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HP Pavilion 27xi Silver / Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Beautiful IPS monitor at a great price 06/25/2013

This review is from: HP Pavilion 27xi Silver / Black 27" 7ms IPS HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1

Pros: Gorgeous colors and sharpness, helped by the glossy coat.
Decent brightness and contrast.
Tiny bezel - very Apple-like.
Not fast, but there is absolutely no issues with gaming.
Very sexy design, a word I would not normally use in the same sentence with HP.

Cons: Discontinued?? Forreals?? Very glad I got mine just a week before this announcement.

Other Thoughts: Spent much time debating between 2560x1440 and 1920x1080, and in the end, I just didn't see the value in spending $300+ extra and getting 360 more vertical pixels. Seeing this 27xi on sale for $249.99 didn't hurt either. This is a fantastic monitor and I felt a lot more comfortable getting this than some random Korean or Chinese monitor with the larger resolution. It's a shame it's been discontinued, but if you find one somewhere, you should pick it up.

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Orico Bokcore BC-U3H5-SV Full Aluminum 4-Port USB3.0 HUB with 3ft USB3.0 Cable (White)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent, full featured USB3 hub 06/21/2013

This review is from: Orico Bokcore BC-U3H5-SV Full Aluminum 4-Port USB3.0 HUB with 3ft USB3.0 Cable (White)

Pros: -Nice brushed aluminum design, goes great with Macs
-Has a good weight and lays completely flat on desk
-Blue LEDs next to each port light up when a device is connected
-Separate 5V charging port for iPads, phones, etc.
-Modular USB cable allows for flexibility with placement on your desk

Cons: -Blue LEDs are exceptionally bright in a dark room
-Logitech Unifying Receivers do not work through this
-The upward-facing ports result in a little bit of visible cable clutter depending on how your setup is arranged
-Requires power supply - not bus operated

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great hub that looks good and gives you visual cues as to what's plugged in and active, and I love that it doesn't have a fixed length USB cable which most other hubs have. Everything I've plugged into it works except my Logitech Unifying Receiver (for my K750 keyboard and Performance MX mouse) but that may be a limitation of the Logitech products and not a fault of this hub. I just plug that directly into my MacBook Pro and this hub into the remaining port. I also have a gaming PC next to my desk and it's super easy to transfer this hub from the MacBook Pro to the PC so all my devices go with it.

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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Attractive, neutral looking board.
Installation was a snap and all components worked OOTB.
Included Extreme Tuner Utility is easy and intuitive.
Great price (got mine as part of a package deal with an i5-3570K, $80 savings overall)

Cons: I really can't list any cons at this point. It does what it's designed to do, and my performance is exactly what I expected given its specs.

Other Thoughts: While it's no Sabertooth, this is a great looking Z77 board. The capacitors are shiny and silvery, and there are nice black and gold touches everywhere. I personally do not like the garish blues and reds of current "gaming" boards so this was a perk for me. And it's a great value for what you get. You can easily spend $100 more and get a board that basically does the same things this one does.

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Date Joined: 03/02/04

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  • First Review: 08/17/10
  • Last Review: 06/25/13
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