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LG 27MP48HQ-P Black 27
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2 out of 5 eggs Warning - Using this monitor may give you cancer. 02/27/2017

This review is from: LG 27MP48HQ-P Black 27" IPS LED LCD Monitor, 1920 x 1080, 14ms Response Time, 60 Hz Refresh Rate, D-Sub, HDMI

Pros: Windows 10 automatically installed the latest driver for the monitor, but the disc it comes with has the driver, and the manual points you to where you can download it from LG.

Colors and video look phenomenal on this monitor. Videos at 1080p are incredibly crisp, and even low def 480p videos barely display any artifacts.

The OnScreen Control utility is pretty nice; allows for easy brightness, contrast, color, etc. changes without having to use the buttons.

Cons: This monitor is frigging *bright* - even manually setting it’s brightness setting down to 0, it’s still a bit too bright for my taste.

Power cable - Every single computer monitor I have ever used in my life have all used the same type of power cable; the standard 3 prong AC Power cable. Well, this monitor doesn’t use that kind of a cable, so if the cable ever gets frayed or needs to be replaced, good luck! You’ll need to buy a new part from LG.

Monitor Cable - Everyone who is considering purchasing this monitor, I want you to check your Video Card. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that you’d only see DVI or HDMI ports on said video card, as the legacy VGA slot is seeing less support, especially with modern day GPUs. This monitor has a HDMI and a VGA port… but only comes with a VGA cable. So either you better hope you have a spare VGA-to-DVI adapter or a spare HDMI cable lying around, otherwise you won’t be able to use this monitor! As delivered, I was not able to use this product out of the box.

Disassembly - Are you moving? Do you need to transport this monitor anywhere for any reason? Well, good luck trying to disassemble the monitor stand after you put it together!

You are also unable to mount this monitor on a wall.

I had to use the on-board buttons to manually set the picture’s image to fully fit the screen; there’s no option in the OnScreen Control utility to do so.

Other Thoughts: Some of you may have thought I was being facetious when you read the title of this review. The setup instructions and user manual offers the following disclaimer:

“This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.”

So… yeah; wash your hands every time you turn it on / off, or using this monitor may actually give you cancer.

There is also a license agreement to use their “OnScreen Control” feature which, surprisingly, is pretty standard. I read through it all, and it is absent of anything which says they collect any kind of data from your computer for advertising or sale to a third party. They also allow you to opt-out of arbitration within 30 days of purchase.

At the end of the day, I can’t recommend this monitor. There are dozens of better options, many of which are cheaper, which would offer similar video quality with much less hassle.

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Silicon Power 32GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3J80V1T)
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4 out of 5 eggs When they say "Waterproof", they really mean Waterproof 12/08/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3J80V1T)

Pros: 81 small files (all files between 0.5 - 1.0 Mb):
Write speed: ~30 Mb/s
Read speed: ~50 Mb/s

1 large file (~ 1.2 Gb)
Write speed: ~20 Mb/s
Read speed: ~200 Mb/s

Size - This thing is pretty small, though not small enough that I’d consider it “easily losable”. And it still has plenty of space to make file sharing between friends/family/coworkers very easy.

The drive comes with a folder titled “SP Service” on it, with an exe file to activate the lifetime warranty. And, I am happy to report, this thing genuinely is waterproof. No joke, I literally brought this thing to my sink, turned on the water, and purposefully poured that water right into it’s USB slot for several seconds. I dried it off, shook/spun it until I felt all the water was out of it, plugged it in, and it worked just fine!

Cons: It’s honestly a little awkward to have on a keychain; the photos they show of the drive being on a keychain while resting on a flat surface are a little disingenuous. Since it’s a rigid object and the “keychain loop” isn’t flexible, it doesn’t rest easy when holding your keys in your hand, and feels a little odd keeping keys in a pocket.

Getting the warranty activated is a little intrusive… Silicon-Power requires you to register with their website to get it. They offer the option of “sign in with Facebook” to do so; a practice I find a tad deplorable; no company needs that information for the services they provide, and it just rubs me the wrong way how every corporation wants to get as much information about their consumers as they can. You do have the option of using an email address. There’s also the standard “I agree/have read/etc” to their Terms of Use and Privacy Notice; the Privacy Notice (Yes, I read through it completely) was linked adjacent to the checkbox and only had one line which pertained to sharing information outside of a legal requirement: 7.6 - “When Silicon Power cooperates with a third party that involves internet services, should the third party agree to take on the responsibilities and guarantee member information privacy, Silicon Power may disclose registrant information to the third party.” This is vague enough to allow Silicon Power to share your information with essentially everybody with whom they do business since “guarantee member information privacy” has no context.

Their privacy and warranty policy also requires you to provide correct personal information and to promptly update any information changes, including your phone number and birthday! Strikes me as invasive.

There was no link for a “Terms of Use”, though. There wasn’t even any hits when searching for “Terms of Use” using their websites, effectively making it impossible for any consumer to agree to them.

When registering, you need the product part number and the product serial number. The product part number is on the drive, itself (I think?), and the product serial number is on the packaging (I think?). I say “I think” because I couldn’t get past their “verification code” portion of registering the product, where they show you an image with distorted/discolored numbers & letters and ask you to type them in.

Other Thoughts: According to their website, warranty policy (yes, I actually did completely read through it), they appear to be able to reserve the right to deny honoring a warranty claim for all the acts which this USB drive apparently is designed for (shock/vibartion/water proof) by saying the warranty does not cover, and this is a genuine quote from their policy page, “misuse, neglect, abuse, beyond warranty period outside warranty etc.” I could easily interpret, say, accidentally dropping your keys with the drive attached into a puddle of water as “abuse”. However, I must say that I have yet to deal with any company’s warranty department which denied a reasonable claim.

This was tested in a PC running Windows 10.

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TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Turns out, not a gimmick 09/06/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: The on-device touch screen display was surprisingly well implemented and easy to use; I was afraid that it was just a gimmick to try to make it stand out and would not actually offer much in way of functionality, but it was pretty nice.
The Beam Forming tech did a good job of boosting the signal strength to the areas of my house which are prone to dead zones / low signal.
I feel that it does look aesthetically pleasing, and the wall mounts make using the touch screen pretty convenient (though you will still need to have the power cord dangling off the wall and locate it near a plug!).
The display having the wireless password is very convenient for guests logging into the WiFi.
The onboard firmware makes excellent use at maximizing the available bandwidth; I was able to max out the gigabit ethernet connections with two simultaneous file transfers while still streaming HD Netflix on the WiFi.

Cons: While the Beam Forming tech can increase signal strength to dead spots in the house, I was only able to get it to do so with one spot at a time, and it did so at the expense of signal strength to the rest of the area - it should be noted that the general connection was still pretty stable, but the end user will notice a drop of a bar or two in signal strength on their devices.

While the touch screen display is useful and provides the end user with several commonly used features, I still ended up using the web interface to make use of the rest of the device’s functionality.

I did say that the WiFi password display is handy, but I was not able to find a way to stop the password from being viewed - this may be a con for people who want to make sure their WiFi can’t be accessed, such as parents who hold said password hostage to encourage their children to do their chores! :D

Other Thoughts: I think this is an excellent router for the average home.
Wireless signal range and strength monitored with inSSIDer.

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