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Pros: Nice screen after you set it up. It is crisp, bright, and if you've got someone's settings like I found on another site after googling around, it works great. This replaced a 4 year old Samsung 24 inch monitor and I had no idea how much I was missing because of the old monitor. DIablo 3 looks totally different. I have no ghosting or tearing after calibration.
Cons: Not height adjustable. Get a monitor stand or mount it to an adjustable arm or some other method of getting it more than 3 inches off your desk.
Takes a while to find great settings as out of the box the settings were all over the place.
I can't increase the resolution above 1920x1080; I would like it to be in the neighborhood of 1920x1200 like my old Samsung displayed.
Other Thoughts: Settings provided by Peter C's review:
Color Temp. Normal
Skin Tone Reddish
I paired the settings above with using the built-in Microsoft monitor calibration tool (Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Color Management > Calibrate Display) and everything looks fine.
I am not using the speaker because I have a surround sound set, but it's probably terrible.
Pros: Good battery life, no screen flicker when transitioning pages (like e-Ink readers), now comes with updated firmware (so disregard the firmware cons in other reviews-- that no longer is an issue and it comes out of the box supporting all the advertised formats). The SD slot is nice, I ordered a cheap 2 gig SD card and when all is said and done, the 2 gigs plus the 64 megs on the device should be able to hold hundreds of books. My entire 800-1000 ebook collection could fit on here. I love being able to switch between portrait and landscape, and the page turn buttons are intelligently placed. I don't have problems hitting buttons I don't mean to. Looks great as long as you have light, and is easy on the eyes.
Cons: PDF support is weak. When I loaded a PDF, it was very small; when I zoomed in, once I got zoomed in far enough to read, I had to scroll side-to-side as well as up and down to see the text, which really bugs me. To get around this, I just downloaded Calibre (google it) and converted my PDFs into FB2's and they look great.
No support for LIT files (must convert with Calibre).
Other Thoughts: Overall very pleased with the device. I've read two books on it already, and had no eye strain.
Also to note, for some reason, copying to the SD card I put in it seems to be much faster than copying to the device. I'm using the same USB cable on the same plug and the card is faster than the actual device... kinda odd, but no biggie, I just put all my books on the card instead.
The best formats I have found to go on the device are RTF and FB2. I have not tested MOBI, but have tested TXT, PDF, RTF, LIT, and FB2, and FB2 is my favorite with RTF coming in a close second.
Pros: Got on special-- what a deal. This thing runs great-- fast bootup after tweaking a bit (see cons), runs a number of reasonably recent games just fine (Civ4, AoE3, HOMM5) but is not capable of running higher end new games like Left 4 Dead or Fallout 3. Fast processor-- big hard drive-- good amount of RAM-- crisp LCD. It's a solid machine, especially if you can get it at a steal sales price!
The hard drive comes partitioned into two 142 gig partitions. I'm neutral about that-- but for some, you may need to repartition the drive if you don't like storing things on a second drive letter.
Cons: If you've read other reviews, no surprise here-- all the Acer junk that comes installed on it. I don't have a CD of Vista, so I didn't reinstall-- I just spent about 3 hours cleaning up all the garbage off it. Should be expected with a new computer though-- you'll spend time tailoring it.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Jared D.
Date Joined: 03/18/06
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