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This review is from: HP 27ER Frameless Silver/White 27" 7ms(GTG) IPS Widescreen LCD/LED Monitors, HDMI 1920X1080 60Hz, W/ Anti-Glare, Technicolor Color Certification with Easy Connectivity Setting, 178/178 Viewing Angle
Pros: Out of the box this is an impressive monitor with excellent fit and finish. It came with an HDMI cable, which was nice since B&M stores beat you up if you have to buy one, selling this $5 cable (at the ‘egg) for $20 to $100.
If you are replacing a 22 inch monitor, which seems to be about what the average user has, in my experience, you will be blown away by this huge work area. With such a large desktop area it is easy to have 2 or more windows open at once.
I am using this monitor to replace a 4-year old 27 ½ inch monitor. Although I gave up ½ inch, the screen seems about the same size (naturally) plus it seems to take up far less than half the space on my desk. This is because the monitor itself is much thinner (about 1/3 the thickness) of my older monitor. Naturally the resulting lack of bulk requires a stand with a much smaller footprint. The stand itself is metal so the extra weight adds to the stability of the monitor.
The virtually bezel-less viewing area has a fresh and clean look. The 1920 x 1080 picture itself is crisp as you would expect at this resolution and the surface is glass-like yet glare-resistant.
This monitor has 2 HDMI input and 1 legacy D-sub, 15 pin input. Some newer desktop tower models that have only HDMI output and many new laptops have only HDMI out.
Cons: I have really no significant issues with this monitor at this price point, but since there is this “Cons” section I’ll mention a couple of things that might be negatives for some users.
The power cord is not standard, and includes a “wall wart”. This allows for a thinner panel, I’m sure.
This is not a touch screen; I will not buy a laptop without a touch screen but I don’t really consider that a negative for a 27 inch desktop monitor. It is much easier just to use the mouse when you are sitting at a desk.
Although this is a reduced glare monitor, reflection could be an issue under some conditions. A satin finish would substantially reduce this problem, at the expense of picture sharpness.
Intense gamers might want to opt for a monitor with a higher refresh rate than 60 Hz.
This monitor does not have speakers, which would be a negative for those who just want sound out, without any consideration for sound quality. Users loath to spend $20+ for infinitely higher quality sound than that provided by most monitors that contain speakers might be disappointed. But I figure who needs that extra bulk for not-very-good sound?
I would have liked digital sound out on this HDMI monitor, since that would make it easier to use external speakers in some system configurations.
Other Thoughts: This is not the latest and greatest 4k monitor; if that’s what you need you will have to pay at least twice as much.
This monitor is a very decent quality entry level 27" IPS monitor that would serve most users well, i.e. productivity software such as Office.
If you are investing in a new tower, consider spending a few extra dollars for a quality monitor such as this HP 27er, if you have the space. I promise you will never look back.
This review is from: UNITEK Y-5301 1080P HDMI Male to VGA Female Cable Converter Adapter
Pros: I have wasted time & money buying cheaper converters,
Cons: This is a legacy converter that is necessary if you want to output to a VGA monitor. Those old VGA monitors seem to last forever, but HDMI is easy and excellent quality.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
Pros: The adapter was very easy to install, especially if you are comfortable with using Device Manager in Windows. My Windows 10 operating systems found and installed the necessary drivers. Just to be sure I installed the drivers directly from Linksys.com, and they performed the same.
Speed was excellent; on my desktop bandwidth was similar to the speed provided by my Ethernet connection!
On my Sony Vaio laptop, the speed provided by the adapter was similar to the N protocol provided by the built-in Atheros adapter. I never experienced a drop in connectivity while streaming content using the adapter.
Cons: The adapter is too big to leave permanently attached to a laptop computer you plan to carry around. The adapter would probably break eventually, ruining itself and maybe that USB port.
On my laptop, the adapter would too often not be recognized after waking up or rebooting. I had to unplug then replace the adapter – then it would work fine. I was not able to fix the problem by reinstalling the drivers. Since no other reviewer has mentioned this issue, maybe it was just me or my computer.
I only knocked off only one egg because of this, since the adapter, because of its size, is probably not intended to be permanently attached to a portable computer, only a desktop. This was not an issue on my desktop.
Other Thoughts: The adapter seems a little pricey unless you have an AC Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) environment that can take advantage of this new technology. The only reason to pay up for this adapter would be an attempt to future-proof your device. I was unable to test the adapter in an MU-MIMO environment, where it is supposed to shine.
I have always found Linksys products to be excellent quality. The Linksys brand has been sold to Belkin, but I have never had any issues with Belkin products. I think the same or similar chips are used in most wireless products.