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Mitsubishi HC1600 – Projector Review

January 25th, 2009 No comments

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The Mitsubishi HC1600 projector produces 1700 lumens. The projector has a 2500:1 contrast that produces a crisp an solid image. It has accurate color and a bright, powerful image. This makes HC1600 ideal for photography, still graphics, and slow moving videos. However, its 2x speed color wheel makes it a bit low standard for sports, and gaming for those especially for those who are sensitive to rainbow artifacts. I purchsed Mitsubisi HC1600 from visualapex.com.

Some Concerns

Zoom and placement
The HC1600 has a 1.2:1 zoom lens and no lens shift. It will throw a 100″ diagonal 16:9 image from 11’11” to 14’6″, and at this screen size the bottom edge of the image will appear 16.4″ above the centerline of the lens, or about 33% of the image height. This makes the HC1600 suited for ceiling or coffee table mounts, but it also makes rear shelf mounting somewhat difficult without using keystone correction.

Color separation artifacts. The HC1600 is has more frequent appearance of rainbows compared to other comparable projectors. This is partially due to the HC1600’s high brightness, but most of the blame can be placed on its 2x speed color wheel, which is unusual in home theater products. 2x speed wheels are typically used in business projectors, since static imagery is much less likely to induce rainbows than motion video. If if you are sensitive to rainbow artifacts, you’ll want to review the HC1600 before purchasing if at all possible.

Poor performance over VGA The HC1600 shows color performance when using the 15-pin VGA port than when using component or HDMI.It also locks the color saturation menu option when using VGA, which exacerbates the issue significantly. The HC1600 gave a far superior image when using the HDMI connection. You will better use this for display using HDMI connector.

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Acer Aspire One AOA150-1049 Laptop PC A Review

January 22nd, 2009 2 comments

Last updated on May 27, 2011

A review of Acer 8.9 ” Aspire One AOA150-1049 Laptop PC Notebook

Aspire One AOA150-1049 will keep you moving fast and will not make your shoulder ache with the weight of the notebook. It will be able to do so while providing you a reasonably good punch of processing power. All this while not escalating the cost beyond your expectation.

Thinking of giving it as a gift – not a bad idea. Comes with an option of a 3 cello or a 6 cell battery that can have a battery life as high as 5.5 hours.

This Aspire notebook has 160 GB of Hard Disk instead of Aspire One AOA150-1572 ‘s 120 GB. Available at Walmart for just $398, this ultra portable notebook features an 8.9″ LCD screen and an Intel Atom N270 processor.

This notebook offers several plus points over the several corresponding notebooks in 8 to 10 inch categories. In brief it has intel Atom processors instead of Celeron processors. It has a decent 160 GB Hard disk and not the solid state hard disks. This Acer has Windows XP and a wireless internet. On the negative side it does not has an optical drive (no CD or DVD), so if you are not tech savvy, you may keep questioning how do Iinstall this program that is on this CD. The option is to get a 2GB ( or 4 GB) USB flash pen drive and use it to transfer data.

The Keyboards on these notebooks are, as expected smaller than normal notebooks and it may take you some time to adjust to the small keyboards. One more thing, if you want to use the remote access feature, you may like to upgrade Windows XP Home to Windows XP Professional.

Let us take a look at some broad specification of this notebook.

Specifications

* Price Walmart (As on Dec 13, 2008): $398.00
* Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Addition
* Processor: Intel Atom processor N270 1.60 GHz
* RAM: 1 GB, 533 MHz DDR
* Weight: 2.19 lb
* Screen Size: 8.9 inches, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
* Hard Disk: 160 GB, SATA
* Battery : 6-cell Li-IOn (2200 mAh)
* Networking Options: 802.11b/g
* USB Ports – 3
* Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

Processor

It has Intel Atom processor instead of the Celeron processor in many notebooks in this category. The intel Atom processors have better efficiencies and there are especifically designed for the performance at low power. The 1.6 GHz Atom is good enough for most of the editing works. If you are a programmer who need to compile a lot of software code, you would like to see processor with better performance. This processor is good enough for all daily uses.

Memory

The tiny notebook consists of 1 GB, 533 MHz DDR. This is fairly good as the operating system is Windows XP. Out of the 1 GB half of them is directly soldered into the motherboard.

Battery Life

Under normal surfing conditions, this notebook will last close to 5 hour hour with its 6 cell Li Ion battery. Some Dell notebooks in this category come with higher battery lives. If Battey life is your concern you may like to take a look at Dell E6400 notebook which boasts over 15 hours of battery life.

Screen

Acer Aspire AOA150-1049 has 8.9 inch display that has a resolution of 1024 x 600. The screen is bright and crisp. Most of todays websites are designed for a height of at least 800 pixels, so you may notice some verical scrolling even when you did not expect it.

Ports

Acer Aspire AOA150-1049 has three USB ports. In the absensce of optical drive USB takes center stage. With the cost of USB flash drive so low for a 2GB, it makes sense to keep one permanently for this notebook. It also has Inbuilt Microphone, that allows to make voice conversations.The notebook also has SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card.

There is no FireWire, HDMI, or SATA port on this laptop.

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Acer Aspire One AOA150-1572 Laptop PC A Review

January 22nd, 2009 No comments

Last update on May 27, 2011

The Walmart customers have shown a high degree of confidence in this notebook ( with 4.7 out of 5 rating).

Here are some basic questions that customers have about this notebook

– Does it come with DVD drive ?
– No it does not. You can not boot is with CD ROM. You can not play a DVD movie.

– Does the included sofware includes MS office, xl etc ?
– No it does not include.

– How is the gaming performance
– Not good. This laptop is not made for gaming. Look for a notebook with gaming component.

– Does it come with Bluetooth.
– No – this tiny puppy does not has bluetooth. And external USB bluetooth may be a possibility.

A review of Acer 8.9 ” Aspire One AOA150-1572 Laptop PC Notebook

Aspire One AOA150-1572 Laptop PC notebook is intended to satisfy the needs of extreme mobility, at a low cost . It can be a good gift idea for Christmas. It comes in black color. If you want to have a pink color you may like to consider which has the same specification as this one except for the color. Available at Walmart for just $348, this ultra portable notebook features an 8.9″ LCD screen and an Intel Atom N70 processor.

This notebook offers several plus points over the several corresponding notebooks in 8 to 10 inch categories. In brief it has intel Atom processors instead of Celeron processors. It has a decent 120 GB Hard disk and not the solid state hard disks. This Acer has Windows XP and a wireless internet. On the negative side it does not has an optical drive (no CD or DVD), so if you are not tech savvy, you may keep questioning how do install this program that is on this CD. The option is to get a 2GB ( or 4 GB) USB flash pen drive and use it to transfer data.

The Keyboards on these notebooks are, as expected smaller than normal notebooks and it may take you some time to adjust to the small keyboards. One more thing, if you want to use the remote access feature, you may like to upgrade Windows XP Home to Windows XP Professional.

Let us take a look at some broad specification of this notebook.

Specifications

* Price Walmart (As on Dec 13, 2008): $348.00
* Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Addition
* Processor: Intel Atom processor N270 1.60 GHz
* RAM: 1 GB, 533 MHz DDR
* Weight: 2.19 lb
* Screen Size: 8.9 inches, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
* Hard Disk: 120 GB, SATA
* Battery : 3-cell Li-IOn (2200 mAh)
* Networking Options: 802.11b/g
* USB Ports – 3
* Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

Processor

It has Intel Atom processor instead of the Celeron processor in many notebooks in this category. The intel Atom processors have better efficiencies and there are especifically designed for the performance at low power. The 1.6 GHz Atom is good enough for most of the editing works. If you are a programmer who need to compile a lot of software code, you would like to see processor with better performance. This processor is good enough for all daily uses.

Memory

The tiny notebook consists of 1 GB, 533 MHz DDR. This is fairly good as the operating system is Windows XP. Out of the 1 GB half of them is directly soldered into the motherboard.

Battery Life

Under normal surfing conditions, this notebook will last 2 and a half hour with its 3 cell Li Ion battery with 2200 mAH capacity. Some Dell notebooks in this category come with higher battery lives. If Battey life is your concern you may like to take a look at Dell E6400 notebook which boasts over 15 hours of battery life.

Screen

Acer Aspire AOA150-1572 has 8.9 inch display that has a resolution of 1024 x 600. The screen is bright and crisp. Most of todays websites are designed for a height of at least 800 pixels, so you may notice some verical scrolling even when you did not expect it.

Ports

Acer Aspire AOA150-1572 has three USB ports. In the absensce of optical drive USB takes center stage. With the cost of USB flash drive so low for a 2GB, it makes sense to keep one permanently for this notebook. It also has Inbuilt Microphone, that allows to make voice conversations.The notebook also has SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card.

There is no FireWire, HDMI, or SATA port on this laptop.

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Acer AOA150-1570 Aspire Review

January 21st, 2009 No comments

Last updated on May 27, 2011.

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Acer AOA150-1570 Aspire Review

The Acer A0A150-1570 comes with Intel Atom processor, running at 1.6GHZ. It has only single core but it supports hyperthreading. It has a 8.9″ screen. This size is useful for most of the applications.

The unit weighs only 2.19 lbs. Very light weight for those who travel a lot. If you can get it for $350 it will be a nice bargain for the power that this tiny unit posseses.

Acer Aspire AOA150-1570 comes with XP and the 120GB hard drive. The good thing is that Vista in not compulsory with this unit. Since the unit has 1 GB RAM, it is not possible to run Vista in such a small amount of RAM. For those who love Windows XP and hate Vista this is another reason to but this small puppy. This small puppy also comes with a small charger and power cable. The documentation is minimal. There is no discs operating system disk. The battery is a 3 cell Li IOn battery. The battery life is 2 to 2.5 hrs in normal use.

Even with this small size The keyboard is very usuable. The key movement is very nice. The trackpad, which is equivalent to mose has botton on either side.

This Acer Aspire comes with 10/100 Fast Ethernet Network, Wireless Network. It does has a 15 Pin VGA Port if you want to give some demonstration on a projector. There are two USB 2.0 Ports which are enough for most uses. It also has a headphone port and a Microphone port that can be good for listening music and chat. The good part is the in built webcam, that can be used for chat or making small videos.

If you power it on for first time, Windows spends a fair amount of time discovering and setting up drivers for all the hardware. Once it powers up it searches for the wireless network. The wireless performance is moderately good. If you run the wireless in ‘Power Save Mode’, it will be a bit slow. Swithching it to ‘Normal’ using device’s Advanced tab makes it faster.

If you are using it for mostly browsing, the web pages load pretty fast. The screen resolution at 1024 x 600 is good enough for most pages.

On the software side Acer comes with unwantd free trial of McAfee security softare. This can be easily removed. It also has a free trial of Office. It can also be removed if not required. It also includes a utility to restore the system to factory default, using a hidden partition on the hard drive. You may burn the restore Data CD or DVD. It will not burn a recovery disk using and external drive.

If you are a Linux literate you may like to explore the Linux version of the Aspire Line . The Aspire line is split into two parts, the first runs a version of Linux, not Windows. The linux version does not have a hard drive. Instead it uses a small 8GB solid state drive. The good thing about it is that, it uses less power and helps keep its weight down. The Linux version comes with 512 MB RAM

The other group of Aspire One’s run Windows XP. They have a 120GB-160GB mechanical hard drive. These units have 1GB of RAM as compared to 512 MB of Linux version.

Pros:
– Well built. Nice fit and finish.
– Nice keyboard is very usable. All the keys are where they should be.
– The wireless connected easily with my home network.
– The LCD screen is sharp and bright.
– It runs Windows XP, does not need Vista, and has lots of room for applications and data
– It is nice to have webcam.
– It is not very expensive.

Cons:
– The fan is noisy and runs continuously, even when the processor is not running intensive task.
– The trackpad is poorly laid out.
– The 3-cell battery lasts only 2 to 2.5 hours. A 6 cell battery would have lasted 5 hours. It is expensive if bought separately.
Technical Specifications

Operating System:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Processor: Intel® Atom Processor N270
Processor Speed: 1.60GHz
Level 2 Cache:512KB Level 2 Cache
Data Bus Speed:533MHz Frontside BusRAM
Installed / Max RAM Supported: 1GB DDR2-533 RAM
Hard Drive:120GB 5,400RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
Display Type:8.9″ Widescreen SVGA CrystalBrite Display
Video Card: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Video Chipset
Internal Max Resolution:1024 x 600
Sound Card: High Definition Audio Chipset
Network Features: 10/100 Fast Ethernet Network
Wireless Network Features: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTFIED Wireless Network
Ports and Connectors: (1) VGA 15-pin Port; (3) USB 2.0 “A” Ports; (1) RJ-45 Network Port; (1) Microphone Port; (1) Headphone Port
Memory Card Reader: Multi-in-1 Card ReaderMemory Cards SupportedSecure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Reduced- Size Multimedia Card, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card
Built-In Devices:Stereo Speakers, Webcam
Input Devices: Keyboard, Touchpad
Included Battery: 3 Cell Rechargeable Lithium-Ion BatteryAverage Run TimeUp to 2.5 Hours
Included Software: Acer eRecovery Management, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe® Reader®, McAfee® Internet Security Suite (Trial Version), Microsoft® Office 2007 (Trial Version)
Dimensions: (WxDxH)9.8″ x 6.7″ x 1.14″
Weight: 2.19 lbs
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty

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Sanyo PLV-Z60 LCD Home Theater Projector Review

January 20th, 2009 No comments

Last updated on May 27, 2011.

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Sanyo offers a three year warranty on their projectors. Most repairs are completed within 24 to 72 hours. The company pays shipping in both directions. Sanyo’s warranty is one of the best in the business.

Connectivity
The Z60 has two HDMI 1.3 ports and two component video inputs. The Z60 will allow you to connect more devices directly to your projector, before being forced to run your video signals through your A/V receiver.
Final Thought
Sanyo’s PLV-Z60 is an nice projector. It gives a vibrant, pristine image with accurate color. Its 2x zoom lens, extensive lens shift, and HDMI and C video inputs make it easy to install. If you’re looking for a new projector for your light-controlled home theater, this can be suitable for you.

Technical Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1200
Contrast (full on/off): 10,000:1
Light Engine: 1280×720, native 16:9, 0.7″ 3LCD powered by a 145W UHP lamp.
Lamp life: Unspecified. Lamp replacements are $295.
Connection Panel: 2x HDMI inputs, one VGA input, two sets of component YPbPr inputs, one S-Video input, one composite input, one service port, one Kensington lock point, hardwired power on/off switch.
Lens and Throw Distance: 2:1 manual zoom/focus lens with manual H/V lens shift. Throws a 100″ diagonal 16:9 image from 10.1′ to 20.1′
Warranty: Three years.

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