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This review is from: Microsoft Wireless Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop
Pros: The layout seems great and the idea of a separate numeric keypad is wonderful. I love the addition t
Cons: the key mechanics and printed letters are not as durable as one would expect for such a high priced and high profile product.
The after 18 months, several letters on the "home row" have worn away.
More importantly, several keys have been acting erratically and either not working or have been getting stuck. This used to only happen when the batteries were low, but now it is happening more consistently and frequently to the point where I can no longer type without my cursor zooming around the page.
With that said, I just got off the phone with MS Tech Support and discovered that the keyboard set has a 3 year warranty and they will be sending me a replacement asap. Phew! :)
Lastly, the software/utility that comes as part of the keyboard and mouse to customize it's settings is pretty useless and after every new pc build or upgrade, I need to uninstall the software in order to have them perform consistently between Windows and "RT" apps.
Other Thoughts: In order to "make this keyboard and mouse" ergonomic, the use MUST make certain that their desk is at a proper height.
If the user's desk is too low, the keyboard and especially mouse terrible and painful to use -- this primarily a problem for the mouse because you hold it "sideways" when compared the a typical mouse. If the desk is too low, your arm/hand rests on your wrist bone - ouch!
If you can, raise your desk or adjust your chairs height, the problem goes away and the ergonomics are back to great.
Pros: small size, mostly quiet fan, runs Widows 10 and all drivers are installed properly on first boot.
This is now my day-to-day Windows 10 PC as my "old" day-to-day PC is running Windows 8.1 Media Center and currently records and processes all my cable TV and video/movie management.
Even though there is a 80 watt difference between these two machines, in most applications I do not notice a difference in speed between them - both are equally responsive and while the Foxconn does use utilize more cpu performance for similar tasks, I don't notice or worry about it.
Cons: No deal-breakers and I would highly recommend this pc to anyone who needs a new computer to run Windows 10 in their home or office.
However, there is room for improvement:
It would be nice if the unit split the USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports between the front and back -- or just place the 3.0 ports on the back where I would connect my external HDD, etc.
The VESA mount dips below the screw holes and impeded the use of 2 of my monitors video ports (LG Ultrawide 29") four spacers approx. 3/4 inch in length rectified that issue and I am able to access all rear monitor ports -- this may not be an issue for others.
the Realtek RTL8188EE chip isn't very efficient and when transferring large files between my networked computers it can send my cpu utilization from 3% to 33%. Also, only supporting 802.11b/g/n is a little disappointing, but for the price of the pc, I'm not going to complain too much if at all.
As I have read from others, playing back 2160p video is choppy and I wouldn't recommend it, however, playing back 8900kbps 1920x808 6 channel video is smooth and of high quality -- CPU utilization is around 35% in WMP and 60% using the Windows 10 Movies and Video app.
"Casting" video over the network to my HDTV adds about 30% overhead which could be attributed to the network chip, but video and audio is still crisp and without stutter.
No new(er) bios/firmware available; bios only updatable with DOS "disk" as the Foxconn Windows utility is not compatible with this model pc.
Other Thoughts: I outfitted this unit with a 120GB OCZ SSD drive I already had laying around. I did invest in a fast 8GB 1866 memory module and CPU-Z reports that the system is utilizing the memory at 931.4 MHz which is right where I had hoped it would be.
In Windows 10x64 "balanced" power mode, the unit sits between 1.6 to 2.1 GHz depending on task(s). When it the frequency goes above 2.1 GHz the fan to begin to generate some whirring noise, but that's to be expected. That said, even with Windows set to High Performance, the APU rarely goes beyond 2.2GHz and never stays at 2.4GHz for longer than a few moments.
I will be purchasing two more of these units to run Windows 10 and replace some towers that were purchased running Vista and while they work well with 8.1, I'm going to swap them out for these less power hungry nano-pcs from Foxconn -- If Foxconn updates the model by mid-Aug (2015) I would consider the new model, but it would be hard to beat this unit at it's current or lower price.
I am a FAN!
CPU-Z 1.72.1 (May '15) seems to report all features and performance information properly for this apu/pc/
GPU-Z correctly reports that the system has a Radeon R4, but fails to correctly report the clock speed of the gpu portion of the apu.
The power light on the nano-pc only reflects the power on/off/sleep state(s) and does not reflect disk usage/access -- which is absent from this model.
Pros: the Ultrawide screen is beautiful to use for multitasking or just sticking a Windows 8.1 app to one side.
Cons: Split-screen feature
The split screen features LG promises for their Ultrawide monitors is 100% software based or assisted. if you try and attempt to display two video outputs from one or more devices to the monitor for a side-by-side viewing, you get squished and distorted images of both devices.
The computer monitor does not send report the reduced resolution back to devices (I've tried the HDMI and DP). You need to have their software driver installed on the system - Windows or Mac
However, the driver/patch they provide on disc and the ancient version they have on their website does not support AMD Radeon Catalyst drivers. I could only get it to work with the basic Windows Update supplied driver and even with that sever limitiation, it failed to work when Windows updated the video driver to the latest WHQL version.
No amount of chatting with tech support will resolve this issue -- trust me,
RED VERTICLE STRIPE!
After 15 months of ownership/use, the monitor has developed a bright red vertical strip and since its over 1 year old the only option I have to me is to accept it, or pay LG a $200 flat fee to repair/replace the screen.
I can understand dead pixel policy, etc, but a completely solid red stripe! That is just poor quality.
Other Thoughts: Although I love the Ultrawide display, I can not recommend that anyone other than a total geek with deep pockets purchase one of these monitors from LG.
For one, the split screen is a lie
The driver/app to support split-screen is a memory hog and even when it 'worked' it caused my Adobe software problems.
Given that this is a specialty monitor/panel and I purchased the LG branded Ultrawide and not a 3rd party OEM, I would expect better quality and certainly better software.
Pretty much useless now....