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Samsung SEW-3036W BabyVIEW Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Ordered 2 - One works fine. 02/15/2017

This review is from: Samsung SEW-3036W BabyVIEW Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Pros: Consistent range in my outdoor application was about 120 feet with walls, etc in the path. I couldn't tell if raising the monitor antenna really helped. But, as with Wi-Fi, ALMOST NOTHING at 2.4 GHz is predictable. At least, not in my experience. YMMV. Plus, there were at least 5 sources of 2.4 GHz signals in close proximity to the test area. Any of those might interfere with the camera-to-monitor signal.
Video is decent. In low light, IR LEDs are used to produce pretty good black and white video.
The green LEDs on the left side of the monitor serve as a crude VU meter to indicate the audio level coming from the camera microphone.
You can 'mute' the video and the audio will stay on to give you an audio-only monitor.

Cons: The one that worked did so immediately. The other one worked for a total of 20 seconds (a blink here and there) during a two hour trouble-shooting period.

Other Thoughts: Given that these are refurbs, it is obvious that they might have a "troubled" past. So, I ordered two thinking the odds of getting a 'good' one would double. Guess I was right.
The one that works still had the factory plastic protector on the monitor screen. The one that didn't had some minor scratching and appeared to have been used.
As, I am writing this, the signal from the 'working' camera dropped out (15 feet away through a wall) but power-cycling the monitor restored the video/audio and it has continued to work fine for an hour or more.
I do not plan to use these as baby monitors but will use them to monitor other events and for temporary security monitors. The audio from the camera to the monitor is decent. When the camera is outside, I can clearly hear birds calling, street noises, etc. You could even use them to 'keep up with' your TV programs from another room or for many other non-baby uses.
Outside, in the daylight, I find the video to be very good. Of course, the screen is just under 3.5" diagonally and it doesn't take high quality video to look good on this small screen. In "zoom" mode, you can 'pan and tilt' the zoomed portion of the image. However, be aware that this is all done at the monitor - The camera doesn't zoom, pan or tilt as the lens and mount do not have those abilities.
I just checked the performance in a darkened room and and the IR LEDs really seem to work well. The images are black and white but the low-light performance is decent. The specs show the wavelength to be 940nm which is well beyond the range of human sight so you don't have to worry about them disturbing anyone in the dark. However, there is a red power indicator on the camera. That can be masked with a small piece of tape, if desired.
There is no way I would have paid the MSRP of 170 for these. However, on sale, at right around 20% of that amount, I'd say they are a good deal. But, as I pointed out, they are refurbs so the one(s) you receive may be perfect or they may be in for a round trip!
Also, Newegg treated me G-R-E-A-T on the exchange. Thanks so much to them for that.

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HP Slate 1800 (E9S46AA)7-inch Touchscreen Tablet Intel Atom Z2460 1.6Ghz 1GB RAM 8GB Storage Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Debranded
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A solid tablet - IF you can get it to charge/power on!

Cons: After 3 or 4 months sitting idle, I tried powering the (former HP) Slate on - No response. I charged it using the HP charger. No response after 30 mins. I tried cell phone charger "A". No response. I tried cell phone charger "B". No response. I tried my trusty Duracell Mobile Powersource (a rechargeable power supply/inverter with both USB and 120v outlets.) No response. I tried the HP charger overnight. NO RESPONSE. I tried the Duracell again. NO RESPONSE. In desperation, I dug around and found an OLD HTC USB plug type charger (R33030) that I found in a rental unit. Within 5 minutes, the Slate was displaying the battery icon. In another 10 minutes, it came to life with a loud "Rinnnnnng!" and displayed the correct date and time. Lazarus had risen!

I do not know if the HTC charger was the sole reason it came back to life or if it was the variety (the spice of life, right?) of chargers that got the Slate's motor running. But, after 12 hours of CPR, it's alive!

After 30 mins, Lazarus had clawed and scratched it's way to a 10% state of charge. Tears were running down my face . . . (Not really.)

Other Thoughts: Look, I know this is a debranded HP Slate. And, I understand that, maybe, HP recognized this issue and washed their hands of the units by scrubbing the HP brand from them. But, it's a solid tablet and a good value (on sale, after rebate) and I am happy to see it working again. Especially because I was just about to rip it open to see what the heck was wrong with the battery and/or its circuitry!

See, my philosophy goes like this: If I take care of something and keep it clean, warm and dry, I EXPECT THE DAM* THING TO WORK PROPERLY UNTIL THE DAY I DIE! Anything less is a disappointment because that means it has let me down after I took such good care of it!

And, it just might get shot . . . Well, if ammo prices were at 1990 levels anyway.

The current price is not a good value in my opinion. One seventy will buy you a brand new, branded, fully warranted device. But, at 40 bucks or so after rebate, if it works, you are (were) golden.

Meanwhile, I am off to corner the HTC R33030 market.

I'll rebrand THOSE suckers: Lazarus One - The miracle charger!

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Free LTE Internet with LTE Hotspot 803S - FreedomPop (Certified Pre-owned)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs So far, so good . . . 12/06/2014

This review is from: Free LTE Internet with LTE Hotspot 803S - FreedomPop (Certified Pre-owned)

Pros: It works at my location - LTE is the only thing I've used. I'm getting 10% to 20% signal strength but the speeds seem rather normal to me. Certainly not slow. This device takes a little getting used to but what new things don't?

If you have any notion that this device will allow you to "replace" normal Internet service for "free", you are mistaken unless you are a very light user. The 500mb free limit could be used up by some users in a single day.

And, yes, there is a "free" tier - You just have to work a bit to get it. I was "free" initially. Then they offered a freebie and I allowed them to add the $3.99 a month deal that I will be canceling soon along with the 30 day Premier tier trial.

Cons: It costs $30 after rebate. The Newegg free shipping option can be a bit of a kludge when two or more carriers are involved in delivering the package. Too bad they can't work something out with USPS,, UPS, FedEx, etc to allow a single carrier to do the job. And, YES, I know I can pay more and get premium delivery but isn't this device all about being "free"?

Logging in to the device via 192.168.0.1 was problematic with an older version of Firefox. IE 8 worked fine. Could have been fluke - Not sure. And, yes I have later versions of both browsers but I wasn't near those computers when I setup the 803S.

Other Thoughts: I plan to eliminate the DSL service that I have been using as a backup to our cable modem service. DSL costs close to $40 a month with taxes and I plan to terminate it if the 803S works out. I will be using the 803S very sparingly - Generally only when the cable modem service is down or (more importantly) during power failures. If it continues to work well, I think the 803S will be a good option as a backup and it will save me $40 a month.

Two caveats - Free might not be free forever. And, according to the FreedomPop terms of service, you must use 5mb of data each month in order to keep the device active. If you are using it as a backup, it's probably a good idea to keep the 5mb thing in mind.

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