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SAMSUNG S29E790C Glossy Black / Metallic 29
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Image is everything-The image quality was outstanding after a couple of minutes of tweaking the colors to my home lighting and personal preference ; text is sharp and clear, easy to read after going thru the windows 7 clear type setup.

Compatibility-Most of my games supported the larger resolution (it pays to follow OS programming rules folks) the notable exception was Fallout New Vegas, but that in the scheme of gaming this is a pretty old game. My really old favorite X3 Terran Conflict did support the higher resolution with no issues at all.

But this isn’t a gaming monitor per se. I use it as one, but my 144hz monitor is my gaming go-to. The curve tops out at 60hz.

As power supplies seem to be notorious points of failure on LCD displays, the Curve opted for an external power supply brick.

This means a far lower cost to replace the power supply rather than have it repaired. Even a cheap capacitor fix takes longer then plugging in a replacement power brick.
After a week or so with the Curve I’ve taken a liking to its sharp text and the new aspect ratio. It’s likely to stay on my desk for some time, finally bumping off my Toshiba 32 inch HD Monitor/TV from the primary spot.

I would strongly suggest you have a look at the Curve in person. The new aspect ratio took a little getting used to. I had a couple of “I don’t like this” moments, but as the days passed, so did my dislike for something new. Muscle memory is hard to forget..but after two weeks I’m accustomed to my new viewport to the web. I can comfortably read the screens entire width with minimal to no head movement. That is a huge win for me.

The curve includes some interesting software on the full size (thank you) cd.

The “Easy Setting Box” looks like it could be very useful to corporate IT managers who always have multiple programs open watching various network functions. The easy setting box provides a type of template system thru various options to allow you to direct certain applications to predefined zones on screen. With a WFHD resolution display, this could save you quite a bit of time. Hotkeys are supported and a lot of potential flexibility here. Should get a review as a standalone. The software is deep.

My i5 laptop handily supports a pair of 1920x1080 monitors when docked and while I can stretch a spreadsheet across the two screens for max excel-lence, the Curve simply does a better job of it.

I expect these will be a big seller in corporate America. Sitting across from somebody with dual monitors can be intimidating. Users of the Curve will have the real-estate, without the distraction that the bridge of a starship provides.

Cons: Warranty-A one year warranty pales to the three years offered by other vendors, so you should consider a service contract.

Firmware-Some firmware issues involving auto source selection was mentioned in detail by other EggXperts, I won’t bore you with my experience in this regard except to +1 that it is a significant problem. Some QA work needs to be done so the monitor auto interface selection functions as it was specified to.

No USB port ( or hub), so there seems to be little chance for a field upgrade. So beware of the multiple input issues. In all fairness, this could be some device specific problems. In the world of HDMI and Display Port you are never quite sure how an implementation follows spec.

Compatibility-Well it’s big and curved, but what does this mean to you? The Samsung “Curve” as I call it has a native resolution of 2560x1080. So the first pre-purchase check if you are considering the Curve is will your video hardware be able to support it? Shame on you if you don’t check that out.

My EVGA 660 Ti 3gb in my i7 rig supported this resolution and my laptop (an HP i5) with close to 3gb of vram was also able to connect to the Curve via the display port and maintain the laptop screen as a second.

The Curve will support lower resolutions, but the image itself will be centered on the screen. This makes the Netflix experience a little wanting when watching an HD movie.
There are a few other things you’ll want to consider before you buy.

Blink Of Annoyance-The blue power LED cannot be configured to shut off when the computer is off. It blinks on standby, like a little blue beacon of annoyance. Huge pet peeve of mine. Huge. The Curve has quite a few configuration options, including the power LED, but QA and the Spec missed the boat on that.

Un-joystick-Configuring the monitor caused me a whole lot of pain. The little joystick-control pad was located on the right side of the monitor (in the rear) making it a bit of a stretch to get at it and control it.

Sorry Southpaws, you are going to have a hard time here. Surely any significant human testing would be a complete fail. Minus an egg for that design choice and that annoying blinking led. Why am I putting black tape on a $400 I mean $800..no mean $500 monitor?. Time your purchase. The price has been swinging wildly.

Other Thoughts: It appears to be best suited for those who need a whole lot of screen, yet for whatever reason cannot go with dual monitors.If your system is in a hutch with limited width for example and your HD monitor isn’t cutting it anymore, the curve is for you.

Overall it’s a pricey monitor for what it gives you compared to others at the out the door price point. It sure has the wow factor and I can see corporate managers and folks who have to work wide all the time (movie editing comes to mind) jumping on this quickly.

For those who pay their own way, there are less pricey ways to get a good sized display that won’t bust the budget.
But like anything else, expect prices to drop over the next few months as more vendors bring these curved panels to market, with hopefully better firmware, which was the most disappointing part of this product.

So we break an egg for the aggravating auto select firmware and I take another egg for the fail on the LED indicator. Small...maybe..but if it's in your blacked out I can't sleep with a light bedroom?..get out the black tape!

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Linksys RE4100W-4A Wireless N600 Pro Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Unobtrusive design. No power brick. Might be a con for some for some installation.

The embedded DLNA server can provide enough audio to run a set of headphones without any amplification.

Finally, something else besides your typical USB share port on a router/range extender.

Quick setup thru wireless. There is a single Ethernet port on the box, I had no need to use it, but could be useful for some networked device.

Cons: Very minimal documentation of a single sheet. The web UI has good help built in for the techy types.

Hasn't seen any firmware updates in a while, but the performance is fine.

The design precludes using this device outside of the US without some tricky adapter sourcing.

While the device is Linksys branded, it seems to be made by Belkin. I've been in a cave for a few months..did those companies partner up in the last couple of years?

No real cons on this device, perhaps the price point is a bit high.

No adjustable antenna for difficult issues, such as foil backed wallboard or other signal twisters

Other Thoughts: You can never have enough wireless coverage, so this extender fills the need quite well and the availability of another DLNA device on my network is a real plus as I now can stream to my little $10 garage sale boombox instead of listening to the same old 5 cd's.

In case you missed it. No Built in speaker. Has a standard 3.5mm audio jack. The description is incorrect.

Given my home setup, I'd rate this a strong buy, especially if you can make good use of the DLNA server.

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TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a updated hardware design for tp-link wireless cards. The huge heatsink is an impressive reminder of the amount of power being used. My previous TP link card wireless failed after a few months, but that one listed for $19.95

Worked right out of the box, with minimal install problems.

Connections were solid with no drops ( I have a big ranch house that is over 100 feet end to end) both bands were solid

Cons: The software supplied was not done by the teams that have now taken control of the router products. Its last gen, and everything I flamed about on previous reviews held true.

I had to end up manually installing the drivers. But in defense of TP software it almost worked as expected. Some issue with windows wireless management glitches the wireless prefs and I find myself with a wireless access point I cannot rename after I tired an ad-hoc connection with another of my systems. I would advise using windows drivers. Problem was my 32 bit htpc running win 7 could not find them. No doubt a glitch from running numerous other products, including a few TP link networking bits.

Other Thoughts: in the realm of wireless cards, this one is pretty high priced for some questionable values.

The low profile bracket was a plus ( I didn't need it) and the antennas are typical. Nothing stood out enough for me to consider this card at the current price.

Because of the software issues remaining on these old versions I would only suggest this product to an expert level user. Some may find frustration trying to run the TP-Link resource CD.

TP's next generations cards should have far superior software based on the improvements I've seen in their router groups work.

Now that it is in and working and frustrations forgotten, I'm enjoying a solid stream of a recorded win tv show which is not impacting my wife's Netflix watch in he other room. Sweet!

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