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HP Compaq SmartBuy LA2405x Brushed Aluminum and Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Price, compared to other 16:10 aspect screens
+ Energy efficient (LED)
+ No or Virtually no Heat Generation

Cons: - TN panel and small viewing angle
- Vertical viewing angle is really limited
- Consistency in the image brightness (edge to edge/corner to corner) is not great
- Very limited height adjustment when in portrait mode

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm pretty disappointed. Keeping in mind that I put it on a desk alongside a Dell UltraSharp U2412M, which is an IPS panel. This was the big mistake. Compared to the U2412, the HP panel is a real disappointment. However I should have known better and that is my fault. I want to drop it to 2 eggs but I'm moderating my judgement by trying to think about how I'd see the panel by itself. I'd still be less than thrilled but more like 3 eggs. If you need to save the dollars, this screen certainly works and is 16:10. If you can spend just a little more the Dell is a very easy choice and the one I wish I'd made.

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Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a great screen and I have no disappointments in buying it. One big relief is the AG coating which is NOTHING like what some people claimed (read other thoughts).

+ IPS panel (e-IPS also read cons, and yes it can be both)
+ 1920x1200 resolution (16:10 aspect, not 16:9)
+ No dead or stuck pixels (not a single one... woohoo)
+ Very bright/clear (even at 35% brightness)
+ Highly adjustable stock monitor stand
+ Very nice and easy to use on screen menus
+ Wide viewing angle
+ Very power efficient (21 watts using a calibrated ICC)

I downloaded an ICC profile from TFT Central's calibration database and it worked great. If you buy this screen and don't have your own calibration device I recommend a visit to TFT Central.

Cons: My cons are quibbles really. However they are worth noting:

- No HDMI
- No Display port cable (did come with VGA and DVI cables)
- Cost
- e-IPS (the low end IPS)

If you want to read more about panel technology, check out TFT Central (just Google "tft central panel technologies explained"). They have a great article on the different LCD types. They also have a good review of the U2412M.

Other Thoughts: #1, the Antiglare coating is just fine. A smattering of people made a big deal about the "graininess" of the AG. Either the monitor has been redesigned or these people are nuts. It is very smooth (not slick of course) and displays NONE of the qualities that some have stated. I can get VERY close and can't see it. This is a relief as it was my one real concern about ordering this monitor.

#2, the power savings are phenomenal. I'm moving from an older 20" LCD using a pMVA panel and CFL back lighting. The 20 inch screen uses 45 watts, while this one uses 21 (both measured with a Kill A Watt using the exact same background image. So, I can power 2 of the U2412M monitors for less power than my one 20" screen!

#3, the monitor selection in the: 24", 16:10, LED back light, non-TN panel... segment is very limited. Based on everything I read from professional reviewers, cost and feature set, this was the monitor to buy. Now that it is on my desk, I'm sold all over again!

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Logitech C910 USB 2.0 1080p HD Pro Webcam
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs If only it had a better mount... 08/20/2011

This review is from: Logitech C910 USB 2.0 1080p HD Pro Webcam

Pros: We use this with Skype and it works great as far as function and picture quality go. We're using XP Pro sp3 (still) and there have been no compatibility issues.

Cons: 1) The mount/clamp works well on a desktop monitor but for the thinner notebook screens (especially the LED ones) it is hard to get it on and stable. This is by far the biggest con for the cam.

2) The USB cable is not removable on the Cam. It makes it less versatile and more difficult to pack into a tight notebook case. They should have put a micro USB jack on the Cam to facilitate packing it away and the use of reel type USB cables (all I care on the road).

Other Thoughts: The quality of the cam is very good. If only they had done more testing on thin notebook screens. It screams for a revised model with a better clamp/mount and a USB jack. That would make it a no brainier purchase.

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Rob H.'s Profile

Display Name: Rob H.

Date Joined: 04/07/02

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 08/16/09
  • Last Review: 09/15/12
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