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CyberPower LE825G 825 VA 450 Watts UPS
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4 out of 5 eggs Great product, awful software. 02/10/2017

This review is from: CyberPower LE825G 825 VA 450 Watts UPS

Pros: So far the unit seems to be working just fine for a little under a month. I have my external storage devices and main (low power) server plugged in, with an estimated running time of about 30 mins on battery only. Unplugging the unit from the wall to simulate a power outage will get you a short, high pitched beep, and a notification in the software.

Everything kept running just fine until mains power was restored about 10 minutes later. Even as something as sensitive to power loss like a RAID array didn't seem to mind the (smooth) transition from mains to battery power and back again.

Cons: The software, "Power Panel personal Edition" is awful. It's design language resembles Windows XP, which came out 16 YEARS ago. Yes, it provides all of the information you need after a few clicks, but it does not inspire confidence and is far from modern or aesthetically pleasing. The software definitely needs a visual and organizational overhaul to be taken seriously in 2017.

Although outfitted with an ethernet (RJ45) port for network surge protection, it does not allow any actual network connection. Because of this, you will only be able to view or manage the UPS on the computer tethered to it via USB. And if you are out of the house/office, you can't get any notification via email from the unit or the software, so you either hear the beep of the alarm or you don't.

Other Thoughts: Because of the outdated software and lack of network management I would give this UPS a "buy" if I really needed one and it was the only one in my budget. It will get the job done, but expect nothing else.

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HP Officejet 250 (CZ992A) Duplex 4800 x 1200 dpi USB / Wireless Color Inkjet Mobile All-In-One Printer
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Pros: As others have mentioned, the Officejet 250 is easy to setup, easy to use, and does the job just fine. That should be a given for any name brand printer, scanner, etc especially in 2017. What I was most interested in, was who this product is marketed towards. I myself have never really thought, "Man! I wish I had a portable printer with me right now!"...or so I thought.

After really thinking about it, I remembered more than a few times I was staying in a hotel and the "Computer Services Center" was closed, out of order, or just plain awful. Then I began to imagine, what if my job was 80% travel and I had to rely on those little hotel computer nooks to do my job. Or, what if I was doing an event somewhere that I didn't have access to mains power, but I needed to be able to print information for guests on the fly.

It was then I realized, while I certainly didn't have a need for a portable printer, the need absolutely exists and I think this product fills those requirements really well. It's lightweight enough that it can be transported virtually anywhere. It has enough communication protocols to be able to be used by a myriad of devices without trouble. And finally, the battery ensures you can keep on performing even if you are without mains power. Brilliant!

Cons: Although it's common for printers to NOT come with a USB cable, I really, really wish they had changed their mind on this one. If you are having to print off battery power somewhere, the last thing you want to have to worry about is wireless connectivity and the problems everyone faces with it at some point or another. Including a cheap USB cable that you could connect to your laptop and not worry about signal issues would have been the icing on the top, especially for the price. Wired has and will continue to trump wireless in speed, reliability, and ease of setup for the foreseeable future.

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EZVIZ Husky HD 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi or PoE Video Security Bullet Camera, 16GB MicroSD, Works with Alexa using IFTTT
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Pros: The Husky HD has the best quality video image I have used in a consumer security camera, period. This will definitely give you clear images of a face or license plate when you really need it. We're so used to "security camera" to mean blurry and muddled pictures, that when I first turned it on I was truly blown away. The IR emitters also do a great job at providing "light" for the night vision mode that it too is very clear.

I wasn't able to test with Alexa but it is very cool to see more hardware manufacturers supporting the booming home automation sector. Viewing the available scripts for IFTTT by Ezviz shows quite a view scenarios to plug and play.

The setup is relatively straight forward (see more in cons) using the Smartphone app, and I was up and running in about 15 minutes. The app is easy to use and has plenty of features - no frustrations there.

I was surprised the outside construction was some type of metal, not a hard plastic like some. Absolutely lends some confidence to the overall build quality and outside durability.

Cons: I could not get my unit to connect to wifi at all. I tried two different routers and three different phones and I got a "failed to connect" every time. For some reason, it uses a method of "pushing" the wifi name and password from a smartphone to the camera. This was infinitely frustrating as the instructions seemed (and are) simple, but it just wouldn't work for me.

I would have much preferred the ability to enter in the wifi credentials once connected over ethernet in a settings menu than what they presented here, even if it was an alternate method hidden in a menu instead of their "wifi push". I was able to get it to connect one time, but then I had no camera feed whatsoever.

I don't know if it was something I was doing or if the unit was faulty, so I'm not going to deduct a full egg for it. I do know that both the app and the camera were on the most recent versions, so if it is a bug, it hasn't been fixed yet.

Other Thoughts: You cannot use this camera outside of the Ezviz ecosystem. I already have 3 different security cameras running on Zoneminder at home. I was unable to find any documentation on the Husky HD on compatibility so I emailed Technical Support. Unfortunately, they responded that their cameras are only able to be used by their app or web client, no third party support at all. So if you are only going to use Ezviz cameras, this won't be a problem. If you thought about maybe adding this sweet HD camera to an existing setup containing other brands, you're out of luck.

Speaking of their web client...it's OK. You can only use Internet Explorer. Not Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer. Let that sink in. The interface is mostly intuitive and attractive, and the fact that you HAVE to enter a verification code to view the video is great! This means NO ONE is seeing your video except you. But I much rather prefer the look and usefulness of something like Dlink's web interface.

Overall a great bundle and I could absolutely see myself buying a 3 camera kit if I was in the market.

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