensive application.

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 181.796 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 178.996 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.309 MB/s [ 319.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.480 MB/s [ 361.3 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 182.249 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 180.373 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.591 MB/s [ 144.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.404 MB/s [ 342.8 IOPS]

Cons: The rotational speed could be listed, but not a big concern. An end user would always like a longer warranty, but generally does not want to pay more, so the 3 year seems adequate to me.

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EZVIZ Mini O 720p HD Wi-Fi Home Video Monitoring Security Camera, Built-in Speaker and Mic, Works with Alexa Using IFTTT
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4 out of 5 eggs EZVIZ Mini O Wi-Fi video, capable but not perfect 12/09/2016

This review is from: EZVIZ Mini O 720p HD Wi-Fi Home Video Monitoring Security Camera, Built-in Speaker and Mic, Works with Alexa Using IFTTT

Pros: The EZVIZ Mini O Wi-Fi video camera has a rounded white plastic case. The cord is decently long, about 9.5 feet so it allows for some flexibility in the installation location. The 5V power adapter/USB is low power and does not draw too much current or generate that much heat. The metal mounting plate can be installed onto the wall and is securely held by magnets in the base of the unit. A couple circular pieces of double sided tape are also included.

The camera setup uses an app EZVIZ that was installed from the Google Play store in my use. Installing the camera was relatively easy. A scan of the QR code on the bottom of the camera was needed and to enter some strings of text and connect to the wireless network. An email and change to the device password enables the image encryption feature.

The software required an exit and restart before detecting the camera. The first few uses did not always find the camera and gave a prompt to setup the camera again. I ignored this and tapping to go back to the camera seems to work without setting it up again. After a few uses of the app this issue seemed to go away for some unknown reason. The app has a few good features in including simultaneous views for up to four cameras, freeze frame, video flip, and zoom. Both the status and IR light for night vision can be turned off. The camera can also be put to sleep from the app, and also wake. Images and video is save to My Album. The images can be shared to facebook or google+, and the video can be shared to facebook, google+, or youtube. It is also stored locally, for me that location was in /storage/emulated/0/Ezviz. It also has the capability to store data on a microSD card. The motion detection is adjustable at 7 levels of sensitivity.

The video quality is decent at 1280 x 720 and includes a time and date stamp within the image or video. The frame rate is decent, with minor choppiness for sideways moving objects (e.g. a car). The night vision is good quality for these types of camera.

Cons: The built in microphone and speaker is listed as a feature, but it never worked reliably for me from an android tablet. It typically gave the following error message: Operation failed, failed to turn the two-way audio on. (361100)

I emailed support describing the issue. They did respond the next day, suggesting that I "try to reset your network and reconnect your device". I did but the two way audio did not reliably function. The device version was V5.1.6 build 160421 and no new version was available.

Other Thoughts: The text is small on the bottom of the camera, almost a fractional font size. The Cloudplay is an option, but a nice addition to the capabilities of this camera would be to be able to access the camera though any laptop or desktop via a web browser without additional charge.

The website listed on Newegg for support under warranty and returns goes to a broken link, "Sorry We Can’t seem to find the page your’re looking for."

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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Seagate FireCuda SSHD 2TB, benefits of both major storage types 11/22/2016

This review is from: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST2000DX002

Pros: The Seagate FireCuda SSHD 2TB hard drive is an interesting hybrid drive with some of the benefits of the speed of solid state drives and the storage capacity of conventional magnetic storage. The flash memory capacity is 8 GB and offers good access and transfer times if the needed data is stored there. The spinning drive part is a 7200 RPM drive with 64 MG cache, so it performs well even if the flash memory portion is not filled with the needed data. I use this drive primarily for storage for Steam games and other relatively frequently accesses files, for which is it ideal. The qualitative performance has been good, with the most benefit being noticed on load/reloads and in starting the same game multiple times.

The quantitative performance is good too, with CrystalDiskMark showing 147 MB/s read and 215 MB/s write. The performance in Atto benchmarking was 220 MB/s read and write (128 kb) using the defaults. There are comparable with other reviews and those were done with partly filled drive. The synthetic benchmarks are both strong. The drive is quiet, under heavy reads and writes.

Cons: The price per GB is relatively high compared to conventional drive and SSD combination, but this offers some additional benefit not present in that configuration.

Other Thoughts: It could also be used for OS installation for improved boot times compared to a spinning drive only, but not as good as a pure SSD. If one drive is the limiting factor, than this is the ideal solution. If two or more drives can be used, then the best solution is either a single large and costly SSD, or combined smaller SSD and this hybrid drive.

Seatools (for Windows) can be downloaded and used to check for the serial number and part number. Then a warranty check can be performed at the Seagate website.

Installation was easy, formatted using GPT on Windows 10. The warranty is a strength of this drive, at 5 years it is at the top of any consumer oriented drives. This does inspire some confidence that Seagate views this as a reliable drive.

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