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This review is from: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: 2.5 years and it's still going strong
Cons: Pretty outdated by today's standards
Other Thoughts: Great board. The BIOS is a little weird, but it works. It's not UEFI, but that's fine by me. I used this board in a PC running Ubuntu in an HTPC setup for about a year without issues on the integrated graphics. Now its running Windows 7 for general web browsing, etc. Works like a charm.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
Pros: Easy setup, Ethernet cables included
Other Thoughts: These were exactly what I was looking for. Wireless signal was weak on the second floor of my house. After doing some research, I bought these because they were cheap. The entire setup process took minutes, I plugged one into my router and to an open power outlet, and the other into another outlet upstairs and into my PC. No software or drivers to install. They immediately paired and I was online. I didn't do a speed test yet, but I was able to stream HD video from that PC to a wireless STB while downloading files and running a few RDP sessions without a hitch. I was always having problems with the video stuttering or lost connections with wireless.
As has been noted several times on these reviews, your experience my differ drastically. In some homes, these may not work well, and you'd be better off with wireless. In other cases, like mine, they far exceed wireless.
This review is from: LG 55" 1080p 120Hz Cinema 3D LED TV 55LM4600
Pros: Vibrant colors, deep blacks, thin and (relatively) light, 3D, ridiculous price
Cons: 2D to 3D wasn't impressive, but I need to test this on 1080p.
Other Thoughts: I bought this model when it was $799 on Newegg, so keep a look out for the price to go back down. It truly was a steal. The picture is perfect, no motion blur, no washed out blacks. The TV itself looks good. I'm glad LG doesn't ugly up the bezel with the TV model name or a bunch of little specs and button labels. It's very thin, and it's light enough that you can (probably) assemble it yourself. I was able to attach the base and get it all set up in about 15 minutes with just a screw driver. Volume and speakers are good, but as with most LED sets, you might want to get a nice speaker set or a soundbar if you are using this in a larger room.
So far, I have only tried the 2D to 3D conversion on a 720p channel, and I could barely notice a difference. It may be better on 1080p, but for a TV at this price, 3D is really just a bonus anyway. Even if you never use 3D (which I probably won't), you will be very satisfied with the picture quality.