DVD Burner + More RAM


I got myself a DVD burner today. It’s an ASUS DRW 1608P3S drive, which can write at maximum of 16X on DVD±R, 8X on DVD+RW, 6X on DVD-RW, 8X on DVD±R (Double Layer), 5X on DVD-RAM, 40X on CD-R, 32X on CD-RW, and can read at maximum of 16X on DVD-ROM and 40X on CD-ROM.I also got myself 1 gigabyte TwinMOS DDR RAM, making my system happier with a whooping 2.25 gigabyte memory. Cool, huh? :)

Philips 170B6 LCD Monitor


I finally got myself a LCD monitor! It’s a Philips 17″ TFT LCD monitor and has built-in speakers, an USB 2.0 port for using peripheral devices, accepts both VGA (analog D-sub) and DVI-D (digital) signals, and is very easy to swivel and tilt. But what impressed me the most is it’s 8 ms response time! Isn’t that outstanding?Wondering what response time is and why it is important? Well, it’s the period of time required for a liquid crystal cell to go from active (black) to inactive (white) and back to active (black) again, and it’s measured in milliseconds. Faster is better: lower response time means faster transitions, and therefore, results in fewer visible image artifacts in the display of transition of text and graphics. Lower response time also resolves ghosting problems.

More details about the monitor (I’m sure you’ll never need them!):

Picture/Display
LCD panel type : 1280 x 1024 pixels, Anti-glare polarizer, RGB vertical stripe
Panel Size : 17″/ 43 cm
Effective viewing area : 337.9 x 270.3 mm
Pixel pitch : 0.264 x 0.264 mm
Brightness (nits) : 250 nit
Contrast ratio (typical) : 500:1
Display colors : 16.2 M
Viewing angle : – C/R > 5
Viewing angle (horizontal) : 160 degree
Viewing angle (vertical) : 155 degree
Response time (typical) : 8 ms
White Chromaticity, 6500K : x = 0.313 / y = 0.329
White Chromaticity, 9300K : x = 0.283 / y = 0.297
Maximum Resolution : 1280 x 1024 @ 75 Hz
Recommended Resolution : 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Factory Preset Modes : 15 modes
User definable modes : 50 modes
Video Dot Rate : 140 MHz
Horizontal Scanning Frequency : 30 – 83 kHz
Vertical Scanning Frequency : 56 – 76 Hz
sRGB : Yes

Connectivity
Signal Input : Analog (VGA), DVI-D, PC Audio in
Audio output : Stereo Audio (3.5 mm jack) 1x
USB : USB 2.0
Video Sync Input Signal : Composite Sync, Separate Sync, Sync on Green

Convenience
Built-in Audio: 2 W RMS x 2 Stereo Speakers
Convenience Enhancements : On-screen Display, SmartManage enabled
Monitor Controls : Auto, Brightness Control, Left/Right, Menu (OK), Power On/Off, Up/Down, Volume control
OSD Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Other convenience : Kensington lock compatible, FlexiHolder
Plug & Play Compatibility : DDC/CI, sRGB, Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Regulatory Approvals : CE Mark, E2000, EMC, Energy Star, FCC-B, UL, CSA, SEMKO, TCO ’03, TÜV/GS, TÜV Ergo
Swivel : +/- 125°
Tilt : -5° to 25°
VESA Mount : 100 x 100 mm

Accessories
Included Accessories : AC Power Cord, Audio Cable, USB cable, VGA cable
Optional accessories : Super Ergo Base
User Manual : Yes

Dimensions
Depth (with base) : 210 mm
Height (with base) : 377 mm
Width (with base) : 375 mm
Height adjustment range : 70 mm
MTBF : 50,000 hrs
Relative Humidity : 20% – 80%
Temperature range (operation) : 5°C to 40°C
Temperature range (storage) : -20°C to 60°C
Weight : 4.8 kg

Power
Complies with : E2000, Energy Star, NUTEK
Consumption : 33W (Typical)
Off Mode : < 1 W
Power LED indicator : Operation – green, Stand by/sleep – Amber
Power supply : Built-in, 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz

iPod Shuffle :)


My iPod Shuffle finally arrived today, much earlier than I expected.

The nifty little device came with an attractive packaging, and inside was my iPod Shuffle with custom laser engraving. I’m headbanging to my trance MP3s now, so this is the end of this entry!

iPod Mania


I was almost going to order an iPod Nano, but luckily I came across some life-saving review sites. After few days of analysing information from various sites and sources, I finally ordered my iPod today — not Nano, but Shuffle. Sure Shuffle doesn’t have a display or a click wheel, but for a careless person like me it’s the best choice. Shuffle is virtually bomb-proof, which is just what I’m looking for. Nano is too delicate for me to handle!

iPod Shuffle

Laser engraving comes free with this $105 gadget, and my one will have my name engraved. I’m expecting the shipment to arrive by mid June.

AverTV Studio 203


I got myself an AverTV Studio 203 internal TV tuner card today. The good thing is that this nifty device works as a FM tuner as well. I can finally watch TV and listen to radio lying on my bed! :)

AverTV Studio 203

Features of this TV card:

  • TV on PC
  • (no clue for guessing that!)

  • FM radio
  • Personal Video Recorder (PVR)
  • Fully functional infrared remote control
  • Album feature for still image capture
  • Capture screen size up to 720 x 480 for NTSC
  • Video source and sideo Standard Selection
  • No feature connector or VGA loop-back cable required
  • Supports color and picture adjustments
  • Supports ACPI power management function
  • Closed captioned for NTSC (VxD only)
  • Coax, composite and S-Video Input
  • Supports NTSC, PAL N, PAL M
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