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This review is from: SIIG CB-DP0811-S1 DisplayPort (M) to HDMI® (F) Adapter
Pros: Fit and finish are good. No issues getting the HDMI cable in or inserting this in the DisplayPort. Signal is clean - no degradation.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast, stable, flexible, easy to work with. I had it at 1866 for ages and finally went with the 2133 XMP Profile and it has been rock solid. Combined with an AMD FX-8350 running at 4.1GHz, the system has been excellent.
Cons: Can't think of any. Seriously, I put two sticks in the board and I have room for two more. The slightly higher voltage translates into little extra actual wattage consumption. Meanwhile, at 2133 I'm seeing big ops (high ISO noise reduction) taking 33% less time.
Other Thoughts: I'll probably get two more sticks if I see my pagefile get any kind of a workout.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Bought this as an Android replacement and I wanted to move to a tablet that could be productive when off the network. I also needed to be able to RDP into a Win 8 machine.
While I approached the idea of moving to a Windows machine reluctantly, I've been really pleased with how it works out. It installs and runs native Windows apps - I have put Lightroom on it for tethered shooting. I have also installed Chrome and am getting a big chunk of my Google functionality through that.
While everyone knows Win8/Metro apps are relatively sparse, my important ones are there -- Kindle, Evernote, Skype. These apps run well (Kindle app is different than Android and easier to hide the book ads).
But the real focus here is on the device itself. The form factor is a little thick, but manageable. The rear cover comes off very easily and you can see the WiFi antenna as well as the battery. It doesn't look like you can stick more RAM or another internal drive on it, but it is a tablet after all, not a laptop.
The headphone jack is great -- my Bose QuietComfort headphones have a habit of cutting out a channel on some devices (like my phone), but on the Dell it's flawless stereo. The built-in speakers are adequate, but I went with a Bluetooth unit (no trouble pairing) or used headphones.
The screen's sensitivity is just right for my needs -- not a lot of pressure but not on a hair trigger either. The 1920x1080 resolution looks great, and an HD movie was stunning and sharp. My ripped DVDs also look great. The viewing angle and brightness are really good - enough so that I'm thinking of getting a privacy shield for plan flights.
I'm especially impressed with performance/power ratio. The internal MMC drive gives you power efficiency and speed, and the Atom processor regularly self-overclocks to 2.4GHz while doing heavy lifting. Obviously with 2GB of system RAM, there's going to be paging and the MMC makes for a good swap drive.
The 5GHz WiFi is really good, better than my Android phone (a current Droid RAZR). Interestingly, the 5GHz does better than the 2.4GHz in parts of my house where I'd expect the lower frequency to do better.
The drive comes encrypted, BTW, and that's great for protection. The system is still fast with that enabled, which would have been my main concern.
I'm not finding lag to be a problem, and it's already giving me desktop capabilities in the palm of my hand.
Cons: You notice the thickness and weight immediately, one enhancing the other. The lack of a built-in stand makes it more obvious yet. I found it easier to rest the unit on my body and hold it up with one hand. I don't think I could hold it one-handed in the air for long and feel comfortable.
The microSD-Card is really tough to access. I had to find and murder a paper clip to insert in the hole that opens the microSD tray. Once out, you have to make a mental effort to note which way the card goes since it slides completely out. On the flip side, once in, it's really in (and loads very easily).
The biggest con for me is the lack of true integration between hardware and software. The device needed a BIOS update, which required navigating the Dell app (not a Metro app). That went well, but the chipset driver update did not, and I was certain I had bricked the machine especially when BitLocker came up in recovery asking me for my key to get at the encrypted hard drive. Fortunately, the OS disabled the HD video device and let me back in; reinstalling the chipset update fixed the issue.
But who would venture into this kind of trouble normally? When an Android device gets a firmware update, it all comes at once. Who would think to get a chipset update, or give up when the update fails and send it in for an RMA?
You do need the updates -- I had a tablet BSOD when it had trouble accessing the camera. The patches seem to have fixed it.
I'm surprised at the wireless. 5GHz won't work well through too many walls, and the 2.4GHz reception on this device doesn't do as well as my phone or older ASUS transformer.
Although I like being able to get in the back of the device, I'm somewhat concerned in how the back doesn't seem to make a tight seal. How would it do with a spill on the counter (or on the plane)? I don't want to find out!
If I could, I'd only give the unit 4.5 stars because of the cons. But so far, I'm getting fast network access (10ms latency/57MB down/11up), desktop software, access to my apps, preserving a chunk of my Google experience, and a great screen so the cons temper my enthusiasm without killing it.
Comes with McAfee 30-day subscription. Removed it and freed up a chunk of RAM. You need to disable services even after you uninstall.
Other Thoughts: I once wondered which was worse - being stuck with an Apple device or a Dell? Now that I have this Dell, I feel like I've become one with the Borg.
Dell could have improved things by having tighter integration with the updates, or MS could take this on under a contract so that Windows Update handles it all. Just the fact that the Dell software isn't a Metro app says plenty.
For all of the pain, the ability to run Windows apps natively and have a robust off-line experience really showcase the fact that you are compromising much less by going with a smaller device that doesn't kill the battery off.
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