Worst Products Tested In Past Year

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Jan 09, 2019

IPVM has done over 100 tests in the past year.

But which products performed the worst? Which ones should users be most aware of?

In this report, IPVM picks the 13 products that performed the worst, explains why they did and what to beware of.

These products, in alphabetical order, by manufacturer, with links to the IPVM test, are:

Criteria

Our criteria for deciding on what is 'worst' is based on the products failing to meet the manufacturer's marketing claims in our testing. If a device claims little and delivers little, it may not be a great product but even an uninformed buyer can assess it fairly. The problem comes when manufacturers claim advances in features or performance but, when tested, fails to deliver those them. That is the focus of our worst reporting.

Note that all products performing worst in our shootouts was considered for 'worst' status in this report, and we have included many. However, we have not included some products which were notably older or about which manufacturers made no strong claims.

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Dahua *** ********* ****** (*******)

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Comments (8)

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** *** **** ** it *** ***** ***, Dahua ** *** ** an ***** **** **** year...

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