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iRULU U8 Smart Watch Bluetooth Google Android and Apple iOS Compatible Music Play Photo Function Fitness and Sleep Tracker Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Very light, compared to other smart watches. This is a huge plus as you do not want a heavy weight on your arm. But it is kind of bulky if you have thin arms.

Built in functions seems to work ok. I’m glad it included a stopwatch. Always useful for timing kids homework. However … (See cons)

2. This has a good enough battery life as long as bluetooth is turned off.

For regular use, I try using it for two things. Time, and development. I am programmer … which leads me to … see (Other Thoughts).

3. This is good for kids! I know you can buy cute analog watches, but if you have a kid really into computers …. this works.

Cons: I could not, for the life of me, get the the music play to work with IOS. Instructions did not work for me. My Android phone and tablet was out of commission at the time of this review (broke the screens), so I was unable to test out via Android.

Blue tooth? Like other devices, BT drains the battery very quickly. Unfortunately, BT is spotty at best.

Really not much cons outside of the above.

Other Thoughts: This watch is really odd. I am used to the Apple Watch (only by a week) and various clones and knock-offs, but this one is a bit different. It comes completely drained. This is not a bad thing or a good thing. Just something to note that you will not be able to use the watch right-away.

You can compare this like comparing a flip phone to a smart phone. This has the basics down and does well for it’s price. But … when you are ready to move up … There are other options out there.

I cannot put this as con because, honestly, it isn’t a con. For the most part, the phone works as advertised. I was really, really hoping on getting some coding done for this watch. At least a taste of what it is capable of.

Unfortunately, there were very few tutorials, and those consist of archaic Commodore VIC-20 Basic language. Nothing modern, I fear.

As for the warranty… Look. This is a very inexpensive watch. You get what you paid for. If you can get good long use out of it, great!

The watch went missing after I wrapped up the review. Turns out my dog played with it like a ball .. .. .. It withstood some gnawing. It still works!

I recommend this for kids in middle school or higher. I cannot recommend this for anyone who wants to create apps (or applets) for consumption.

For the record, I received the Black version to review.

LG 34UC87C Black 34
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I won't repeat what is in the specs as that is a waste of space. This monitor is aimed at three different audiences.

1. Large workspace (production/PR positions). A larger workspace is absolutely required for developers, publishers, 3D modelers, and video producers. I happen to fall into three of these categories (developer, modeler and video), and this monitor delivers on both Windows 8.1 and OSX.

2. KVM replacement. For this model, you are permitted to hook up 3 PCs/Macs via HDMI or (old school/full size) display port. If you don't want to go out and buy a KVM, you can use this monitor. It works dandy.

3. PBP. This allows you to display 2 video inputs at the same time. However, when you do this, the screen is split in half, vertically. This can be a good thing if you are used to small monitor sizes. However, if you have been spoiled with a big workspace, this will not be your cup of tea. This is HDMI only. This does not work with DisplayPort.

Cons: I am always a stickler with warranties for all big appliances and electronics. Electronics should have a minimum 5 year warranty if the company stands behind its' products. If you see an electronic with a warranty of 5 years; that means the company believes in its products. Unfortunately, this monitor only have a 1 year warranty for labor and parts. This means LG does not believe in this monitor.

Since LG doesn't believe in the monitor, at least Newegg does! Purchase the 2 year extended repair coverage from Newegg as part of this monitor purchase. It is always good to have a company who got your back, and Newegg delivers.

Other Thoughts: Please, please, please read the instructions before unpacking the monitor. There is a very specific way to handle the monitor. If you refuse to read the instructions, do not be surprised if you break the monitor.

This monitor was pretty costly when I reviewed it. If you can afford this monitor, then you probably fit in one of the following categories:

1. You are a company.
2. You have money to spend.
3. You work from home.
4. Gamer?

On #4 .... There are a very, very few games that can run 3440x1440. In fact, I have only found 2 so far. So ... for the most part... be prepared to see some black bars :)

Review PC:

32GB Ram
Radeon 9700 series
AMD FX 8350 (8 core)
Several SSDs
Windows 8.1

Review MACs:

2012 Mac Mini
2014 Mac Book Pro
OSX 10.10.4

Acer G6 Series G246HLAbd Black 24
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It has a very pretty screen, and the refresh rate is good enough for gaming.

Cons: 1. There is no tilt on this monitor. I have no clue why it was advertised as such.
2. Monitor does not come with english instructions.

Other Thoughts: I hope your "googlefu" is up-to-date for translating instructions.


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Display Name: Mr S.

Date Joined: 01/25/06

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  • Last Review: 10/29/15
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