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Pros: Thin, light, very small bezel, great brightness, default color temp done very well, good contrast. PLS panel vs. TFT at this price point.
Cons: None so far. Maybe some might not like the connectivity options of just 2 HDMI and VGA input.
Other Thoughts: I've had a variety of generations of Samsung monitors alternating between them and Dell. This latest from Samsung is an excellent 27" model that is so thin and light with such a small bezel that compared to its immediate predecessors looks like it's actually smaller even though it was a couple inches larger diagonally.
I had been trying to use a recent 32” Samsung LED TV as a monitor but ultimately that was a bit tough on the eyes with the 1080P resolution that close on a monitor/TV that large. So I hunted around and when I saw these new monitors from Samsung at the incredible intro price of 279 I wanted to jump on it, the pricing seems to alternate every few months between the 279 and 329.
These are Samsung’s PLS panel tech, their take on IPS so the color reproduction and viewing angles are much better than the cheaper TFTs. The screen is matte though the bezel is a bit glossy.
I was very pleased w/ the default color temperature and saturation, it was not too ‘cool’ as some prior ones had been and additionally there were no dead pixels, woo hoo. I’ve got the brightness still set to 100 although I’ve seen some folks have turned that down.
So far no noticeably bad ghosting when gaming. I do classic arcade/computer emulation with MAME and MESS and vertical arcade games will have pillarboxes on the sides and these are nice and black. In a darkened room there is a slight backlight bleed but nothing too onerous; it’s not an OLED.
Overall, very pleased and would highly recommend it esp. at the 279 price point. I have just ordered a second one.
Pros: Speed, range. Internal card, one less thing hanging off HTPC (vs. USB adapter dongle). Has the magnetic base extension you can attach the antennas to if necessary. Supposed to fix the AC66's incompatibility w/ Z87 boards, I'm putting it in an older box so unsure if it does indeed remedy it.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: Felt 802.11 ac was ready to try so I upgraded my HTPC's MoCA 10/100 network (Actiontecs) which had been working fine for three years. Paired this NIC w/ the Netgear 6300 ac router. I do incremental backups of a 1TB dataset nightly; the MoCA connection typically topped out near 88Mb/s getting close to the limit of the 10/100 interface. When I connected up this NIC to the new 5Ghz ac network the network properties in Win8 x64 Pro said it was connecting at 750Mb/s which is tremendous for my house/wall setup. Transfer speeds for my dataset are now in the 45MB/s range or 375Mb/s.. so roughly four times the MoCA speed. Very, very, cool. Playing multiple live HD streams from Windows Media Center (usually about 12Mb/s) no hiccups at all. No issues w/ Netflix over the w ire too. WAN downloads don't come anywhere near saturating as I just have Comcast's 20/10. Retiring my old MoCA network for this ac and not looking back, highly recommended.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC720XR3C1 Red
Pros: Compact form factor, great offline storage solution, and I like the red color. :) Suits me fine on a USB2 connection incrementally backing up overnight while I sleep.
Cons: Though ostensibly designed to sit next to a laptop I would have liked a longer USB cord so it can be used w/ desktop systems like the older USB2 1TB models of the Toshiba externals.
Other Thoughts: My dataset (videos, movies, music, docs) just went past 1TB so I had to upgrade from a prior Toshiba 1TB external. I use this for offsite storage, taking it to work w/ me everyday, I have a robocopy script that backs up nightly to this drive and others so the 5400RPM is not as big an issue.READ FULL REVIEW