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LG 29UM67P Black 29
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Screen: The bread and butter of this display is the 29" 21:9 IPS panel. Coming from a 24" 16:9 TN panel I was a bit skeptical, since I play PC games quite a bit. To put it in perspective, this 29" screen is about 3/4" shorter and 4.5" wider than the visible area on my 24". I must say, I don't think I can ever go back to a standard wide screen display for gaming ever again. The extra width adds a better sense of immersion in the games I've played, especially First Person Shooters. I argued with a co-worker on this topic and he kept saying "wait until you sit in front of one", and he was 100% right. I can't stress how much more you can see in game. As far as image response, I could not visibly see any input lag or response difference over my TN panel. The color of this display is SPECTACULAR. I usually spend quite a bit of time messing with a new display to get all of the settings exactly where I want them. Out of the box the brightness was set to 100%, I changed it to 60% and haven't changed anything since. It's perfect. Aside from gaming I found the ultra-wide format very useful in my normal desktop work. 2 documents side by side are well sized since it’s essentially about the size of 2 17" displays sewn together.

Construction: The build of this display feels very solid. The base has 2 screws for assembly and does not feel wobbly what so ever. There are also VESA mount holes on the rear to attach to a different stand.

I/O: This display is equipped with a nice array of inputs. There are 2 HDMI, 1 Display port, and 1 DVI-D inputs for video, as well as an audio input for the speakers and pass-through audio for headphones. A nice feature about this display is the PBP mode (Picture-by-Picture). This allows you to split the screen into 2 1280x1080 displays using any 2 display inputs. I am sure there is a multitude of applications for that function. I can find use in it when building/fixing/repairing another PC and would not have to setup a 2nd display.

OSD: The menus in the display are simple and easy to navigate. There is a single small joystick in the center of the bezel, which gives it a nice clean look.

Cons: *******IMPORTANT:READY THIS**********
The LG Software shipped on the CD with this monitor compromises Windows Security. The "Dual Controller" and "Screen Split" software both DISABLE the Windows User Account Control setting in your System and Security Settings. This can make your system vulnerable for malicious software to install without your knowledge. DO NOT install this software from the CD. Download the updated versions from the LG Support website that have corrected the issue. I tested the CD versions and then the updated website versions and verified these do not disable or will reenable the UAC setting in windows if the previous version was installed.
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Other than the above stated, I can't really find a fault in anything with this monitor. The stand is pretty short, but that is all preference and I've ordered a desktop VESA mount for this display to add the height I desire. It really is an outstanding display.

Other Thoughts: This display supports AMD's adaptive sync technology, FREESYNC. I did not have a compatible AMD card available to me in order to test this technology, but it is indeed a nice feature included in the display if you have an AMD card. It took some research, but I found the supported Freesync range is 48-75Hz. Also, I found a nice little Easter egg with this display. If you ENABLE Freesync on the display through the OSD, the 75Hz refresh rate becomes available to you under the display settings in Windows or graphics driver. I set it to 75Hz and enabled the Adaptive Vsync setting in my Nvidia Control Panel and let it rip. It had a noticeable effect on games that can run up to 75Hz. Just a little nugget for those looking at this display.

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Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good Router, little expensive 06/29/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router

Pros: Setup: The setup of this device was pretty easy. It comes with a quick setup guide that instructs you to assemble the router and go to a URL that guides you through a pretty easy setup. Nothing crazy fancy or entirely difficult. I'd say this is probably one of the easier ones to install if you don't have much technical knowhow. There is a preconfigured SSID and strong password out of the box, which is great for quick setup. The widgets in the router interface are sort of neat and display a few quick details rather than navigating around. The interface is pretty basic and not intimidating like some others.

Range: The range is very good on this device for an all in one consumer router. Compared to my ASUS RT-N66U Router it has similar range if not slightly better. I am able to get a good signal in every room of a 2 story 2,000 Sq/ft home with it mounted in the basement.

Speed: I had no issue viewing 1080P video on an AC mobile device in most parts of my home (LG G3 Phone). The far room seems to drop significantly, but it's expected. At the end of the day, that is a realistic everyday test any normal person would look for. However, I did some testing using a Linksys WUSB6300 USB 3.0 Wireless adapter. The test PC was positioned about 20ft away and through a floor from the router. My typical connection speed was 650mbps according to the adapter details in Windows. I ran a few large file copies to my home lab server and on average I saw about 25MB/s. I also used the Totusoft LAN speed test, which on average, gave me about 250mbp/s(~31 MB/s) reads and writes.

Features: There are a few notable features, one of which is the ability to attach external storage. There are USB 3.0 and eSata connectors on the router that can be configured to share within your network to all users or by user/password list. There is also the ability to share it through FTP to the internet side. There are also basic parental controls built into the router to allow for specific site blocking and device access times. This could be handy to ensure devices aren't being used at certain times and specific "no no" sites. Another cool addition is the build in Ookla speed test.

Cons: Missing Features: This router does have the basics and a few extra items, but there are a few features I really miss. The lack of built in VPN and DDNS that the ASUS RT-N66U has I picked up for $100. I really miss these features in this router that I use often. I think more advanced users will be frustrated with some of the more advanced features missing. Also, the layout in the interface is far from intuitive. I found myself hunting for the option I was looking for at times to configure an item.

Price: I think the price of this router is a bit steep. It is lacking features for this price range that an advanced user would be looking for. Yes, this is one of, if not the only, MU-MIMO router out there at this point, but that technology isn't mainstream yet so this feature will not be taken advantage of for quite some time.

Other Thoughts: Price aside, this is a good router for the everyday person. It was easy to perform the initial setup and get up and running quickly. Advanced users will find certain features missing that they would like to see for a router at this price and the interface layout isn't the most intuitive. For general use this router has good range and speed that should run a home full of WiFi devices very well. Be cautioned that the MU-MIMO technology advertised requires your client devices to support this technology as well to take advantage of it. There are very few of these out there so at present you won't see this benefit until these devices become more mainstream.

Linksys also advertises a smart phone app called Linksys Smart Wi-Fi. I didn't list this under pros or cons because it's sort of neat, but also sort of useless and doesn't have many feature. I could do without it, but if it works for you, awesome sauce.

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LG Minbeam PF1500 1920 x 1080 FHD 1400 Lumens, Smart TV, Bluetooth-capable, HDMI / MHL / RJ45 (Networkable), Home Theater LED Projector
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a really nice small footprint projector. I was pleasantly surprised by many of the features they packed into this little unit.

Display:
The maximum documented screen size for this projector is 120", which is what I tested at. At this size the projector gives a great image that is perfectly bright enough in a dimly lit room. With the lights off it’s definitely bright enough for anyone. The auto keystone feature works terrific and I needed to make no adjustments to set this up. The TruMotion setting helps smooth out the image and is also user configurable if the default settings are to smooth and you get too much of that "Soap Opera Effect". I found the user configurable setting to be most helpful to get the image to my liking.

Magic Remote:
This little remote makes the entire product a joy to use. If you have ever used a Wii remote it works very similar. You wiggle it to get a cursor on the screen and you can point it where you want it to go. There is a clicking scroll button to select your options. This feature gets a very big two thumbs up.

Smart TV features:
The TV has features you would expect from a normal smart TV. It comes preloaded with about 10 apps including Netflix, YouTube, and VUDO. You can download items from the LG Smart World store as well. Being it is a projector this is a nice bonus. It also has a built in browser.

Digital Antenna Input:
You can pull Digital TV over the air or over your cable lines if your provider supports it. This is an awesome feature to have in a projector if you plan to use it for sporting events and the like. I was unable to test this since I don't have an antennae, however, this feature is a definite plus.

Wireless everything:
I was pleasantly surprised to find this unit is packed with wireless everything. It supports 2.4Ghz and 5.0 Ghz wireless, yet I am not quite sure at what speed since it is not documented anywhere. The owner’s manual simply states 802.11G or higher network required for wireless. However, I had no issues watching 1080P streamed content. The wireless functions also include the ability to connect to Bluetooth speakers or headset. I was easily able to pair this with a JawBone JamBox and the sound was very good as expected. For media sharing it supports WiDi, DLNA, and Miracast. The only feature of these I tested was Miricast from my LG G3 phone and it worked flawless for screen sharing. 1440P video was flawless while sharing via Miricast, which is fantastic.

Physical connections:
This projector includes 2 HDMI ports one of which supports MHL. It has a S/PDIF optical output, which is a nice feature if you need to output from streamed content. It has 2 small jacks for AV and Component in. These use included dongles that help keep the port clutter to a minimum. There is a headset output for who know what or who. There is also an Ethernet port for a hard wired network connection and 2 USB jacks that can be used for mouse, keyboard, or USB

Cons: There are a few cons that I would like to list and I hope I am not being too critical. There are a few things I'd really like to see included that were missed. A $1,000 projector should have some of these things.

Portable stuff:
Where is the portable stuff? No lens cap and no bag. I can see this being a great projector for an office to tote around. It's advertised as a portable projector so include the basics.

LED Blues:
This projector suffers from the same blue hue you see in most LED TV's. However, I found no easy way to warm up the color like many good LED TV's do.

Only 60Hz:
Even though this projector does come with TruMotion to help smooth things out it is only 60Hz at the end of the day. For $1000 it would be great to see 120Hz and 3D support.

Limited Apps:
I found no way to download additional premium apps. LG Smart World is available, but that doesn't provide apps I see in many other smart TV's. Prime is missing, which is a big one. Also, LG advertises Hulu Plus, which was NOT include in my projector and I've found no way to add it.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really nice projector. It definitely has a lot of great things going for it and packed full of features. There is quite a bit it can do and fit the bill for several purposes.

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