Date Joined: 02/05/04
Pros: - Easy setup
- Great reception
- Easy integration with Windows 7 Media Center
- Thanks to W7MC, can now watch live digital TV on an older HDTV (no integrated ATSC tuner) through my Xbox 360
Cons: - Limited instructions. Turns out they are complete, just hard to believe when first hooking it up, so you're worried you are missing something.
- Box is small and light, so be careful with cables and placement. If it's near the edge of a table, it can be tipped upright depending on cable placement.
Overall Review: Since dumping cable TV and going the Netflix / Blu-Ray route, I've been missing NFL games. Finally broke down and got an antenna installed for OTA viewing. I have two TVs, but one did not have an integrated ATSC tuner. That one did have an Xbox 360 attached, so if I could get the signal to my Win7 box, I could use Media Center both as a DVR and a way to watch live TV via the 360. I waffled between an integrated PCI card and these, and finally chose the HDHomeRun as an external solution that would be easier to replace / upgrade as needed.
It is working GREAT in this capacity. Connect the two antenna cables, connect to my network switch, plug in power, then install and run the software on the PC. After that run Windows Media Center setup to find the tuners. Takes a bit for the channel scans in each software, but works like a champ. The Xbox 360 was already set up as a Media Center Extender, so just when to Media Center on the 360 and started watching. Nice and easy!
Pros: Bought this to replace an older noisy case for my kids' computer (older P4 3GHz machine) to help quiet the room down. Keeps the machine cool, is nice and quiet, and very easy to put the parts in. Was also a bit shorter than other cases which helped it fit beter.
Cons: Not all the bells and whistles of a higher-end case.
Overall Review: If all you need is a basic case with some decent cooling that's quiet, this will fit the bill.
Pros: Inexpensive for a 20" widescreen ($200 after rebate in the back to school specials) with good quality. Picture is sharp, color is pretty good right out of the box (even after messing with various calibrations, not much needed to change in settings), good contrast. Pleased with the picture, and love finally having a widescreen at home. Except for the vertical viewing angle issue mentioned below, it's got a much better picture than the aging 19" CRT it replaced.
Cons: Vertical viewing angle is small. You want to make sure you are set up to be looking straight at the monitor, or colors will wash out the farther off vertical you are. Horizontal is fine, but make sure you are looking straight at it.
Stand is low. I need to boost the height, either putting something under the stand, or buying a separate mount.
I'll miss the USB ports on some of the higher-end monitors, but I chose not to pay for them.
Overall Review: I think this monitor is an excellent value. You get very good quality for the money. It may not the best 20" widescreen out there, but it's certainly good enough to get the job done, and the price can't be beat for the picture quality.
Pros: Just plug it in and it works. Great value.
Overall Review: I've had 1 set of these for over a year working great, and just bought another set to go to 2GB in preparation for Vista. They've been rock solid.