Sunday, December 23, 2012

TV Review - Insignia 39"

Review of Insignia 39" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (NS-39D240A13)

We bought this TV during Cyber Monday 2012 for $325 from Future Shop. We were looking for a TV that was 37-42", 1080p, LED, PC input, and this TV fit the bill. It also has a built-in ATSC tuner for free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV with an antenna.

The TV came by Canada Post in perfect condition. Setup was simple, and the TV actually discovered more OTA channels than our previous unit.

The TV settings needed adjustment to optimize picture quality out of the box (initially, the whites were blown out and details were lost, but once we adjusted the brightness/contrast/backlight, it was great). Since then, we are very happy with the picture quality. PC input works well, and the picture quality from our computer is actually superior to other Samsung TVs I've seen.

Audio leaves something to be desired, but we hooked up a set of 30W computer speakers with subwoofer to provide some 'oomph'. The unit also has a USB drive which allows you to view photos from a USB stick.

Pros: Very good picture quality, excellent price
Cons: External speakers needed for 'home theatre' experience
Overall: We are very pleased with our purchase!

For shoppers in Canada, Best Buy and Future Shop appear to be selling this unit for $299 on Boxing Day.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Can't get rid of a line in Word 2011!

I ran into an issue when creating a survey in Word 2011 for Mac. I typed a long line of underscore marks to create a blank line for writing, but Word automatically converted the characters into a moveable but non-deletable line. It turns out this mark was attached to a paragraph, and  may be deleted by going into the "borders" properties of the paragraph.

See this TechRepublic post for more details.