Posts Tagged ‘monitor’

Mass Effect 2 Issues Unfixable

February 8, 2010

It seems that those who’ve found that they have issues with Bioware’s phenomenally successful Mass Effect 2 on standard-definition TVs are out of luck, with the developer indicating that a fix is impossible.

For those who’ve been blissfully unaware of the trouble, it seems that anyone trying to play Mass Effect 2 on a TV that doesn’t display in some flavour of high-definition (it seems that 1080p isn’t a requirement, you should be fine with 720p) has been having trouble with text. The issue stems from the face that the text in Mass Effect 2 seems to have been sized with high-definition TVs in mind, meaning that it’s so small that it essentially becomes unreadable on older displays.

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Komplett Recommends – Monitors

January 25, 2010

We’re often asked what display we’d recommend for people looking for a monitor for around a certain price. It’s a relatively easy one to do, but given the sheer number of inquiries we get, we thought some of you might appreciate a blog post that outlines some of the monitors that we really like and think offer excellent value for money at their prices.

We’re going to recommend entry-level monitor, two mid-range and one relatively high-end display. It’s relatively simple, so we’ll get straight into it.

Entry Level:

Whenever someone asks us to recommend a monitor that comes in at as low a price as possible but that they can still rely on to give them a good image reliable, we always recommend the Acer 18.5” LCD.

Click through to see our page for Acer's 18.5-inch LCD 🙂

Considering its genuinely surprisingly low price, it’s a very solid device indeed. At 18.5” and such a low price, it’s not going to be too surprising that it doesn’t quite manage Full HD, but it does boast a maximum output resolution of 1366×768, which isn’t something to turn your nose up at. Moreover, as the name implies, it is a widescreen display, so it’s still an excellent one to plug into a notebook if you’re one for watching movies directly from machines with a smaller screen.

Of course, the one downside is that it only takes VGA as input, so that could well limit your options a little. Still, it’s not too hard to pick up an Xbox 360 to VGA adaptor, and considering the fact that the combination of an adaptor and this display will set you back relatively little, it’s an excellent way to free up the living room TV if you’re living in a house with any avid console gamers. It’s also got a response time of 5ms, which should be plenty fast enough for most gamers.

Acer’s 18.5” Wide display is only €108.55, which has inspired at least one of our readers to pick up no fewer than four of them; it’s an impressive array, though what he thinks to do with four displays I can’t imagine. I’m sure one is permanently sitting on Facebook by now…

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Special Offers – Week of January 10th

January 4, 2010

Happy new year everyone, hopefully you’re all as warm and well as we are here, despite the icy conditions surrounding Komplett towers. The big thaw is on, everyone is back to work and with it we’ve got some special offers we thoughts you might be interested in… for the “back to work” vibe.

This week, we’ve got a gorgeous display, a graphics card and a netbook bundle on offer. We won’t stall any longer, here are the products themselves.

Samsung 21.5” LCD Syncmaster 2233SN:

Samsung’s flair for design is something that comes up time and time again when we talk about displays. The fact is that they’re not the cheapest when it comes to hardware, but the kit is well worth the asking price when you factor in how good it looks.

Click through to see our page for the Samsung Syncmaster 2233SN 🙂

Samsung’s Syncmaster 2233SN is a 21.5-inch, widescreen display with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, which should mean you’re not hampered at all when it comes to viewing high-definition content or playing games. The response time is low at 5ms, so sports fans and gamers should be well catered to.

The case is a glossy black, tapering to a transparent bevel along the bottom of the display, with a nice, slim stand to prop the whole thing up. It’s relatively simple, but gives the whole affair a classy kind of a feel that many other displays don’t quite manage.

Samsung’s Syncmaster 2233SN has been dropped to €144.99 this week, which isn’t a bad old deal at all.

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts

December 21, 2009

Good morning all. Those of you who keep up with us on Twitter will already know that 1300 today is the closing date for people who want orders to be delivered to them in time for Christmas via An Post. With that in mind, there’s a little under three hours to get last minute orders in.

There are a few things that will always go down well, won’t break the bank and just about everyone will find a use for over the coming year that we think will make fine last-minute Christmas presents for those who haven’t managed to get all of their shopping done yet (and let’s not kid ourselves, we’re firmly in that category ourselves).

Western Digital Elements 1TB:

Western Digital’s Elements 1TB external hard drive is a simple enough thing to pick up for Christmas, but it’s also one of those “gifts that keeps on giving.” Moreover, it’s only €79, which means you can grab one for your nearest and dearest without bankrupting yourself.

Click through to see our page for the WD Elements 1TB hard drive 🙂

There’s nothing like giving someone the gift of not having to worry about deleting things; it’s relatively simple, but hard drive purchases are something that tend to get put on the long finger until, eventually, you realise you’ve got a fast-filling hard drive in your main machine and nowhere to put whatever is taking up your space.

Better still, there’s nothing like being there when someone is restoring a machine from a backup and having the self-satisfied little grin that says, “He only has that backup because picked up the drive.”

It’s the little things that help make it through Christmas, but the promise of being able to be smug later on is a bonus. You can check out the Western Digital Elements 1TB in more detail on our product page for it if you’re interested.

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Product Spotlight – Acer 23” Widescreen LCD

December 10, 2009

Good afternoon all, hope you’re feeling well (and if you’re not you could make yourself feel better by entering one of the competitions we’re running at the moment). For those of you who don’t follow the blog too closely, we like to do one Product Spotlight post every week.

Click through to see our page for the Acer 23-inch widescreen LCD 🙂

It’s nice and simple; it’s just a way for those of us in the Komplett.ie office to recommend a product that we really like. This week’s spotlit product is Acer’s 23” widescreen V223Hb display. It’s got an elegant body and as you’ll see from its spec below it manages to pair that with some fairly impressive hardware.

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Build Your Own – Gaming PC

December 2, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully everyone’s doing well now that we’re passed the halfway mark and now hurdling towards the weekend. Some of you might remember the piece we posted last week where we told Ryan to put together a PC build weighing in at under the €1,200 mark. We always get feedback on PC builds, so we’ve decided to run with it.

Ryan's gaming rig came in today - note the SSD & HDD combo 😉

When Ryan’s build went up, we asked the folks over at our Boards.ie Talk To Komplett forum to take a look at the build and see what they thought of it. After all, Ryan’s only Welsh, so surely we could get a decent home grown machine out of the charming Boards.ie constituents. Indeed, we got a few interesting builds, but we’ve decided to post the best of them here.

We won’t keep you waiting, so the without any delay we’ll tell you that the very impressive build we have here come from a man known to us only as Messerschmitt, and it turns out he’s a bit of a hero.

The Messerschmitt:

Messerschmitt’s build boasts some similarity to Ryan’s, at the very least, they both boast the same case. The Cooler Master HAF 922 is a relatively low-cost case with lots of space for cables, good airflow and it only looks a touch ungodly. Not much more to say about it than that really.

You can find the Cooler Master HAF 922 here, for the princely sum of €92. You can also check out the absolute raft of awards its won on the same page.

CPU:

Where Ryan went for an Intel Core i5 processor to keep costs down, Messerschmitt has instead opted to splash out, going for a Core i7 Quad. Ryan was of the opinion that if you were building on a budget Core i5 might suit your needs better, but clearly that’s not the way everyone flies.

Click through to see our page for the Core i7 Quad 🙂

Moreover, the addition of a Core i7 processor offers a nice bit of future-proofing, for those who are building a machine they’d like to see last a while, rather than one they’ll be upgrading continuously to pull more and more performance from. It’s also excellent to see that all of its reviews rate it at 5/5 with everyone seeming very pleased indeed.

At the moment, the Intel Core i7 Quad (i7-920) is €242, which is pretty hefty compared to Ryan’s Core i5, but fits very well into this build.

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Virgin Testing Fileshare Monitors

November 27, 2009

Virgin Media has announced that it’s currently rolling out some new tech to take a peek at the amount of filesharing that’s happening across its service.

TheRegister is reporting on the trial of the new deep packet monitoring setup, called CView. Perhaps the single most striking thing about this announcement is that it’s being rolled out to such a high proportion of Virgin’s customers, with somewhere in the region of 40% of users set to be monitored when CView is implemented. Moreover, those customers who are being monitored aren’t going to be informed of the fact…

Indeed, shady as it might sound, Virgin Media contends that to inform users that their traffic was to be among the 40% being monitored for filesharing activity wouldn’t be in the best interests of its trial, instead saying,

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Special Offers – Week of Novermber 1st

November 2, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully the Halloween weekend was kind to you guys (and to those of you with kids, hopefully you’ve not gone too mad on their sweets). For those who aren’t too familiar with the way we roll on the blog, every Monday we post a list of the items that are on Special Offer for the week; it means people have as long as possible to decide whether or not to go for an item on offer.

Anyway, this week, we have a Philips display, a Sapphire Radeon graphics card and a printer on offer. There’s a little something for everyone, so it’s worth having a look 🙂

Philips 20” Wide:

The full name for this Philips 20-inch widescreen display is the “Philips 20” Wide 201E1SB, which is a bit of a mouthful, so for now we’ll avoid using the serial-number of a name and just call it the “Philips 20” Wide.”

Philips 20 Wide

Click through to see our product page for the Philips 20\

It’s a sleek, elegant display, with a 16:9 aspect ratio for those who like to watch movies or play their games in cinema-style widescreen. It boasts a 5ms response time, which means that it won’t disappoint sports fans or demanding gamers when it comes to visual lag.

Perhaps most importantly, it boasts a contrast of 25000:1, which means you’re going to get solid blacks out of it. Naturally, they won’t be on the same level as the blacks you might expect from a plasma display, but they’re better than a lot of LCD options, which is going to be important to movie and videogame fans.

It’ll do both 720p and 1080i, which should keep the high-definition hungry quite happy, though it’s worth noting that it doesn’t take a HDMI cable, so you’re stuck with either VGA or DVI for input. All that said, it’s marked down by fully 10% this week, so you could do a lot worse.

The Philips 20” Wide is down to €125. If you’d like to read more about or see more images of it then you can check out our product page for it.

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HP Touts Touch-Screen Win7 Display

October 22, 2009

For many, Windows 7 seems to be a working replacement for Windows Vista, but it does add an awful lot, including a feature called “Touch Pack” that allows reliable integration of touch-screen displays with the OS.

HP Logo

For those already using touch-sensitive displays (and HP has been marketing them on machines like its TouchSmart for a few years now) the addition of the Touch Pack to Windows 7 will be welcome news indeed. One of the biggest problems with touch-sensitive displays is that different manufacturers had different ideas about how their functionality should be employed in Windows itself.

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Special Offers – Week of September 7th

September 7, 2009

Good afternoon everyone, hopefully you’re all suitably recovered from the weekend, especially those of you who managed to grab tickets to Electric Picnic, though we imagine that today has probably been a little harder than you guys than the rest of us.

Anyway, introductions out of the way, for those of you who aren’t familiar with our Special Offers posts, we generally post a list of the offers we have running during the week on a Monday afternoon (posting it on Monday gives you guys the maximum amount of time to mull it over during the week, y’see). This week we have offers on a Samsung display, a camera and a RAM kit.

Anyway, no more delays, here are the products themselves.

Samsung 22” Wide Syncmaster 2243NW:

We ran an offer on a 23” Acer display a couple of weeks back and got a lot of questions about discounts on other displays, specifically Samsung displays. People seem to love Samsung displays, if only for their general quality and elegant builds.

You can click through to check out our page for the Samsung 22 inch widescreen :)

You can click through to check out our page for the Samsung 22 inch widescreen 🙂

There’s not too much to say about the Samsung except that it’s a 22” widescreen display with a resolution of 1680×1050 and a response rate of 5ms, which means that it won’t leave anyone but the most staunch of gamers wanting in terms of responses. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a secondary display for a notebook while you’re at a desk, which is something I find myself doing more and more.

Anyway, if you’re interested you should check out our product page for the Samsung Syncmaster 2243NW. It’s currently down to €158.99 and since delivery is free to our Pick Up Point for the foreseeable future, if you can come out to us and pick it up that’s all you’ll pay 🙂

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