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NEC Display Solutions EA192M-BK Black 19
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Environmentally friendly. Stand works very nicely, including pivot (many monitors don't have a pivot mode). Controls are easy to use, especially with the NaViSet software.

Cons: Screen brightness isn't uniform, and brightness and color vary greatly depending on viewing angle (even at +/- 20 degrees). I contacted NEC tech support about this and was told that this was normal for this TN panel technology. To get better uniformity, I would have to get a more expensive monitor with PVA panel technology. However, this monitor isn't as good as a Samsung and a Dell that I have with TN panel technology.

Although software (a driver and the NaViSet package) are available for this monitor, they aren't on a CD that ships with it; you have to know about them and download them from the NEC website, and there are no instructions for installing the driver.

Other Thoughts: I returned the monitor. It wasn't acceptable for the photography work I do.

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ZALMAN CNPS 8700 NT 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Thermal resistance? 04/29/2009

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS 8700 NT 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Appears to be a powerful yet relatively quiet cooler for those whose cases have limited headroom above the motherboard.

Cons: Zalman will not reveal the thermal resistance of this unit, despite three e-mails to them requesting it. In case you aren't aware, thermal resistance is the primary performance parameter of a cooler and tells us how much CPU temperature will rise for each watt of power that goes into the CPU. It is much more helpful than other specifications, such as the fin area or the materials used. Apparently, the thermal resistance of this model isn't very good compared to Zalman's other coolers or to competitive units, so Zalman does not want us to know this. They do provide the thermal resistance of many of their other coolers.

Other Thoughts: I wish Zalman were more open about the true effectiveness of their coolers rather than just hyping the blue LEDs and other fluff.

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EDIMAX EW-7318USG Wireless LAN Hi-Gain Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Hardware works well. Good, strong signal. software installs easily and works flawlessly. Removable antenna with standard connector (can replace the supplied antenna with a better one). Uses little memory.

Cons: Few software options, for instance, cannot choose where the software will be installed (directory) and can't eliminate the tray icon.

Other Thoughts: Nice to have it on a USB interface (rather than PCI), so I can use a long USB cable to put the antenna at a distance for better reception without suffering the losses that would occur with long antenna cables. Use the drivers on Edimax's website rather then the older ones that come on the CD.

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Preston S.'s Profile

Display Name: Preston S.

Date Joined: 03/24/01

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 11/02/05
  • Last Review: 03/29/11
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