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This review is from: Samsung C34F791 34" Silver Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor 3440 x 1440, 21:9 UltraWide, 4ms Response Time, 100 Hz Refresh Rate, 1500R Curvature, Tilt/Height Adjustable, HDMI x 2, DP, USB 3.0
Pros: This is my first ultra-wide monitor. I bought it with high hopes for gaming, but I also use it for all of the other mundane activities I typically use my desktop PC for (web browsing, email, code development, etc.) I was aware of the various issues that I would face with a curved monitor, and my experience with this monitor has been mixed.
Extra Width - Coming from a 27" QHD (2560x1440) monitor, I found the extra width (about 8" wider) to be very useful while coding. However, the extra width resulted in only slightly more immersive gaming for me. Not all games can take advantage of the extra width, but the ones I tried seem to work fine, with a bit of tweaking.
Minimalism - The monitor has a Mac aesthetic, with silver bezels and white backing. I think it looks clean and minimalistic. The base is a 10" silver circle, attached to a white arm. The base does not swivel, but the arm does allow for the monitor to be raised and tilted somewhat.
Cables Included - The monitor comes with all needed cables (1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, USB 3.0 A-to-B, and power). The cables are white to match the monitor backing.
Dark Blacks - When seated dead-center, the monitor blacks are quite dark, and there is minimal back light bleeding around the edges.
Cons: Out-of-the-Box Image - The monitor comes configured with the brightness at 100, contrast at 75, and (most importantly) sharpness at 60. These settings result in blinding whites and super-saturated colors. But the sharpness setting directly conflicts with ClearType in Windows 10, resulting in jagged text with odd color shift (e.g., black to purple). It is easy enough to change these settings in the configuration menu, and a Sharpness of 0 is a must IMO.
Viewing Angle - Coming from an IPS monitor (Dell U2713HM), I was disappointed in the color shift that occurs when I move my head a few inches off center in any direction. This is not a monitor for digital image professionals.
Control Panel - The on-screen display is controlled by a single "JOG button" joystick, with U/D/L/R directions and a press for "enter". "Up" gets you to the main configuration settings. (For the most part, the config menu is easy to navigate with the joystick.) "Left" selects video input. "Right" allows two video sources to be shown as Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture
display. And "Down" is "power off". There is no dedicated power button, which means that turning off the monitor requires doing a three step process: press, down, press. As I typically turn off my monitor when I'm not using it, I find this to be annoying. My solution was to change the O/S setup to turn off the monitor after a time instead.
USB Hub - The monitor comes with a 6' USB 3.0 A-to-B cable for the monitor's two USB 3.0 ports. However, these ports are not convenient, being located on the rear of the monitor, about 4" in from the left side and 6" down from the top. I used short USB extension cables to make these ports more accessible.
Speakers - Similar in quality to laptop speakers, I wouldn't want to use these on a regular basis. There is a headphone jack near the USB ports, but again, placement is not ideal.
Power Brick - Really Samsung? Your engineers couldn't fit the power supply in the monitor itself? The power brick is about as big as you'd find with a small laptop.
Bezels - The top/left/right edges have a thin (0.5mm) metal strip for the monitor housing, and then a 1/4" black bezel for the screen itself. The bottom edge has a 3/4" metal strip for the Samsung logo and Power LED, and then a 1/16" black bezel for the screen. I found the different size of the bottom black bezel to be very distracting. I ended up setting the background to black and
made the taskbar transparent.
Other Thoughts: The first monitor I received had an area where it looked like the substrate had been damaged (https://goo.gl/y2kC9f). Thankfully, NewEgg took it back and sent me another one without any hassle. The second monitor I received has been good so far. I got a third monitor for work, and it has developed a small 1mm circle gray blotch, which again appears to be a defect under the screen surface. The process to return/replace a work monitor is nearly impossible, so I'm pretty much stuck with it.
Given that 2 out of 3 monitors I received experienced defects, I would not recommend this monitor until Samsung works out production issues. I'd probably go for something else either (a) less expensive or (b) more expensive but with G-Sync (since I currently have an nVidia card).
Pros: Good bass and decent sound overall. Very light. Small carrying case included with several sizes of rubber earbuds. Paired easily with both my Nexus 4 and Windows 7.
Cons: There is a high-pitched electronic buzzing during any soft music passages (and phone calls) which is very noticeable and annoying. The charging cable is proprietary, meaning if you lose it or break it (since it relies on a spring-loaded clip to make contact) you are out of luck. The battery life is short. I was able to get about 3 hours of music time before a recharge was necessary. So don't expect to use these all day. Not great for phone calls. The other party could hear me, but said it was very faint and sounded like I was in a cardboard box. The controls are basic (3 buttons), but for some reason the Vol Up button is also the Prev Track button, which is opposite of what is stated in the manual. Bluetooth range is short. Simply having the cable below my jacket collar interrupts the signal.
Other Thoughts: I have two pairs of MEElectronics corded "noise isolating" earbuds which I like and use occasionally. I also have two pairs of bluetooth headsets (Sennheiser MM100 and Jaybird Bluebuds X) which were very expensive but sound fantastic. I decided to try these relatively inexpensive (after promo code) bluetooth earbuds . I guess you get what you pay for. They're not horrible. The bass is pretty good. The fit is fairly standard for in-ear buds (uncomfortable after a while). But the high-pitched electronic buzz gives me a headache. I guess if all you listen to is consistently loud music with no soft passages, you probably won't even notice the annoying buzz. I definitely wouldn't recommend buying these at full price. But if you can get them for cheap and plan on using them for short periods in noisy environments (I'm thinking the gym), then they might be a decent purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPER TALENT PICO-C 16GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model STU16GPCS
Pros: Small, shiny, high capacity, comes with attachment chain.
Cons: Random data corruption upon copying to/from the drive.
Other Thoughts: Upon initial receipt, I tried copying a large amount (10GB) of MP3 files. A few did not read correctly. I reformatted (FAT32) and retried the test. A different set of files was corrupted. Then I formatted NTFS and tried again. Similar results with different files corrupted. Bottom line is that I cannot depend on this drive.READ FULL REVIEW