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Pros: The projector was nicely packaged in the box and protected by thick foam, which is good because the box got thoroughly damaged while it was shipped here. The remote comes with batteries so you're off and running seconds after you unbox it.
The image quality is very good and it is easy to focus the projector to perfect sharpness. The focus wheel is very easy to dial in to just the right sharpness. I had to get extremely close to the screen to be able to see the tiny border between pixels, which was less pronounced than a typical LCD or DLP projector.
The remote automatically configured itself for movement when the projector was turned on so no configuration or device pairing was required on my part. The motion is very accurate and saves time by having a cursor instead of simple relative movement with up/down/left/right controls.
In partial sunlight mixed with high fluorescent light, the image was still visible on a matte white screen. I was concerned about the 1400 lumens but it seems brighter than that. Once I enlarged to 80 inch diagonal, it was more obvious about the lack of lumens but it was very visible and readable from a distance and the colors were still accurate and saturated. With my 3000 lumen projector, the first thing I did in a dim room was turn down the brightness because it was too bright so keep that in mind. The specs say it can project larger and they mean that it will focus at that distance but the image brightness would be very poor. I would not recommend using this on an extremely large screen, unless you have absolute control over ambient light, if you need a decent contrast ratio like for playing movies.
The color accuracy was surprisingly good in the light and spectacular in the dark. There was no need for adjustment on my part. Doing different tasks like watching a cinematic movie and setting the projector on cinema picture mode did improve the overall look but I preferred to set image settings myself. The settings right out of the box were virtually perfect and the only adjustments I needed to make were to adapt to the environments I tested it in.
I tried about 20 common tasks that someone may want to do with the projector as well as using its primary data features and they all worked perfectly and smoothly the way I anticipated. No matter what you're doing, you shouldn't end up confused or stuck. Bluetooth was similar to any other bluetooth pairing process. The browser and video and audio streaming functions were straightforward. All other features didn't really have a problem.
The #1 feature in my opinion and the #1 reason to get this for videos or gaming is the lack of a color wheel rainbow flicker that all DLP projectors have. I have very fast eyes and I can see the RGB cycle on a DLP projector regardless of its spinning speed. This projector looks flawless and is miles ahead of the quality of any LCD projector, not to mention the savings on electricity.
Cons: There was one downside that I bet everyone already assumes. The browser, Netflix streamer, and other features are slow and clunky compared to performing those tasks on a laptop connected to the projector. The plus side is you don't need a laptop. I found it about as painfully awkward and slow as using a smartphone to surf the web so if you're used to that, it won't be too bad. Apparently the projector is capable of using a mouse and keyboard on its USB ports though so that may speed things up a bit, as strange as that seems.
There is no lens cap or lens shutter. How is that possible?
There is an unbelievably bad oversight by the company. By default, right out of the box, HDMI on both inputs will overscan 10%. This makes any desktop or laptop unusable because it cuts off needed parts of the window. After about 20 minutes of searching the web then the user manual, I figured out that I need to go into Menu – Settings - Picture – Aspect Ratio – then set it on "just scan" instead of 16:9. That's so unbelievably counter-intuitive and poorly phrased, not to mention hidden, I would have taken off 1 egg except that every other advanced feature was incredibly easy to use and intuitive.
Anyone taking this out of the box and hooking it up to a computer, which is a common task, will have the image not look right and be unable to use it. Worse yet, the feature is not labeled "HDMI scan options" or "overscan settings." It would take any person a long time to find out how to correct the idiotic "feature." That is unacceptable and I hope they fix it in a patch. Why is overscan even a thing these days? No device I know of will send an incorrect border around a digital image.
I also found the zoom versus focus controls counter-intuitive. The zoom lever is on top and labeled. The focus feature is to twist the very tiny, thin, non-textured rim around the lens of the projector. The ring isn't labeled with the word "focus" either. You just have to try twisting it to see if it works. I suppose I could have read very briefly in the manual how to focus it though.
There was one other problem that I can't believe occurs with this new of a device. The projector couldn't read my 64GB USB 3.0 NTFS-formatted flash drive. One of those 3 specs is apparently incompatible. It did read the same modem flash drive but 8GB and FAT32 formatted though. I don't know if it had a problem with directory length or file count or formatting or what but it claimed by USB drive was unreadable or corrupt.
Other Thoughts: The projector seemed to get awfully hot for a 90 watt LED projector. It seemed to be a concerning temperature, but I have to trust that the engineers who designed it made sure it doesn't overheat at a normal indoor ambient temperature. How hard would it have been to cool a mere 90 watts properly though? This projector gets just as hot as my halogen bulb-based model. On the plus side, the fans are very quiet.
One side comment about this projector is the quality level, efficiency/power usage, bulb life rating, color quality, ease of use, and the massive list of features all go together. The 1400 lumens does not. This is only the perfect do-it-all solution home theater projector if you're projecting onto a relatively small screen. If that's the case, great. Otherwise LG makes similarly capable but brighter models to do everything this one does and they would be a better choice.
Pros: The box was very nice and showed exactly what the router looked like. It's a great, futuristic redo of the old WRT54G style black and blue routers, which I think is very cool. I was very surprised that Linksys put the exact specs on the side of the box since they rarely do that. The memory size and speed of the CPU indicate this could easily run a bit torrent client 24/7 and other such demanding tasks. It even lists which file systems can be used for devices attached to the USB ports and NTFS is one of them. Very impressive!
Right out of the box, the router felt solid and far from cheaply made. It's somewhat heavy and the antenna are unbelievably tough with metal reinforcement at the base.
I'm not a big fan of setup CDs but I popped in the one included in the box and was impressed that it simply had a PDF of the users manual and that's all. No toolbars, demo software that expires later, privacy-invading features, etc. There was actually no software at all, which is a big improvement over past router products.
The setup wizard intercepted the first webpage request in my browser, which is the simplest way to let someone configure it. It asked that updates be done automatically, which is very rare but an important feature for safety, security, and stability since nobody ever performs regular firmware update checks on their router.
All the default values during the setup process were ideal in my opinion. It even dual-broadcasts SSIDs, one for 2.4GHz and one for 5GHz with the SSID name reflecting that. Also it has encryption turned on by default and the SSID and password are printed on the jacket for the setup CD. You can't get much easier or more convenient than that.
Once it was set up, every feature known to man was available on the easy to navigate control panel. There was VLANs, time restrictions based on computer name, remote configuration, etc. Noticeably missing was the ability to turn down broadcast power if you want to be polite in a crowded apartment building but usually the broadcast power setting is hard wired so people don't hack the router and turn it up past the limit instead of down.
This router got exactly the same signal strength as my current router. That's -50dBm on a 6” antenna from about 50 feet away, moderately obstructed with medium to high levels of 2.4GHz and general EM interference. So needless to say, disconnections and lag won't be a problem. My ping times to the router were practically perfect and almost all under 1ms. Via wired and wireless connections, the comparative speed and response tests I gave it indicated that the router was practically not there compared to connecting straight to my modem. You'll never have to worry about this router adding additional lag to any network activity.
All the advanced features that I tested like plugging in a portable hard drive to the router worked normally and the configuration and management was very smooth.
Cons: Right out of the box, I've never seen such a cheaply-made ethernet cable in my life. It's thin, flat, light and has no markings indicating if it's Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6. I'm concerned that it even has a proper amount of twists per meter to meet its required cabling specs.
I attempted to set up the router as a standalone device without connecting it to my modem. I do typically configure the router's wifi settings directly THEN deploy it where it's actually going but not this router. It refused to even connect to the PC via ethernet until I gave it an internet connection. It started booting then had an amber blinking LED under “internet” and refused to let me configure it. Once I connected it to my modem, it booted up fully and basically turned on power to the wired gigabit switch section internally.
Other Thoughts: It is possible that the flat, ultra thin ethernet cable is some sort of premium thin model but the lack of markings indicating its type alone is pretty bad.
Besides a quirk or two, I can't think of anything negative about this router. I would strongly recommend it to anyone of any technical skill level. The entire installation process and configuration went quickly and didn't leave me with any questions or mysteries to solve. This is a very nice router solution for any home or even a business.
This review is from: Seagate ST4000VM000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: We got two of these for use in two different DVR systems for our new security camera systems. So far they're both running at a great temperature while being written to nonstop by 4 streams at around 4000Kb/s.
While viewing and saving an external copy of 20 minutes of video footage, it kept recording all 4 channels at full quality.
Cons: So far, none
Other Thoughts: The maximum ambient temperature rating of these drives is very nice and makes placement of the DVRs very flexible.READ FULL REVIEW
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