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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic once Cyanogenmod is installed 03/30/2016

This review is from: Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5" Silver, 32GB Storage 3GB RAM, US Warranty

Pros: Great hardware specs for the price
Switching to Cyanogenmod is very easy
Replaceable battery
MicroSD card slot
Not carrier branded

Cons: I must preface thes by saying that all software related cons are with the stock android ROM. If you are willing to switch it over to Cyanogenmod, they become moot.

Software:
- Bluetooth audio stutters when memory low
- Asus branded apps are of little use and ask to be rated
- Low speaker volume

Hardware:
- Soft plastic damages easily (be sure to get a good case)

Other Thoughts: I purchased this phone for 4 main reasons: not carrier branded, replaceable battery, microSD card slot, price.

Sadly corporatitis has kept Asus from releasing this phone's full potential. They keep a slew of Asus branded apps which are of little use. The only useful apps were the Camera and the "Autostart Manager" which enable blocking various apps from starting themselves.

However, Asus released a tool to unlock the bootloader, which made installing Cyanogenmod extremely easy. Since installing CM13, a bunch of issues have been fixed, and it's been the smoothest most consistent experience I've had with any smartphone handset. Though that's not saying much as I it's only my 3rd smartphone (try to hold onto each as long as I can)

Thankfully, Asus puts this phone's Camera app on the Play Store, so that you can still make use of the laser focus feature. That wasn't a selling point for me, but it turns out to be very useful when trying to get a quick snapshot without a tripod.

I highly recommend this phone if you don't have qualms about installing a custom ROM. My only caution would be to get a good case since the plastic shell is soft and takes dents very easy. But with a good case, it has survived several drops quite well. I give it 5 stars with CM13. If that weren't an option it would still get 4 stars.

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NEC Display Solutions ASLCD24WMCX-BK Black 24
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lots of inputs

1:1 pixel mapping allows a you to display 1080p and not suffer from stretch images

Also allows scaling of images to fit screen while keeping aspect ratio

These are the only reasons why it even has 2 eggs.

Nice looking panel

Tech support is helpful and trained. Best experience I've had when dealing with multiple techs over multiple sessions.

Cons: All eggs were lost because it has the worst color gradients I've seen on a monitor. I've had really REALLY cheap no-name brand monitors that reproduced colors better than this. I've seen better gradients on 16bit monitors. At least they dither the image.

I'm not the only person who thinks so
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/nec_24wmcx

Other Thoughts: If you care at ALL about games looking good or movies or really anything looking good, don't get this monitor. If you just want a CHEAP solution so you can hook you PS3 up to your computer monitor, then it's an ok monitor.

Settings are a hassle. Input switching is SLOW and a hassle. If you connect 2 computers, 1 D-Sub (a.k.a. VGA) and 1 DVI, you have to go through menus to get to the DVI, it defaults to D-Sub and the source button just cycles between PC-mode (DVI or VGA), component and HDMI.

HDMI input is fuzzy. I did not put this in the con section because it may be that mine has a bad HDMI port. The red signal is also not aligned properly.

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KDS K-24MDWB Black 24
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: see previous review by me

Cons: see previous review by me

Other Thoughts: Forgot to mention that even though it can't sync to 1920x1080 on the VGA inputs it can display 1920x1200 just fine when sent over the VGA inputs.

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Display Name: Philip K.

Date Joined: 05/04/06

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  • First Review: 05/24/06
  • Last Review: 03/30/16
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