Ask Engadget how long should I firstcharge a battery

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Richard-Keith, who leapt before he looked and now needs our help. If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“Sheepishly, I have to admit that I didn’t do my homework, but when the chance to get a Mac Pro came around, I didn’t stop to think about the consequences. Now I’ve got a lovely new desktop, but now I’m lamenting the lack of an SD-card reader, built-in speaker and a webcam. I’m sure there are other displays that do the latter three jobs, including the Apple Cinema Display, but is there something a little cheaper than its rather staggering $999 price-tag? Thank you from the bottom my heart.”

Let’s be fair and help out our friend, after all, we’ve all made that odd impulse purchase without doing our homework. There aren’t that many monitors that can do all of the jobs you need, but you can pick up a Cinemaview with extra USB ports, or perhaps ASUS’ VK248H (and related), which even have Displayport outputs and a Webcam, although it may be a bit weak in the speaker department. Still, it’s high time we passed this question over to the throng of Engadgeteers, to find out if they know of anything better.

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