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BenQ EW2730 Black and metallic grey 27
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - 27"
- VA Panel (it is actually AMVA) which delivers true 8-bit colors.
- Very good static contrast ratio (3000:1).
- Great aesthetics. Very clean and modern design.
- Great viewing angles (though not brilliant). Vertically the picture hardly changes, and horizontally there is only slight color shift.
- Very light AG coating, so essentially, half matte, half glossy screen. The screen does well at reducing glare and reflections, while still keeping most of the clarity and sharpness of glossy screens. A lot more monitors seriously need to adopt this.
- OSD controls.
- Screen can tilt, though not much, only about 5 degrees towards the user and 20 degrees away from the user (should be the other way around).
- VESA mount.
- Built-in speakers (if you really want to use them).
- 4-port USB hub.
- 1080p, which is ideal for movie viewing.

Cons: - Stand is not adjustable at all, so you're stuck with whatever height the monitor is at, which is quite high.
- Response time is much lower than the rated 8 ms, something closer to 25 ms. Very noticeable blur and color trailing when playing fast-paced games.
- Slightly noticeable blue color-shift on the bottom corners when viewing the monitor from close-up. The further you move back, the less pronounced it becomes. You can only really notice it on blacks/dark colors.
- Same color shift problem as above when viewing the monitor from an extreme angle horizontally. Not sure how much this would affect watching a dark movie with friends.
- No DisplayPort (though you don't really need it anyway).
- Not 1920x1200, so you may miss the extra vertical space, though I never cared.

Other Thoughts: The ghosting on this monitor was a real deal breaker for me, it was worse than any other montitor I have ever used. I only tried two games, Halo and Minecraft, before I was completely fed up with it. Minecraft is not even that fast-paced of a game, but I could still see very pronounced blurring and color trailing when moving the camera, so much so that I felt discomfort in my eyes. I have not tried watching movies on this monitor, I imagine it would handle them fine, but for semi-fast, to fast-paced gaming, this monitor is a no-go.

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SAMSUNG S27A750D Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: After a long wait and a lot of research, I finally decided to dive into the 120 hz monitors market and see what it was all about. A true 120hz refresh rate at 2 ms response time is certainly nice for both gaming, and just browsing the OS. Windows move around nicely, and pages scroll smoothly. Overall it is a very pleasant experience to the eyes. In gaming it is not so noticeable unless you are getting a very high framerate, like 90+. The monitor itself is one of the most beautifully designed I have seen yet. The entire bezel is smooth super-glossy black, including the stand (which features a very sleek and nice touch screen, though a bit unresponsive at times.) Unfortunately, the smoothness of the 120hz refresh rate and 2ms response time, along with the aesthetics are the only good things I have to say about this monitor.

Cons: So like other posters, I got the "Not optimal display settings" message once in a while. It didn't happen often, and switching the monitor off and back on resolved it. Still, it's something that shouldn't happen, and it gets very annoying after the 10th time.

One huge issue I had was the eye strain. I got bad headaches after using this monitor for more than 30 minutes. I thought it was the glossy screen doing it, but my school has super glossy screens that I use for hours and I never get headaches. I am not sure what was causing it. This is the only monitor I have ever had that problem with. It was a definite problem that was there.

The panel was one of my biggest problems with this monitor. TN + glossy is definitely not for me. I went from a VA matte panel to this, biggest mistake of my life. This is not really a fair con, but just my personal taste. Horrible vertical viewing angles, and the glossy panel reflected my entire room, making it very hard to focus on dark images.

Other Thoughts: You have to be careful when purchasing monitors as there are a lot of critical things to consider that most people overlook. I know it is not really fair to hate the TN panel technology, as they are a cheaper alternative and offer the best response times. But for a $600 monitor I expected something better. It is also not listed ANYWHERE that this monitor has a glossy screen. This is perhaps one of the biggest things to consider when purchasing a monitor. I can safely say that I hate the glossy screens with a passion. I have an outer space background on my desktop, on the glossy screen all I could see was my entire room reflected in it. The extra color vibrancy and contrast is definitely not worth having to be in pitch dark just to be able to use the glossy screen without reflections.

The 120hz refresh rate is certainly nice, though I honestly don't miss it after going back to 60hz. The glossy screen and TN panel more than outweighed the extra smoothness I got from this monitor.

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KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This thing is an absolute powerhouse. I have 2 6870s in crossfire, an OCed 965, TONS of fans, this thing doesn't care. Never so much as a hiccup. I probably haven't even come near its limit.

Cons: The cables that plug into it are a REALLY tight fit. It's nice and secure, but can be a real pain setting up.

Other Thoughts: I could probably run another computer off this thing and it still wouldn't care lol

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Jeffrey B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey B.

Date Joined: 10/09/10

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/06/10
  • Last Review: 11/13/11
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