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Michael S.

Michael S.

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Most Favorable Review

Review Followup

Toshiba 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV
Toshiba 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV

Pros: This is a follow up to a previous review. This TV works great, there are a few issues, but for the price (450 around BF) it was a great buy. Great screen Gaming Mode works Great Native mode to get rid of Overscan Inputs aplenty Upgradeable Firmware (Followup: the firmware on the canada site is actually the same type as they send out, and they do have newer firmware for the Z model I own, only had to go to teh downloads section of the canada site and the tv/firmware is listed exactly with version 1.09, just make sure the USB stick is formatted in Fat32) Up scaling is good. Use Native mode for PC/Game console connections, it makes a difference. Mountable/lightwieght for size.

Cons: If using a Gaming system, the gaming mode disables all special video features, but reduces lag by a noticeable amount. This also applies to optical out to a sound system. TV can only output Stereo or Stereo based dolby PL 5.1 emulation audio. Can't decode DTS or true Dolby Digital signals Optical out can not passthrough anything but mentioned above. Screen needs calibration badly. Monitor received may be the newer Z model, which is good, but make sure when looking up info or calling tech support you specify based on the sticker on the TV. Speakers are not the greatest Non adjustable stand. When off screen shines with what looks like ridges on the screen. Does not affect anything when on. 1 dead pixel far in the corner, can't even see when 3 ft away, and I am picky with my screens. Notice: These are all relatively minor, I think the TV performs excellent, and the removal of the egg is for the optical out/sound issue (not the speakers).

Overall Review: I am very pleased, hooked up the following to the TV: HDMI: M1530 XPS Laptop Radeon 5770 Video Card Playstation 3 Slim (CEC controls work) Component: Playstation 2 S-Video: Gamecube Ant: Digital Cable signals Everything appears great, extremely pleased. Gaming works without ghosting or artifacting. Videos play nice and crisp (skin tones need tweaking for best viewing). I recommended if you can live with the cons, minor as they are.

12/17/2009
Most Critical Review

Works in windows 7, XP kills it

Rosewill RX81U-ES-25B 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Rosewill RX81U-ES-25B 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Works in Windows 7 no issues, Very simple design.

Cons: I had this hard drive in an older generic enclosure for a long time, I ended up using the older enclosure for another reason and got this second one. Windows XP corrupts the file system every time I try and use it, never had this issue with any of my other 6 externals, including the old y cord powered case this internal drive was in before.

Finally, an unpowered enclosure that works with a 7200 RPM IDE Drive

Nippon Labs 2.5" IDE  to USB 2.0 Black USB External Enclosure Model EN-25USB-BK
Nippon Labs 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 Black USB External Enclosure Model EN-25USB-BK

Pros: After 3 attempts at other enclosures that did not work with my old hitachi 7200 RPM laptop drive, this one works great. Has a Y cable with no external power needed. Appears to work great.

Cons: Limited design may not help with heat buildup. Substandard casing design, does not secure drive for traveling.

Works and cheap

Cables Unlimited - High Speed HDMI Cable - 6 FEET
Cables Unlimited - High Speed HDMI Cable - 6 FEET

Pros: Really not too much to it. HDMI is cut and dry... it works, high speed 1.3b compatability, worked no issues.

Cons: long shipping, rebate roulette

Great TV, few setup issues

Toshiba 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV
Toshiba 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV

Pros: Looks very nice, screen has a fast response. Upscaling is decent, looks like little to no overscan. Tons of ports and average controller. You can turn off annoying white light behind logo. UNADVERTISED FEATURE: UPGRADEABLE FIRMWARE... call toshiba to get the firmware, don't use the .ca site.

Cons: 4 stars for setup issues. Make sure you go into setup options for video mode and have at native, or else your resolution has to drop to 16xx by 8xx to avoid overscan. Call toshiba when you get the TV and request the firmware upgrade, they will send you a USB key with the firmware and instructions. (canadian firmware from site does not work). Speakers sound decent, but not theator quality. Slow Channel turning. Plugs a little tight. Stand is a pain. Plugs are all the way on the LEFT... beware if you need longer cables.

Overall Review: May seem like alot of negatives, but I am picky, only had it 5 hours so far (and 1 hr of that I was mandated to test HDMI on my laptop with Hulu desperate housewives.... pity me). Seems to be a really good screen.

Great Card, what an upgrade!

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283L

Pros: I upgraded from an X800 XT AIW AGP to this card. My motherboard had both slots, installation was easy. Install went without a hitch. Runs Archam Asylum, Borderlands, Spore and all the telltale games at max settings at 1280x1024 (old CRT monitor I love). Key points: -Easy Install -Single PCIe power plug -Included connectors -Fast, and quiet -Closed-in fan unit, keeps heat inside the cooler and out the back. -Cool running even at full usage

Cons: -----Card is missing a feature I loved on my X800 AIW XT, S-video. I know it is not something most people use anymore, but you can't get a converter to Composite, component or s-video. -----Card is BIG compared to my old card, had to re-arrange case to put it in properly. -----Inconvient power plug placement, back of the card, not on top of the card. -----Dual Card slot design -----Unsigned drivers on CD, not a big problem, but can make the non-tech nervous. I knew about all these things before I purchased the video card. So I will not down-credit the card due to these issues.

Overall Review: Just got the card, will update when I get it broken in a little more. Specs: X2 4400+ 2 GB Ram XP Pro X800 AIW XT AGP originally 939dual-sata2 Mobo