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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 500GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: Great replacement drive for a laptop. Should deliver fast boot times, a big cache to speed up read latency, possibly better laptop battery performance because the drive could cache data to the SSD and only spin up the platters when it needs to, and large capacity for games or video/music content.

Cons: The 500gb model is priced strangely. For less than two times the cost, you can get four times the capacity. I’m not sure who would buy the 500gb model.

Would not recommend this drive unless it is being used as a boot drive.

Other Thoughts: Does not come with SATA cable

First tried copying a bunch of movies to it. Copied TV episodes, so lots of files that were about 250mb apiece. Performance was not super impressive, but it was also plugged in via an adapter over USB 2.0. Tried the same test, this time using USB 3.0. I saw a significant difference, when using the USB 3.0 adapter. It was 10MB/s faster coping at around 40 MB/s. Using a 7200 RPM, laptop, 2.5” drive, I repeated the same benchmarking test by just copying some files over. The speed of the 7200 RPM drive was about 38 MB/s depending on the size of the files that were being copied.

I think the best feature of these kind of SSHD drives is you get your boot time down and also have the capacity of a large hard drive. Win win, especially for a gaming laptop. I would be ideal because you have fast boots, big cache to save battery, large amount of space for games.

Says “Product of China” on the labeling

Looks like people have successfully used this drive in Xbox Ones and iMacs

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Rosewill RMS-16001 - Single Monitor Gas Spring Arm Desk Mount , LCD Screen: 13
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Pros: Everything you need in a single monitor mount

Very adjustable stand. Moves up and down, tilts, and rotates side to side. Check the specifications for details on all of the different angles and combinations of movement it can provide. Comes with 2 different ways to attach the mount to a surface. One method requires a hole through the surface, the other uses a clamp to clamp down on the edge of a surface. The mount held firmly to my desk and offered good stability while typing on the desk.

Two different sets of screws are included for different kinds of monitors. All parts, screws, instructions, and even tools (screw driver, hex wrench) come in the box.

Quick, easy, and straightforward installation

Probably the most important thing about this mount is if it can hold up a ~10 pound monitor and I am very happy to report that yes, it does. Strangely, it seems that you turn the screw in the minus (-) direction to add tension to the mount’s arm.

Black color matches both of my monitors and likely many other monitor models on the market

Cable management clip on the back of the monitor mount

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Tested this monitor mount with an ASUS VE247H 23.6" Monitor. My monitor is 9.7 pounds (4.4 kilograms).

There is a mutli-monitor gas spring arm model by Rosewill as well.

Because of the height at which I have my monitor mounted, I use it along side my 27” monitor. I can also stand up and adjust the 24” monitor to standing height. And best of all, I can tilt the monitor to be viewable from my bed.

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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: Picture quality is good in both day and night vision modes. The device automatically switches between nighttime/daytime modes and is able to adjust the brightness and focus depending what is in view.

Latency between what is happening in front of the camera and what shows in the app is surprisingly small. Less than 1 second of latency if set to Basic quality on the phone and Standard on the browser. Phone app can do some weird stuff where fast moving things lag at first and then play really quickly to catch up.

Ability to use IFTTT when motion is detected

Extremely small profile- can fit this just about anywhere

Wireless capable- thankfully this does not require an Ethernet cable like so many of the cheaper models.

App and browser user interface are pretty easy to use once the device is registered. Browser and app have a multi-view screen that is like a security panel if you have multiple cameras added.

Two way communication- audio on the receiving end isn’t bad for voices.

Ezviz offers paid cloud storage

Can turn status led light off from the GUI

Sleep mode easily toggles the device on and off

Cons: Directions aren’t well written. At about Step 5 of the quick start, I was asked to enter a password. The directions made no mention of this step. It would not accept any password that I entered. I had no idea what to do. Also, the instruction manual made no reference of this step. After logging into the online portal and installing the browser plugin, I was able to see that the step I was missing was to use the ‘verification code’ listed on the back of the device as the password.

Adding and removing the SD Card from the card slot is very sketchy. Feels like the receiver is going to break every time. Sometimes the card misses the spring so that it can be easily released and you need to use tweezers to remove the card.

Shiny black plastic takes fingerprints easily

During registration, the app only gives you 60 seconds to verify the passcode by email – email went to my junk box.

Scanning the QR Code for easier registration is terrible in the app. QR code on the back the camera is way too small and the app won’t properly focus the camera.

Other Thoughts: Memory card is formatted to FAT32 by default. I popped a new card in, and the camera didn’t complain so that is probably a good sign. The SD Card by default as a bunch of .bin (device info, etc) and blank .mp4 files already laid out on the card... Not sure about why they are there- maybe for performance so when it goes to record the files are already laid out?

Default ‘motion alarm’ detection makes a loud beep emanating from the camera when motion is detected and sends alerts to the phone

Power output from adapter over Micro USB is 0.5 volts at 1.0 amps

Even though the device only pulls the amount of power listed above, the unit gets fairly hot. The back was 118*F (48*C)

Phone Application for Android is 21 MB. Used Samsung S5 to test the camera

Strangely there is a ‘friend management’ section in the cloud settings of the browser user interface… to share video with friends…

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