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This review is from: Planar PLL2210W 22" Edge LED LCD Monitor - 16:9 - 5 ms
Pros: 1080P resolution, sharp colors, clean image, well packaged, LED backlight. The frame is nice as well, and the tilt is sufficient for most uses. No dead or stuck pixels. Very good value for the price.
Cons: Minor: Only a VGA cable in the box. Would be nice if both were included. Absolutely not worth knocking a star off for that.
Other Thoughts: Although I had not been familiar with the Planar brand, I am now, and will be buying more of their LCDs in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good features, decent performance for the price. The front has two USB 2.0 ports, a card reader, and audio in and out ports. The rear has six USB ports, and two are USB 3.0. There is also some display flexibility with VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports. In these days of Windows H8, it is nice that it comes with Windows 7. 4 GB of RAM upgradable to 16, plus a 1 TB drive up front is a good deal also.
Cons: The keyboard is terrible, you can hardly see the letters. They are a faded gray against black matte keys. Expect to replace the keyboard. It's a good thing it still has one of the old-fashioned PS/2 ports on the back, so even if you have a decent old style keyboard lying around, you can still use it. Asus must have bought these keyboards sight unseen and just stuck them in the box. Very shortsighted decision!!! And, by the way, the optical mouse is nothing special either (it feels too light), but at least it works properly.
Other Thoughts: I would have rated this five stars if it wasn't for the keyboard. I wouldn't have knocked off for the mouse. But a keyboard that's hard to read? What were they thinking???READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SYBA SY-ADA24024 USB to RJ-45 10/100Mbs Base-T Mini Ethernet Adapter for Travelers
Pros: The first one I installed (end of 2011) worked properly on a Windows XP notebook, and still does. And these are very inexpensive.
Cons: The instructions Syba support mentioned in another review below are almost entirely in Hieroglyphics (Chinese). Why is that? And the so-called "drivers" on the CD are actually setup.exe files. In addition, even after you run the setup, you still have to update the driver through device manager after it's installed. Combine this with the Hieroglyphic instructions (plus the compression method used, described below), and there are going to be a lot of unhappy (English speaking) customers.
As far as success with these USB network ports, I had bought two of them at the end of 2011, one for a need I had then, and one for the future. Well, the first one I used worked fine, and still works fine. But the second one is a different story, now that the future has arrived. This one was installed on a Windows 7 64 Bit Tower PC this morning, and it does not work. First, the Win 7 64 bit "drivers" were not on the CD, so I had to download them from Syba's web site. I uncompressed them, ran the setup, then "updated" the drivers, and Windows installed it and could "see" the device. But it wouldn't get a network address. So I rebooted, but still no network address. Looking at my network switch, I noticed the port that it was plugged in to wasn't lighting up. So I switched ports with another that was lit (so I knew it was a good port on the switch), but that light went out. So I switched network cables, but the port still would not light up. So then I switched USB ports on the PC, eventually trying all six of them. And it never worked. So the second one is trash. And thus the title of my review, 50 - 50.
Also, the files are compressed in a RAR file. Why? They're on a mini CD that can hold 225 MB and the files are about 12 MB, unzipped. A LOT of people don't have 7-Zip or other programs that can unzip RAR files sitting on their PC just waiting for Syba to give them a RAR file. Syba has done the same thing with the driver on their web site; it's compressed as a RAR file. Why not at least Zip them up, since Windows XP and newer all have Zip support built in? This seems thoughtless to me ... just like the Hieroglyphic instructions.