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LG 47LG90 review

Friday, March 20th, 2009

After LEDs were being used in TVs it actually benefited the environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals like mercury and also improving efficiency. Therefore the all new 47 inch LG 47LG90 is the first LCD TV from LG to feature a backlight system that consists of a range of LEDs and the outstanding picture result from this has proved to the best so for from the company. The LED based LCD TV are typically more costlier compared to the fluorescent drives ones but this TV set is also the best budget deal you can find around.

Being alighted on a half moon shape swivel table stand the new 47LG90 is designed with a glossy black frame to match with its rubberized blue material thin strip that accents on its outer edge. The touch sensitive on-display controls of the TV are entrenched in the blue material and it is probably less fingerprint magnet compared to those on the glossy face of Samsung LED TV. You will find the power indicator light locator fixed at the bottom right hand corner of the face of TV which is pleasantly passive and the strip of blue tinted acrylic cut along the bottom edge of the set offers it’s a stylish look.

The LG 47LG90 is well equipped with the typical rear and side input panel layout and it offers a total of 4 HDMI inputs which include RF input, VGA and two component video inputs. Being very usual among HDTVs the audio outputs of 47LG90 include both coaxicalcoaxial and optical digital connections. The rarer still was actually the ability of the TV to pass 5.1 Dolby digital audio from all the connected sources to the compatible A/V receiver. Apart from this the 47LG90 TV is also designed with a serial control port which you can use with home theatre automation products and there is also the side mounted USB port whci hiswhich is compatible with several flash storage devices that include JPEG and MPp3 multimedia files.

The LG 47LG90 is mainly configured for home viewing environment and the picture setup of the set can default to the super bright Vivid preset that adds white outlines to objects and artifacts related to elevated sharpness levels. The standard presets of the TV prove much better for daytime watching which reduced ringing artifacts while also maintains sufficient brightness. Similar to other HDTVs the CinimaCinema preset of LG 47LG90 however came close to matching the detail and colour standards that are used in HD video productions even though its measured colour outputs were slightly oversaturated when compared with a nearly perfect result given by LED lit Samsung TV.

The HD video examinations which include the viewing of satellite video material and Blu-ray were remarkably detailed but with a few disturbing artifacts. The motion performance of LG 47LG90 was among the very best you might have come across in 120 Hz LCD techynologytechnology as the TV almost matched the performance of Samsung A950 with detail scanning enhancing backlight features enabled although the LG 47LG90 TV lacked a few its features.

Kensington wireless USB docking station

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In order to make business laptops more compact and lighter, manufacturers should start thinking of some really creative ideas. If the systems become really small the basic features like multiple USB ports and optical drives might even fall aside. This does not mean that business users don’t need these features but they often have to resort to a USB hub to operate it. The New Kensington wireless USB docking station is however a more elegant and creative solution to these issues which provides flawless connectivity with your external display, speakers, printers and other peripheral devices. Unhappily the USB is still not that extensive on the laptops. The Kensington’s wireless USB docking station is mostly seem on business notebooks like Toshiba Portege R400 and Lenovo ThinkPad X200 or even as an option with computer systems like Dell Inspiron 1525.

The wireless USB docking station of Kensington is quite inconspicuous and it measures about 6.25 by 11.25 inches apart form the 3 inch antenna which should e flipped up when using the device. However according to its wireless capabilities the USB docking station actually seems to be more router like than a laptop dock. There is a power light on its front which turn on after plugging the station, but when connected to the laptop it shines to yellow while orange if disconnected. It also includes a USB port on its front while there are another four at the back including audio and DVI outputs. The Docking system is also designed with mini-USB cable so that you can directly connect it to a laptop.

Throughout the testing the Wireless USB docking system from Kensington proved perfect with most devices like printers, flash drives and monitors. Although the website of Kensington promises you a range of nearly 15 feet it was actually 10 to 13 when tested as the docking station should also be in line of sight to the laptop without any equipments of blocking in the way. However, when testing its data transfer speed a flash drive with 1 GB data was loaded. After directly connecting it to the laptop the docking station was able to transfer all the data in around 1 minute and 40 seconds, but after testing the docking station placing it right besides the laptop the data transfer speed was just 3:11.

One of its features that most users would like is the ability to connect the docking system wirelessly to external monitor. These features come more useful at meeting and presentation rooms where you need the freedom to present from different parts of the room. However, Kensington has readily admitted that this docking station is not designed for multimedia, and it can perfectly handle low quality videos and documents but it is not the right device to stream anything at very high resolutions. However as this wireless USB is still not much common on most laptops, but if you have an UWB-enabled laptop then its expanded features set would be of great importance to you.

Gateway FHD2401 LCD monitor

Friday, February 13th, 2009

The Gateway FHD2401 is clearly designed with multimedia and gaming in mind with its bright 24 inch LCD that offers wide scale colour technology with a fast pixel response time and picture-in-picture and HD viewing capabilities. Although the display is mainly targeted at multimedia and gamers the business users would also appreciate its capabilities to display small text.

The Gateway FHD2401 is designed with an excellent black cabinet including some glossy black bezel on the sides with some stunning brushed aluminum panel at the bottom. Its 1,920 by 1,200 screen is designed by solver rectangular stand which provides backward and forward tilt positioning, but it’s only adjustability. There are touch sensitive menu and power buttons towards the right hand bezel and they are both illuminated by blue backlighting. When touched the menu light would activate an extra set of buttons which let you navigate the on screen menus. The menu settings also let you choose from the seven themes which provide you optimized colour temperature settings for some specific applications like movie, games, web, cool, warm, web, pictures and user defined.

The picture-in-picture feature when activated lets you view content from a secondary input source like from Blu-ray player or TV tuner box in a separate window. You can even toggle between the three input sources where you can adjust scaling properties and image sharpness. The monitor comes with Portrait display with EzTuner software through which you can manually make image adjustments through your mouse and keyboard. The EzTuner also includes a user friendly colour calibration tool that helps achieve finest colour reproduction.

At the back of the monitor are VGA, DVI and HDMI connectors but this is all what you can get in connectivity options. The Gateway FHD2401 monitor also does not include integrated speakers but there are options to attach DTSS-2410 speaker bar to the bottom bezel. The best thing is that the monitor offers 2 millisecond pixel respond as it was able to display 3D games and videos without any noticeable smearing. Although most of the users found it a bit dark with light grays when playing game these flaws don’t seem to affect the colour quality. The panel uses wide gamut technology to display around 92 percent of NTSC colour spectrum offering bright and bold colours which also appear uniformed throughout the scale. Additionally small text quality was also fine as the font 4.3 seemed petty clear and readable.

Gateway also claims there are 160 degree viewing angles in both the vertical and horizontal planes, but most of the users found colour shifting at nearly 150 degrees when viewing from both sides. However when you connect the Gateway FHD2401 to a cable box through HMDI to watch videos or play games in high definition you will surely be impressed with its overall image clarity and its colour quality. Therefore if wide viewing angles and grayscale accuracy are the key factors you need in a monitor then the Gateway FHD2401 is the perfect 24 inch monitor you can find.