Joined on 02/10/05
Great monitors at a good price
Pros: I've bought two of these monitors and have had them for over a half year now and couldn't be happier. Black levels are good for movies and video games and color levels in my experience have been good for Photoshop and Illustrator. Thanks to the high resolution I am able to open up 9 terminals or text editors on one screen easily so it's really nice for programming too. Aesthetically it's a really nice looking monitor. All black except for some writing, but it still really looks nice.
Cons: Three problems but nothing serious. One of the two monitors has a stuck red pixel. I put the monitor on as the secondary monitor and because it's near the lower right corner I hardly ever notice it. It would have been worse if that was my main monitor as it easily showed up when I was watching a movie but I can't really take off an egg for that because it doesn't bother me. This is a problem with LCD monitors and you take the risk with any of them. Secondly, I have my Xbox 360 hooked up to my monitor and unlike my old monitor which I just had to quickly press a button to change the input, I have to use the OSD to change. While not a major inconvenience and I've gotten used to it. And finally, the height adjustment... there is none. I have them on a stand that raises them 6 inches above my keyboard. Depending on your setup you may have to do the same. Just be prepared that you may have to do something about it.
Overall Review: Overall, I'd recommend this monitor. I can't tell you how much being able to open multiple text editors and a few terminals and have them all show up without overlap has been. It's definitely a plus. Even for the non-programmers it's nice for writing reports and using photoshop and illustrator on a nice large screen is always a plus.
Nice but unsecure
Pros: It worked, looks sleek.
Cons: Like other reviewer have said there is no way to secure the drive except by the pins them self. I stuck a piece of paper in there to stop the rattling.
Overall Review: I haven't had a problem with the drive and I've had it since May '06. So the lack of a decent mount hasn't been a problem. Although until you stick something in there the rattling will drive you nuts. If I was to get another one, I'd look elsewhere.
Great Linux Laptop
Pros: Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of installing Linux on laptops this install was pretty straight forward. Everything worked out of the box except for the fingerprint scanner which I never cared about anyways. Suspend seems to work just as well. Boots up fast with included hard drive and ram and is responsive. The laptop feels pretty sturdy and has decent battery life. I didn't do much at all as far as power savings go and it'll last about 3 hours. A bit less than what others have stated, but as this will mainly spend 80% of the time on a charger, it's not a big deal.
Cons: I'm not impressed by the screen, but didn't really expect much from a 15" screen with it's native resolution. The colors do seem to be washed out, so don't expect much if you want to color sensitive work. As a business laptop, it's just fine.
Overall Review: I liked the laptop enough that I am going to be buying another one that will run Win7. I'll be reformatting that one as well so I'll do a follow up review on that. If you want a laptop that you intend on installing Linux onto it, I wouldn't hesitate buying this again for that purpose.
Pros: Works as expected and does the job it needs to. Haven't had any huge problems with it. Works in Linux but...
Cons: ...you have to use the serial connection. If you intend to use USB because you have no serial connectors, make sure to have a Serial/USB adaptor. The USB driver is flaky at best. I couldn't use ELO's drivers as they require an older kernel than I'm using. Also, on Debian Lenny the driver for the touch screen needs a little modification before it'll work (which looks like it may have been fixed since I tried to use it). Debian Squeeze and newer drivers work fine but if you drop out of X into the console, the screen doesn't display anything. This isn't a problem with a login manager such as xdm or gdm.
Overall Review: That said, if you're looking for a touch screen for Linux this isn't a bad choice. I've had no issues with this touch screen since I've installed it. The only one being some calibration issues which are my own lazyness. I'd like to add that maybe the usb connection works fine. I found success with the serial driver and stuck with it as I needed to get it done in a hurry. From what I understand serial drivers are just more mature than the USB counterpart for linux. So keep this in mind when picking it up.
Nice after you break it in
Pros: After you get used to it and break it in it's really nice. You can type for hours and not really feel the fatigue.
Cons: The biggest problem, which is why I'm giving it a 4 is because when I first got it the space bar stuck. It was generally very hard to press down unless you hit it right. I was going to just bin it but figured I'd give it some time. I was right and now it's quite easy to press.
Overall Review: Microsoft should of made the spacebar in two pieces. It's still loud when my headphones aren't on and if it was so big trying to go around corners it probably would of been fine. It's worth getting for the ergonomics but be warned that you'll probably be annoyed by it when you first get it.