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Optoma HD66 1280 x 720 DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector 2500 ANSI Lumens 4000:1
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Man I enjoyed this projector while it lasted. Its super bright, I've been able to adjust the colors to get white on even colored walls, its tiny, and the throw is huge. Currently have it calibrated to a 91' projection screen, but had it about a foot larger when throwing to the wall from the same installation position.

Cons: NO HORIZONTAL KEYSTONE: Upon purchase I found I was upset it only had vertical keystoning. I previously owned a projector that had horizontal keystoning so you could set the projector off to the side instead of finding a place directly centered across from the screen. I have adapted but it was a feature I will certainly look for specifically next time.

DEAD PIXELS: And now, about a year and a half later after purchase, with 2-6 hours of use a week, I saw my first dead pixel like a bright little star in the corner. In the past two weeks it has multiplied to about seven bright pixels and 3 black pixels all in the top right hand quadrant. I imagine its only going to continue to get worse. Newegg reviews and other websites confirm this happens to DLP projectors on occasion, and there's nothing to be done. Definitely is happening to mine, am kicking myself for not getting Newegg's 2 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: It had the rainbow effect common to DLP, but I rarely notice unless I'm watching movies with subtitles where my eyes flicker a lot more.

The dying pixels are deeply depressing. I myself can adapt but it sure will be obnoxious to any friends we've invited over for movies. Had we not JUST been gifted an indoor/outdoor projection screen, I'd seriously consider going to a high res flatscreen. Now we'll try to get the most out of it before the whole viewing screen becomes covered in constellations... I really loved the projector up until now.

I gave my parents my old previous LCD projector... though they use it less its been running strong for 4 years on the original bulb. Will probably go back to that technology when this one bites it.

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OtterBox Defender Black Solid Case for iPhone 4/4S                                                                                APL2-I4UNI-20-E4OTR
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing is tough. I can toss my phone around haphazardly onto the floor or onto my desk and I don't have to worry about it at all. Definitely instills great confidence in the safety of your phone.

Cons: Main complaint is that its a dust magnet. A month in I took it apart to wipe down all the bits of dust and debris that sneaks in the open spots. The little lenses over the camera gets pretty caked, and I even had a seed or something get caught under the clear screenguard.

Even after cleaning its not like it was out of the box. Some of that dust has found a permanent home.

Sometimes upon pulling the somewhat bulky object out of my pocket, I find tons of lint and dust trapped between the bumpy texture on the backside. If I was concerned with lookin' slick, I probably wouldn't want to dust my phone off everytime I pull it out.

Basically your slick phone gets somewhat ugly.

Other Thoughts: You're trading the aesthetics of the iphone for super toughness. Comes with a holster, which looks ridiculous, but the phone is bulky enough to warrant consideration of its use.

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EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Scooped this card up as part of a massive upgrade back in grad school. Used it to play the tar out of Left 4 Dead, both Mass Effects, Fallout 3, and Arkham Asylum, and it was gorgeous, though could never play at the highest resolutions. Was working nicely on Dead Island up until it finally burnt out watching a DVD.

Cons: Couldn't really overclock it, the temp was at upper limits as it was. Also the fan was crazy noisy, and would do strange start-ups and stops a year back. Some of the newest games (Dead Island) had mediocre frame rates

Other Thoughts: My gawrsh, 3 years of use out of what was a mid-level card in 2008/2009, I couldn't be happier. It's death was bittersweet, now I can upgrade!

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Display Name: Arius E.

Date Joined: 03/29/07

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/15/08
  • Last Review: 06/29/12
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