October 14th, 2012 5:59 PMArcher
1. I can't stand 7" tablets. I'm stoked with my iPad 3 and nothing on the market matches its screen yet. Sounds like you're happy with the Galaxy Tab, which is good.
2. That graph isn't surprising at all. BootCamp is native Windows with a different bootloader, so it's going to be much better than virtualised GPUs. Virtualbox, apart from being free, is partially focused on running Linux VMs, so it makes sense that they don't put so much time into OpenGL support. That said, I hate the way Parallels and Fusion want to integrate into everything. VB is a standalone program that launches when you click it and has its own filesystem - none of this shared desktop rubbish. If people need seamless access to Windows programs, it's pretty simple - run Windows natively.
3. Keyboards. USB, wired. I currently use a Razer Lycosa, which is awesome for gaming, not so much for typing. My next keyboard will probably be a Mechancial Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches - probably a Filco. I hate Logitech keyboards. Microsoft keyboards are better, but still very low-end. Tenkeyless or Spacesaving keyboards are also preferred. These omit the Numpad so there is more space for mousing.
Sorry for my lack of replies, I've been busy with stuff and putting off replying until I can sit down and do it properly.
October 14th, 2012 8:19 AMTwiggy
Hmm, so the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 I just bought has a PLS screen. PLS screens seem to have much better vertical viewing angles than TN screens, and doesn't seem to have colour dithering issues, but... colour saturation is not that good.
October 10th, 2012 7:06 AMTwiggy
What kind of keyboard do you prefer? Wired or wireless? USB, PS/2, Bluetooth? What brand?
October 9th, 2012 7:15 AMTwiggy
I'm getting used to the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard that I bought a few hours ago. When I first used the keyboard, the gapless design got me making quite a lot of typos, but after a while, I stopped making almost all typos, and am appreciating the increased key travel and Windows-specific keys. It feels at home with a Windows computer...
It's also very lightweight and is elevated slightly, unlike laptop keyboards, and I don't have to deal with a toasty keyboard, either. It's quite expensive, though, but I wasn't willing to risk an unknown brand.
I think Microsoft and Logitech make nice hardware for normal use.
October 7th, 2012 11:36 PMArcher
Yamakasi Catleap Q270SE
October 7th, 2012 11:27 PMTwiggy
October 7th, 2012 11:11 PMArcher
Mine just fits. EDIT: By that I mean it fits now. hehehehe
My Catleap is a nice medium between gloss and matte. And Pentile displays aren't the only ones, any high-pixel-density screen like that will look like rubbish with a matte protector.
October 7th, 2012 11:05 PMTwiggy
I doubt I'll be able to cram a 1440p monitor on my desk anyway
I can't use a glossy display at my desk because of reflections from the window. I've noticed that anti-reflective screen protectors wreck havoc on the display quality of screens with a PenTile matrix, as I've noticed with my Galaxy S.
October 7th, 2012 10:59 PMArcher
27" 1440p ones are. The only two others available at the time were the $800 Dell or the $1200 Thunderbolt Display. Mine was $350 and didn't have the bad antiglare coating of the Dell or the Super-glossy finish of the Apple. It was a no-brainer.
1080p monitors are a different story. Cheap and easy to find.
October 7th, 2012 8:21 PMTwiggy
Pretty much the only games running acceptably well at that res = 2D games, browser games, and low-demand 3D games.
I wonder why you went for a Yamakasi? Are monitors expensive at your place?
October 7th, 2012 5:45 PMArcher
Seriously! Spoilers would be nice, too.
Glad you're happy, though. And yes, the HD3000 won't struggle with 1080p (really it's not a high workload for reasonable modern GPUs), but try gaming at that res.
October 7th, 2012 8:02 AMTwiggy
The photo of the monitor from the bottom... wow.
It's like a revelation.
*just notices that he got a bit too excited and posted several VMs in a row*
Hmm... The monitor was set up with dynamic contrast enabled out of the box, named "SmartContrast". For some reason I never noticed the backlight intensity changes, unlike the Samsung display I had with my now-dead desktop. Guess given time, even that becomes good and worthy of being left on.
But still... *disables it*
October 7th, 2012 7:09 AMTwiggy
*sets up HDMI audio passthrough*
*plugs in stereo speakers to the monitor's audio out*
For a moment, when I pulled a black-to-white gradient on Paint.NET, I saw lots of steps.
Zooming in reveals that the display is showing the difference between, well, pretty much every step, and that the display is displaying it as-is without dithering. All the ugly truths uncovered by a better monitor. This got verified when I went to monitor test sites. (Paint.NET is not capable of dithering gradients, unlike GIMP or Photoshop)
October 7th, 2012 6:46 AMTwiggy
Pretty much the only fault I have with the monitor is nitpicky - calibration is loaded using a separate program at boot, so the display uses the accurate colour profile after the computer boots completely, unlike how Windows "fixes" my MacBook Air's screen as soon as I log in.