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I moved from a townhouse where I got 2mb wifi downloads/uploads per second to 2500 sf split level home where I got no wifi upstairs or on the side of the house with the same Verizon Fios equipment.
When I bought this, I plugged one into my router and one into my iMac in the kitchen and got 75mb download speeds on test my speed website, the same speed I pay for from FIOS. Problem solved.
I bought another one to use with my Panasonic TV, eliminating the need to drape a 25 foot Ethernet cord across my first basement and another one for my wife's upstairs Hulu watching All-in-one PC.
These things are perfect, small, plug and play and just an amazing thing to have.
To address my wifi issues I also bought a wifi repeater here on Amazon, the number one selling one, and I get good wifi now, although only about 1.5.mb at best, never the 2mb I got at my townhouse.
This is the best $40 I have spent in a while and I highly recommend others buy this to free up the wifi in your house for portable devices and just make all your stationary stuff near plugs as if it were plugged into the router.
This fits next to my bed on my iKea night stand at eye level to watch shows to put me to sleep with headphones. Yet, it is so loud and full that I can use it as a radio in the bedroom on speaker - it has the perfect balanced sound not that sibilant JBL sound.
No other product works this good because this works at both landscape and horizontal, has a simple connector wire that is adjustable threaded from the bottom or on the side. The buttons are dead simple, the speaker mesh is nice and durable, the matte black viewing tray picks up no fingerprints. The metal buttons are nice.
In addition, it is easy to add an adapter for Bluetooth or lightning connector because you are working with a flexible cable, much like the iPad charging cable itself, except this is a durable matte black.
Get one if you need that iPad fall asleep machine like I did.
My family had to wait 25 minutes for a single 1080p movie to copy to my old 32gb drive so we could watch it on my 55 Panasonic TV. This one did 3 movies in 5 minutes, about 24gb of files, I searched for the fastest drive, this one came up, and it worked. I also tried it on another computer that is just usb 2.0 and it was still 10 times faster. Get one, you won't wait long any more.
I put this in my kitchen. It replaced an HP 610 touchscreen model with Win 8. 27 is a nice size bump. The adjustable angle works very well for an IKEA slim kitchen side table we use. Not too deep either. MAC learning curve was a bit frustration. Adding the printer was flawless, it installed drivers automatically. My Picasa and Firefox kept trying to run from the saved location till I figured out you have to drag application to application folder. Son likes Garage Band. We mostly use the web browsing. Got firefox because the Apple browser is worse. Learned you have to click the apple to get shut down, sometimes in full screen firefox I can't figure out how to minimize and see other windows. I don't care for the Mac mouse that much, it isn't good for a walk up computer - too flat.
The good stuff - StarCraft II looks amazing and plays on ultra 2560x1400 at over 30fps - yes! The speakers stink but I added an old white set of Creative I-Trigue 3400s and they rock. iTunes and Spotify are perfect. We haven't gotten all the mac software yet, so can't wait to dive in and try photo and video editing.
I would say this is a pretty easy computer to replace a windows all in one so your kinds can learn MAC too and it looks great in a kitchen with white, like the Jetsons.
This laptop has it all.
1. The best screen 1920x1080 Be sure to enable 120hz refresh rate! 400 nit brightness, viewing angles so good you never notice any inverted blacks or unviewable darker scenes
2. Fantastic Keyboard - Backlit with several notches of brightness, bigger keys with quality feel to them
3. Non-fingerprint attracting orange plastic bottom and hinge cover, glossy orange lid, aluminum keyboard deck, and a plexiglass like covering over the touch sensitive buttons above the keyboard
4. Good video card. My test was StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm on extreme at 1080p - saw frame rates in the 30s and 40s which is perfect for a laptop, with the high quality screen the colors really pop and feel immersive
5. 2 500gb hard drives is excellent because you can easily switch one out for an SSD 256 or a 1tb 7200rpm depending on your needs. For me, I go for capacity every time, this thing already boots very quickly, take my advice and get 2 Sata 3 1TB 7200 rpm hard drives for about $80 each and max out your storage instead of shrinking your storage to save 10 seconds on boot. The 8gb express cache emulates SSD on boot well enough for me.
6. The touchpad is an aluminum like finish, I was having trouble with two finger scrolling at first until I realized I was doing it backwards up to down instead of down to up, after that fine, also two soft touch mouse buttons are what I like which this has, also the light tapping is the way to go, you can also check the box to disable when you attach a mouse, let me recommend the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX or the older Performance Mouse MX - the smaller ones that you use with thumb and ring finger not grip style - these mice don't get mouse gunk on them from your hands, they track smooth as butter and they have the metal scroll wheel, also recommend that you program the two small buttons on the left side top to volume up and down, that function is far more useful that going forward and back on web pages.
7. The laptop runs very silent to my ears even playing games, the fans blow out the back but I don't really notice them, maybe the immersive screen and decent speakers have something to do with that. I just enjoy a laptop that you can run your fingers over to feel the finish without leaving marks everywhere like you just ate a bucket of KFC, you will do that with this laptop. marvel at its nice finish and interesting color.
8. The speakers are good, plenty loud enough for a movie or game, nothing fancy just good, the touch sensitive volume up and down isn't that good, that is why I recommend you program your mouse for that function. You have to tap it 50 times to get the volume up and down so it takes too long.
9. The dial on the right that switches to different modes - I only use two: gaming and standard. There is an issue with gaming, it changes the background on all your linked Windows 8 computers and when you switch it back it doesn't revert to your original theme, for this reason you might want to just stay on standard mode.
10. Samsung Software is good. I like the update program, it puts all the latest updates in one interface. Be sure to update it 2 or 3 times and restart because new updates show up after that.
11. Longevity. I have a small concern about the power supply connection. It uses a multipin type interface similar to connections on audio equipment like studio monitors or sound boards, my first laptop instantly shut off whenever you touched it, I think that connection might have gotten damaged. It also sticks straight out about 2 inches on the left and is rigid so if you jar it you might create that problem yourself, be very careful.
I tried the HDMI on my 55 Inch Panasonic TV today and it worked at first, then I moved the dock and it disappeared. I went to my Dell HDMI monitor and it would not show anything, I rebooted the device on the dock and it came up but in a very low rez not 1080p. I went back to my Panasonic TV and it wouldn't show again. I moved the HDMI cable from HDMI 2 to HDMI 3 and switched to a better HDMI cable it came on again. I downloaded the app to lock the aspect ratio and after that it looked better on the TV. I started an Amazon movie and it took up the whole 1080p screen, then it started shrinking the picture to just showing the middle of the screen and smushing the people. I tried several TV shows I know stream in widescreen and they all did that. I unplugged it and used my $15 HDMI adapter and it worked crappily as well, you have to hold it just so to get a connection. Geez this just isn't worth the trouble. I did enjoy a few rounds of Angry Birds Star Wars while it was working using my mouse to pull the rubber band and surfed a few sites but the hdmi connection being so unstable ruined it for me. It completely changed my plans for this phone, I am just going to use it as a phone not try and play android on my tv, it works poorly at best....Read more
1. Experiment with the picture, don't take anyone's word for the best settings. I ended up with 25 for sharpness - something no one else mentioned. Turn it to High for Motion Setting in Advanced Picture Menu for the football games - I saw no blur - turn it to low or off for everything else. Use Warm for the color setting it looks the most natural. No light is the best way to watch this TV. Pause a video on some clouds or a dark scene to do your adjustments, that is the most important adjustment you will make, I found that you need to turn the brightness up to see darker scenes.
2. Get 2 25 foot cables, an HDMI and an Ethernet to run from your gaming PC and your Router if in the other room, your bluetooth keyboard and wireless mouse can still work, just pick them up and carry them into the tv room so you can play Diablo III, Starcraft, League or Legends etc.
3. Download Serviio, add your PCs picture, music and video files. It plays everything so far including 1080p MKV perfectly - it will show up automatically in the Viera Tools DNA menu choice, then browse by folder to see your stuff and play it - it is free, I use it for videos - negates having to get a Western Digital to stream your mkv and other file types
4. On the Panasonic Apps download Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Pandora, and Picasa. Pandora is nice for using your surround sound system to play music, if hooked up to a hifi receiver and speakers. Use your PC or a laptop via HDMI if you need to do Spotify or iTunes.
5. Get the Wii HDMI adapter cable adapter to get the best picture for Mario games
6. Next steps for me, get something that streams Spotify and can mirror my iPad so probably will end up getting Apple TV and Roku unless Apple adds Spotify. For now will use PC with HDMI to do Spotify.
7. When you hook up your TV HDMI you might have to change the HD View under Zoom Options from 1 to 2 in order to see the whole desktop. My Envy Laptop needed HD 1, my Desktop Gaming needed HD 2.
8. You can't adjust the black level from light to dark unless you are using an HDMI, the on line and TV itself gray it out, HDMI on my DVD player lets you change that to dark
9. You will be annoyed about having no analog audio outputs; however, if you have a receiver and some good speakers you will enjoy those more during movies. Don't buy a $50 Dolby Decoder box; get a receiver and use the headphone jack on that to plug in your analog stuff such as good PC speakers or Wireless Headphones, much better DAC and sounds will play that way.
10. Ikea has by far the best TV stands for this TV, I got a low rise black one that was easy to build and has three cubby holes and a little shelf above each and 8 3 inch tall feet to hide all my cables under, they have plenty to choose under $100. It fits the Center Channel, Wii, Reciever, DVD Player and Baskets of disks and controllers so the top has a sleek TV only.
This is a sleek desktop with a Sandy Bridge I3 processor. I simply upgraded to 8gb of ram by removing 4 screws and snapping two chips in.
I was able to play Command and Conquer Generals fluently at 1080p resolution, an older game I really like.
The touchscreen is ok, I never use it.
It has a nice picture equal to the HP Touchsmart screens, it must be an IPS since I can see it any angle.
The speakers are nice and loud with a rich surround sound tone in movies. Music is ok, it doesn't have a great deal of base.
I am undecided on all the Sony Software, will probably remove all of it to eliminate unneeded startup.
After I added 8gb of ram and changed the Intel 3000 Video Card slider to performance not balanced, I the Windows Experience Index go from 4.6 to 5.6.
This is a nice inexpensive all in one for a kitchen where white is what you want. I don't find the glare too bad with a window near by with vertical blinds.
This plays any video format in 1080p. Get the MX player from Android Market since the native player isn't great. MX allows you to double the volume on SW encoded files or hardware video and software audio, which you need since the mono speaker doesn't get that loud. The 32gb micro sdhc memory slot allows you to add a whole season of 720p tv shows or several movies to watch on the go. The IPS Screen looks very good. The zooming options aren't perfect with the players I have tried - you have to live with black bars or stretched picture on certain encoded movies.
Android ICS is ok. I use the kindle app and like it. The web looks good and zooms text well. Some games and apps work and some don't. I use Amazon and Google Play store.
For me, this is a nice video player that made it to the finish line, no compromises, it plays anything on an IPS screen, the android games and other items are a nice treat.
It does not have blue tooth, which is too bad.
My 12 year old daughter got an Amazon GC. She picked this out as part of her cart. The picture is made in a way that makes you think you are getting one pack of headbands. You actually get one cheap plastic headband and a cheap terry cloth ring. To me it looks like it is worth 50 cents. It ain't worth it. They should change the picture to not confuse buyers....Read more