Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Much brighter than expected. This turned out to be great for a darkened theater like my own. I originally had an Optoma GT700 which was a pretty good performer until the pixels started going bad on it. This is a common problem with many projectors using that particular DLP chip, but it seems that the Optoma and Acer models that use this chip have been very prone to having these chips go bad. Mine started with a couple bad pixels, but then over the course of a few months I ended up with star constellations!! I of course was not a happy camper.
I waited and researched for months. I decided that I would prefer to take a shot at an LED based projector to minimize the rainbow effect and to avoid paying for costly lamps. I am not affected by the rainbow effect, but I've had a few friends over who do see it. The reviews that I've read on some of the LED projectors were pretty good in regards to RBE in most cases. Many LED projectors produce little or no RBE. I was eyeing the Acer K330 but when the K130 was released for much less it caught my attention. The slightly lower lumens rating but much lower price coupled with a considerably higher contrast ratio enticed me. Then I was fortunate to catch it on sale for just $349.99 here on Newegg which was an incredible deal so I took the plunge. Man this turned to be a great buy! It's so small and lightweight you would hardly believe the picture this puts out. Colors are vibrant with lots of pop. Resolution looks amazing for a 720p(800p) projector. There seems to be something to using the diamond shaped pixels that the DLP chip has. The screen door effect is virtually nonexistent. You have to get very close to see the individual pixels...I'm talking to within like 3' or less, and I'm projecting about a 76-78" picture. It's a remarkable feat. And even if you get close enough to see it it's not nearly as distracting as the traditional pixel layout we've become accustomed to. Very good work from Texas Instruments with this design as the SDE is much more noticeable with traditional 720p projectors. Also, the contrast is very good. Black levels are certainly not world-class, but very solid. I own a Pioneer Kuro KRP-500M so I'm a harsh critic when it comes to black levels. I must say that I'm pleased with what this projector can do. I liked my GT700 as it displayed an impressive picture for it's near $750 price tag at the time, but this projector is superior and for half the cost. I haven't tried 3D yet with this projector so I can't comment there yet. I hope it's good since the GT700 was excellent in this regard. I must note that the Auto Keystone feature works quite well and it's very handy when you have difficult mounting positions.
Cons: As with most LED based projectors focusing can be an issue. It's really minor in the case of this projector. The manual focus can give you a rather sharp picture, but it can be a little difficult getting uniform sharpness across the entire picture. You can end up with a slight softness at the top or the bottom of the picture, so you have to take your time with the manual focus. Also, it may take a few minutes after turning the projector on to get a fully sharp picture since the LED's have to warm up. It's pretty quick though...maybe 2-3 minutes. I've read that many other models have considerably longer warm-up times so I would say that this is a very minor issue.
Other Thoughts: If you have difficult placement options the Auto Keystone feature is very useful. If you ceiling mount the projector like I did then you find the need to disable the Auto Keystone feature once you've gotten it placed and setup. The reason is that the Keystone feature will randomly adjust slightly if left engaged. I noticed this after about a week or so. Once you disable the Auto Keystone setting the current Keystone level will remain so you won't need to adjust it. You may need to slightly adjust the focus once in awhile, but I've noticed that as the projector has been breaking in the need to adjust it has become a rarity. It seems that once you've put enough hours on it and get the LED's well broken it that you will eventually not need to adjust the focus again with a permanent mount setup. Of course this a highly portable projector so this doesn't apply if you use it for that purpose. Signals sync very quickly unlike my last projector which seemed to take forever to sync with sources. I can't say enough about this projector. I only hoped that I would get close to the picture quality of the GT700 but I find this projector to be better. It took more adjusting and tweaking but the end result is indeed better. The only thing that could be worse or better which depends on one's needs or wants is that the throw is not as short as the GT700 and because of my mounting constraints I ended up with a smaller picture than the 84" picture that I got from the GT700. No big deal though and depending on your personal mounting situation this can be a good or a bad thing. Overall I can say that this is an excellent projector.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a thin phone that is just the right size. The 4.65" screen is gorgeous and a very big upgrade from my previous phone the Motorola Defy. The dual-core processor is leagues faster and stock Android is a very big plus since Google Nexus devices are first to get the latest version of Android. I've already upgraded to Jellybean and it's the fastest and slickest version of Android yet. I also enjoy 4G-like speeds with HSPA+ support versus the stadard 3G support I had with the Motorola and it's like night and day. Battery life has been pretty good for me as well. Samsung and Google have really put together an excellent device.
Cons: It's not the Nexus 4!!
Other Thoughts: I was originally planning to get the Nexus 4, but I had no idea that it was going to sellout within minutes, and of course there's a long back-order on them. My old phone was getting quite a bit long in the tooth, and I was already tired of waiting. T-Mobile refuses to give me a reasonable price on an upgrade phone even though I have just 9 months remaining on my 2-year contract which I didn't even get a new phone with in the first place! I refuse to pay $500-650 for a phone. They were even gonna charge me $500 for the Nexus 4...RIDICULOUS!!! I figured the Galaxy Nexus was the best alternative and it turns out I was right. Sure I would prefer the new Nexus with quad-core CPU and Super LCD but the dual-core CPU and AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Nexus are still excellent performers. For those who can't get their hands on the Nexus 4 and can't stand the wait then this is still a great alternative and of course Newegg is the only place that has it at this price. Also, stock Android is awesome. None of that silly TouchWiz and whatever other customizations that the various manufactures can come up with is on the Nexus line of phones. No need to root these phones just get your hands on the latest version of Android. Google supports all Nexus devices, so you're not left being at the mercy of the other companies. It amazes me how fast some of these companies abandon support for the phones. I think all of my future phones will be Nexus products since I can count on getting future updates. I've even ordered a Nexus 7 tablet which I'm currently waiting on. Anyways...this is the second best deal out there for a high-end unlocked phone and even though its been out a year its still a rather impressive device. I initially wanted an SIII or a Note II, but I'm extremely happy with my Galaxy Nexus. I have several friends with SIII's and after messing around with those phones I feel like I got the better all-around device. My phone is just as fast, it feels better constructed, and stock Android is the best. I'm sure the Note II is great, but I wasn't paying $650 and the size of it doesn't make for a nice fit into pants pockets either. So...it's the Galaxy Nexus if you can't get your hands on the Nexus 4. You'll will be more than satisfied.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've been using Lite-On burners for years and I've rarely had problems. This one is no different. It's quiet and it does the job. Best of all Newegg is still shipping the B versions. I ordered on 4/26 and got it on 4/30 so those of you needing the B version like myself grab one while you can.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: Like I said if you need a B revision then now is the time to get one. I know that some of the other IHAS model drives are shipping as C revisions which are totally useless for a certain application. I'm seriously thinking of ordering a second drive to keep as a backup.READ FULL REVIEW