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david r.

david r.

Joined on 03/21/02

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NV Surround and Home Office Use

ASUS  VE258Q Black 25" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 ASCR
ASUS VE258Q Black 25" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 ASCR

Pros: I bought 3 of these for gaming and they work great - the additional inputs let me use my main PC on the DVI inputs and my laptop on the HDMI and DisplayPort inputs (no black bars or any problems). I originally had these loose across the desk and while it was OK, you REALLY need a good stand when you have 3 - I got the KTP325 that is what really made these come into their own: I can press the buttons now without the screens moving and I have height adjustment. These things look good - both in IQ and as a product. I really wanted LED screens because they produce a lot less heat than a CCFL screen and my gaming system already keeps it toasty in my office. I got the 25" inch version because you can't fit 3x the 27" version on the stand I wanted. Just buy it.

Cons: I went from an LG 27" (2ms) and I didn't think the size difference would bother me as much as it does, but I think it does... bother me. I am thinking of returning the center screen for a VE278Q - this would make it a 25-27-25 setup, but I have read that this works well for some people. I have had to move the screens a lot closer to me than I did with the 27 (I'm 40, draw your own conclusions). This makes the side monitors less perpendicular to me than they probably should be. Matte screens and very glossy bezels - this does not bother me, but it might bother some. The speakers are low quality, but for me, they are useful - I have my main PC connected to a 5.1 speaker system and I run my work laptop into the speaker inputs of the center screen for basic "Windows" sound. I also connected my smart phone to the speakers on the left screen to listen to pod casts - the speakers are adequate for such uses, but listening to music on them would be a felonious (criminal cacophony

Overall Review: If you do Eyefinity/NV Surround, you will need a longer DVI Cable - the 6ft cable included won't reach if your PC is off to the side. Invest in a good stand. I can't emphasize this enough. It only comes with power, VGA, DVI and a 3.5mm patch cable. I paid $20 for a DP cable locally - it was worth it to not have the blur of VGA when I do work. It's very easy to switch inputs (especially with them hard mounted) - just click next to the power switch to cycle through. Also, I like all the different presets and you can adjust each one, so if you want a toned down look for working in Word/Excel, you can do that and then turn it up for gaming by switching to another setting. One weird thing in NV Surround - when I use the screens normally, they are in order (1,2,3) but when I go to Surround mode, the system thinks they are (1,3,2) and I have to tweak the order in the control panel. Every time! This is Nvidias issue, but it's annoying.

Not bad

TOSHIBA Thrive AT105-T1016 NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 10.1" 1GB DDR2 Memory 16GB Storage Tablet Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
TOSHIBA Thrive AT105-T1016 NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 10.1" 1GB DDR2 Memory 16GB Storage Tablet Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Pros: Reasonable price, user replaceable battery, IPS screen (viewing angles, color), USB Host adaptor, fast charger, comfortable design. I picked this up last weekend at a local store because the price was well below the Samsung and Motorola tablets. It's a great device for people with enough computers that just want a web device without having another Windows system to maintain. I was able to log the tablet into my *Jungle Company* account and access their App, MP3 and Book store and use the media I had previously purchased on my Evo 4G.

Cons: My wife is a bit annoyed that she can't fully use her favorite web site because it required a toolbar that won't work on the Tablet. While the IPS screen is great for most things, I noticed that it does ghost more than a TN screen - so far it's only noticed on Death Worm and not a big deal.

Overall Review: If you need an Android Tablet, this one has the best feature set so far, but it's not the sleekest or the thinnest. The size has not been an issue for us and the ability to replace the battery solves the issues that had me holding out.