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Pros: I was very pleasantly surprised by this monitor. The picture is beautiful, with no dead pixels. It's reasonably easy to manipulate the screen placement, and setting it up only took a few seconds. It's got a very nice picture for the price, and the 16x10 format is very nice for most users.
There is very, very little glare, but the picture is still very sharp. It's much better than the fog from monitors I've seen with extensive anti-glare treatment, or dealing with the distraction from mirror like images from those that aren't.
It also comes with a lot of cables, everything you could possibly need. It's nice when they don't skimp.
Cons: The monitor is a bit bright, and even turning things down all the way does not dim it quite enough for me. I guess that's the price to be paid for a monitor that does not use PWM. Overall, it's not a big issue. Also, it does not have HDMI. Again, not a big deal, since it has DisplayPort. Just be aware of it.
Other Thoughts: I will probably get at least one more of these monitors I'm so pleased with the picture, even though I don't currently need it. I couldn't be more impressed with the quality of this monitor, given the price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It works.
Cons: This cheapo motherboard doesn't clock properly, and runs my 2.2 GHz processor at 2.17 GHz instead, due to the bus running at 99.8 MHz instead of 100.
It doesn't have DisplayPort, although most don't so that's a minor knock.
It uses a low end audio chip. Again, not a big issue, but still a negative.
It would not initially show anything using the D-Sub output. I assumed the motherboard was defective, but then switched to the DVI and it displayed the POST. Strange.
A big problem is this board requires a 4 Pin Pentium 4 power connector. For a 25 watt platform? For Mini-ITX? What were they thinking? I didn't even consider this possible, so needed to get another case so I could get a full sized power supply with that connector, rather than use the one in my existing mini-ITX case. It's absurd.
Overall, it's a very poor motherboard. Everything about it is sub-standard and poor. But, it does work, so I can't give it one star. Even so, it sucks.
Other Thoughts: The BIOS is convoluted and does not give as much control as the Asrock AM1H-ITX motherboard. But, those are extremely unreliable, and this one works, albeit very poorly. I don't recommend either board, but the MSI has been reliable so far.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It is the only AM1 board that offers Display Port output.
Cons: This board has been the most reliable I've ever had the bad experience to work with. I've had two bad ones, and another that died after six months. I finally have a working one again, but it's still strange to get two bad ones in a row.
Also, the Display Port is very annoying. The UEFI defaults to HDMI, so if you don't have a monitor that can handle it or D-Sub, so you can change it, you're out of luck. My monitor had only Display Port, so I every time I got a new motherboard, or updated the BIOS/UEFI, I had to use another monitor to change the setting. A jumper or switch on the MB would have made more sense if this was unavoidable.
Also, the motherboard would not allow ANY increase in Bclk, so forget overclocking your processor even slightly. Even with a 1 MHz increase, it would not boot.
No MB diagnostic codes for when it fails. It just doesn't do anything.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure how much sense these setups make anyway with Intel Pentiums so cheap. I have both, and the Pentium (non-Atom) based system is much more powerful. Cost savings are minimal if one buys this board as well (it's the most expensive AM1), so probably better off either getting a cheap AM1 MB and going cheap, or just getting a superior Intel solution and paying just a small amount more.READ FULL REVIEW