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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR


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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
  Review by Al Farley on Sep 29, 2014
This is definitely one of the better DVRs I have owned thus far. I really like the D1 resolution on all 8 channels simultaneously at 30 frames per second (my last DVR--different brand-gave me two channels D1 and the rest were CIF). The DVR works like a charm and is easy to set up and operate. On that issue, my cooling fan is a little noisy. I've seen some other reviews about this too and wonder if there were just a some units that got noisy fans? Anyway, it's tolerable, but if it gets worse I'll inquire about a replacement. The On Screen Display (OSD) menu is nice and pretty intuitive which is great because the owner's manual sucks. Security Camera King helps make up for this with their online documentation and videos, discussion groups, and their technical support staff. This is probably a personal picky thing, but I would like to see more search and find, freeze, etc. options for playback. The price is good. There are many cheaper DVRs out there but I learned the hard way that you get what you pay for. I think this is reasonable considering the features and performance. I would recommend this DVR to a friend.
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Great product Great support !!
Review by Rich Leonard on Sep 23, 2014
Unit works as advertised. Only complaint (why I gave 4 stars instead of 5) is the internal fan is noisy. I wouldn't locate this recorder anywhere where you'd be able to hear the fan or it will become annoying. I may get a replacement fan to resolve the noise problem. Product support is fantastic!!
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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
  Review by Dave Dollan on Sep 01, 2014
I had no problems with Security Camera King's customer service whether it be sales or technical support. This unit works very well and is an incredible buy for a high quality security digital video recorder that can record simultaneously on 8 channels at once in a D1 resolution in realtime. There's really not much more that I need so the full size model was not necessary. I noticed that in one of the reviews there was a problem with the fan noise but in my unit at least, it wasn't anything beyond that that you would expect from a desk top computer. You can take a look at the specs yourself and see what this machine has to offer. As far as I am concerned, it works great and I will keep using Security Camera King for my future needs.
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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
  Review by Mark Garvin on Jun 25, 2014
This recorder is great. especially for people that don't need a lot of extra "fluff" (features, options) but want a top of the line DVR that records excellent quality security videos. As a security video system installer, I have installed many of these units and I have not had one unhappy customer yet. These are perfect for residential use when a 4 channel DVR just isn't big enough but a full size 8 channel DVR would be too big. That goes for businesses as well. Most of my residential customers are truly impressed when I tell them that I can use their LCD TV as a monitor and also run a line to their bedroom or family room TV to uses as another monitor (and that still leaves yet another option for a third monitor). The case is thin and easy to place on a shelf, especially one that holds an entertainment center for example. The DVR isn't very noisy at all and produces a minimal amount of heat. Besides viewing the D1 resolution size videos on the main monitors, all it takes is a simple broad band Internet connection and the system has just become totally remotely accessible from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. My last customer told me that often times at night when things settle down in his house, he will get out his tablet and long onto Facebook and play Candy Crush. After each game he checks his cameras, all without leaving his seat! I should say that with the intuitive On Screen Display (OSD) menu system that Security Camera King has created for this recorder, just about anyone that can operate a mouse can use and configure the DVR. No extensive computer knowledge whatsoever is needed. The same goes for using remote devices. The software for these devices often costs the user extra money but Security Camera King goes the extra mile and makes it available for download and use for free. I think this is one of the best 8 channel analog systems I have seen.
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Fan is so loud
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  Review by Jon Keeney (Texas USA) on May 08, 2014
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Apr 08, 2014
The fan on this unit is so loud it is ridiculous. I tried to interface with customer service to replace the unit but they refused. There is a good chance that I will never buy from them again.
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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Waymen Armstrong (Colorado USA) on Apr 25, 2014
As an independent CCTV contractor, I have to say that this is probably one of the most popular units from Techvision (Security Camera King) that I sell and install. There are so many advantages of using this recorder and for the limited cost I think it is very impressive. Fact is, I have one in my own home. Although there are plenty of connections on the outside, don't let that influence your thinking about limitations on the inside. The basic operating system for this recorder is LINUX so in reality this like a computer designed specifically for security video recording, on vitamins. In my opinion, and especially for residential use, even though this is called a "Mini" there really are no limitations. Not to say that these DVRs are limited to residential use either. I've had plenty of commercial installs with this unit. Perhaps as time goes on and technology cheapens its price we may find this unit taking the background to higher resolution display units but for now, It s still very popular in my area. Even with room for only two internal hard disk drives you can still hold up to 6TB of video footage which is a lot and if this recorder is placed on record motion detect it can really last a long time. The remote access feature works very well on either computers (desktops or laptops) or smartphones with an Internet connection. I am really happy with Security Camera King for providing their remote access software to download and use for free. Check out some other sites and you'll see some wanting to charge a yearly license for this feature. The recorded video in D1 at 30 fps is very clear, sharp, and colorful and once again, even though this unit is called a "Mini" it still gives you an RS485 connection for remote control of a PTZ camera. Finally, I can't finish this "review" without mentioning the service in the form of support you'll get from Security Camera King. They have always been extremely knowledgeable and professional, and I have yet to present them with an issue that they couldn't help me solve.
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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Louis Mobley on Apr 07, 2014
I ordered my DVR from Security Camera King using this on-line catalog. I placed my order, paid for it with my credit card, and received my Mini Ultimate in three days. I never expected to see it get here that quick, I figured it would probably take about 2 weeks. The shipping package was a little dinged up (obviously from transit) but the DVR was perfect and unharmed inside. All I really had to do when I got it was plug it in and screw in the cables. Granted there is an elaborate On Screen Display with some very useful additional electronic features, but you don't have to use them to get started, just plug it in and go. My recorder seems to work perfectly; I have no problems with recordings as they are clear, colorful, and detailed. The recorder isn't overly noisy or does it operate very warm. The performance at this time is great. I'll give it an initial rating of four stars. as long as it continues to work well throughout its warranty period I'll try to remember and come back and upgrade my rating to 5 stars as long as there are no issues.
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Great choice for the Home or Small Business
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  Review by John LePage (Florida USA) on Mar 03, 2014
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Feb 20, 2014
The unit worked right out of the box, with no initial input. Programming to customize it for
my own use also went smoothly and was fully functional in under an hour using the quick start
instructions. The picture quality in D1 30fps was exactly as expected. The 1 Tb drive that was installed with
the unit was noisier then other units that I've seen, but not intolerable: about the level of a cooling fan.
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8 Channel Ultimate Mini Series D1 Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Rex Barstow on Jan 18, 2014
I know why Security Camera King calls this their "Mini" series Ultimate DVR but when it comes to talking about it's performance and ability, I would advise that you focus on the word "Ultimate." I'm not exactly sure how much on board memory it has ( I assume it must have some) but it apparently has been bench tested along with the processor to yield optimum results before they manufactured these units for recording the video in excellent color (and black and white ) quality. Eight channels at D! (704 x 480 pixels) resolution each at 30 frames per second is a lot of digital work but the DVR handles it, and many additional tasks with ease. I have found no problem with the reduced case size yielding a lesser number of maximum internal hard disk drives for storage and I don't miss the internal DVD burner at all. I can see where this may not be suitable for some people and especially for enterprise use because it has less features than the full size unit but the price reflects that too. It controls our PTZ very well (we use the USB mouse and the 3d intelligent positioning method -- no joystick controller) and we do use both the HDMI and VGA video monitor outputs. We also use the motion activated recording function and the simultaneous remote user function. I'm not sure how it does it either, but it is able to record, play, and allow remote users to interact with it all at once. I also like the video search features that the DVR has. It makes looking for a particular segment of footage much easier and less time consuming.
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  Review by Darnell Young Loy (Florida USA) on Jan 03, 2014
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Nov 28, 2013
good
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