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Seagate SkyHawk 2TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: I installed this drive in a 4 camera security surveillance system without any issues whatsoever. I just powered on the system and ran through the quick setup and it started recording with all the settings set to default aside from the time and date. 2TB is enough space for about 45 days of recording 24 hours a day and in almost a month I have had no reliability issues with it. There is added humidity protection on the drive for reliable function in places you might not have climate control so the drive keeps working like it should for a long time without worrying about corrosion damaging it. Designed to run constantly everyday of the year with a high percentage of write times at 90% recording and 10% playback built specifically for security systems.

Cons: Since it is only a 2 TB model I'm only able to get about 6 weeks of DVR footage using 4 cameras 24 hours a day.

Other Thoughts: This drive replaced a 6 TB enterprise HDD I was using in my home security DVR system so I lost quite a bit of capacity but honestly 6 weeks is plenty of recording for my needs. This drive runs very quiet and quite a bit cooler than the old 6 TB. I was having some playback issues with the old drive on occasion and so far with this one I haven't had any at all and that's probably because it wasn't built specifically for a DVR system like this one is. I don't have climate control where I use it and so far it has been very cold and quite warm at times and it just keeps going without overheating.

If you have a security system and are in the market for a HDD for it then I'd recommend any of the SkyHawk drives since they are propose built for it and available for a decent price here on

CyberPower 6 Feet 10 Outlets 3750 Joules Home/Office Surge Protector with 2 USB (2.1Amp shared) Charging Ports
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Pros: There are 10 outlets with a rating of 3750 Joules. The cord is plenty long and is quite thick with an angled plug allowing for the easy use of the other plug on your wall outlet. Comes with two USB charging ports witch seem to work okay for some things such as my Galaxy S6, PS4 DS4 controller, and all the small RC toys we have. The spacing on four of the plugs work great for plugging in power bricks without sacrificing any other outlets on the strip. Offers protection from power spikes and has LED lights to show if it has a good ground and if it has active protection. There is phone line protection so if you happen to use a FAX machine it would come in handy for that. The safety locks on each of the outlets work great to keep dust and fingers out as well as anything else that doesn't belong in them.

Cons: The build seems very cheap to me. Everything I plugged in feels like a springboard with quite a lot of force required to get the plugs to seat properly because the contacts like to bend as if there is no support holding them up from the inside. You need to wiggle the plug to get it to go into the outlet to overcome the springy contacts. It's like the plugs are shifted to the side and don't line up properly on mine. The USB ports are slow for charging things that require two amp chargers as it only feeds 1 amp to each port and those ports feel springy as well.

Other Thoughts: If you find a good sale on this then it's not bad. It does the job just fine and allows efficient use of all ten outlets with the four being spaced out nicely. I like the built in USB ports for charging the PS4 controller and all the kids toys without needing to share all the power bricks. I will say that even though it charged my Galaxy S6 I don't think I'd recommend it due to only getting out one amp to charge it. When comparing the charge rate of the ports on my phone at 45% it said that it would take 1:19 minutes to charge while my OEM charger said it would take 0:55 minutes to charge. I then plugged my phone into the PS4 and it said 1:39 minutes to charge so it's faster than using the PS4 I guess.

Acer 15.6
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Pros: The very stable Acer E5-575G-57A4 laptop looks nice and packs plenty of punch for its price point. As well as being very sturdy It comes with 8 GBs of DDR4 system RAM with 2 GBs of dedicated DDR5 VRAM. Also packed inside is a 7th Gen CORE i5-7200u coupled with a Geforce GTX 950m which runs my games very well from the 256 GB SSD which is also included. There is a 1 TB HDD and a 1080p HD display along with USB 3.1 which includes 3 full size ports and 1 type C connector. There is also an HDMI out port which works great when hooked up to my TV for watching videos and web surfing. The battery is impressive with average of 10 hours per charge with maximum energy saving settings enabled and just watching videos and surfing the web, and between 2-4 hours while gaming depending on the game being played. Plays Skyrim SE on high settings very well with no issues at all. Boot times are very quick for a laptop with it taking 14 seconds to the login screen and 22 seconds to the desktop. The fans are very quiet even while gaming and it does put out quite a bit of heat so I know they're working. The keyboard is good sized and feels sturdy.

Cons: The screen is my biggest complaint by far with this laptop. It does the job but it has poor contrast and the viewing angle leaves much to be desired.

Other Thoughts: For what it cost I couldn't bring myself to take an egg off for the screen although if it cost much more it would have cost it one. I've enjoyed playing SkyrimSE on high settings with absolutely no problems other than it initially trying to launch the game using the integrated intel GPU, but that was a simple fix by changing a setting in the NVIDIA control panel. I was able to play on battery power on high settings for almost 2 hours nonstop before being prompted when the battery reached 8% to charge it. I decided to compare that time with Portal 2 on max settings and almost made it to 3 hours playing it before being prompted to recharge. I was also able to play ESO with med-high settings and Diablo III on max settings. Recharge time is almost 2 hours while in sleep mode from 7%.

After some long gaming sessions on it I never felt that the system was getting hot or ever heard the fan get loud at all. The keyboard stayed cool to the touch along with the rest of the top side although you can feel the heat from the bottom of it while it is sitting on your lap.

After shopping around and looking at other systems I have to say this one is the best deal out there right now.


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