Monday, September 10, 2007

What to Look for in a 17in LCD Flat Panel Monitor

There are many types of monitors, ranging from tiny to over 30 inches, there are CRTs and LCDs

and a wide variety of quality levels. However, for general use such as internet surfing, office applications or home use, a 17–inch LCD for less than $300 should do the job.

We looked at monitors with comparable resolutions, dot pitch, size and color ability. Most of the monitors have thin bezels and are available with black cabinets. If you are a gamer or graphic artist, you will want a monitor with a fast response time, less than eight milliseconds, and a good color ratio of 1000:1 or more. If you just want a monitor for general use, a color ratio of 600:1 and a speed less than 12ms will be fine.

However, beyond the general features of a monitor, many offer additional features such as extra USB ports, integrated speakers or pivot ability. So once you find a monitor with an acceptable display, consider extra features that may interest you.

Keep in mind that preferences vary, before ordering online it may be good idea to go into a retail outlet and view the screens to see which monitor looks good to you. We compared the specs and abilities, but appearance is often a matter of opinion.

Below are the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate 17in LCD Flat Panel Monitors:

  • Display – We evaluated 17–inch flat panel monitors with a resolution of 1280(H) X 1024(V) with a dot pitch of 0.264mm, generally these monitors have a color range of 16.1 to 16.7 million. Since it is difficult to find all of the details of a particular monitor, we compared contrast ratio, response time and brightness. The better monitors have a contrast ratio of over 500:1, a response time of less than 12ms and a brightness of around 300 cd/m2.
  • Ergonomic Adjustments – Since people often spend hours in front of their monitors, it is a plus if they are adjustable. Most monitors can be tilted, but the best can also pivot, swivel and most significantly be raised or lowered.
  • Feature Set – Outside of displaying images, monitors offer a variety of extra features. Some include integrated speakers and headphone jacks, and others offer a Kensington lock slot, USB ports or pivot technology. We also assessed power use and power saving features.
  • Product Support – Some computer users are unfamiliar with installing hardware or errors occur, so it is useful if the manufacture provides comprehensive documentation as well as telephone and email support.
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Why Upgrade to a LCD Flat Panel Monitor?

The latest LCD Flat Panel Monitors are slim, stylish and offer an improved display over aged monitors. A flat panel is not the same as a flat screen, flat panels are flat screened and thin, usually less than 2.5 inches without the stand.

Here are a few more reasons to upgrade to a Flat Panel Monitor:

  • Save Desk Space – New flat panels are only 6 to 10 inches wide including the stand.
  • Speed – If you’re a gamer, you will notice the difference between a slow response time and a fast. Slow monitors flicker, blur or have ghosting, but the newer screens under 8 or 12ms do not have this kind of image distortion. Some monitors have a response time as low as four milliseconds.
  • Wall Display – Thin monitors, less than 2 inches thick can be wall mounted as interactive art or simply to save space.
  • Attach to an Arm – You can attach flat panel monitors to an extendable arm that is mounted to a wall, desk or other device and will move any way you want. This is especially helpful for multi–media applications, so the monitor can be in one position for general computer work and a different for video viewing.
  • Color Dimension LCD monitors have caught up with the CRT in color display and depth ability. The best can display over 16.7 million colors and have a color ratio of 1000:1 or more.
  • USB Ports – Dell includes handy USB ports right on the monitor, so you can easily plug in cameras, music players or camcorders for quick downloads or uploads.
  • Pivot Technology – Some manufactures offer pivot technology, which means you can turn the monitor tall or longwise on its side and the image will re–orientate to an upright position.
  • Save Energy – Innovative, efficient monitors use less than 35 watts and less than 2W on standby.

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xfx 8800gts 320

VIDIA has added some new spice to the plate with their introduction of a new value-priced GeForce 8800 GTS video card featuring a 320MB video frame buffer. Built on the exact same high performance platform as the previous 640MB version, this new edition to the family offers all of the same great performance at almost half the cost. Gamers will be pleased to see improved framerates, and enthusiasts will see the inexpensive SLi opportunity. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition video card offers both, and more!

In this review, I will answer the question that is on everyone's mind: what kind of difference will half the video RAM make on performance? I compared the XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition to the FOXCONN 8800 GTS 640MB for the answers. Read on to find out, you just might be surprised.

Key features:

  • NVIDIA® unified architecture with GigaThread TM technology
  • Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
  • NVIDIA® SLI Ready
  • 16x full-screen anti-aliasing
  • True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
  • NVIDIA® Quantum Effects physics processing technology
  • Two dual-link DVI outputs support two 2560x1600 resolution displays
  • NVIDIA PureVideoTM technology
  • PCI Express® Support
  • OpenGL® 2.0 support
  • NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista

8800 gts testing

I a chance to take the cooler off one of the Geforce 8800 GTS 320MB cards and do some basic benchmarketing.

The card we tested worked at 500MHz core and 1600MHz memory but some manufacturers might have the faster clocks.

The whole 10 yards of memory chips of Geforce 8800 GTS 320MB

The NDA about this card expires on Monday but why shouldn't you read about it today?

Good morning America, let me introduce the Geforce 8800 GTS 320MB. The card has the good old G80 chip with its small external I/O chip that couldn't fit on the G80 die. The company uses Hynix memory hy5as573225a that can work at 320 Mbit. It specs say it's 256-bit memory at 1.4ns and of course GDDR3 flavoured but it works just fine with this card.

Instead of twelve memory chips the card has ten of them. Ten times thirty two gives you 320MB of memory. The card scores 28000 in 3Dmark03, 15000 at 3Dmark05 and 8800 in 3Dmark06. In games it pulls more than 100 FPS at 16x12. It looks fast to me.

We will give you a few numbers for the weekend and next week we will give you more scores.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Handbag product review

Alternative title: Even superior materials and construction aren't enough to break into higher price points.

This is a different kind of product review. It will apply to handbag producers and those of you moving up another level. There are some contradictions with this product in spite of it being very well constructed and the use of excellent materials. If you've trying to move up into a higher price point, it may not be enough to have the best construction and the best materials. As you'll see, there's design elements that cannot be ignored.

My sample is a very well made leather bag that nonetheless, had some unusual problems. Shortly after I got it, the DE told me it was being dropped. By then I had some ideas why it wasn't being picked up on reorders but I didn't have a way to tell the producer tactfully. Besides, it takes time to do a product review and it's inappropriate to critique something someone gives you (we traded) and worse, attempt to turn it into a revenue generating event. What is one to do? This happens to me all of the time.

First some history which explains some of the deficits I found.

This DE hasn't always made nice leather bags. Before, he targeted the low end of the market, knew the market and the process very well. He also had extensive and reputable overseas contacts who had excellent construction experience. In other words, he had everything. If so, how did things go wrong?

In a nutshell, the problem was a marriage of uneven expectations. The construction is top notch but the contractor -who made the patterns- was adept at low margin goods. Just because something is low margin doesn't mean it is poorly sewn and these were well constructed. One problem was a mismatch of material usage and hardware in targeting a higher price point. Here are some contradictions:

Other than the hardware, all of the materials used in the bag are top notch. The lining is outstanding, a durable, sturdy, classy satin twill. The leather was exemplary, perfectly matched to the price point. The hides are thick enough, pebbled so it wears well and it doesn't scratch readily. If scratched, it doesn't show easily as it's been well processed. No quibble with the shell of the piece, it is entirely appropriate to the higher price point. The problem was utilization of the leather. As the contractor is accustomed to paring allocation to the bone, that level of economy was inappropriate for this market segment. Specifically, the top portion of this side panel needed to be longer, extending deeper into the side, say another two inches or so. The lining should never be visible under usual and normal usage.

In the above photo, you most likely wondered about that black thing retaining the side panel. That would be velcro. Ouch. It's not an issue of color either. Velcro can used in $7 plastic bags but not in fine Italian pebbled leather bags. A metal magnetic closure would have been a better choice.

There were two other construction details that could have been improved. First was the lining of the side panel. The lining should have been tacked to the seam at the bottom of the bag. This would have prevented the lining from showing to the extent it was. Your linings should always be tacked into place. And now that I've done this review, I can repair mine. It bugs me. Below is a photo showing that the side panel lining is loose.

The second construction detail bearing improvement was the ends of the handles. These are rolled handles with cord fillers. The rolled portion should have been sewn down further. Below, the handles are down and the ends, where it joins the bag, just looks odd to me.

In the photo below, off to far right and far left, you can see the ends of the filler are visible. Sewing the handles down a bit farther, perhaps another inch or so, would have made this nicer.

In summary, the bag's construction and materials were largely intact but it still missed the mark for the targeted market. I'm sorry the DE decided to drop the style, it was a nice sturdy bag, designed to hold a lap top with roomy inside pockets to hold peripherals and a neoprene like cushion sleeve to contain the computer itself. Nice size and it doesn't look like a corporate briefcase so it suited me. I think it would have been better to have improved these minor details. The per unit costs would have been minimal, amounting to an additional sewing operation (tacking the side panel lining), two magnetic clasps (less than 50 cents) and another quarter square foot of leather. Another cost to the whole batch would have been the cost of two new dies for the longer upper side panels.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Refill 10N0026 Color Ink

Ink refill kit for Lexmark 10N0026 (#26), Lexmark 10N0227 Color Cartridges.
25 ml bottle each of cyan, magenta and yellow ink (for 10 refills)
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