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Pros: Brightness is adequate in dark room, colors are good, projects acceptably on a wall (tested to 120 inches diagonal), has no hesitations or jumps, displays a computer screen very nicely without artifacts. Does handle various resolutions with exceptions noted in cons below. Remote works well, though the menus are utilitarian. It is very quiet compared to other units I've tried and almost no hot plastic smell. USB storage handles a 1TB disk as well as thumb drives. Also on the USB storage I tried various resolutions and types( AVI, MPG, MP4) and audio mixes ( AC3, AAC, MPEG ) . All worked properly.
Cons: The unit does not handle a SAR to DAR ratios that are different when the source is through the USB storage. Example: my old home videos are 720x480 (3:2) SAR with a 4:3 DAR ( probably the most common DVD 4:3 video). When you try to play them using the USB storage 4:3 is not an aspect ratio that is allowed in the menu. For the 3 options ( Full/16:9/Original ) you get displays of 1.6 to 1 ( the resolution of the unit - 1280x800) or you get 1.5 to 1 (3:2 the ratio of the SAR: 720x480), you do not get 4:3 so as a result the image is squished. Same problem if you have a 720x480 16:9 video or any other SAR/DAR mismatch. The greater the SAR/DAR mismatch the greater the squish. Note this doesn't happen with a computer connected via DVI/HDMI because the computer does the SAR/DAR correction correctly. The unit does work correctly if the SAR ratio and the DAR ratio are the same. As mentioned by others - no focus on the remote, so when it warms up it needs to be refocused or you just have to warm it up before you start watching ( if you have it mounted in the ceiling, for example). Also, there is no digital audio output to connect to your home theater if you are running from the USB storage. Last minor con is that while it will properly display the 1280x800 from a computer without under/overscanning, when you set the computer screen to 1920x1080 you have to reset the computer underscan a little smaller (using one of the graphics card options) than 1920x1080 for it to display all the pixels.
Other Thoughts: Tested with both HDMI/DVI and USB storage, not component, composite or VGA.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Installs like you would expect, no problems with OS.
Cons: Using HDTach as the test, on a 6GB/s SATA port it reads 400 MB/s empty but when you put data on the disk it drops to 210. My 2 year old 120GB Kingston on the same machine runs 300 when full of data (also 400 empty). Write is around 180 on both when writing huge video files.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Standard
Pros: Plays video nicely once it gets to the playing part, but getting there is painful.
Cons: Like so many "mature" products the feature bloat makes the product slow and cumbersome. Have used older PowerDVD for years but Cyberlink has lost the mojo with this one. It does not find my video library on my XP servers, it crashes with a digital media server error and requires the task manager to fix. Did I mention the menus are really slow - like seconds to respond? Spinning the mouse wheel during playback makes it freeze for 10's of seconds. On the old versions it simply speeds up or slows down so you can skip over undesired parts. Forget cinema mode it is worthless.
Other Thoughts: Maybe this runs ok on a fast W7 machine with W7 servers. The only library it could find was on one of my W7 workstations. I just thought that maybe an upgrade would fix some of the older product's shortcomings - but not so. Not worth the upgrade even at the shell shocker price. It is painfully frustrating.READ FULL REVIEW