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Mirage MX 5.1 Home Theater System
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Confusion regarding the sub... 04/18/2012

This review is from: Mirage MX 5.1 Home Theater System

Pros: Solid Sub at a great price...

Cons: Weak Center
I prefer standard speakers versus the "Omnipolar" technology, but it is implemented well here.

Other Thoughts: Regarding the speaker count on the sub.... Per the description: "dual 6.5-inch black anodized aluminum passive radiators and a 6.5-inch black anodized aluminum cone woofer"

This sub has one 6.5" woofer and two 6.5" passive radiators. Image nine is a corner shot of the front (with the four holes that hold the grille) and the right side radiator. Image ten is the same angle, but with the grille in place. Image 11 shows an image of the left side radiator. In image 11 you can see the grille in place (right) covering the woofer as well as the knobs protruding from the rear (left) that control volume, phase and low-pass filter.

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Dell P Series P2412H Black 24
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very Reliable
Light Weight
Good Stand
Decent UI

I've been using this monitor for quite dome time. First as the G2410, then the P2410H and P2411H and now as the P2412H. Dell has made a few changes to the monitor over time, but it's a very reliable piece of equipment. I've never had so much as a dead/bright pixel on one, much less outright failure.

The light weight of this assembly makes it particularly well-suited to use on an armature, especially with two or more.

Cons: Blotchy light distribution on a black background.
Light Leak around the edges on a black background.
Color Accuracy; not bad, just not to be used for professional work.
Temperature; not bad, just not to be used for professional work.

Other Thoughts: I've been using these monitors for years with no issue. They work well for anything from gaming to spreadsheet/database work for hours. I would not recommend them to anyone needing color accuracy or uniform color temps. There is much better equipment for that type of work. Otherwise this is a great all-around monitor.

I'm not fond of the rounded corners being used now, but that's a minor aesthetic gripe.

**When I use "blotchy" I'm referring to a black screen. The light isn't perfectly uniform. It's not all that noticeable (you have to look for it and only on black backgrounds), but it should be mentioned.
Same for the light leak... it's not that bad, but it's noticeable on a black background.

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DELL Alienware M11x (AM11x-826CSB) NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (1.30GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good performer for its size.
Great battery life.
Good aesthetics.

Cons: Poor hinge design.
Fingerprint magnet.

Other Thoughts: I perform warranty service for multiple OEMs, including Dell. That may void my opinion of this device in some eyes, but I have a perspective that most other owners don't.

This is a well built machine that all of my customers (including myself) are pleased to own... with one exception. The hinge design on this machine is somewhat weak. The back of the LCD (the LCD top cover) is plastic. Over time it seems that the brass fittings that the hinge screws into pull away from the plastic. Otherwise it's a well-designed system. The only reason I've had to service an M11x is to replace the LCD due to hinge failure.

If you're looking for a good performer that won't kill the bank and doesn't weigh more than your car... consider the M11x. As long as you don't purchase it with the expectation that it will perform like a high-end M17x or high-end desktop, you should be pleased.... maybe even pleasantly surprised.

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Display Name: Brian W.

Date Joined: 04/24/06

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  • First Review: 07/22/09
  • Last Review: 04/18/12
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