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Changhong 42
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2 out of 5 eggs Good for Some Situations, Bad for Me 09/26/2015

This review is from: Changhong 42" Class Ultra HD LED TV - UD42YC5500UA

Pros: This TV has a good look all around. If it wasn't for the Changhong logo on the front, It could easily be mistaken for a high end brand. The picture looks decent from bluray content to old vhs playback. The looks are not just for show either. Although I didn't throw it out the window, It almost feels like it would have survived it.

Cons: The huge issue I had with the set is the input lag which exists on all inputs on any resolution or refresh rate. The result of this is that you hear people taking before they start talking on the screen. Honestly if all you watch is blurays and have a cable box connected to the HDMI inputs, you'll be fine. There is a sound delay option in the menu that compensates for the input lag and with some fiddling I got it to be acceptable.

HOWEVER the sound delay option on the TV doesn't work on all the inputs, from my experience it only works on HDMI inputs. So watching laserdiscs on the component input becomes unbearable with the mismatched audio.

The sound delay option on the TV didnt help me anyhow since I use my stereo the majority of the time. This alone made the tv useless to me.

Also yeah they definitely mislead people with the refresh rates. At 4K resolutions the set runs at 30 hz and has a 240 hz emulation mode which in my opinion is barely effective since it stutters half the time.

Other Thoughts: Like I said in the Cons section, If you only use the HDMI inputs and set the audio delay, It'll be a decent TV set and worth the price as a budget 4K TV. Unfortunately it is entirely unsuitable in my setup.

I ended up with a 42" LG 1080p TV that Ive been much happier with and haven't had any trouble with at all.

Also I have no idea how some people are gaming on this set, the controller input lag alone would drive me to madness.

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Zotac ZBOX-ID81-U Intel HM65 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Decent little Nettop that came with a small suprise 03/13/2014

This review is from: Zotac ZBOX-ID81-U Intel HM65 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: -From cold boot to desktop in Win 7 in just 21 secs.

-Runs most programs just fine. I even installed Half Life 2 and it was certainly playable albeit with a few lowered settings. This was the most demanding game I ran on it just for kicks.

-It plays Netflix well and can run 1080 films in VLC just fine as well and ran around 50% CPU usage. The only thing that didn't want to play was a sample 4K video, but thats ok most of the video that will be played on this will be standard and some HD. Everything I used is the same programs and files I play on other computers and devices. I'm sure it would run better with optimized videos and efficient programs.

-Its quite. The only time I heard the fan kick in was when I was playing Half Life 2. All of the video played with the fan at normal quite speeds.

-I only have 2GB of ram installed, but have had no problems with anything I'm doing on it. Besides I still have a open slot for down the road.

-I did receive a little CPU upgrade though. Instead of a celeron 857 running at 1.2 GHz, I have a celeron 867 running at 1.3 GHz. The box says I should have what I ordered but the BIOS and windows say different. Its a nice little surprise but its not like getting an i3 instead.

Cons: -It runs fairly warm on one particular spot. Its never had any problems stability wise though.

-Internet explorer runs just dreadful. I used it just long enough to install Firefox. Firefox runs fine for the most part, but sometimes when I'm typing theres a delay in showing what I type. Its not a chronic issue but it has defiantly messed me up a few times. I don't know how chrome or opera 12 or 18 runs, it only has Firefox for the family. I'm not going to rock the boat when it comes to teaching them a new browser again.

Other Thoughts: -Paired with Kingston 60GB SSD and just one 2GB Mushkin DDR3-1333 stick.

-This was the first time I had the chance to use a newer USB 3.0 flash drive to install Windows, but it refused to install from a 3.0 port citing random errors and being extremely slow. I later had the revelation to try a 2.0 port and it installed just fine.

-Due to other comments, the first thing I did was check my audio ports and all other connections, but didn't find any that were nonfunctional in my case.

-I did try the wireless connection to make sure it worked, and it does, but my ap is an older and congested 54 g router. I didn't really put it trough any paces speed or latency wise.

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Xbox 360 Wired Controller Black/Glossy Black
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Controller, Bad cable connection 03/13/2014

This review is from: Xbox 360 Wired Controller Black/Glossy Black

Pros: Superb instant compatibility with windows and games. I never had to install drivers in Win 7 Pro or manually set button layout or such in games. Decent feel, its completely plastic but it still feels decent.

Cons: The connection between the cable and controller is poor. I didn't have troubles for the first month or two, but after a while if I moved the wrong way the usb connection would be lost for a sec. Usually this caused the game to pause , no big deal if its just a single player game but a problem when its multiplayer obviously. At one point it became chronic and I took apart the controller (which voids the warranty I imagine) and pushed on the connections a bit. This helped for a while but its beginning to act up again. If i care enough I may try re soldering the connection in the future.

Other Thoughts: -Cable is far too long for using at a desk.
-I wish I could increase the default vibrations for the controller. I can set the intensity in some games but it is still not as intense as I would like.
-The cable connection is really the only major problem I have with this controller. I'm planning on getting a wireless one next.

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Display Name: Damian F.

Date Joined: 07/04/07

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  • First Review: 07/18/07
  • Last Review: 09/26/15
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