May 28, 2016
Location: San Diego, CA
I've had the system up and running for a few days and so far so good. Even though there are a few things Lorex could improve upon, overall the product strengths vastly outweigh the downsides. Based on a week of operation:
1. Getting everything up and running is very easy if you are a person that enjoys DIY projects and has intermediate tech savvy. I have only installed two cameras so far, but to take care of this in three hours. The hardest parts of the installation have nothing to do with the product (measuring, looking for ideal mounting points, and crawling in the attic with cables).
2. Connecting the camera cables, power, network, tv, and mouse immediately results in the DVR turning on, requesting a firmware update, and then working properly. System navigation on the DVR is relatively easy once you learn what is under each sub menu. I recommend using the PC software to remote in for maintenance once you have everything up and running.
3. Picture quality is what you would expect from 720p. Good color and clarity. Nightvision works great too. I have one camera in a low light area and one that may benefit from a streetlight and both look fine at night.
4. Lots of options and customization. Motion detection, emails with snapshots, remote viewing over the internet, phone/tablet app control, etc. Some of these aren't the easiest to get up and running, but they do work well
1. The instructions get you up and running quickly, but lack the detail to handle some of the advanced features that everyone should use (such as DDNS for remote viewing).
2. The motion detection field doesn't seem to be consistent on all devices. If I set it up on the phone and then check it out on the PC software the region doesn't match. This leads to tons of false positive push notices and alert emails. It's a work in progress for me, but I suspect I should just set the field up on the DVR itself only.
3. The product software is not in the Lorex Support section! You have to find it at the bottom of the product page in the store. Scary if the product is ever delisted! Download a copy right away and save it somewhere!
4. Camera mounting is a bit tedious. There are two screws and a swivel ring that allow you to manipulate the camera angle. The ring, and the screw that controls the 'elbow' of the camera work well, but the head pivoting screw doesn't make great contact with the round part of the head of the camera. I think you can only get a 10-20 degree pivot from it so you'll need to use the elbow and swivel if you have to tilt the camera further. This leads to a less than 'straight' camera shot, but you aren't trying to film a movie!
I can't remove a star for the cons because at the end of the day the system delivers on all that it promises. This is my first security camera experience and I am glad I went with this product. It would be difficult to find a better price to benefit system out there!