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TCL 40
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Took the leap with little regrets 12/16/2013

This review is from: TCL 40" 1080P Back Lit LED HDTV - LE40FHDE3010

Pros: - 3 HDMI inputs
- true 1080p
- "refurb" like an Apple product (looks brand new)
- twin speakers are LOUD and clear
- picture is very clean

Cons: - 60Hz which is fine for movies and regular viewing
- 90 day warranty is paltry
- picture is washed out on default Energy Star setting, just tweak it
- dynamic brightness needs a bit of work (or just turn it off)

Other Thoughts: Newegg's Black Friday special brought me to purchasing this 40" HDTV from a manufacturer where I've read overall positive reviews. I had also purchased a speaker bar for it because my LG 47" HDTV had rather pathetic sound from its internal speakers. Like I said in the Pros, the built-in speakers are loud and clear (no bass but that's not an issue).

Once you get the colors dialed in (I selected Natural), the HDTV looks pretty good. Otherwise, it looks oversaturated (color-bleed). My LG HDTV comes with a calibration mechanism that allows an easy method of dialing in the picture. TCL would be wise to implement a similar feature.

The 90 day warranty gives me pause but the availability of a 2 year extended warranty (which I purchased) gives me peace of mind. The warranty (a year longer than most new HDTVs) plus the price of the TV still ended up to be a good deal.

Tek Republic TUH-300 USB 3.0 4-Port Hub
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent performance for a great price 12/16/2013

This review is from: Tek Republic TUH-300 USB 3.0 4-Port Hub

Pros: - speed for external USB 3.0 hard drives are excellent (with no discernible drop when connected to this hub)
- requires no special drivers
- holds connectors tight as should be
- no cumbersome input connector to fall off
- picked this up at Newegg's daily deal special for only $15

Cons: - no external power supply (though for my application, none necessary)

Other Thoughts: My motherboard was a first generation USB 3.0 board. It had only two ports available. With the excellent deals Newegg has been making on USB 3.0 externals, I needed the ability to expand the number of ports to keep taking advantage of the superior speed.

Even if Newegg is not offering this at the discounted price, it truly does the job you need it to do. I highly recommend it.

Griffin Extra-long 3 Meter USB to Lightning Connector Cables   10 ft cable for iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and iPad 4th gen.
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - thicker, insulated cable than OEM Apple
- MFi (Apple certified) Lightning cable (iOS 7+ compatible)
- tapered end at the 8-pin side makes for easy extraction
- tested customer service
- purchased five Griffin Lightning cables (one 2ft, three 3ft, and one 10ft)

Cons: - none that I can tell

Other Thoughts: I've purchased all of my aftermarket Lightning cables from Griffin (via B&M stores and Newegg). Not only are their cables MFi (certified by Apple), but they also have a superior design to that of an OEM Apple cable with a tapered end on the 8-pin side of the cable. Griffin also uses a thicker insulated cable that is destined to stand the rigors of extensive use.

One of my cables that I purchased had a defect that was experienced with one of my iOS 7 devices where the OS said that the cable was not certified. Griffin did not hesitate to ship me a replacement cable free of charge. Top notch cables, top notch service.

You can't go wrong with Griffin.


Michael Y.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael Y.

Date Joined: 03/16/06

  • Reviews: 52
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  • First Review: 01/07/07
  • Last Review: 12/16/13
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