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Travis Manley
travismanley@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tech Review: Viewsonic 24-Inch Widescreen LED 1080p HD Monitor


I'd been saving my pennies for a big-screen TV for a long time when I started looking at HD monitors as an alternative. When I realized I could get a big, 1080 HD monitor and park it in front of my couch (on a coffee table) for a fraction of the cost it was an easy choice. My current PC monitor also needed an upgrade.

This LED monitor is thin and light-weight so it it easy to move it from my PC in my office to my living room to play games on my consoles. I also use this to watch Blu Ray movies while I'm exercising. Having a screen that I can move to whatever room in my house I need it has been so much more useful than one big screen mounted to a wall in front of my couch.

The picture on this monitor is amazing! Hooking up my PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 with an DVI to HDMI adapter was a breeze (this monitor has no HDMI inputs) and my games have never looked better. You can find the needed adapter on Amazon for a few bucks.

The speakers are nothing special but I use headphones so it's not an issue for me.

I did come accross some issues connecting this monitor to my game consoles. When I hooked up my Xbox 360 the monitor did not recognize it right away and it took some tinkering with the resolution settings on the Xbox 360 to get it working. When I did get it working I had flashing green pixels popping up from time to time. I tried a new HDMI cable and the problem went away. I had no problems connecting my PS3 but I had a similar problem and needed a different HDMI cable. Now I have two different cables that I switch back and forth. If I use my "Xbox cable" with my  PS3 I have problems and vice versa. I have no idea what the issue is but it's really not a big deal just using two different cables.  I've had no problems when the monitor is connected to my PC.

Pros:
  • Great picture
  • Inexpensive
  • Energy efficient
  • Thin screen
  • Light-weight
  • Sleek design

Cons:
  • No HDMI inputs
  • Speakers aren't great

The Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED is exactly what I needed. Big, beautiful 1080 HD picture, versatile for working, playing games & watching movies, and easy to move from room to room. All this and at a very affordable price.

You can buy this monitor at Amazon HERE and the DVI to HDMI adapter HERE

*Photo from Amazon

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New 128GB ScanDisk SD Memory Card Can Store 4,000 photos!
(16GB pictured)



SanDisk recently announced two new SanDisk SD Extreme models, a 64GB and 128GB that can hold up to approx 4,000 photos. That's a lot of photos! These cards are a little pricey at $200 and $400 but is it worth it to be able to fit all your photos and video on one card?

These cards are available now.

$400 too much for you? Here are some cheaper alternatives on Amazon.

Full story here: http://bit.ly/xe6kou
Photo from Amazon.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Little Update

Just a quick update here to let everyone know I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.

I'm still taking photos daily (semi-daily) mostly family photos but lots of potentially good stock photos. Most of these will show up on my Facebook page (for now) and will eventually end up in my stock portfolios. I'm very active on Twitter and Facebook and that is the best way to see what I've been up to.

I've put editing and uploading stock photos on a temporary hold because I just don't have the time for it right now. I am so lucky I worked my butt off when I first got started because I can sit back and raise my two kids (with my wife) and still cash in a steady flow of royalty checks.

Thanks to anyone who is reading this and hopefully when the dust settles a little I can get back to work on m stock portfolios.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tech Review: Awesome Wireless Headphones!



 


Just under a year ago I was in the market for new headphones. My current wired headphones were being held together by duct-tape that ripped out my hair every time I took them off. They were falling apart because I was constantly tripping over them and the cord was always a tangled mess.

After a quick search on Amazon I found these remanufactured RS 110 Sennheiser wireless headphones. I read some reviews and came to the conclusion for $30 these were an awesome deal. I'm sure if I wanted to spend $300 I probably could have got something better but these were just what I needed.

Pros:
  • Great sound
  • Great wireless range
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable
  • Great Price

Cons:
  • Ear covers are flat and don't fit tight to your head like better, more professional headphones.
  • Battery cover(ear pad)is a little loose and falls off sometimes.
  • Reception can be a little touchy sometimes and requires finding that sweet spot.

Conclusion:
You just cant beat $30 for a good set of wireless headphones. There are somethings that could be improved but these are perfect for casual use: listening to music, and playing games, etc.




You can also buy them new.



This version is rechargeable and doesn't require batteries.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

About Me


I am a professional photographer living in the Pacific Northwest. I have a degree in animation from the Art Institute of Seattle. I try approach every photo I take the same as I would if I was creating an illustration or a piece of art.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Is It Summer Yet?

Tent
© Photographer: Travismanley | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Here is a shot of a camping trip from a couple years ago. Man, this makes me want to go camping!