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TRENDnet TEG-S80DG Unmanaged GREENnet Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Small, simple, and effective 04/21/2012

This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S80DG Unmanaged GREENnet Switch

Pros: In case "gigabit for shoestring budgets" and "works right out of the box" don't suffice, there's no wall-wart AC adapter, so you don't have to worry about DC voltage, amperage, polarity, plug tip shape, or some beast of a box covering an adjacent outlet. Small, unobtrusive, quiet. Metal case provides some RF shielding (albeit unintentionally).

Cons: 10Base-T connections are "indicated" by displaying a lit connection LED but no corresponding traffic LED ("off" may mean "on"). Hard to distinguish green from yellow on traffic LEDs (gigabit v. fast ethernet, respectively). LEDs tend to light up adjacent indicator windows (a common failing on many LED panels).

If you lose the AC cable, you can't swap in a spare AC cord - the power recepticle uses round pins in a Venn-configured round sleeve, unlike the ubiquitous triple-slat within a trapezoid plug.

Other Thoughts: I have no way to tell if this is indeed "green" other than looking at the electric bill at the end of every month.

The only observation worth mention that isn't of the ordinary is that I can now "call" my boxes by hostname; previously I had to SSH, mount NFS shares, or browse to each computer's remote management URLs by dotted-quad. I don't understand why it works as networking is not my forte, but my machines work just fine now and that's good enough for me.

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Samsung B2230HD 21.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Cost-effective multipurpose monitor with minor fixable nusiances 04/21/2012

This review is from: Samsung B2230HD 21.5" 5ms Full HD HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor w/TV Tuner & USB Port 300 cd/m2 70,000:1 Dynamic

Pros: Text is amazingly crisp (see "Other Thoughts") and the picture-in-picture lets you watch (or at lest hear) TV while you work. It has "legacy" component/composite RCA jacks for analog input and works fine with DVI-to-HDMI cables.

The users manual is comprehensive and the on-screen menu system is simple enough for even a simpleton to use (read: you won't be getting calls for that tech-wary family member, friend, or coworker who thinks you're their personal 24/7 tech support).

Cons: Although I'm sure Samsung's engineers have made sure that this will never happen, I find it somewhat disturbing that the monitor is not affixed to the monitor stand - it sits atop the neck of the stand and is kept in place by gravity. And since the tilting mechanism is on the base of the monitor, one gets the feeling that if the monitor is set to lean back too far it may just fall off its perch. Consumers in earthquake-prone areas or live near a truck route with heavy traffic might want to take the this monitor's sturdiness into consideration.

The on-screen menus are very clear, but you have to navigate rather deeply to make any changes. For instance, it takes no less than four button-presses to turn picture-in-picture on and off - something that other Samsung monitors (see "Other Thoughts") do with just one button. Expect to lose a good day or two to setting up the channel list to your liking.

Finally, the on-screen "mute" icon is annoying - there has got to be a way to kill it.

Other Thoughts: An annoyance that mostly affects computer users rather than couch potatoes or gamers is overscanning and artifacting. The solution isn't explicitly stated in the manual so I'll explain it here: if you're hooking up a computer through HDMI, be sure to name the HDMI input to "PC" or "DVI PC". Your eyes will thank you (unless you enjoy overscanning and atrifacting).

It would have been nice if the screen were protected by a thin sheet of acrylic, as it helps keep dust off the monitor, and it would also have been nice if the USB and headphone jacks were on the side of the monitor instead of on the back. Finally, it would also have been nice if there were physical buttons on the bezel for power, volume, channel, etc. - with electrostatic buttons you're never quite sure what you've pressed (if you've pressed anything at all).

All in all, a worthy successor to the Samsung SyncMaster 910MP, my recently-deceased multipurpose monitor.

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Transcend 8GB microSDHC Flash Card with mini & SD Adapter Model TS8GUSDHC6-2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quick and capacious Micro-SD card.

Cons: Finicky adapters (sometimes they work and sometimes they don't).

Other Thoughts: These things are far too small - especially if you've got arthritis or less-than-perfect vision.

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Date Joined: 08/30/05

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