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PLANAR PLL2710W Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Few

Cons: Very poor quality control--backlight leakage on 66% of the units I have seen. Generally 'washed out' appearance. A menu that only works if you have a signal going to the monitor. Menu controls with no tactile feedback.

I ordered two of these monitors to act as companions to a different model monitor (by the same manufacturer) because the dimensions are the same and the price was right. After one RMA replacement I have only a single, properly functioning PLL2710W. Two out of the three monitors I received had moderate to severe backlight leakage around the edges and pixels that were 'noisy.' (I don't know how else to describe it.) The replacement monitor isn't as bad as the first but it's hard to see how either made it out of the factory as 'ok.'

The monitor that does function correctly displays generally 'washed out' color--which you may not notice if the monitor is all alone, but it's deficiencies are pretty obvious when compared to my primary monitor.

The monitor ships with a VGA cable. What computer has a VGA port these days? Is there really a big cost difference between a VGA cable and a DVI cable?

The menu will not display unless you have a signal going to the monitor on the appropriate input. I found this out because I set the monitor to VGA mode (from 'auto detect') while using the supplied cable temporarily. When I switched to a DVI cable, I couldn't get the menu to come up to switch back to the DVI input. Annoying. Not that you get much out of the menu as the difference between '0' and '100' on the brightness and contrast scale ranges from 'too bright' to 'way too bright.' (not counting the backlight leakage around the edges, of course.)

The menu 'buttons' aren't really buttons, but just sensitive areas of the case. While it's an interesting design choice, they provide absolutely no feeling under your fingers so you have to actually look at them to use them. Adjusting a blindingly bright monitor and then trying to find thin, grey lines on a black background is just annoying and you wind up spending a lot of time pressing on the case in the wrong spots and just getting annoyed.

Other Thoughts: So now I'm stuck with these options:

- Going through the RMA process again and rolling the dice on getting a 'good' one

- Giving up and shipping back both monitors and trying another model/brand (and living with the mismatched heights and appearances.)

- Go back to one monitor and chalk up the additional video card purchase I made to go with the new monitors as sunk cost.

- Keep the barely-acceptable unit and just get annoyed and feel kind of ripped off every time I see that backlight glare around the edge.

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OCZ Apex Series OCZSSD2-1APX120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Write Performance Degrades Severly 09/30/2009

This review is from: OCZ Apex Series OCZSSD2-1APX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very good random read throughput and IOPS. Once you succeed in getting data onto the drive, read performance does not disappoint.

Good luck getting that data onto the drive however...

Cons: Write performance on the drive has degraded to the point that writing anything larger than a few megabytes destroys system performance. Single I/O write times as high as 600ms are not uncommon.

Initial write performance was just fine, near the 'advertised' rate on large, linear writes. However, as time went on (I have been using an OCZ Apex 120G for about 6 months now) large writes to the drive cause the system to become unusable. I/O times while writing to the drive exceed 600ms at times and total throughput drops to sub-1MB/s levels.

Avoid purchase of this drive as a normal system drive, as even simple things like applying patches now wind up taking huge amounts of time. I have moved most apps/games (specifically Steam apps) etc to a normal HDD and have fewer issues now, however OS functions still remain painfully slow when writes are necessary. I will probably wind up tossing this SSD and replacing with a set of cheap 7.2K RPM SATAs.

Other Thoughts: -

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Display Name: Matthew R.

Date Joined: 02/12/09

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  • Last Review: 03/04/14
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