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Philip W.

Philip W.

Joined on 08/23/04

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Most Favorable Review

Superb budget video editing card

Leadtek A6200TDH-128MB GeForce 6200 128MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card
Leadtek A6200TDH-128MB GeForce 6200 128MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card

Pros: I bought this for my new dual core editing station. This card runs my 21" monitor with enough rez to view native 1080P video without a hickup. It also drives video automatically to my CRT tv I use for editing. I was especially pleased with the fact that Adobe Premiere scrubs video to the CRT - and it letterboxes 16:9 video! Now I don't need to keep my DV cam hooked up while editing AND I have the benefit of letterboxed footage. You just can't beat that for the money.

Cons: As noted, the DVI "adapter" is completely useless. This card has a DVI-D output, which is totally digital and will not easily convert to VGA without specialized and expensive gear. Do NOT buy this card if you plan to run 2 standard VGA monitors!!

Overall Review: If you plan to run a VGA connected monitor and a SD or HD television from your PC this card is super. Shop carefully if you plan to use the DVI to drive a monitor. The display MUST be DVI-D.

Most Critical Review

Not too bad, not too great.

SAMSUNG Blu-ray Player BD-P1400
SAMSUNG Blu-ray Player BD-P1400

Pros: This is a nice, well built piece of gear. The analog audio outputs are nice, as is the player's audio decoding. Blu-Ray discs look great of course. Nice design, should look good in anyone's living room or video cabinet. If you own an HD DVD player already, this has a nearly identical footprint, so they stack quite nicely (creating a rather tall - but functional - "dual format" player).

Cons: The drive is quite noisy when loading discs (you might well think its broken the first time you use it). This is still a Profile 1.0 player, so no 1.1 or 2.0 bonus features will work on this player (PiP "Bonusview" tracks and Internet features). That's fine if you don't plan on using those features of course. Like most other BD and HD DVD players, its a bit sluggish overall. Its particularly slow when loading Java authored Blu-Ray discs. There's just not that much processing horsepower on board. Every now and then, this player will have a glitch during movie playback (typically a video/audio dropout). Not always, but it does happen. Overall, I'd say its still a bit on the pricey side for what you get. I think in the 200 range this would be worth it. At 300-400... well depends on your disposable income I guess.

Overall Review: If you insist on having Blu-Ray playback right now - and don't want or can't quite afford the much superior PS3 - this player will get the job done. I'd say by this summer (08), there should be faster and definitely better featured players for comparable prices. So if you can wait, I'd recommend holding off if you're not in a hurry. In my case, the player is adequate for now and will move to the bedroom later this year when its replaced by a better player. I also found it for 278, and I don't think I'd have paid 300+ for it.

Awesome Netbook

Gateway EC Series EC1433u Cherry Red Intel Celeron M 743(1.30 GHz) 11.6" 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook
Gateway EC Series EC1433u Cherry Red Intel Celeron M 743(1.30 GHz) 11.6" 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Light weight, superior screen resolution, full Windows 7. Essentially provides a full laptop experience in a feather weight package. A real step up from the typical budget Netbook.

Cons: If you have eyesight issues, this could be a little tough to use.

Overall Review: Wife needed a new laptop and we settled on going with a light weight netbook. Almost every netbook had either Win 7 Starter (bleh) or XP Home (yuck) and typically limited resolution so there's lots of scrolling about to see web pages. So for a few dollars more than the average cheapy netbook we got this and I must admit, I'm very impressed. I feel a little silly now when I pull out my heavy 15" laptop that does absolutely nothing better than this Gateway. If you're already looking to spend 320-350 on a Netbook, I highly recommend spending a bit more on this. No point in saving fifty bucks on something you might well use for 2-3 years.

Superb!

Apple - iPod nano 8GB - 3rd Gen (Green) MB253LL/A
Apple - iPod nano 8GB - 3rd Gen (Green) MB253LL/A

Pros: I had a gen 1 and my wife had a gen 2 Nano. I upgraded hers to the new model (red one from apple.com) and immediately had to order one after seeing hers :) Video playback is really cool; perfect for travel by bus/plane, stuck in jury duty, doctor's office, etc.. You know, the times you're bored out of your mind! Excellent sound quality, battery life. Just better in every way. Recommended!

Cons: Apple's iTunes for Windows is still... iffy. My least favorite multimedia/library software. Oh well, just use it to load the iPod and close it out.

Overall Review: Hard to go wrong with the new Nano.

Great value!

TOSHIBA HD DVD Player HD-A2
TOSHIBA HD DVD Player HD-A2

Pros: Just a year into the HD DVD format and this second generation player is out for less than four hundred bucks. I paid more for my first DVD player! Great picture with an HDMI capable LCD or Plasma. This player also does a Superb job of up-converting standard DVDs, probably better than any of the other upconverting players priced below it.

Cons: Not much downside here. Great player.

Overall Review: Remember to add an HDMI cable when you order. Newegg has some good cable prices - you do NOT want to go to your electronics retailer and buy one of these. WAY overpriced at the retail stores.

Great on the PC

Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player Add-On
Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player Add-On

Pros: Was a snap to install on my home theater PC. If you've already got a solid HTPC set up, this is the cheapest entry into home HD. The included King Kong is a nice bonus.

Cons: You'll need to get your hands on third party HD DVD software.

Overall Review: If you got the itch for HD and own an Xbox or HTPC, this is a marginal investment for outstanding video quality. If you're starting from scratch, the Toshiba base HD DVD player is probably a simpler and very affordable solution.