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Changhong 50
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs over-saturated greens, not a "real" 1080p display 07/30/2014

This review is from: Changhong 50" 1080p LED HDTV - LED50YC2000UA

Pros: - price is hard-to-beat for this size TV
- speakers are reasonable (I've heard worse speakers on a 50" flat panel)
- ugly "Changhong" label on the front can be easily removed (it's attached with glue and 2 pin points)

Cons: I purchased this TV, played around with it intensively for 48 hours, and promptly returned it to to Newegg.

2 main complaints:
- green/red balance was completely off: connected via HDMI from my PC the greens look like neon radioactive ooze. I spent 4 hrs tweaking settings on the TV, in Windows color balance, and in my video card control panel. I ran every color calibration tool out there and could not fix it. I suspect adjusting the "tint" setting on the TV would've helped, but for some reason that setting was disabled when connected via hdmi. I did not try connecting the TV to any other source (antenna, cable, bluray) since PC monitor was my only use for this TV so cannot comment if other sources have the same problem.

- not a true 1080p display: when connecting it to my PC, intel graphics tool kept reporting that the display was not using native resolution and kept prompting me to change it to 1280x720. Have never seen this before with any other 1080p monitor or TV. When running in 1080p mode, images with smooth gradients (like blue skies) looked blurry and pixelated.

Other Thoughts: All these observations were made in a side by side comparison with my 2012 Panasonic Viera 42" IPS TV connected to the exact same PC source and also a 2014 Samsung 46" model (UN46EH5300).

Other reviewers here have reported these same 2 issues.

If you have no other flat-panel TV to do a side-by-side comparison, you may not notice or mind the poor color reproduction issues as much.

If you're looking for a secondary TV, look elsewhere as you'll regret this purchase when viewed alongside your first TV.

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ADATA DashDrive UV128 64GB Flash Drive Model AUV128-64G-RBY
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great USB3 speeds, slow USB2 speeds 07/06/2014

This review is from: ADATA DashDrive UV128 64GB Flash Drive Model AUV128-64G-RBY

Pros: - speeds are consistently great when connected to USB 3.0 ports (~49Mbps write speeds, ~100+ Mbps read speeds when copying data to a SSD external source)

- speeds are much slower when connected to USB 2.0 ports (slower than some USB2.0-only flash devices that I own)

Cons: - slightly wider than I'd like (2 of these can be inserted in USB ports side-by-side, but it's very tight fit)

- very cheap plastic feeling

Other Thoughts: Have also used this to boot/install Windows 8, which worked flawlessly.

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Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK1, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, 4th Gen Intel Core i3-4010U, Consumer Infrared sensor
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've now purchased 2 of these: one for myself (as a HTPC running XBMC and also just for lightweight computing) and one for my parents (as a full replacement for their primary desktop). These things are fantastic. Once you buy the RAM/mSATA storage, you can whip it together and install Win8 in under 20min.

The Intel VBIOS is one of the cleaner modern UEFI interfaces I've seen (unnecessary animations can be disabled). You need to spend some time tweaking the temp/cooling settings in BIOS if you want to truly minimize ambient noise, otherwise the fan kicks on a bit excessively.

Both the mini-DP and mini-HDMI ports support 1080p and digital audio, so you can easily hook up to any TV (dongles can be found for cheap on Amzn).

Power brick is slimmer than most laptop power bricks I've seen. No built-in battery backup tho, so make sure you use a UPS or otherwise risk data loss.

Cons: The price is high for the modest specs, you're definitely paying for convenience of compact form factor. Also, the price hasn't gone down in the last 1year that I've tracked it (in fact it's gone UP by a few bucks).

All the ports are USB 3.0. This is nice as a future-proof feature. However, there is a known and documented incompatibility with USB3.0 standard and USB wireless receivers operating at the 2.4ghz range. The Logitech wireless dongle that I use does not work when plugged directly into the USB3.0 port (at distances >1m, interferences from the USB3.0 port causes the wireless signal to be disrupted). Workaround is I have to plug the dongle into a USB ext cable. It works but is a bit messy, and I really wish the NUC had just *one* USB2.0 port so that I didn't have to deal with this workaround.

Other Thoughts: pairs nicely with Mushkin 120gb mSATA storage:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226320&ignorebbr=1

and also G.SKill 1.35V 8gb ram chip:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231704

Haven't tried the built-in WiFi/Bluetooth antenna (separate card req'd). Also haven't tried the built-in IR receiver. So cannot comment on those features.

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Kieran G.'s Profile

Display Name: Kieran G.

Date Joined: 05/19/08

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/28/08
  • Last Review: 07/06/14
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