June 30, 2011
Good middle of the road system
We tested this for about a week, in various situations. The fact that the system has hard-wired cameras meant our testing was limited to a reach within cable distance. For a permanent installation, you can stick these anywhere. They are both outdoor and indoor use.
If you think that you will be able to enjoy split screen use on your PC monitor, it won't happen. This system needs its own monitor. If you hook it up to your PC monitor, you'll have to unhook it to use your monitor for PC use. However, you are able to view as many cameras as you have hooked up (comes with 4) at once, via a quad screen display.
You can access your camera images, live, online (instructions in manual). However in actuality this caused some difficulty. The images would freeze, lag, or otherwise not update, on a pretty regular basis. Hours spent trying to figure out why, left us frustrated. It was the same from our smartphone as it was on a remote computer.
* The recording is crisp and clear, ID'ing someone on the recordings should be easy if necessary
* It works just as well in low/no light as it does in regular lighting
Compared to other cameras we have tested in this price range, this is a great system at a great price, if you don't mind the cons.
This is comparable to a much pricier system we installed at our shop, and in my opinion the video quality and ease of playback on this Lorex system are actually superior.
* Not wireless
* It needs its own monitor
* Online viewing can be spotty and tedious
* I had to buy another cable to work with the system
Overall however we liked this system very much, the quality of the images on this system is better than many higher priced systems, and the ease of playback and finding events was impressive. We will eventually install this system throughout the house and enjoy using it full time.