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Ematic EGS102GR 1GB Memory 4GB 10.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Only 4 eggs because we've not owned it very long. Got this for my 6th grader for her birthday. She's had an iPod til now and the iPads, even the mini, were out of the price range we wanted to spend.

Screen is bright. 10" size is nice at this price range. Resolution is adequate for driving Android. External sound is decent.

This, like other Android tablets, is for Google Play and other services. My daughter very easily downloaded some games.

We also hit YouTube for some videos. They streamed just fine without lag over WiFi.

Cons: Viewing angle is a bit narrow. It is a little difficult for two people to watch something at the same time, without getting close.

Let me say I don't like touch screens. But I felt there was some lag and uncertainty in my typing on this screen. Not excessively bad, just not crisp. I've goofed around with much more expensive devices and they are definitely more defined and crisp.

Battery life. Jury is still out. I can't get a straight answer from my daughter. But her usage never takes her far from an outlet or a car charger. The idea behind a tablet instead of a PC is that she can sit in the living room in an easy chair, curled up with the tablet. What I understand is that she can go about 2 hours playing, before it need to be plugged in again. Though I'm not sure she ever got a full charge.

Other Thoughts: Even if you download a free game, the Google Play marketplace (or whatever it is called) still wants a Paypal or other payment method.

Years ago we purchased several eMatic MP3 players for the kids. They were inexpensive, but even today all still work, even after getting really beat up. Ematic is not a well known brand, but my previous positive experience was enough to take a chance.

The rest of the tablet, like the bezel and back are quality. This product seems solid and I hope it will last a long time.

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ASUS VN289H Black 28
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I put high tech knowledge as I have repaired many old LCD monitors over the years. I'm using the VN289H as a TV set, piping TV signal thru a HDHomerun, to a PC, and up the DVI/HDMI cable. As other reviewers commented, 1080P on a monitor this big gets a bit blocky for up-close work. But for a bedroom 'TV' set, this puppy is big, bright, and not budget-busting at all. I can't believe - 28" of LED backlit goodness for less than 2 bills. This replaced a 24" LCD backlight monitor, that I moved to my work PC. It is much brighter than the old LCD backlight. Colors are rich, look good. A small bit of bleed at the corners, but more than acceptable.

I have a swivel/tilt VESA mount that works great with this. I can't believe how lightweight this panel is, comparable to 22-24" monitors from the 2004-08 era.

The cables included are nice, including a DVI to HDMI, and a regular VGA. Perfect for a TV setup.

Cons: Could it be too big, ha! When I use a Windows media remote to turn off the TVPC, the Asus gives a bright blue screen when it loses signal, a little annoying.

Other Thoughts: The standard mount is your basic tilt-only style. It uses a screw with a thumb tab that folds down after you tighten it. I tried it for a bit before using my VESA mount stand. The VESA screws are behind some little rubber buttons that remove with your fingernail, easy. This has been the easiest monitor to assemble/hook up that I've ever owned. There is no clamshell on the back for cables, just a recessed channel. Really pleased so far.

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SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs How many techs does it take? 05/10/2014

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network

Pros: The device does everything it says it does. The downloadable software suite (GUI, config, QuickTV) is straightforward and the Silicondust website has adequate instructions provided you don't go too far off the reservation. I downloaded the suite to Vista and 7 machines. It works everywhere. See other thoughts for WMC compatibility. I can't fault Silicondust for not strongly supporting Vista: Vista does not natively support QAM like 7 does. If you stick to a 7 machine, things go smoothly...after the cable company steps up and does their job. By the way, my HDHomerun must have shipped from Bolingbrook IL, because I ordered it on the weekend and it was here Monday...wow!

I did send Silicondust a tech support e-mail. They responded the following day - with a good answer about S- versus M-Cards. And it was funny and snarky to boot. I think Silicondust wants to do a good job, but the cable companies are making their product look bad. In all cases, the HDHomerun was not the problem.

Cons: This device is not quite ready for Joe average It's not really the fault of the HDHomeRun. I was talking with the tech. This is the first one he's seen. He said how cool the concept is, though. Not a fault of HDHomerun, but Vista support is not great. I've been chasing all the downloads and patches, etc. for days, and still don't have it working in WMC in Vista. The Silicondust website doesn't have great documentation for all the crazy Vista messages I've received.

Other Thoughts: My story: First, my local Charter cable office is Beloit WI. When you go to yours to get a CableCard, make sure you get an M-Card, not an S-Card. It's got to say M-Card on it (and be red in color if it's a Motorola M-Card). Make sure that if you need a tech, he bring along several M-Cards. The quality control on those cards must be non-existent.

I tried for several nights to activate the card via phone support. Monday night, we got to the end of the road because I could not find the "DATA ID" in the card information posted in WMC. That was because the S-Card does not display it - see above. Tuesday and Wednesday, I started to see non-encrypted stations as now I had an M-card. All encrypted digital stations were not present. Friday, Charter rolled a tech. He did 3 things: First, get rid of any additional splitters you may have - my signal was weak, partially because both the Charter line and my house had too many (apparently digital is more touchy than analog). A weak signal seems to fake out the pairing process - the M-card will appear ready to go back at home base when it's not. Second, make sure there are extra M-cards. I figured out the HDHomerun was probably good when I first got an M-card, and was able to see the 3 (Cablecard ID, Host ID, Data ID) numbers phone support said I should see. Third, the tech had a signal strength-o-meter (don't know the exact name). He used it to measure the signal after he spliced several cables and removed splitters. With adequate signal strength, pairing the card went like it was supposed to. I now have digital TV and Windows 7/WMC works like a champ.

Using a wired and/or wireless network for TV signals is really cool. I don't have to have 2 sets of wires running through the house anymore. I've actually started removing some of the coax that's run behind furniture, etc. I was using a wireless USB N600 adapter and streaming TV earlier today. There were no lags or pauses. My router is a Dlink 655, and both in the wired and wireless stuff, it has handled the bandwidth just fine.

I dislike the idea of having to move to 7 just to have WMC support. But I guess there were reasons to upgrade from all the previous releases, too. My Vista/WMC/Analog cards/analog cable infrastructure worked great for 6+ years, but it's time to upgrade.

The whole HDMI thing is a little sketchy to me. I have a PC where I'm using a VGA cable and on-the-mobo sound jack (it says digital audio in the control panel). It shows picture and sound great (thought I'd need an HDMI cable and some sort of crazy arrangement for analog powered speakers - not so!). For the big TV, the HDMI cable from the HTPC is the way to go.

My HTPC solutions include a AMD A3300, some old Wolfdale Core-2-Duo stuff, with either onboard HDMI or HDMI through a 5450 card. Don't know if true 1080 being pumped through my network would send it crying to mama or not.

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Date Joined: 05/22/06

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