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Jake L.

Jake L.

Joined on 08/15/03

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Most Favorable Review
Logitech Z-4 40 watts 2.1 Speakers
Logitech Z-4 40 watts 2.1 Speakers

Pros: Good sound. Not amazing, but good. Somewhere between great and good i suppose. I'm an audiophile who needed a replacement set for my Z-640s that shorted out, and after a bit of research decided on these. I love the Logitech brand and I loved the Z-640s for games and watching movies, but they weren't the best for music playback (though the 5.1 surround was great). These are way better for music than the 640s, hands down. They're no studio monitors, but they're not close to being in the same class so that's not a fair comparison. Probably the best speakers in this price range. Bass is very punchy, at least in comparison with the old 640s that were very boomy - they've made big improvements to their subwoofers in the past few years (just don't crank the bass volume or it'll turn boomy real fast). Also, the remote is a lovely touch - very convenient.

Cons: These speakers are Very bright. There is hardly any frequency below the midrange that comes from the satellites (of course the cones are only 2 inches in diameter so that's not a huge shock) - it's all pushed through the sub, so it feels like there's a big gap between about 200Hz up to around the 3kHz range.

Overall Review: I'm more concerned with the sound of speakers than their appearance, but these are very handsome, though I agree some mesh or screens for the satellites would have been a nice touch, even if they were detachable. My case is black brushed metal, monitor is gloss black, and keyboard/mouse are all black/silver combo with blue backlighting on the keyboard (G15) - all with blue LEDs - so these compliment my setup perfectly. I use iTunes as my music library, and it's definitely helped using the equalizer, like someone mentioned before. Logitech has never disappointed me with their speakers, at least for casual entertainment. Obviously if you're looking for more substantial (read professional/studio-quality) listening equipment then you're shopping at the wrong place! They do very well what they were designed to do.

Most Critical Review

Not for the professional

ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector

Pros: 1920x1200 resolution, input variety, sheer size, solid construction. If you don't care about accurate colors or attempting to pair it with another monitor that's not another VW266H, this is a great value. I really appreciated having the extra vertical pixels (especially when coding), which unfortunately doesn't seem to matter to manufacturers anymore. It's great for gaming and watching movies because it's just so dang huge, but unfortunately that's about all it's good for.

Cons: Color reproduction is awful. It's a toy compared to most other monitors in terms of accurate colors, so don't even bother if you plan on doing any color-intensive work. I spent at least a week or two trying just about every combination of onboard settings and software calibration in an attempt to come even close to matching both my other ViewSonic monitor and Macbook Pro's screen with absolutely no luck. Because of its size and same pixel density of what would be more commonplace on a 23" or 24" monitor, the pixels are very noticeable. This is most obvious when viewing the monitor at a distance that would be common for most desktop setups. Text and photos are not terribly sharp when sitting less than a few feet from the monitor, which can be distracting and straining on the eyes if you're working at your computer for long periods of time.

Overall Review: While Asus certainly didn't splurge on construction materials - the housing and stand are both plastic - the monitor is quite sturdy and there are no bright or dead pixels. It's held up very well over the 6+ months that I've had it, but due its abhorrent performance in the color department I'm purchasing a superior panel for photo/video editing and design work. I might hang on to this monitor to use as a TV somewhere in the house and actually make use of its HDMI input.

10/11/2010

Great overall, some banding issues

ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector

Pros: Amazingly beautiful monitor. Takes a LOT of tweaking to get colors right, but there are lots of built-in presets and menu options that help out. Extremely accurate colors (once you get the settings right), very bright. Very little backlight bleed. I have yet to find any dead pixels, which is awesome. Also, it's massive. Games look fantastic, and it's a godsend for web development (i can fit so much code on the screen!) HDMI + Component let it double as a TV if I wanted it to be - multitasking win.

Cons: Color banding on gradients. It's pretty noticeable and is a disappointment for sure. My 2 previous monitors didn't have any banding problems, so this is difficult to swallow - paying so much for a beautiful monitor and then having lovely streaks running horizontally along the screen...sad. It's not a deal breaker for me, but keep it in mind especially if you do professional graphic work.

Overall Review: Haven't tried the speakers, but don't expect much. Some reviews have complained about the size of the base - I don't know what the problem is. My previous Viewsonic monitor (22") had a wider base than this monitor, so it's no problem at all for me - it's a huge monitor so don't expect a tiny footprint. Height adjustment would be nice as it sits fairly low.

Too Bad It Doesn't Have Molex Power...

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: Don't get me wrong, this is a great drive. For the time that I had it working it was absolutely flawless, and gave my 150GB Raptor a run for its money in the performance department.

Cons: Unfortunately, when I was fiddling with the insides of my rig, my hand slipped and I snapped the plastic part of the pcb that covers the pins for the SATA power connection. Much to my dismay, I couldn't supply power to the drive because of the absence of a standard molex connection. So, there my drive sits, a very technologically advanced paperweight, completely unusable until I can somehow supply power to it in order to recover my data.

Overall Review: Love the drive, hate the fact that SATA connections are so freaking flimsy...that was just a poor design.

Amazing Monitor

ViewSonic X Series VX2025WM 20.1" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ViewSonic X Series VX2025WM 20.1" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Having never owned an LCD monitor I was rather nervous with this purchase. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with image quality, dead pixels, ghosting, and the like. This monitor absolutely blew me away from the moment I turned it on. No noticeable ghosting, ZERO dead/stuck pixels, beautiful bezel, excellent image quality...it's everything I was hoping for and more. GET THIS MONITOR!

Cons: Haven't tried the speakers but I would imagine they're terrible.

Overall Review: I don't think I could be any happier with this monitor. It's amazing. If you're thinking about buying it, I suggest stop thinking and just buy it, because it's just that good.

Excellent Buy

Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Core Duo T2300 (1.66GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 15.4" Windows XP Home AS5672WLMi-ATI X1600
Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Core Duo T2300 (1.66GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 15.4" Windows XP Home AS5672WLMi-ATI X1600

Pros: Fast dual core processor, 1 gig ram, 120 gig hard drive, X1600, webcam (with some sweet features), built-in media card reader, slot-loading dvd-rw, bright, fast screen, nice multimedia features, bluetooth, great wireless reception. There's almost too much to list.

Cons: It does get warm, but no warmer really than other laptops I've used. DVD-RW drive is rather loud. Webcam is pretty good, but it's not the greatest. Partitioned hard drive. However, these are little nit-picky things. This laptop is a steal!

Overall Review: This is my first personal laptop, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.