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Pros: The camera's specs seem good.
Cons: Here are your options for using this device:
- Proprietary, cloud-based, pay-to-access website,
- nothing else,
- really, nothing else,
- you have no other way of using this device,
- no, that's not even a joke,
- just stop reading reviews and buy something else.
And it's not even a very good cloud website.
Don't go reading the specs wondering "is this what I need or not?" It's not.
f you are an average Joe who doesn't care either way, you're still better off with something that supports open standards (or at least some standards) that allow local recording, non-cloud viewing, etc. And if you're not an average Joe, you will have no use for this thing because you need it to fit in a reasonable security setup, which this will not do.
Other Thoughts: I'm sorry, it's 2017. You can't put out a camera for $100+ and not support open standards for people to use with their existing systems, to store locally, to store to a network PC or drive, etc. Totally unacceptable. Period. Would give 0 stars if possible.
I give honest, mostly positive reviews, and I've always given manufacturers the benefit of the doubt, but giving this thing a try and keeping an open mind just made me feel like I'd been duped. This is the first negative review I've given as an EggXpert reviewer, and I'm -- frankly -- pretty disappointed in everyone. The manufacturer for (see above), Newegg for selling this type of junk, and me for agreeing to review it. Maybe it's better that experts are weighing in (and not too positively) to steer people away, but everyone still comes away from this expert-review-process feeling bad.
Pros: Speed and price. This drive performs well and the price is as low as it can really be.
My tests give the following:
Maximum write: 207 MB/s
Average write: 119 MB/s
Access timing: 19 ms
Sequential read speeds hit ranges of 175-225 MB/s. Random speeds can be pretty slow, but we know how that works. This is still a spinning drive. Write speeds were pretty similar, a bit lower as you'd expect.
Cons: The drive is small, but this should be obvious. Be a smart consumer. If you need a bigger drive, you can get one. You can get this model in a larger size, or there are plenty of other choices at a similar price-point. The 1TB drive is double the capacity at nearly (or exactly) the same price. We can't take eggs off this drive for its size -- it's not claiming to be bigger, bigger options are available, and if you only want 500GB, this thing is perfect.
2 year warranty is a bit light, but that's what you get with a green drive. If you need a 5 year warranty, the price goes up.
Other Thoughts: Remember, "green" means budget drive, lower power consumption. This drive is not meant to be anything more than that.
The drive is pretty thin. This could be a pro, except I'm not sure it even matters. In fact, it might be a con if you have a weird rig.
This drive gets full marks because it does what it's supposed to do.
Unlike a drive of its size back when this size might have been top-end, this will probably be very reliable. However, as an EggXpert reviewer, I can only an item for a month before writing the review. I can't speak to the longevity of the drive first-hand, but you can do your research and decide whether it's right for you from the many other reviews of Seagate green drives.
And don't forget, if you want more reviews, uncheck the "Item Specific Reviews" option. This is a good way to see how all the different drives within this model line compare, since they will mostly have the same specs and will perform similarly.
This review is from: Linksys WRT004ANT High-Gain Antenna 4-Pack
Pros: Significant improvement in connectivity at the fringes and just beyond my router's included antennas. Places where I used to get 5Mbps I can get up to 25-30Mbps (on 2.4GHz devices). In a few corners, the signal holds where it sometimes gets dropped.
The four pack is great because most routers have 2-4 antennas -- you can replace them all in one, or maybe two, units.
The build of the antennas is quite strong, the joints seem sturdy and stable.
I also put one of these on a wifi card on an old desktop that I set up at the furthest point from my router. The effect there was also extremely noticeable -- a big improvement. Probably because the included antenna there was very cheap to start with.
Cons: Decreased vertical coverage -- these are 360 degree omnidirectional antennas. Like many wifi antennas, they aren't great vertically, and having been engineered to be especially good in the horizontal, they won't be great vertical. For many people, this is not a con, but I'll list it as a con anyway. You can angle the antennas to cover other angles, though.
The signal strength improvements are much less pronounced in the 5GHz band, which ought to be expected (higher frequencies are more costly, in terms of energy/power).
No instructions. I can see people buying this item who aren't tech-literate, this is an issue.
Other Thoughts: Another review notes worse signal strength at short ranges. I see no such decrease in performance. Keep in mind that you're plugging this into your router, so the model of router you're using may have an impact. I have a TPLINK TL-WDR3600 v1 running DD-WRT.
They are 10-11 inches long (depending on whether you're measuring from the joint or all the way down). Not a small thing. Keep that in mind.
In the end, I'm giving this 4/5 because -- for what it is -- this product does pretty well. However, you do need to make sure this item is actually the type of item you need. Many home environments can take the cost of these antennas and do a number of other things, from powerline-based routing to repeaters to one big 50 foot ethernet cable. So my positive review isn't an endorsement that these antennas will do what you want them to do -- only that they can do what they've been intended to do. You'll need to figure out the best solution for your environment.
As a Newegg EggXpert reviewer, I cannot test these items for more than 30 days, so I can't speak to the longevity of any such item. However, this is a pretty straightforward item -- seems like it wouldn't be prone to failure.