the perfect monitor replacement

Optimal picture and video quality is always desired when someone enjoys a movie or streams a sitcom over broadband. Whether it’s in your living room, in your bedroom, or your workstation, you should be enjoying the experience of high-definition. It’s almost 2010, and HD is the standard of this upcoming decade.

LCD televisions were a bit pricy only a couple years ago, but they have lowered in price immensely since then. You can find a Samsung 26-inch LCD TV on sale for as low as $320 with free shipping. The T260HD is a perfect replacement for that CRT monitor that burns your eyeballs and seems less than adequate these days.

Clear off desk space and give it up for a high-definition experience. Connect a 5.1 audio sound system to your computer setup and you’re ready to make your friends jealous. Samsung is one of the leaders in the electronics industry and makes some of the best HDTVs currently on the market.

With 1920 x 1200 resolution, HDMI/DVI/VGA inputs, a built-in DTV tuner, lower power consumption, and 10000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, these small fry is well worth its price. Position it near the kitchen to watch while you cook or enjoy dinner. Keep in the bedroom to play your favorite sleepytime movies. If you don’t already own an HDTV, then investing in this eye candy can be the start of a lasting relationship.

the 2tb external hard drive for under $150

Hard drives have fallen in price again since I last wrote about an external hard drive worth investing in. I’ve written about the importance of keeping your valuable data backed up before, and I’m going to write about it again. Maybe you’ve filled up that 1TB hard drive and it’s time for another one. What storage method will give you the most bang for your buck?

Find this Fantom GreenDrive eSATA/USB 2.0 2TB hard drive for under $150. Buy.com currently has this on sale for $169.99 with Free Shipping + a $20 mail-in rebate knocking the price down to $149.99 after the check for twenty bucks you patiently waited for arrives in the mail. A terabyte of storage for ~$75 is a sweet deal and currently one of the best.

Along with the ability to store pictures, music, video, documents and what-not on one of these drives, you can also benefit from its silent operation, power-saving features, 2-year warranty, and eSATA interface to read/write data at speeds equivalent to their internal counterparts. Reduce your carbon footprint while you store over 400 DVD-ISOs on one of these beasts and the nrrrd girls will be putty in your hands.

Backing up your data is one of the smartest things you can do if you create, save, and modify data day in and day out. Keep copies locally, on external devices, and off-site to ensure that your information is optimally stored. Having a 2TB hard drive means that you now have a new challenge of filling up that disk.

the perfekt holiday gift to accompany the new hdtv

‘Tis the season for capitalism and commerce to flourish where the gift of giving means running the plastic to show your loved ones that you care. High-definition televisions are the hottest gift items this year. With the next stage in the electronics (r)evolution here, new gadgets emerge that are must-haves to complete the big picture.

The Western Digital HD Media Player was made especially for the hi-def  videophile who loves downloading television shows and movies. Bundled with a ginormous 500GB external hard drive, hours of staring into LCD heaven with the imagery of everything you love in life are in the near future. You can also store digital photos and music on the hard drive to view through your media player.

Don’t worry about constructing an HTPC. A what? Exactly. Setting up and rigging this bundle to work like a DVR is a cinch and has the ability to eliminate your need to pay for cable. My only gripe is that it doesn’t have networking capabilities but that’s the supernerd in me being a critic. With both the HD media player and external hard drive bundled together on sale just in time for holiday shoppers to take advantage of the best deals around, finding the perfect gift to accompany that monstrosity of a TV you worship in your living room is in your mind and ready to solidify.