HannsG HH251DPB 24.6 inch LCD TFT Monitor Review

When my brilliant 22″ Samsung monitor suddenly lost half its brightness on one side of the screen it was time to replace it. I used it for a day and it was obvious then we weren’t going to get along for much longer. Looking around at the various monitors now available I decided to go as big as possible without breaking the bank. The best option seemed to be the HannsG HH251DPB which had a very respectable 24.6″ screen size. I use this as a dual monitor with my laptop so as the main display that was going to be a nice step up. Ebuyer and Amazon had it at the same price (about £130) but worryingly the Amazon customers hated it and the Ebuyer ones loved it. I took the plunge anyway and have to say visually its excellent. The built in speakers though as you might expect are absolutely shocking and produce a horribly tinny distorted noise at almost any volume.

Technical Details:

Product Description: Hannspree HH251DPB – LCD display – TFT – 24.6″
Device Type: LCD display / TFT active matrix
Colour: Glossy black
Dimensions (WxDxH): 58.2 cm x 17.9 cm x 42.2 cm
Weight: 5.7 kg
Diagonal Size: 24.6″ – widescreen
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch: 0.283 mm
Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Colour Support: 16.7 million colours
Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Response Time: 2 ms
Image Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio: 800:1 / 15000:1 (dynamic)
Audio Output: Speaker(s) – stereo – integrated
Signal Input: DVI-D, VGA
Compliant Standards: CE, MPR II, GOST, CB
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational: 50 Watt

Its a bit of a dust and fingerprint magnet with its glossy black surround but that’s pretty slim so its not too bad. 3 months on and its had no problems at all, no dead pixels and gives a nice overall colour for everyday office use.

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Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution Review

My trusty Logitech Wave keyboard started to give up the ghost not so ong ago so before I was left sending emails with a host of typing errors due to missing keys I decided it was time to buy a new one. Havving a DiNovo Edge and being totally used to Logitech I decided not to look at anything else and the current package that seemed to offer the best mouse and keyboard combo was the MX 5500 Revolution.

I picked it up from eBuyer for around £109 which was the best price by £20 at the time. Installation of Setpoint was already done but required a simple upgrade as the new mouse and keyboard are Bluetooth not 2.4ghx. After a couple of weeks I’m totally chuffed with this combo:

Keyboard:

  • Silent keys
  • Great display
  • Calculator useful
  • Layout excellent
  • Multiple options for customising its keys

Mouse:

  • totally totally precise, amazingly so
  • clutch scroll wheel amaxing
  • Many buttons to customise
  • great feeling and support for the hand.

 

Negatives:

  • Keyboard has orange highlights that you’d assume light up like the DiNovo Edge except they dont!
  • Wrist support could be wider like the Wave
  • Flaky bluetooth with Sony laptop internal bluetooth card, seems fine using logitech dongle
  • mouse takes some getting used to
  • couldn’t use the mouse if you were left handed!

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Livescribe Echo 8GB Review

Well this has to go down as one of my strangest purchases and six months on I still dont know if it was a good one or not! In my job I take copious amounts of notes, and sometimes record meetings as well for future reference. In case you didnt know this pen combines these two functions and perfectly ties them together, for instance you can go back to your notes from however long ago (memory permitting on the pen – not so much on the desktop app) tap on the notes and the audio from that exact time will play through the pens speaker.

The desktop app syns this data from your pen, so in my case I was going paperless alongside the ScanSnap scanner and this seemed the perfect way to be able to throw away all my note books from that point forward. It does do its job very well and it amazes everyone that sees it, I’ve had to explan what it is about 100 times!

Here are my brief pros and cons

Pros:

  • Battery amazing
  • Syncs Perfectly
  • Conversation Starter
  • Always got Dictaphone with you

Cons:

  • Cartridges can get  stuck in the pen pretty easily
  • Although it seems a massive improvement on the Pulse its still quite big and awkward to write with
  • The downloadable apps from Livescribe are an utter waste of money, the ones that aren’t are very expensive
  • I hate writing with a biro and just wish there was a fountain pen option (sure this is a technical limitation of the ink!)
  • Have to use the ‘special’ paper- again another technical limitation which can’t be avoided

 

Overall would I buy it again? Probably not but for now while I still have loads of paper and ink for it I’ll carry on using it.

 

What Livescribe say:

Product Design Sleek ergonomic design with soft rubber grip
Processor ARM 9
Screen 96×18 OLED Display
Camera High speed infrared camera (over 70 images/sec)
Storage 4GB NAND (over 400 hours recording time)*8GB NAND (over 800 hours recording time)* * Actual available memory will be less. Recording time varies by audio quality setting.
Battery Rechargeable lithium (non-removable)
Audio–Record Smartpen embedded microphone – mono recording**
Audio–Playback Embedded speakerStandard 3.5mm audio jack for use with your favorite earbuds or the Echo 3-D Premium Recording Headset** ** 3-D Premium Recording Headset is required for binaural or stereo recording, and is sold separately.
PC Connectivity Micro USB cable for charging and data transfer
Size & Weight Length: 158 mm (6.22 in.)Width: 19.7 mm (0.78 in.) at top, 11.5 mm (0.45 in.) at tipWeight: 36 grams (1.3 oz.) without cap

 

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Eddie Izzard

Bit of a treat out of my office window today, not an ice rink or a lunatic dangling off a tree but none other than Eddie Izzard. Shame he was out campaigning for the wrong side just before the election but he answered every question thrown at him very easily so he obviously knows his stuff and isn’t just a face of the campaign

ScanSnap S300 Review

Well after using the excellent evernote for a while and using a new Canon flatbed scanner to turn all my paper documents onto pdf’s it was getting a little tiresome waiting for the scanner to scan, turn the page over, etc for a stack of documents so I went looking for a better solution. I quickly found the simply amazing ScanSnap S300. Its a bit steep on the price at £160 from ebuyer (the cheapest I could find anywhere ) but its simply worth its weight in gold for the time saving, ease of use and quality of output!
Some info from the website :
It’s easy to digitize documents with the ScanSnap S300! Just press the “SCAN” button and the duplex scanner quickly captures both sides of documents, presenting images as they are meant to be seen.With its built in automatic image correction features, the S300 ensures great scanning results.
Simply load a stack of documents into the hopper and press the “SCAN” button. The S300 automatically recognizes the size of each document, detects and corrects for skew, and shows images in their proper orientation with blank pages removed.
The ScanSnap S300 automatically converts scanned data into searchable PDF files. Now you can quickly and easily locate your images and find information contained within your documents using keyword searches.
The ScanSnap S300 PDF scanner features double-sided multi-sheet feeding. The automatic document feeder holds up to 10 sheets of paper , and the scanner scans images at up to 8 pages per minute.
For added mobile convenience, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 can be powered though the PC’s USB port* when an AC power source is not available.
In addition to automatically recognizing document size, the ScanSnap S300 de-skews images, removes blank pages and shows them in their proper orientation. The ScanSnap S300 is also able to scan business cards and postcards that are thicker than normal

So far everything they claimed is true, I’ve never had a paper jam, even stuffing the sheet feeder with different type and shape of paper, its OCR is brilliant, and its fast even scanning duplex on USB power. Set on its default settings the documents it produces are crisp and very readable producing excellent prints when you need a bit of paper to take with you and most importantly they are compact, an average 4 page colour document being about 0.6mb.
The two features that make it for me are its portability, it fits in a laptop bag with a Dell Mini Projector and a Laptop easily &its powered off USB so no more power blocks and the software can can straight to evernote (see review) so they are all automatically filed, uploaded and synced ready to access on any computer.
The only drawback is the amount of paper thats now getting shredded and recycled, but thats better than stuffing it into envelopes and putting it in the loft where you’ll never be able to find it again!