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This review is from: Vizio E390i-A1 39" 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV with HDMI Built-In Wi-Fi Internet Apps
Pros: This review is for a new, not reconditioned unit.
Does 1080i/p spectacularly.
Great viewing angles.
Vivid true colors that show it when a show has doctored their colors to be more colorful (HK).
3 HDMI inputs.
Not too heavy.
Comes with internal speakers.
Cons: Internal speakers are weak and resonate at a certain frequency, distorting some speech.
Audio outputs are a bit limited.
Surround only by optical SPDIF, and then only Dolby surround is supported.
Stand tilts TV upward just slightly, only about 1.5 degrees, no adjustment.
Could be too dark for brightly lit rooms.
Only one non-HDMI input (composite, Tivo Premier HD has composite out).
The sound was lacking, did not have much low-end frequency, and not very loud either - I'm not usually satisfied with most stock TV speakers anyway. Mounting it against a solid wall might improve it, IDK. When we had loud fan(s) running (in the summer) we had to turn it up nearly all the way to hear the words. It also has a distortion (resonance) at a particular frequency when turned up >77%, and it only affects a few actor's voices, but they are noticeably distorted at that point - I didn't try filtering out the frequency with the included 5-band graphic equalizer that only works when you turn OFF "SRS studioSound HD." Now if you live in a quiet environment, or if you watch the TV at low volumes that other people can't hear, that wouldn't be a problem to you. And my hearing is excellent - all frequencies - as my hearing test results prove.
Other Thoughts: This review is specifically for the Vizio model E390i-A1 39" widescreen 1080p LCD TV W/digital tuner. I only used the component inputs, I have no devices to feed it HDMI. I used the 1080i, 720p, and 480i/p modes. The screen render is spectacular. However, we don't have a particularly bright living room when the sun is shining in, if you do this unit may not be bright enough for you - such as many large windows facing south in your viewing room. We found it just bright enough to be totally pleased with the display.
But if you need to overcome city noises, child noises, fan noises, air conditioning noise, etc. you will be disappointed with the sound as I was. I bought an auto-shutoff amplifier and hooked it up to our excellent home stereo speakers and now the sound is excellent, shakes the house. If you are using a home theater surround sound system, and if you are not using this unit just as a monitor (in which case sound doesn't matter) you are probably not considering this unit anyway. It is worth noting that the RCA stereo outputs go dead when you turn the E390i-A1 off, so an auto-shutoff amplifier works great with that - but the E390i-A1 volume control only affects the RCA stereo output levels when you have all the sound menu settings set just right, and some other settings make it too quiet to use in less than quiet rooms.
It's too bad that the sound is lacking, because this has an excellent display. I have been watching NFL football on it and the clarity of detail on the field is phenomenal, and beautiful colors that seem to be right on target with the hue. Also the viewing angles are great, the colors don't wash out much until you reach a very tight angle (like approx. 30-40* from parallel to surface).
One (other) caveat: I did have trouble at first with the display brightness dimming and brightening noticeably with no apparent reason, until I turned off "smart dimming" in the options. At first I thought my model did not have that option in the menu, until I noticed the "more" option in the onscreen menu under "picture" (it's in the manual too). As others have said on the reviews I had to turn this off, as the picture brightness was changing regardless of the steady room lighting state. This is also the only way to achieve the maximum LED backlight brightness, which I set to 100%, seemed just a tiny bit dark before at the default 95%.
This review is from: Netis WF-2403 Pocket-sized Wireless-N Mini AP / Repeater / Client
Pros: This review is just for use as a WISP (Wireless ISP, such as 3G, 4G hotspot reception). Does what it is supposed to. Throughput was on-par with a direct wi-fi connection to a laptop - but my 4G hotspot reception was not ideal. I did speed and ping tests, comparatively. Nice flat-Ethernet cable on spring reel*. Supplied with a velvety black bag. USB power cable will plug into laptops to supply power to the Netis for portable use. It seems to work fine (up to at least 10Mbps in my situation) at a range of about 40ft.
Cons: Instructions for use as a client should be re-done. Only supports 100Mbps Ethernet, not Gigabit Ethernet. This limits throughput to 100Mbps, but fortunately it was not an issue to me since my 4G was not getting over 10Mbps anyway. I could not find another one that supported Gigabit Ethernet. Could not get the WPA(2) keys to work, in either TKIP nor AES mode, with my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone 4G hotspot. And the TKIP+AES mode would not work in the supplied firmware, there is no update on the Netis website. Instead I just use MAC filtering in the smartphone for security, and left encryption open! (Fortunately I live in a very rural area.) Short (micro)USB power cable (3ft) - consider an extension. * Flat Ethernet cable is not recommended, consider using a twisted-pair cable.
Other Thoughts: This review is just for use as a WISP (Wireless ISP, such as 3G, 4G hotspot reception). That's all I have used it for. Instructions for use as a client should be re-done. It first tells you how to use it as AP and AP/router. Then it tells you a few tidbits about client use and then refers you to the former to finish the setup, leaving you to guess about many settings. It took me all day to set this up. You cannot access it through Ethernet at the same time as receiving the Internet through the Ethernet cable. This means you will have to re-do your Ethernet adapter settings (and thus disconnect from Internet) every time you want to access the Netis setup (Internet service requires DHCP port).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Nippon Labs 1.44MB External USB2.0 Floppy Drive Model USB-FLPY-DLOCK
Pros: Worked on Windows 7 without downloading any driver, did not install any driver, just automatic.
Cons: Floppies are slow. Can't get around that.READ FULL REVIEW