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Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs 5" more makes a HUGE difference 06/11/2008

This review is from: Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1

Pros: Zero dead pixels. I upgraded from a 17" and WOW, this thing is absolutely gigantic! For those who are big gamers, I personally tested it and measured an average INPUT LAG of just under 10ms. *not response time*, input lag. Which is excellent, especially for something so huge.

Cons: Not really an issue, but this thing is way too bright for me at default settings. My eyes hurt after about half an hour with the brightness only at 50 or so. Turned it down a bit, and now its grrrreat!

Other Thoughts: If you are like me and have a 17" or smaller monitor now, you will be ASTOUNDED at the enormousness of this monitor.

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COWON iAUDIO 7 1.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Features out the wazoo! 05/22/2008

This review is from: COWON iAUDIO 7 1.3" Black & Red Side 16GB MP3 Player

Pros: Weighs next to nothing, and is plenty small. The sound quality is the best I've ever seen in a portable player (my X-Fi XtremeGamer soundcardbeats it anyday though) With far more audio adjustments than just your average equalizer. The OLED screen is pretty amazing too, all the colors are bright and the viewing angle is, no joke, 180 degrees with zero color distortion. I also really like the amount of different audio formats it can play, I have ogg, mp3, wma and flac files in my library and this plays 'em all.

Cons: The black plastic on this player is a fingerprint magnet. And for all those worried about the slow transfer problem, this is a know problem with a EASY FIX. Read my other thoughts for instructions.

Other Thoughts: To fix the slow transfer rate on the 16GB version of the player: 1) Make a backup (just copy and paste all the files into a folder on your computer). 2) Bring up the Computer Management porgram: Start -> Run -> "compmgmt.msc" 3) Under the "Storage" icon ont he left, click "Disk Management". 4) Right click "I AUDIO 7" and click "Format" 5) IMPORTANT: Set the "Allocation Unit Size" to 16K. Setting this to 16K is what solves the transfer porblem. 6) Press OK and let it format. 7) Once finished, copy all the files you backed up back onto the player, and if you want, put the firmware upadte files on there too! 8) And you're done! This should take you from about 1.5MB/s to 5MB/s transfer speed. Yay!

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Audio-Technica Audiophile ATH-AD700 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Open-Air Dynamic Headphone
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This baby puts out the best quality sound I have ever heard, aside from live concerts. Paired with a decent sound card (I have the X-Fi Xtreme Gamer) this thing just rocks out. I use them for both gaming and music, and they are just EXCELLENT in both areas. I hear things in songs I'd never heard before, and sometimes you can actually hear the amps in a song.

In CounterStrike: Source, my skill has gone up because I can hear so far away with such precision. On cs_office, you can hear the windows breaking from across the map, and know which one it is. I had to relisten to my entire music collection, and I enjoyed every single song more than before.

Also, I got these used off another site for a bit cheaper, but Newegg definietly has the best "new" price I can find anywhere.

Cons: Pretty darn big. My head is large so they don't slide around or anything, but don't plan on wearing these in public. Although the design is attractive, they are just so darn big that it ruins any "style" you might expect when wearing these.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy these for your computer if you don't have a good sound card. I plugged them into my computer's built in audio, and they sounded just like any other pair of $20 headphones.
IMPORTANT TIP: When using a X-Fi (or any other decent sound card for that matter), make SURE set the speaker type to "4/4.1 Speakers" to get the most out of these. EVERYTHING sounds better and fuller, and the 3d positioning is more precise at "4/4.1 speakers". Settting it to 5.1 or 7.1 will make the sound pretty garbled and missing alot of parts.

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Neil F.'s Profile

Display Name: Neil F.

Date Joined: 01/21/07

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 07/17/07
  • Last Review: 06/11/08
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