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HP Envy 24 Silver 23.8” IPS Panel, LED Backlight LCD Monitor 300cd/m2, HDMI & MHL Inputs, Integrated Beats Audio Speakers, 10,000,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is not your generic black plastic monitor. HP paid a lot of attention to the asthetic qualities of this monitor. It looks good from any angle. Since it looks as good from the back as the front, it would be ideal on a managers office desk. If your computer has a HDMI connection, you will only have two small cables connected to the back side. The stand is heavy enough to make the monitor secure. Instead of a height adjustment, HP opted to allow the monitor to tilt forward and backward on the base. I like this much better. It allows for a more natural head and neck postion when working.It also makes the monitor more stable by king the center of gravity low. The overall measurments, including speakers, are less than my other 24 inch monitor without speakers. So, it will take up less deskspace than a similar setup.
The HP envy24 has the performance to go along with the looks. I connected it to my computer without installing the included drivers. . Everything worked fine with the win 7 drivers. The picture quality was impressive. A member of my family commented on the quality. All he said was “WOW that looks really good”. I ran several test to check the adjustments. I was unable to improve on the auto adjust. The colors are bright and deep. A big improvement over my previous monitor. You can also see the picture from any angle . Below the screen is a black strip about an inch wide. On the right end of the strip you will find “ENVVY 24” about 4 inches from the left side you will see one small icon. Touching this icon reveals the picture and sound adjustments. Touching it twice brings up a menu on the display that allows you to adjust every aspect of your monitor.
The power button is on the bottom edge on the right end of the monitor pressing it revels a power indicater light above its location. The light is not visible when the monitor is off . On the left side of the monitor on the bottom under the speakers is the manual sound adjustment turning the wheel adjust the volume. Pressing the wheel will mute the sound. The speaker quality was a big surprise. These are not the tinny sounding speakers that you usually get in a monitor. They are really good sounding speakers. They are without a doubt the best speakers that I have ever heard in a monitor.
Another useful feature is the HML port. Connecting an HTC 1 phone and touching the menu icon brought up the input menu which allows you to select MHL. Seeing the pictures from the phone on a 24 inch screen is impressive.
The included software on the cd is actually useful. HP drivers are supplied along with HP My Display. Hp My Display allows you to adjust your montor setting on screen without having to scroll through the menu. It has preset monitor temp settings. And a few surprises.

Cons: I can't find a con about this monitor. I really wouldn't consider this a con, but some might. There are no provisions to mount this monitor to a wall. It's not an ommission, it was designed that way.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice versatile monitor. Videos look great in 1080p. My pictures from my DSLR look much better than they did on my other monitor. I don't see how anyone can go wrong with an Envy 24. You can buy cheaper, But this montor is an excellent value. I will probably get one for my office.

EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs So far they work great! 08/23/2014

This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter

Pros: I bought nine of these for a small Christian to stream video from the internet. Every one installed without a hitch using the included CD. It was plugged in to a USB port the software was installed it found the wireless adapter all that was required was to type in the network pass code. It took about three minutes.each. There have been no dropped signal or any other problems so far.

Cons: Non so far!

Other Thoughts: I have only been using these for a week; so I can't comment on the longevity of these adapters. all of the computers using these adapters are in the same large class room and a maximum about thirty feet for the wifi router. there is one paneled wall separating the room from the router. As with all wifi connections, distance and barriers will affect the quality of the signal. I can only speak of the setup that we have. If we have problems down the road. I will post an update.
Considering the price of item I consider it a bargain.

EnGenius EAP9550 Wireless Access Point/Repeater 802.11 b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a business class device, It works well as an access point. It also has decent range. I was able to access the network from over 100 yards with three bars, After plugging it in and connecting it to the network my wireless devices were able to see it almost immediately . Good price. It is very versatile and has great features for a business.

Cons: It is not for the average home user. At the current price it may be tempting for the home user that needs an access point or wants a repeater to extend the range of their wireless router. If you do not have above average knowledge of networks or know someone who does, I would advise against it. The quick start guide appears to be written for a windows XP user. The users manual is minimal. It is definitely aimed at businesses that have knowledgeable network assistance In order to configure the device you first have to change the IP address and subnet mask of your computer. Of course this means that your home computer probably won't access you wired network without changing it back. Then you can open your browser and enter the Access Point IP address. The manual (you will have to download it) will give you a preview of what the configuration pages look like, but not much else. As a universal repeater, It is apparently not compatible with some wireless routers. It appears to be not compatible with mine as I was unsuccessful in getting it working, no matter what I did. I searched for a hardware compatibility list. I didn't find one.

Other Thoughts: The EnGenius EAP9550 is feature rich. There are many folks out there that love it. I encourage you to do your homework before buying to make sure that you need this. If you need just need a repeater or extender to improve the range of your wireless network, there are other choices available that are very simple to configure. If you have a need for a device like this and have the networking knowledge or the time to learn, at the current price, it is definitely worth a look.


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Date Joined: 03/20/07

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