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Pros: Has a VA panel for the LCD. So it has good blacks and good viewing angles.
Draws only 35 watts at max backlight. This is pretty good luminous efficiency for a 300-nit screen. Runs nice and cool as a result.
Slim bezel, slim front-to-back depth. Lightweight -- so light that the monitor has standard VESA screw holes.
Cons: Docking one star for minor design flaws.
The bezel is glossy. I had to cover it with black tape to dull it down. Why did Acer use a glossy bezel with a matte screen? The whole point of a matte screen is that it reduces reflections!
Turning down the brightness will automatically turn down the backlight. The PWM waveform emits a slight buzz, which is audible if you have good high-frequency hearing. Monitor is essentially silent at full backlight, but you cannot control backlight independently, as some other monitors allow you to do. Workaround is to leave brightness at 100%, then go into color temperature, and turn down the individual RGB colors.
This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline AV500 Nano Adapter Kit, up to 500 Mbps
Pros: It's small and compact, compared to older HomePlug units.
Cons: These units are inferior to the Trendnet TPL-306E2K units that I already have. (It's the same brand, so I'm allowed to mention it in a review.)
First, the TPL-406E2K underperforms the older TPL-306E2K, even though it should theoretically be faster -- AV 500 vs. AV (200). With the older AV units, I was getting 60 Mbps of sustained file transfer between two circuits on different phases. This dropped to 40 Mbps when I switched to the new AV 500 units.
Second, these units lose their link a couple of times per day. This is *very* annoying, and it takes about 30 seconds to reestablish. The older AV units would *never* drop out, no matter what happened on the electrical wiring. Microwave, vacuum machine, refrigerator, fluorescent lights, you name it. The speed would go down as the frequency was temporarily notched out, but there were *never* any drop-outs.
The capacitors on the 406 units make a buzzing sound when plugged in on certain circuits. If you have a very quiet computer, and you have good high-frequency hearing, this is rather annoying. The 306 older units were completely silent -- no matter which circuit I placed them on.
The status LEDs are dim -- much dimmer than on the older units. This is not so bad at night -- in fact, you might even prefer it. However, it also makes them impossible to see during the daytime, so that you can't glance at link status.
Other Thoughts: HomePlug AV 500 is a non-standard extension of HomePlug AV, which increases the maximum possible link speed by using higher frequencies. According to the HomePlug standard, any noisy frequency bands should simply get notched out -- so theoretically speaking, AV 500 should perform *no worse* than AV.
However, as my experience has shown, implementation details make all the difference. Is it the firmware? Is it the chips? Is it the digital notch filter? Is it noise from the capacitors? Was a design compromise required to fit the electronics into a smaller package?
Unless you have perfect home wiring, I would recommend buying the Trendnet TPL-306E2K instead. The TPL-306E2K has a *lot* of five-star reviews on Newegg, which suggests that it is resilient to a great variety of line conditions -- not just for me, but for lots of other Newegg customers.
This review is from: LG-Nortel AP300N Wireless AP/Ethernet Client
Pros: Works fine as a 2.4 GHz client on a 802.11n network, to provide connectivity to wired-Ethernet devices.
Cons: Firmware dates back to 2008. It's so old that it's Draft-N. No updates available.
Incomplete instructions, and the device responds slowly. I carefully read all the information supplied by the other reviewers, and still only got it to work after some fiddling around and a couple of power-cycles.
Other Thoughts: As you can see from the photo, the box is quite plain. And it's from LG-Nortel. And you're supposed to set a static IP address before first setup.
Clearly, this was not designed for consumers. It's only being dumped at such a low consumer price because it's old stock. After all, Nortel went bankrupt and LG-Nortel is now Ericsson-LG.
But it suits my needs. You'll have to assess whether it'll suit yours.
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