NVR-104MH-D-4P Review Hilook Hikvision NVR
The NVR-104MH-D-4P Review Hilook Hikvision NVR is the latest attempt by Hikvision to compete in the low to mid end of the CCTV market with stiff competition from other manufacturers like Swan CCTV and Lorex to name a few. Swan and Lorex do no manufacturer but rebrand other manufacturers equipment including Hikvision Dahua amongst others.
Hikvision product reliability is well renowned as the Hikvision brand is very reliable offering 3 years guarantee. In this NVR-104MH-D-4P Review, we will look at the main difference between the Hikvision Hillook NVR model and the Hikvision professional model..
the NVR-104MH-D-4P Review Hikvision NVR is a small lightweight unit in a metal case with a separate laptop style power supply. Internally there is space for one hard drive and the specifications claim it supports up to 6TB. The Hilook NVRs don't come with a hard drive but this can be purchased from us and we will install it free of charge if bought together.
There is no cooling fan in the NVR-104MH-D-4P Review Hikvision NVR which is good news for users installing in their homes as the Hikvision professional range has cooling fans and all home users complain about this noise. One the back if the unit there are VGA and HDMI socket for display monitors. You will need to connect a monitor in order to set up the NVR-104MH-D-4P Hilook NVR even if you intend to use it for mobile or PC viewing.
There are 2 USB sockets on the back, one for mouse and others can be used to video footage archive to USB memory stick. There are 4 Ethernet sockets on the back which are used to connect Hikvision HiLook IP cameras and they are also PoE enabled to power the cameras.
Lastly, there is a small socket for the 48Volts power supply.
The NVR-104MH-D-4P review Hilook Hikvision NVR comes with a) USB mouse,b) 1m CAT5 ethernet cable c)quick user guide.
On powering up, the user is present with a simple but effective startup wizard which requires you to set up a password, format the hard drive if a new is installed. You are also prompted to draw an unlock pattern much as you do on mobile phones. next is set the language which is already set to English. Next is the time and date setup together with display resolution.
When new cameras are connected to the NVR-104MH-D-4P Review Hilook Hikvision NVR, images will appear on the screen with about 60 seconds. When viewing the images on a 4 screen split, the images are rather pixelated especially when there is movement. Single screen images do not suffer from pixelation.
Playback is limited to a maximum of 2 cameras and the NVR-104MH-D-4P becomes very slow and sluggish. With 2 cameras playing, the frame rate is about a half a frame per second per camera. If you switch to single camera view while 2 cameras are selected for playback, the frame rate remains at half a picture per second, that's having to wait 2 seconds for the image to change. In my opinion, this places the Hilook NVR-104MH-D-4P at the very bottom of the market and should not be considered by any serious installer or for commercial use.
Its 8 channel version NVR-108MH-D-8P Review has the same processing power and thus suffers from the same when playing back. Apart from processing power, the NVR has much in common with the Hikvision professional range, it uses the same mobile app, its configured the same way and the graphical user interface is the same as that of the professional range prior to firmware 4.