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A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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The Dropcam HD is "the easiest Internet camera we’ve ever set up," according to Maximum PC: "We mean it. To set up the Dropcam HD, you just plug the camera into your PC via USB." Despite that ease, the camera has some downsides. As Slashgear puts it: "Unfortunately video quality is only average, suffering particularly in low-light, though it’s reasonably smooth thanks to the 30fps refresh rate." The Dropcam HD also requires a service plan; a free plan gives access to realtime video, but access to recorded footage starts at $9.99 a month, something Laptopmag says "gives us pause," though the site concludes that it's still "a relatively inexpensive way to monitor your home or business from your smartphone or PC."

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80
Brent Scoles
A web based Security/Monitoring camera. Can be used for free (after purchase...read more
40
conradusa
During our week long test, we were never able to get the Dropcam HD to create...read more
10
timarnold000
So I had 12 of these on a network. Ease of connecting is very cool. However,...read more
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70
 

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How It Stacks Up

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76
 

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86
 

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88
 

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76
 

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86
 

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