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LG 29
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good bedroom TV / basic monitor 02/14/2014

This review is from: LG 29" 720p 60Hz LED TV Monitor HDTV 29MN33D

Pros: -Good native contrast ratio (VA panel)
-Pretty good uniformity for an edge-lit LCD/LED
-Good color accuracy out of the box (cinema/expert mode)
-Built-in media player with pretty good compatibility
-Lots of picture adjustments

Cons: -Only 1 HDMI port
-Viewing angles are average at best compared to other LCD TVs (but good compared to cheap TN monitors)
-Remote feels a bit cheap and the buttons are a little cramped
-Resolution may be too low for some as a computer monitor

Other Thoughts: I calibrated this display out of the box with an i1Display 3 profiled to an i1Pro. Calibrated contrast ratio was just over 2500:1 with a black level measurement of 0.041 cd/m^2 and a peak white measurement of 102cd/m^2. Could probably improve on the contrast ratio a bit, but 102cd/m^2 was adequate for my viewing environment. Can reach pretty close to its advertised 250cd/m^2 if need be.

Out of the box, grayscale errors were ~2-3 dE2000 (can't remember the exact number), which is very good. Gamma was ~2.17 on the default 2.2 setting and ~2.3 on the 2.4 setting. Ended up using the 10pt white balance to get it around my ideal 2.25 and got grayscale errors down to 0.5 after calibration. LG grays out the color management on PC inputs on this display, so I couldn't do any gamut calibration. I found that using the 'Wide' color space provided me with the best color preset. Other settings had undersaturated primaries and less accurate colors. That said, this set has a full set of calibration controls available for other inputs and I was able to get a very good calibration on this set.

Picture-in-Picture is another great feature. I personally use this all the time and wonder why no one includes this anymore. It actually works quite well, allowing you to re-size the window, move the position, and it asks you if you want the audio to come from the main or sub window as soon as you hit the PIP button.

The biggest complaint I have is the viewing angles are not great compared to most flat panel TVs. However It is much better than monitors with TN panels (which is what most budget LCD monitors use).

The resolution is also low for computer monitor standards, but it is adequate for my use.

PlayStation 4 Console
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A solid console with a bright future 01/02/2014

This review is from: PlayStation 4 Console

Pros: -Value
-Software developers backing it up
-User replaceable hard drive

Cons: -Some media features are lacking (at the moment)

Other Thoughts: Sure the specs don't look very impressive to a PC gamer, and no it won't match a high-end PC in terms of visuals, but the console gaming experience is different and something that I have preferred for a while now (former PC gamer).

As far as consoles, this is currently the most powerful one on the market. I am very satisfied with the visuals of games like Resogun, Killzone, Battlefield 4, Driveclub. And the system has a bright future with some of the best first-party developers making games exclusively for the PS4. Developers like Naughty Dog (Uncharted, Last of Us), Sony Santa Monica (Gd of War), Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo), Sony San Diego (MLB The Show), Sucker Punch (Infamous), Evolution (MotorStorm, DriveClub) just to name a few. Then obviously you'll get the third-party support, so you'll get your Battlefields, Call of Dutys etc.

As far as the system itself, it has been very solid for me so far. The UI is fast, simple and clean. I have experienced very few errors or anything. It's a very quiet and sleek machine. The controller has been improved significantly in terms of ergonomics, and the triggers and thumb sticks.

The only issue that some people may have is that it currently lacks some basic media features, like mp3 playback, DLNA, 3D Blu-Rays. But rest assured, these features WILL be added in the near future. Sony has gone on record in saying that they wanted to focus on getting the system stable first, then media features will be added later.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase. It may not be worth it for some people at launch, but there are some great titles coming out soon, and like I said, it has a bright future with some of the best developers in the industry making games exclusively for the PS4.

TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Price
-3-year warranty
-Relatively quiet

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: First of all, this is not a mis-labelled drive. Yes this is essentially the same drive as the one sold as OEM with the model #: dt01aca300, but that drive only has a 2-year manufacturer warranty and comes bare. This one (model #: PH3300U-1I72) has retail packaging and comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty. The packaging is very nicely done too, with the drive being placed in a moisture resistant anti-static bag, inside a foam box, and finally in the retail cardboard box.

Anyway, so far I'm very happy with these drives. Ran full error tests on both of them and they work great without any odd clicking noises or bad sectors. Averaged ~150MB/s read in HD Tune Pro, much faster than any other drive I own. They run pretty cool and quiet for 7200RPM drives, too.

Highly recommended. Will update if anything goes wrong.


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Display Name: Daniel T.

Date Joined: 10/09/08

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  • First Review: 02/06/11
  • Last Review: 02/14/14
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