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TRENDnet TEW-623PI Wireless N Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n 32-Bit PCI Rev. 2.1/2.2/2.3 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Installs easy

Cons: Unfortunately can only hit 802.11n speeds when paired with the TEW-639GR router. Yes, they mention it, but one would expect this to just be marketing jargon to sell more routers. I don't really consider this 802.11n if it doesn't pair with 802.11n routers.

Directly from TRENDnet:
"The TEW-632PI Wireless N PCI adapter is compatible with your... router, but it will only connect at 802.11g speeds (54Mbps). For 802.11n speeds (300Mbps) you can purchase this adapter with our TEW-639GR Wireless N Router...

Unfortunately the TEW-623PI is not dual band, it only operates on the 2.4Ghz frequency spectrum. We do have the TEW-664UB, which is a Wireless N Dual Band USB Adapter. You can find this product on our website under 300Mbps Wireless N Dualband products."

Other Thoughts: Yes, every description for this adapter reads the exact same, but nowhere does it say that it WON'T work with another n-router. This proved I was wrong. I don't want someone else to be similarly misled.

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SAMSUNG B350 Series S27B350H Transparent Red 27
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Super bright; great value; when assembled properly, stand is sturdy for a 27"

Cons: The flicker that people complain about is mostly likely Samsung Magic Bright, which is useless if you do any switching between gaming and browsing. It takes about a second for the monitor to analyze and brighten the screen, after which it usually makes it WAY too bright if your room is dark. Very distracting, but it can simply be turned off, so not really a negative.

Doesn't come with any type of HDMI cable, so had to buy an additional mini-to-HDMI cable. Luckily, I read reviews prior to purchasing.

No physical power button makes it difficult to turn the monitor on in a dark room.

Other Thoughts: I, for one, understand what these reviews are supposed to be about. I'm not going to give this product a bad rating because of the packaging, although as other users posted, Newegg ships this without any other packaging. In certain areas, you might not want to leave a 27" monitor box naked on your doorstep all day.

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SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The brightness and contrast seem very unordinary on an LCD. While some people don't like it, I certainly think I can see detail that I've never seen in games before.

Cons: The drivers available through Samsung, as with the programs available to adjust color and gamma, are not Vista x64 friendly. The CD provided references the Samsung website for 64-bit drivers and utility downloads. After downloading the utilities, they still won't run -- stating that my system isn't compatible with the program.

Other Thoughts: The monitor itself is fantastic... a real bargain at the price. Had I not been running Vista x64, this would have been flawless. No dead pixels and the display speed is ultra quick.

Would I buy this monitor again? Definitely.

Will I be formatting and installing XP x64 this weekend to take care of this and multiple other issues?
Definitely.

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MARK F.'s Profile

Display Name: MARK F.

Date Joined: 05/03/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 10/15/07
  • Last Review: 01/14/13
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