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HP Envy 24 Silver 23.8” IPS Panel, LED Backlight LCD Monitor 300cd/m2, HDMI & MHL Inputs, Integrated Beats Audio Speakers, 10,000,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Incredibly sleek styling make this the first monitor I'd be willing to place next to the stainless steel appliances in my kitchen, and that's exactly how I'm using it, connected to a net top PC.

- Crisp colors and excellent viewing angles. Yes, this is a high-quality IPS panel.

- Speakers easily beat out any monitor speakers I've ever heard. Being of substantial size and front-firing means they're actually usable, and I'd put them at a level of $25 desktop speakers. Nothing fantastic, but great for being built into a monitor and taking up no desktop/counter space.

- Wow, a dial for volume. How very 1990s and how incredibly useful!

- Comes with all the cables you need, including HDMI and MHL. Very nice touch, HP!

Cons: - No height adjustment makes this a sub-optimal monitor for desktop use, and this is a feature similarly-priced monitors almost always have.

- I'm not sold on MHL. Nice to be able to connect (and charge) 2014 smart phones like the HTC One M8 I tested, but this simply isn't a fully-baked feature. Last year's MHL phones don't work (like the Galaxy S4 I tried) because they need a proprietary cable, and even with my HTC One, the translation of a phone screen to a desktop screen is a novelty at best. You see virtually no content on the huge screen, and you still need to use the phone to navigate it. Plus the screen shuts off every time your phone turns its screen off. If you want media on your desktop screen, use a PC, not a phone. Wireless MHL might make sense, but not today's MHL. Oh, and my Windows 8.1 tablet didn't work with MHL either. Not impressed.

- Price is just a bit high versus HP's big-name competition in the 23"/24" IPS category.

- Touch controls do not work if no input device is detected - very frustrating if you're trying to set up the monitor before plugging in a phone/tablet.

Other Thoughts: If you're willing to trade an adjustable stand for excellent styling and legitimate built-in speakers, then this is the monitor for you.

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HitLights 6W A19 LED Light Bulb/40W Replacement/520 Lumens/E26 Base/Non-Dimmable/UL Listed/2700K/Warm White
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very good product for the price. It's surprisingly compact, much smaller than A19 incandescents or other LEDs. The light is a warm white.

Cons: Because the light is all emitted from the top half of the bulb, it appears much brighter than other bulbs when used in a fixture where it points down, but is not ideal for a fixture where it points up, as little light is cast downwards. Also may be just slightly bluer than other 2700K bulbs.

Other Thoughts: Unlike many LEDs, these are not dimmable. I've found most dimmable bulbs to buzz badly when used with any dimmer, including LED dimmers. This obviously doesn't have that problem. No noise at all.

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CORSAIR Voyager Mini 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent value 07/28/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-64GB

Pros: The Voyager Mini 64GB is an incredible value, costing barely more than a 64GB microSD card, and yet being a full-featured USB3.0 flash drive. The speed is more than acceptable given the size and price, and the drive is stylish and durable.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: A lot of user reviews here seem to exhibit a misunderstanding of USB 3.0. It provides increased throughput for a variety of peripherals, but not all those peripherals will reach the maximum throughput, which I've measured to be about 185MB/s using a high-end solid-state drive.

The Voyager Mini is a keychain-sized thumb drive that focuses on convenience and value, not all-out speed. My benchmarks of the Voyager Mini are as follows:

Crystal Disk Mark:
Seq Read - 109.3
Seq Write - 26.5
512K Read - 103
512K Write - 23.5
4K Read - 7.0
4K Write - 1.5

In real-world data transfer of JPEGs, the Voyager Mini achieved 99MB/s in reads and 38MB/s in writes. I did find, however, that the burst speed for writes is relatively short, after which point it drops in performance rather quickly, which is reflected in the fairly low sequential write speed in Crystal Disk Mark.

The performance, however, is more than acceptable, as it's far faster than any USB 2.0 drive could achieve, and also faster than a separately-purchased flash memory card could achieve using keychain-sized USB 2.0 readers.

For comparison, the Voyager Mini is about half as fast as an ultra-high-end 128GB full-size flash drive I have tested, which costs 3x as much.

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