The ZyXEL units I run at the shop all have Gigabit ports. When the fluorescent lights are off we can pull 150-180Mbit/s across them which is pretty good for a 500-rated adapter.
My Belkin-200's work well enough, but there are several things that can predictably kill the data rate by introducing noise into the lines, and sometimes those things are surprising -- like certain little power adapters in any nearby circuit. I've noticed that some of the adapters in my latest gadgets are switched-mode power supplies, which are designed to be very efficient but generate line noise. I have to be careful where I plug them in if I want the Belkins to work at reasonable speeds. I think that where the environment permits, a wireless-N router-bridge combo is generally the best performance you can get short of wired Ethernet. Or possibly MoCA. -- The worst disease of the world now is probably the ideology of technological heroism, according to which more and more people willingly cause large-scale effects that they do not see and that they cannot control. -- Wendell Berry
I didn't order them but for that price I probably should have. I would have been curious to see if they were as vulnerable to noise as the Belkins. Even if a noisy power adapter cause their speed to drop, it wouldn't matter if they were still fast enough. The bugger with those powerline things is that it's totally unpredictable until you try it.
The problem with 21:9 monitors is that they're usually touted for multi-window/multi-screen type applications rather than for any single imaging application. So there's nothing much they do that multiple monitors don't actually do better (by letting you arrange two or even more monitors, as necessary, in a wrap-around fashion, and being easier to move around). Except I suppose for the fact that the image qualities are exactly uniform without having to fiddle with multiple monitor adjustments.
The XPS 8500 arrived today. I promptly ripped it open, threw in an SSD, swapped the DVD drive for a Blu-ray drive from the old computer and put my Soundblaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro in (for 5.1 sound in games).
I'm annoyed with Windows 8's stupid Secure Boot garbage. It took me quite a while to figure out how to clone the hard drive to the SSD. My current cloning software, which was updated for Windows 8 doesn't support EFI partition cloning for some stupid reason so I had to find something else.
Everything on this thing is FAST. Windows 8 boots in about 8 seconds, which shocked me. On my Laptop it's more than twice that with a faster SSD, and an i7 processor.
Overall I'm quite impressed with it. I can now move the old computer down into the basement where it will remain a file server since it was doing that about 90% of the time anyway.
BTW, it shipped from Mississauga. I think I read somewhere that Dell ships the stuff to one central location from Texas and then reships it from there. -- Tom
The XPS 8500 already supports 7.1 audio (analog) along with optical TOSLINK and whatever the videocard does over HDMI, so the X-Fi wasn't needed to get 5.1 output. In this day and age, with Windows enforcing that everything be done in software anyhow, the only thing you get out of a discrete sound card is a better SNR. -- Developer: Tomato/MLPPP, Linux/MLPPP, etc »fixppp.org
i looked at the XPS 8500 units before getting the new iMac...i found some decent ones on sale for about $1000, but i didn't like the AMD graphics cards (i want nVidia)...i also hate Windows 8, and none of the ones in that price range had an SSD...i found some others closer to the $2k range that had closer specs to what i wanted, but the SSD was only 32GB and was a separate drive...while i know i could have bought it as is and added to it to be closer to what i wanted, i'd still be stuck with Windows 8 which i really wanted to avoid...some Dell custom rigs allowed me to choose Win7, but in the end, a really nice computer was still getting close to the price of the iMac anyway (by the time i added some goodies)...it will be my first mac, and a couple of my friends swear by them, so i can always tap them as a resource should i need help, along with the locally renowned store i ordered it from. -- People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
yea, our work bought an iMac recently to use it as a mule for compatibility with various products...the IT guys hate it (because they are Windows guys, not mac guys)...the developer guys have it and play with it all the time (testing, etc)...oddly enough, as much as they hate it, they NEVER have to do anything with it...maybe that's why they hate it...it makes them obsolete.
I was an IT guy for over a decade and I worked on Macs more times than I can count. Even now, in a completely different career, I *still* have people who call me when iPhoto breaks or other such things. They are not the all-perfect always-working machines you make them out to be by your comment.
Yup. They're a computer with an OS just like anything else. How well they work is directly related to the software you're using and the skill of the operator behind the keyboard. They aren't something special or magical just because Steve Jobs at some point may said so.
My one classmate started cursing the other day because his Macbook Pro overheated and crashed. They're not perfect.
The bigger problem is that the moment you mention something like this all the Apple fanbois will come out of the woodwork and blame the user for blocking vents or something like that rather than admitting their religious artifacts bestowed upon the Earth from Lord Steve Jobs himself could ever suffer the same heat-related issues that many Windows-based PC do.
i don't pretend they are perfect...it was time to replace my computer, i've read great things about the new iMacs, i can't stand Win8, i've talked to a few people who have made the switch and have been very happy...nothing more, nothing less.