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This review is from: Silicon Power 16GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP016GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: - Good quality plastic casing
- I like the deep blue color; the body has this texture to it where it feels comfortable to hold and the smooth finish on the bottom
- The textured body is great because it doesn't get fingerprints on it
- The button to press for the USB head to come out feel sturdy where it's not going to break easily
- I like that it's a capless design because I always lose the caps and I hate that...
- The USB connector easily slides out and retracts (for storage or carrying), doesn't require too much force
- The small LED indicator is bright enough to see, but not too bright without any lights on
- USB 3.0 connectivity but still works with USB 2.0 plugs too
- I only received the Deep Blue color for review, but these flash drives from Silicon Power comes in many other colors such as
white, black and pink...good color variety.
- **LIFETIME WARRANTY! on parts and labor...wow! - this means they took the time to make sure this drive lasts for a very long time!** <------very important
Cons: Not a con for this flash drive (really, it's a CON for ALL flash drives, hard drives, SSD's and data storage devices in general), but when are we EVER going to get the full 16GB of flash memory on these things? Can't they put in, like, 20GB so there is actually 16GB of storage space rather than just 14.3GB?
Other Thoughts: I've tested plugging in and out this flash drive to many laptops and many desktops, both with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and it worked flawless every single time.
I've formatted it from exFAT / FAT / FAT32 to NTSF more than 50 times now and it's still reading and writing fine (I just don't know how many read/write cycles it has though).
I've put movies files as large as 10GB and it's transfered and read fine. I even had over 400 smaller files (from 10kb to 1GB files) transferred from my PC to this flash drive and to my laptop and it's worked fine.
Since it is USB 3.0, it states a 5GB bandwidth, which is 10x the bandwidth of USB 2.0, but unfortunately, it doesn't perform up to that. Although no actual speeds for MAX read or MAX write are advertised or in their documentation, these are the results I saw and recorded. I remind you that I DID NOT use any benchmarking tools, just using my observation while doing transfers and taking notes:
- MAX read speed fluctuating from 10 MB/s to 105 MB/s, averaging about 50 MB/s
- MAX write speed fluctuating from as low as 5 MB/s to 22 MB/s, averaging about 12 MB/s
- I did notice when deleting files (not using any benchmarking tools), larger files of 1GB or larger took a lot longer than my Corsair 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive (for comparison). Although, smaller files deleted fairly quickly, as it should.
Overall, for the price, for the quality & looks, I would RECOMMEND this Silicon Power "Blaze" 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for daily usage. It's super reliable as I ruggedly tested plugging in and out the of many USB ports, transferred many files on and off it and each time it performed flawlessly. It may NOT possess the high speeds of other "higher-priced" USB flash drives but it does the job for daily use. Word docs, pictures, videos (movies, clips, etc.), music any files are ok with this flash drive.
Side note: currently, the Silicon Power's 128GB version is only twenty-five bucks (as of this writing). That's very cheap for how much storage it has and the quality of the product.
Pros: - small footprint and size, it can be placed almost anywhere, fits smaller spaces
- made of good quality plastic, it's hard and won't break easily even if accidentally dropped
- power cable is detachable, it has a microUSB connector on the base
easy to set up
- documentation has clear instructions on how to get it set up quickly
- comes with 16GB microSD card - expandable to 128GB it states, but I found that 16GB is good enough
- has optional cloud storage for video recording/playback, 1st yr is free but it does cost $$ afterward, (still pretty cheap if you
get a couple of these and record to the same cloud server)
- base is magnetic and it's strong enough to hold itself (such as if you wanted to place on fridge, etc.)
great video/picture quality, vibrant colors and super clear
- The "live" video is super smooth (make sure you have fast internet speeds though)
- It has 8x zoom capabilities; the pinch to zoom feature on the app is responsive too
- I have AT&T 4G on my Android phone. When using the app to access the camera the video is pretty smooth at 1080p even with
just 2 bars showing on my Android Phone
- The infrared for night vision is very clear, video & recordings are in black and white
- 135 degree viewing angle, wide angle lens covers my whole living room
- The base also comes with a metal ball-joint configuration so you can turn the camera any direction and it doesn't feel like it's
going to break easily
- Android and iOS apps available
- Android app is a little buggy (read more below in the "cons" section) but it is very user-friendly, well laid out and works great
(when it works)
- I like that you can view up to 4 different cameras just using one app
- It has multilayer encryption, which is better security since everything is online
- I also like the fact that if you installed the app onto another device/phone, you MUST have the camera physically there to enter
in the code on the bottom of the stand; this is great (for example) security reasons because even if your email got hacked, the
hacker cannot view your cameras
- You can define certain times when the camera should be active or not active (to save energy)
- Built-in motion sensor works flawless - you can even change its sensitivity AND
designate various parts of, where-ever you are pointing at, how sensitive you want the motion to be before it triggers an alarm.
(for example: if you pointed the camera between two trees, you can designate the motion to detect only between those two
trees so if the trees move, you don't get a false alarm.)
- Easy to set up alerts when the built-in motion detector is tripped to start recording video and audio
- I like that there is an option to turn off/on audio
- I like that the videos are kept on my Android phone so I can share them
- It comes with built in 2 way audio communicator, like a walkie talkie / intercom system, but more on that below...
Cons: - Single 2.4GHz band connection only to WiFi, there is no support for 5GHz! Why? My 2.4GHz has a lot of interference and I have
a lot of other devices connected to that band, EZViz, give us an option to connect to a 5 GHz WiFi network, please!
- Android app is a little buggy at random times:
- app stopped working the second I open the app on multiple occasions
- app crashes/stops working/freezes at random times
- intermittent at times connecting to the cameras takes up to minutes to connect
- I love that I can set notifications, but there is no way to clear them unless I go into the app and click on each one to delete
each alarm. There is an option to delete multiple alarms (via a checkmark system) but if there were more alarms than what is
showing on the screen, you can only select that amount
(for example: if you have 50 alarms but only see 13 on the screen, you can long hold and press on an alarm, a window will pop
up allowing you to "select multiple" but you can still only select 13 of the alarms and NOT ALL ALARMS. WHY? If you wanted to
really select all 50 alarms, you have to keep scrolling down until all 50 videos are "refreshed" onto the screen, which takes a lot
of time for them to load, only then will you be able to check all 50 alarms to delete). THIS IS SOOOOO FRUSTRATING!
- I love that they include 2-way voice communication, but sadly it does not work properly at all! Even on local wifi with full bars,
the voice is crackly, not clear and has a lot of static. This is (sadly) on both ends (on the Android phone AND if you were in front
of the camera). Even worse, if you have less than full bars viewing the camera from Android app on 4G LTE, the 2 way
communication doesn't even work. At various times I could hear the person talking through the camera, but then he could not
hear me talking from the Android app, and vice versa. When you could hear, the voice (again) was cracking, had a lot of static,
simply you could not even make out the words at all...it just never worked properly for me. Please fix EZViz, this is a great
selling feature your camera has!
Other Thoughts: I have 2x EZViz cameras, the 720p version and now this 1080p version. Both are great cameras, well worth what they are selling the price point for. They have thought out a lot of what regular consumers would use the cameras for and put those features into the app.
These are NOT outside cameras, as they don't have any housing for weatherproofing.
I've owned a couple of wifi cameras before (Panasonic, D-Link, NetGear and even some off-brand China-made ones) and these EZViz cameras have a great quality finish to them and their video images are the best I've seen. They are getting better and better every year! I especially love that these EZViz WiFi cameras use microUSB plugs rather than some proprietary plug that you can't find (or the manufacturer charges lots of $$ for the wires or plugs). This is great for installation because you can find longer microUSB cables anywhere (if the included 10' is not long enough for you).
Even though the Android app does have some bugs/issues, it does work, like, 95% of the time. Don't worry too much about the app bugs because it's minor compared to the design, the excellent video quality and the price you're getting these for. With that being said, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this EZVIZ Mini Plus HD 1080p WiFi Home Security Camera. If you are looking for a small but great video quality wifi camera for security, these have the best video images I've seen so far. There are also a lot of features on the app that make it easy for home security!
This review is from: EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 Degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
Pros: Solid build, the camera is quite hefty in weight, I'm hoping it's because it's made from quality materials
The base has a magnet!
24/7 Live Streaming, with options video options depending on your connection speed; non-HD vs HD video streaming
720p HD video, but the video is really crisp, not laggy at all with fast connections
can extend storage space with built in micro-SD storage (128GB max)
built-in night vision
built in motion detection too!
can dedicate the cam to turn "ON" all day or during certain times only
has "ON" light, but can also turn that light off (for security reasons)
Has additional secure encryption for videos
Wide angle viewing, I can see my whole living room
Comes with great cloud storage option, but not really needed if you put in microSD card
Cons: Two big but (I think) major issues I ran into:
1st - I had a very hard time connecting to the camera. I followed all the instructions but was not able to connect to it and had to call into tech support for help. I just could not get it to log onto my 2.4Ghz channel using the WPS method and I was not able to use the secondary method which was to point the camera at the barcode produced using the app to connect on to my router.
2nd - the app...it freezes a lot and it's buggy. It would crash all of a sudden using my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the app. It's random so I don't really understand what's causing the app to crash and close. I've experienced this a lot.
Other Thoughts: This camera's footprint is fairly small, which is a good thing. There are NO ethernet ports on it to connect via a wired connection, it's all WiFi or nothing. The video is smooth and has great clarity when viewing it live via the Android App (EZViz).
Their tech support was great though. I called and someone answered right away, which kind of surprised me since I never heard of the EZVIZ brand before.
I liked that they added a magnet at the base, which I place on my refrigerator and I don't have to screw holes into my walls to get it set up.
Night vision works great. motion detection works great. Viewing angle is great. Being able to turn device on/off via app is great. Having the ability to restrict or turn camera "on" during certain times (via the app) is great. The only issue I really had was how frustrating it was to first connect to my router (network) and the Android app freezes a lot. When I called into tech support, the support person advised me to open ports and configure my router to get it connected. I can see that this could get a little complicated for an average person who does not know how to do this on their router.
For the price and video quality, I would recommend it still. The microSD slot is a great addition to storing more videos and the app (when it doesn't crash) is pretty easy to use and laid out nicely.