Date Joined: 09/14/05
Pros: Battery powered, battery lasts a long time. Constant flow and pressure. Works better than you'd expect given that it doesn't have nearly the amount of pressure that canned air does.
Cons: Cheaply made. If you blow out computers every day (like at your job as a repair tech), then don't expect it to last very long. I used mine for about 3 months before the impeller lost a blade and the thing started vibrating horribly. I took it apart to fix it, but with the impeller being so imbalanced, it was a short time before it self-destructed after losing more blades.
This thing is also EXPENSIVE. Yes, it's cheaper than canned air, but you're paying $80 for something that will last maybe 4 months under heavy use. I didn't abuse it at all, and broke on its own. If you think this product is cost-effective, I have one word for you: DataVac. It's a much better product and it's significantly cheaper. Yeah, you have a cord to deal with, but when you feel the air that it puts out, you'll never think twice about it.
The tubes on these also tend to fall out. I have an easy solution for that; see below.
Being that it's battery operated, and has a tiny motor, there's very little pressure coming out of this thing. The tube does allow for a good bit of volume, but it just can't force dust off the way canned air or the DataVac can. I even tried modifying the tubes to make them smaller to increase the pressure, and all it really did was stress the motor even more. The device is simply too small and too underpowered to be able to generate a lot of pressure.
Overall Review: This thing DOES work much better than you'd expect. The main benefit of this over compressed air is the fact that it's consistent and you can continue blowing it as long as you need to. With canned air, as we all know, the can cools off and the pressure drops. That's really annoying. But the Hurricane can't compete with canned air when it comes to pressure. So where you might have to blow something with air for 15 seconds or so, you'll be blowing for at least 30 with the Hurricane and you still might not get all the dust out.
There's simply no reason to buy this when better products like the DataVac exist, EXCEPT if you need a portable solution and you're not going to be using it all that frequently. The DataVac is made of metal and thanks to it using 110VAC blows WAY more air than this, and if you compare the two, you'll never want to use the Hurricane again. I know I'm talking about the DataVac a lot, but that's because it's the best thing ever invented for blowing dust out of computers. Seriously.
Having said all that, assuming you already bought one of these, you can still get some use out of it so here's my tip for keeping the tubes in place: wrap a little electrical tape around the end of the tube before sticking it into the Hurricane. You can wrap it a couple times to make it snug and then it won't fall out anymore. Worked perfectly for me for 3 months until it self-destructed.
Pros: Great picture quality.
Nice, quality remote.
FOUR HDMI inputs, component/composite, VGA, SPDIF out, MHL.
Pretty good sound.
Fully metal stand, which is detachable, and VESA mounting holes.
Insanely low price.
The TV displays "Creating Easy Life" when you turn it on.
I've only had the chance to test it with a 4k upscaling DVD player for a fairly short amount of time, but based on what I've seen already, this TV is well worth the price, and I will will probably have to buy one for myself. It's a great opportunity to jump into 4k without most of the pitfalls that come along with early adoption. This isn't one of those cheap Korean monitors that has holes for speakers but doesn't include them, has a cheap, ugly, plastic stand which isn't removable, and has non-functioning control buttons. This TV has most of the features of the more expensive TVs, and seems to have the same quality, but without the big price.
$379 42" 4k TV in 2014 is pretty awesome.
Cons: HDMI 1.4.
HDMI 1 is 1080p only (because of MHL, I guess).
30 Hz limit at 4k.
EMR seems to break the frame rate of 4k content, resulting in inconsistent frame rate and occasional image tearing.
Manual explains very little of anything.
Seems to take a while to change resolution.
I need to do more testing with it, as there's a lot of it I haven't tested, but there seem to be a few quirks to stepping up to 4k. I usually like to tweak my TV to what looks good to me. I don't use professional calibration, nor have I had the opportunity to do any adjustments beyond the presets, but I like what I've seen so far. I can't make any qualified comment on the accuracy of the color, though.
Overall Review: I just spent about an hour writing up almost 9000 characters only to have Newegg lose it all by asking me to log in after submitting. So here's the short version:
I haven't had the opportunity to test this TV very long. My initial impression is that the quality is extremely good for such a cheap TV. You get a ton of inputs and features of more expensive TVs. There doesn't seem to be any skimping here.
Regarding the frame rate, I have very good vision which is sensitive to that sort of thing. My 27" WQHD IPS monitor runs at 110 Hz and I can see a clear difference between that and 60 Hz. I notice flickering in fluorescent lights and some types of LEDs. If you're like me, you may not like 30 Hz for general use, but then you probably don't like 60 Hz either. I need at least 85 Hz to see a smooth image. Ironically, gaming is what matters least because the frame rate is much more tolerable when it involves the entire image changing frame-to-frame than just a small part of it.
Additionally, console games have long been locked at 30 FPS and only recently have they achieved 60 FPS, and even some of the brand new console games run at 30 FPS, at 1080p resolution. Computers haven't been all that much better over the years, often achieving a higher rate but failing to maintain it steadily. If you have a rig that's good enough to run a 4k panel at 60 FPS, then you have pockets deep enough to afford a TV that can do the same. A 30 FPS cap on games doesn't really bother me at all.
With regards to response time, 8 ms used to be the realm of "gaming monitors" back when other panels were even slower. I used a PVA panel for years (some PVA panels could reach 25 ms or more) and never had any problems gaming with it. It'll probably depend on what kind of games you play on it but I just don't think it's nearly the issue that some people are making it out to be. In other words, the claims that this monitor isn't suitable for gaming are, at best, exaggerated.
A 4k desktop is mammoth. It's like placing 4 1080p monitors together, but in a single panel. It's really awesome if you need the space. So this could be a great monitor for use with a PC if the frame rate isn't bothersome for everyday use. Just because it's a TV doesn't mean it's a bad computer monitor. My PC is always connected to my TV.
As for the resolution of the panel, 3840x2160 is the standard known as "UHD," which is the consumer version of "4k," which refers to displays that are roughly 4000 pixels wide. The reason you can't find TVs with 4096x2160 resolution is because they don't exist. 4096x2160 is the commercial 4k standard. It's no different than how film is 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 while HD is 16:9.
Obviously some reviewers are vastly overstating their level of tech knowledge and I think perhaps "average" should be reflected by two eggs instead of three, as that seems to be a much better representation based on what some people have written.
Pros: Light, but still pretty sturdy.
Screen looks fine to my eyes, for what it is.
AMD APU has plenty of power.
Good battery life (over 4 hours when surfing).
Fast DVD burner.
Not very bloated.
Keyboard is not chiclet-style.
Cons: I hate the keyboard and touchpad (see below).
Hard drive is SLOW.
One 4GB stick of PC3-10700.
Overall Review: This would be a great computer with a few tweaks, ergonomics aside. For starters, the 5400 rpm drive needs to go. It's clearly the weak spot here. Additionally, only one of the two RAM slots is populated, and it's filled with cheap, slow RAM. Two immediate upgrades necessary.
The screen has low resolution and is glossy, which is par for laptops of this price. I'll live with it considering the performance-per-dollar I'm getting. It still beats the heck out of using a tablet. It's also very light but reasonably sturdy. The screen hinges have plenty of resistance and the whole machine feels well-constructed, despite the use of plastic.
The touchpad is finicky and needs adjustment. You can accomplish this through the Elan software accessible via mouse settings. It's nice to be able to turn the various features on and off, like the two- and three-finger options. The touchpad is MUCH easier to live with after these adjustments, but I still feel like it is too big. I don't understand why modern laptops now have such giant touchpads. It's also not recessed very much, which combines with its size to make it an easy target for accidental touches. Sometimes I'm trying to move the mouse with my one hand and it doesn't work, because I'm imperceptibly touching the pad with my other hand.
I can't stand the keyboard. I appreciate the fact that it has standard-sized arrow keys, but they are sandwiched between a bunch of other keys. They should be drawn down away from the rest of the keys, just like on older laptops. I hate the trend of current laptops where all the keys are arranged in a neat little rectangle. Additionally, the keys are all flat squares which makes it harder to type accurately. I'm somewhat at a loss to understand why laptop manufacturers bother squeezing a number pad onto 15" models when they're not positioned well enough to be useful anyway. At least the keys aren't chiclets.
Overall, I think this is a great laptop for the money, and I trust it will last a long time. I wish it had a better keyboard and touchpad, the only two real drawbacks. Other than that, you are getting great value for the money.
Cons: Now limited due to its age.
E8600 isn't quite supported fully.
Overall Review: I originally had a Pentium Dual Core E2160 in it, but earlier this year I upgraded to a cheap E8600. The E8600 is the fastest dual-core that this board "supports," but it wouldn't boot up properly. Apparently E8600 support is problematic... in my case, it meant disabling temperature monitoring of the CPU as it was reading well out of range.
No big deal, this is a five year-old motherboard and it still rocks. I used to use my computer on the floor and had a tendency to generate static on the carpet. I shocked myself on the mouse twice, and the USB port got fried the second time it happened. Everything else still works fine. This thing is unbelievable.
Abit was the first brand of motherboard I bought when I built my first computer (a 166 mHz AMD K6). Back then, my Abit had a jumperless BIOS when everyone else was still stuck fooling with jumpers. I fell in love. I've owned a couple other brands, but none of them could compare to Abit. I wish they were still around.