Joined on 08/31/07
Pros: Using this in an HTPC (Overkill, I know...) But having the three cores allows me to multitask like crazy. I can watch one movie (with the processor upscaling the movie to 1080) while another program rips one of my dvds to a mkv or avi file in the background. And there's never a hint of stutter. Simple overclock to 3.4 with a couple button presses in the bios. Thought I'd come back later and tweak more to see how high it'd go, but truth is I haven't got around to it, cause I've never felt the need. Plug in a controller and get a good video card, and you can play most any game you want. All WHILE running tasks in the background. (Most games right now only utilize 2 cores at most, leaving the third wide open for whatever you want the pc to do while you're playing. Productivity!)
Cons: Defective fourth core on mine, so I couldn't unlock it. If you can call getting exactly what you were promised and paid for (triple core) a con. Not sure how much a fourth core would help my purposes anyway outside of benchmarking programs (I don't think I use anything that can utilize four cores, and even I don't ask my PC to multitask THAT much.) But I don't like leaving comment spaces empty.
Overall Review: See.
Pros: Low cost. Easy setup. I guess the best thing I can say is that I haven't written a review til now, cause I never think about it or notice it (the router that is.) Almost forgot that I had it. Maybe that's the best thing you can possibly say about something like this.
Cons: Black case, black monitor, black keyboard and mouse, and... bright white router. (My main pc is right next to the router. I use the wired connection for that one and wireless for the rest of the house.) Not that color is much of a con, but it's as close as I can come to thinking of one.
Overall Review: Still haven't figured out anyway to make a network with one computer wired the others wireless. Though that's probably either me not reading enough, or something in the OS that won't allow it. I should just pony up and buy another wireless card for my main pc.
Pros: I'm using this for a HTPC and needed a coaxial output. This is about the only card I could find anywhere for under $75-$100. I was a little nervous about having only one card to choose from (as well as the fact that it costs so much less than other coaxial outputting cards) but it works great. Outputs stereo and passes through acm and dts and the like, without changing the signal at all.
Cons: Not sure if a con or not, but you can't use any of the sound filters or effects the software comes with when using coaxial. Like I said in the Pros, it passes them straight through unfiltered. So maybe a con, if and only if you don't want the sound to go through pure.
Overall Review: Doesn't come with any cables. Not surprised though. Nothing seems to come with coaxial cables. Not receivers. Not cards. Not DVD players. I've got more spare optical cables and rca cables, and even dvi cables than I know what to do with, from everything I buy seeming to include them. But I had to buy a cable for this. Where's the love for coax cables. It's a conspiracy.
Pros: Full 1080p, Fantastic glossy finish, can connect both a pc and a dvd player at once and switch between them with a push of a button. How is it that a $2000 television can come with nothing more than a pair of rca cables, but this $200 monitor comes with not only a set of hdmi cables, but also a set of dvi cables, plus a set of vga cables. AND an audio cable. Leave it to a primarily pc equipment company to get it right.
Cons: I don't know if this is really a con, but when I hook my dvd player up via HDMI there's quite a bit of overscan. So I used a dvi-hdmi converter I had laying around and cleared it right up. Though if you do that you don't get the monitors speakers to work. not that anyone's buying a monitor for it's speakers.
Overall Review: This monitor + a HTB = win. I got this plus the phillips htb (newegg item # N82E16882641305) for a bedroom tv setup. 23 inch 1080p screen + upconverting dvd player with full divx and xvid playing capability + 1000w of 5.1 speaker power for $375 shipped! Don't know how it's possible to beat that for a bedroom tv setup. As I said I did need a dvi-hdmi converter to eliminate overscan, and another for my pc (I go hdmi out of the dvd player -> dvi on the monitor, and dvi out of the pc -> hdmi input on the monitor. A little convoluted, yes, but the results are great.)