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Pros: • Great price
• No stuck/hot pixels
• Colors are excellent right out of the box
• Extremely thin, but reasonably sturdy
• Metal base
• Assembles quick and easy
• Small desktop footprint for a monitor of this size
• Saw no tearing in FPS games
• Great viewing angles
Cons: • Lose the VGA and add a DVI
• No VESA mounting option (in case you wanted to put it on a swing-out arm, etc.)
• Blacks are a little light
Other Thoughts: Only good things with the 27er. Classy looking metal base with hidden bezels will look great on any desk. No tools required for assembly. Some people will complain about a power brick (not sure why anyone cares about that) but it’s easily stashed behind something on your desk. Very small footprint for a 27” screen leaves plenty of desk real estate available for the rest of your setup. Not sure why they still include a VGA port (output looks terrible on a screen this size at 1080p) but people will appreciate the dual HDMI ports (I would prefer a DVI port in place of the useless VGA port).
Monitor driver disc was included, but since I don’t use optical drives anymore, I was pleased to locate the downloads easily enough at HP’s site. Monitor driver wasn’t needed for use, but I always use them if available. You will see a lot of reviews citing monitors with this slow of refresh rate as not being good for FPS gaming – but no issues here whatsoever. Over a two-week period, I played hours of Black Ops III, Doom multiplayer, Battlefront, Overwatch, and Shadow of Mordor. System had SLI GTX 780’s with all of the visuals maxed out. No screen tearing, no ghosting, nothing that you hear people complain about on “slower” monitors. I normally run screens that refresh at 1ms and 5ms (three desks in my room) and my eyes saw no difference. I think a lot of people buy into the “faster must be better”, and maybe it is at some level, but nothing that I could see. Another over-hyped attribute would be contrast ratio. One of those settings with no industry standard. The 1000:1 is a lot lower than what I’m used to seeing, but everything looks great. Good balance between blacks and maintaining detail in the brighter areas.
Colors were great out of the box, and zero light bleed along the edges. No stuck pixels, no flashers, honestly speaking, probably the best monitor experience that I’ve ever had. People will complain about “seeing the pixels” but know what you’re getting into. You can see pixels at 1080p on a 24” screen, so you KNOW it will happen as the size increases. While 1440p would obviously look cleaner/sharper, you’ll also be paying a lot more money. Again, not an issue for me, and definitely not an issue playing games, as you’re constantly moving.
The HP 27er gives you everything that you could want at around $200 measly dollars. Doesn’t get much better than this. Highly recommended!!
This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
Pros: • Reasonable price for the promise of a continuous connection
• Solid build
• Clear instructions
• Readily available support information (love this about TP-Link)
• Extremely easy setup
• Do exactly what they are supposed to do
Cons: • Large enough that you are committing a receptacle per unit
• Kind of a niche item in my opinion – so you need to fit the niche
Other Thoughts: Great piece of gear for the person that requires the reliability of a wired connection. Setup was extremely simple and fast. On reviews like these, where the device claims easy setup, I like to hand things over to my very non-technical wife, and see how it goes. Piece of cake – she had things up and running in about five minutes.
My wife and I used the PA8010’s exclusively on our laptops for about three weeks. Just kept the cables dangling off of them, and then plugged them in whenever we used our machines (we always use our laptops while sitting on our living room sectional). Main comments from my wife were that she didn’t like the cables hanging off of them (we have a puppy that likes to chew, so I could also see toddlers being attracted to them, also), and she didn’t feel like anything was “faster”. I have to admit that we have excellent wireless coverage in our home (we run a Xfinity Blast package that’s 120MB downstream) so speed and coverage is rarely an issue. Running speed tests on our laptops, we averaged around 42MB on DL, with UL around 9MB. I wasn’t expecting miracles as the constant connection is the big sell here, and I could see the PA8010 being excellent in a home with a tricky/tough network setup. Even the furthest point in our home still saw speeds in the 32/7MB range, so not bad. Like the other reviewers have said, we live in a land of theoretical claims, so you need to look past that, and see if what you’re getting suits your needs. The PA8010 definitely delivered for us.
So, while the PA8010 gave us no real advantage/edge in our home, I could definitely see it being great for someone else. We had zero drops/glitches/weirdness in over three weeks of uptime, and the ease of install was excellent. Definitely recommended for a lot of folks out there.
Pros: • Breathes new life into devices with older network standard
• Reasonably priced
• Performs as advertised
• Easy setup via WPS
• Easy setup with manual SSID
• Compatible with Win10 Pro
Cons: • Large size increases risk of accidental damage
• Runs a little warm while streaming (but no impact to performance)
Other Thoughts: I installed the WUSB6300 in my Dell XT3 laptop and saw increased Wi-Fi speeds over the existing Dell wireless NIC. Connecting manually to either of our SSID’s (2.4 and 5 GHZ bands) was just as easy as WPS, with the device up and running within a couple minutes. Speeds on the 2.4 GHZ band were nothing special, but every bit as stable and fast as the onboard NIC – but the 6300 really shines on the 5 GHZ band, pulling 700+Mbps real life speeds. I used a few of the usual online speed tests, as well as streaming with Netflix. Over the three week testing period, there were zero drops, and not so much as a single buffering timeout on either band. True to form with all of the Linksys equipment I’ve reviewed, the higher-end gear is always rock solid for reliability and performance – and the 6300 fell right into that great category for me.
One con for me, and it was a big one, was the size of the 6300. It’s really long (nearly 3” in length) and is best suited for use on a laptop that is designated as a desktop replacement. You would need to be really careful picking up a laptop with the 6300 installed on either sides USB port (definitely use two hands for an even lift), as grabbing the laptop quickly from the side opposite the installed 6300 would easily have it making contact with the table surface. An aggressive grab could bend the USB connector, and bad luck could have you breaking the 6300 + the installed USB port. I tried installing it via the rear USB port on a Dell E6430s with a standard 6-cell battery, and the width of the 6300 put it too close to the battery to allow it to be inserted in the port. I tried it with a 3-cell battery (flush mount), and it installed just fine, however, I would not advise that installation port, as grabbing the laptop from the front, and tipping it back just a few degrees will guarantee contact between your table and the 6300. With a rear USB install it’s also “out of sight/out of mind”, and I think that would lead to a higher likelihood of grabbing the laptop quickly from a table, and potentially snapping the 6300 off at the USB port. Bottom line – the 6300 is for someone who either doesn’t move their laptop much, or is extremely mindful of their actions/surroundings. Adding a hinge for a more vertical install would definitely make it a better overall “any location” performer, in my opinion.
Overall, the WUSB6300 performs as advertised, and at a reasonable rate. The size issue is a negative for me, as I use my XT3 on the sofa, sitting next to my wife. Too easy to snap it off, so worth a one egg deduction for me.