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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: Clear picture
Very clear night vision
Straightforward setup
Local storage to SD card
IFTTT integration
Very customizable settings
Magnetic base

Cons: Cloud storage requires a monthly fee
Weak internal speaker

Other Thoughts: I like this camera. It has a lot of great features at a reasonable price.

The two way audio works fine for the viewer, but the built in speaker is pretty weak.

The app can seem a bit convoluted at first, but it's easy to get used to.

Local storage is a bonus, but it would be nice if we could also stream video to a NAS or something that could be secured. The cloud storage carries a monthly fee and a one month trial with 7 day recording history is included. One feature that I really like about my Netgear Arlo is that there is lifetime free basic cloud storage. I think that'd be a nice feature here as well. Videos are encrypted on the card.

Overall I'm impressed with this camera. It does its job well and I can find few faults with it.

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Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)
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Pros: Metal case
Small size
Solid keyring
Surprisingly stylish
Lifetime warranty

Cons: Hard to find if dropped

Other Thoughts: This drive is a great design for carrying on a keychain. The metal case helps prevent it from getting damaged by keys, drops, etc. I carried it around for the last few weeks with my keys and had no issues. The packaging states that it is waterproof as well and carries a lifetime warranty (with registration).

It's also kinda stylish for a flash drive.

The drive seems to be quick enough for most tasks as far as flash drives go. I didn't do any benchmarks. I wouldn't throw huge files on this and expect it to be a snap, but I think most people wouldn't have any issues.

Formatted capacity shows as an even 60 GB.

I thought that this might benefit from some kind of dust cap, but maybe they want water to easily escape if it gets wet. I think dirt might be a bigger concern than water.

I can't find any issues with the drive. As long as it holds up to normal use I'll be a happy camper.

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Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX RGB Red (CH-9101010-NA)
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4 out of 5 eggs Good hardware, harebrained software. 09/02/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX RGB Red (CH-9101010-NA)

Pros: Mechanical, responsive keys
Lighted, multicolor keys
Windows key disable button
Volume controls

Cons: Not much rear lift
Poorly designed software
Requires software to be running for lighting

Other Thoughts: I've been using an old IBM model M clicky keyboard for most of my adult life. This keyboard seems to be good quality, but I miss the click sound my model M used to make. The keys aren't quite as stiff either, but still stiffer than most keyboards out there.

One thing that I really don't like about this keyboard is the lack of rear height adjustment. Granted, my model M didn't have much either, but this one practically sits flat even with the back legs down. I added a piece of 1/2 inch plywood under each leg and it feels much better. I've seen keyboards with different levels of adjustability and it would be nice to have that here.

Speaking of height adjustment, the front of the keyboard can be raised for anyone that actually wants to. There are two legs in the front that can be flipped down to raise the front about a half inch.

I dig the dedicated button that disables the Windows key. That can be configured to disable some other key combinations like Alt + Tab and Alt + F4, but no option to disable Caps Lock.

The volume and playback controls are pretty nice too. Volume works fine for me out of the box (Windows 7).

The lights work well, at least when you finally get the software to do what you want. You have to have the software installed, configured, and running all the time in order for the lighting effects to work fully. You can save static light colors, but not any effects to the keyboard's onboard memory. You'd think that such a trivial thing as lighting effects could be done entirely on the keyboard's hardware, but no, we're still installing proprietary software and running it in the background.

The software that Corsair provides is a real pain. It makes you save or cancel every single change you make. You can't do a couple things and save them all at once, oh no, you have to keep hitting save or cancel after every minor thing. I installed version 2.3.74 of the software, which apparently isn't compatible with most of the cool profiles available for download on the site since they're built for version 1.x. You need to scope out CUE 2 versions of profiles if you go with a 2.x version of the software as I did. They also make it nice and difficult to cycle profiles on the fly by assigning a key combination or something that you can just press. Instead, you have to load the software and switch profiles like you're in the dark ages until you figure out how to navigate the "Actions" to remap one of your keys to the function. Another thing that irks me is that you can't use a profile created in basic mode with advanced mode enabled. Really? So the pre-programmed effects that come with the software are suddenly useless if you want to use custom profiles. Genius.

The software just really feels like they wanted to make it more visually slick than functional, a big pet peeve of mine. I saw a screenshot on the Corsair website after clicking a banner in the software that clearly shows a key remap function, but it took me an hour to figure out how to access it. Maybe I expect too much since I've designed interfaces, but I doubt I'm alone. Seriously, throw some menu bars in, stop hiding things in fade-in menus and for crying out loud let me click around without having to save constantly! I don't want to even try to create my own stuff in this program anymore. If anything is holding this keyboard back, it's the lackluster software interface we're given.

This keyboard seems to have the hardware, but the software leaves much to be desired. Once you figure it out though, if you figure it out, you start to really enjoy the keyboard. I'm hesitant to give this 4 eggs, but 3 seems too harsh. Just plan on spending hours learning the software.

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