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Pros: Panel quality is good, and the surface doesn't have too much reflection. Brightness is average, and sufficient. A full set of "sharpness, "brightness", and "gamma" adjustments is available by specific color (RGB) and overall. Picture quality is good.
Cons: The Ultra-basic stand doesn't provide adjustments of any kind (for tilt OR height). And it's too low for a 24" monitor. As others have noted, it's D-SUB + HDMI - so a second computer has to use analog input.
Most important, text quality is simply "weird", and I've tried switching to Windows 7 "basic" and choosing my alternate fonts. None seem quite right - including both traditional choices (MS Tahoma, Verdana) and custom fonts (Segoe UI). But I'm using Intel '4000' graphics from a laptop (HDMI), and that's probabvly the root cause of the poor-quality text.
Other Thoughts: My most heavily used computer has NVidia video, a dedicated card, and a *High-Quality* IPS, QHD monitor (so my standards are pretty high).
I'll SWAG that the problems I see are primarily caused by the Intel-4000 graphics within my Win-7 laptop, and not a problem of the monitor itself. The laptop isn't capable of supporting QHD, and it's my only use of Intel 4000 graphics on HD (or higher) monitors.
But I'm not yet certain about blaming Intel, because I do not yet have the "other computer" atached via D-Sub (that's going to be Linux with an ultra-cheap FM2 processor, with probably-superior on-chip AMD graphics). I'll know more when I set up this monitor at the office for it's official use - dual-computer, with Linux graphics of known quality (CentOS 6) coming in the other port.
At the moment, I see less quality on this screen, in comparison to non-Samsung brands available for $20 less. But I'm going to bet that it's all the fault of Intel 4000 graphics, and tentatively rate at 3 stars - working OK, but not a great value for the somewhat premium price.
Pros: At low volumes, the sound quality is VERY good for this price. I listen to classical internet stations (256 and 320KB MP3), and full-range CDs.
Provides connectivity for Computer plus one portable device, via the small :) volume control module. ALL necessary cables for two such devices are included, and there is a headphone jack. The "control module" provides swithcing between computer and "aux" input. The subwoofer/amplifier provides another volume control, plus "bass" and "treble" tone controls.
Cons: Major nitpick - the satellite speaker cables are only about 5' long, so the placement of the subwoofer is limited. You might want to buy a M/F RCA stereo cord (NOT M/M), in order to reach a longer distance to the "further" of your two satellites. All other cords and adapters are included.
In comparison to "high-end HiFi" or live performances, the sound lack "airiness" and location "focus". But that comparision is against a spearate receiver+more expensive speakers, at 4x the price, much larger component sizes, and 3x the power consumption.
Tiny nitpick - it would be more convenient if the powerswtich was on the front of the subwoofer module, or on the top of the module (next to volume and tone controls). It's on the lower back side of the module, a hard place to reach.
Other Thoughts: Outstanding replacement for $20 "computer speakers".READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Linux Compatible as well. Just divide the drive into multiple partitions (NTFS, EXT4, whatever). But, be sure to test the drive during formatting (or before formatting) - mine has lots of bad blocks, and they weren't marked at the factory. :(
The aluminum enclosure helps to keep it cool as well.
Cons: Lots of unmarked bad blocks are present in my drive.
Using USB 3.0, read/write testing of my Linux partition (ext4, 1.6TB, 'e2fsck -vcck /dev/sdc2') will take about 40 hours. Maybe that issue is caused by my MB interface, but I have just bought an eSATA bracket, so that I can run with that interface on the back of the computer.
Other Thoughts: So, if you buy this drive, be SURE to read/write test for bad blocks - before or during format of the drive. Without such testing, your backups can't be trusted.
I'm using the drive for backups, not "production".
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