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does anyone have experience with the cameras? I think the DVR alone is probably worth the price, but want to see if the cameras are going to need to be replaced.

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You'll probably get alot of "you get what you pay for" responses but. like you said, the dvr is probably worth the $ and the cameras can be replaced as time and $ permit... I'm gonna try it.

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in reading reviews from other online retailers, the user experiences are really mixed.

I have read that the DVR is quiet, and then it is loud

I have read that the cameras are great, and then that they are marginal.

The unit is not IP based and I may hold out for that feature. However, looking at sites like tigerdirect and newegg, the price looks great compared to them.

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Walmart $220 ->

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Q-SEE-QSD004-250-4-Channel-Motion-Detection-DVR-with-250GB-HDD/10929795

I have it. The fan on the DVR is loud (and mine has bad bearings after only using it 1 month). The camera's are horrible. Even a $100 gadspot camera makes it marginal. The camera's are 30fps, but the DVR can only record 60fps, so you have to divide up the frames between the cameras you want to use (ie, [email protected] fps, [email protected] + [email protected], [email protected], etc... etc...)

I wish I never sold my old B&W system :(

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Web site says $403.00 I bought one from I thinks the name was USA security store out of Ca. For about $400.00 with a 500 gig HD DVR. Had it in for about 6 months and no problems. Went thru the winter fine. Has pretty good night vision but when my motion sensor floods go on it is just like day. You can search for their store on E-bay now. I cant get their regular website to come up.

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I had 2 of the q-see cameras, I think the 2814c, and they were awful at night. I bought some other camera's from gadspot and they look great day and night.

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I use a wireless panasonic with active webcam on my computer. My computer is big enough so it runs fine even with the lights running.

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