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Pros: So heres a quick update after having the device for quite awhile
- Android 4.4.2! There are some good and bad things, mostly good.
- I forgot to mention the camera, which takes decent pictures if your into that sort of thing.
- Battery life improved with 4.4.2. With medium usage throughout the day, i used to get a day if not a little more out of it. Now i charge about every other day. (i stopped watching so many movies on it, but standby consumption has dropped drastically.
Cons: Lagdroid for a reason. The first immediate thing i noticed after 4.4.2 is hitting the home button or the active processes button while in an app instantly causes lag. This happens EVERYTIME. Though i suppose that's more of a software thing and not necessarily an hp screwup.
For whatever reason, the normal screen shots will just not work. I don't know whats causing it, it only tells me its unable to take a screenshot. But there are apps to fix that.
Ever since 4.4.2 the default android media player will stutter and crash and lag playing any sort of high def movies. In 4.2.2(the version it was shipped with) i did not have these issues.
Other Thoughts: I forgot to mention the camera on my first go around. The camera itself is a good one but it has no flash. What does that mean exactly?
It means that unless you get the perfect lighting or even just on the right kind of angle, you will get light that bleeds from where its coming from across the screen. Sort of like a watery effect but less brilliant.
Oh and not anything to worry about but it's extremely magnetic on it's back side. It's caught itself from falling off a radiator before. Don't know what's up with that but, keep it away from electronics! especially any sort of hard drive.
The 1gb of ram is a continuing issue where i have to clear memory after basically every app that's not in use or face lagdroids not so awesome speeds. The device has literally frozen up for minutes at a time. The OS in general i believe is the cause of being so memory hungry.
The stylus is starting to get annoying too. If i even push it in a little but whilst still being tucked away in it's slot it will pop open the stylus menu. It's gotten really sensative and i don't even use it.
Pros: - POM bearing(lasts longer than average bearings)
- High *DIRECTED* airflow
- low startup voltage(dont let it confuse you, these things draw a lot of juice)
- It's actually water resistant!
- Low noise if in right environment
- Silent adapters are really useful.
Cons: Tad pricey
low noise adapters get hot. keep away from other wires.
Other Thoughts: Props to coolermaster on this one. This is one awesome fan, the blue is what i like to think of as a just right blue. It's not too washed out and looks great for an LED
the directed airflow is amazing for radiators and the noise with the right environment is really low.
What i mean by the right environment is you do not want to keep this fan in a cluttered space. Something like on your rear fan mount that has lots of clearance on all sides, why? TURBULENCE. You can just hear it if it's not open enough.
Now, if it's in a nice open place the POM bearing coupled with the rubber pads make this thing *virtually* silent comparatively to the rpms. In the perfect situation at 2000-ish rpms you notice an audible noise from it but it is in no way terrible.
Noticable drop in temperatures coming from 2 bitfenix spectre pro's the ones that are 1800rpm and advertise like 70cfm even with the 1200rpm low noise adapter on this thing, it really moves air.
Pros: - IPS(i love IPS monitors)
- 21:9 means very wide, awesome pictures
- Matte screen helps with glare
- Displayport, HDMI, DVI it has them all.
- Built in speakers are useable for the most part
- Low GTG response time for an IPS(though this is pretty gimmicky as unless you have this monitor side by side displaying the same images, you WON'T notice any difference in response times, which is low to begin with)
- Really liked the menu buttons as it's just one but you move it to the left, right up or down or click down. This way you don't have to search for all the buttons only to press the wrong one in the menu because you can't see them.
Cons: Not all games are supported in it's native resolution
The included ability to split screens is a good idea in general, but a terrible idea on this screen. It's not the biggest, but it is very wide which makes it somewhat ideal for 2 screen split but not 4. And even then, 2 screen split was not that great. Windows snap would be easier and better than 2 screen split.
Drivers! According to LG this is meant to be a plug and play monitor but they included some drivers and software on a disk that is not only confusing to install but seems like it was a scrapped idea to include them but did anyway. There are no clear instructions on those disks, not like you need them anyway.
Plastic stand! It's not the best in the world and it doesn't have all that much tilt to it. No height adjust either.
Other Thoughts: To game with this screen if that is your forte you will absolutely need a program called Flawless Widescreen. This will solve a ton of issues with scaling and make games actually playable at 2560x1080. (though the program itself is not without flaws, and takes some time to get the fixes to actually work)
If your game is not supported by flawless widescreen or natively on the program, it will revert to 1920x1080 with letterboxes on both sides!!!
Among the games i've played, League of legends, WoW, diablo 3, these games actually support 2560x1080 without any issues and because of that you can take advantage of the higher field of view and look stunning at the same time. Assassins creed black flag also looks good but you will need flawless widescreen to make that work. My system only loses a few fps driving this screen vs my 16:9 1080p monitor.
Compared to my 23.5" dell IPS monitor, it is slightly smaller on height but like 3" longer on width. If you can get games to work in it's native resolution it really does enhance your gaming experience and it's not much harder to drive this screen vs a normal 1920x1080 screen!
Would have liked to see DVI-D cable included, at the very least and i would have loved to see a glass screen not a matte as glass screens tend to have better color reproduction as the matte screen takes away some for it's anti-glare properties.
All in all, it's a pretty nice screen ignoring the useless disks and split screen(again nice idea, but on a larger screen. This one is just too small unless you like text made for ants)
Packaging! I don't normally include it as it's a review on the product itself but my box it was shipped in had a few holes in the side that the LCD was actually facing. Fortunately the hard foam stopped whatever it was that hit it and my monitor arrived in one peice and no dead pixels! So kudos to the awesome packaging.