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Black ECS LIVA 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Has some flaws, but good for $110 11/15/2014

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Fanless! and thus completely silent, very small and cute, quick to boot, compatible with Windows 10 preview, has a USB 3 port, comes with RAM/storage/wifi/bluetooth, only has one screw, dual core, heatsink takes care of the chipset not just the processor. VGA port is good for people who have old inexpensive VGA-only flat panel monitors they want to make use of. 22nm Intel chip sips power. eMMC storage is fast enough for general use. ECS didn't waste resources on Windows 7 or 32-bit Windows support (it makes sense to focus). Installing Windows 8.1 or 10 from an external USB DVD was a piece of cake.

Cons: The wifi and bluetooth antennae aren't preinstalled which is annoying. The included installation diagram makes it look like the plastic covers should be pulled off which will destroy the leads. Installing these antennae is quite annoying because there isn't much space to work with. Antennae aren't external, which reduces signal strength. A third USB port is really needed on this. Two is just one port too few. Everyone says it's difficult to open the unit once it has been closed, so one person sanded down the bumps. The website leads you to two dead-ends if you don't go to the LIVA tab when trying to get to the downloads for it. There are two driver installation glitches as noted below.

Other Thoughts: You don't need to use the CD at all, just download the drivers from the website. It's possible to install external antennae (see the Youtube video iS9gZkoRwsw for the walkthrough) which is what I am going to do. I think the white version looks nicer than the black. DisplayPort would probably be more useful than a VGA port. The downloaded bluetooth driver won't install unless you go into a subfolder (Win64) and run the "inst" application. Also, the UART driver may give you a notice that there is a newer version or the same version already installed. You have to ignore that and install the driver to get the bluetooth card to work. 32GB of eMMC is on the small side, but for $110 for everything this still seems like a good value for a PC. The BIOS update won't run in Windows 10 preview. All the drivers install fine.

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BenQ BL3200PT Black 32
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very high static contrast ratio, 2 and 1/2 times higher (or more) than IPS offers. No PWM eyestrain and headaches from flicker because PWM isn't used at all. Excellent uniformity. Full sRGB gamut coverage. 10-bit color. Wide viewing angle range. Anti-glare coating is not noticeable. Plenty of resolution, a nice upgrade from 1080. Low blue light mode that is easily switched to via the remote. No IPS glow. Height-adjustable tilt and swivel stand with portrait mode that is easy and smooth. Light weight despite large size. 5 gamma steps, RGB color levels adjustable, and 10 sharpness levels. Remote is a huge improvement in convenience and efficiency over my GW2750HM's buttons and the panel buttons are sensitive to touch. Comes with all cables. Pixel pitch of .276mm is just right for preventing eyestrain. Thin bezel, although I can't imagine using three of these at once. Good color profile and settings available from tftcentral. AMA is set to "high" out of the box. Most ports are side mounted, which is much easier, especially for those that need to be twisted. Has extras like an SD card reader, ambient light sensor, and motion sensor. The ambient light sensor controls the brightness of the backlight based on the surrounding lighting. A built-in reminder will nag you to take breaks if you turn it on, which is good for one's health. Power consumption is only 27 watts at 120 cd/m2. Does not use FRC for color, so its 10-bit color is true 10-bit, not 8-bits plus 2 bits of FRC dithering like most IPS screens (e-IPS screens are only 6-bit plus 2 bits of dithering). No cross-hatching which has been a problem for some Dells. Calibrated Delta E average of just .4 with a maximum of just 1.3, very much below what the human eye can recognize. AMA (pixel overdrive to reduce blur) responsiveness is a huge improvement over my old EW2420 24" 1080p A-MVA monitor. The color gamut is wider than previous AUO A-MVA panels, too, as is the viewing angle range (which is dramatically better).

Cons: Doesn't use a more expensive GB-LED backlight so there is no wide gamut support. Doesn't have 120 Hz mode like the EIZO FG2421, nor does it have a strobing backlight option like that panel does. However, it also has much higher resolution and size. Input lag is a touch higher than demanding FPS gamers may like at 23 ms, although lower than the typical televisions that so many people game with.

Other Thoughts: Monitor doesn't have a programmable hardware LUT but it does have true 10-bit color processing which is very nice to preventing banding from calibration. It's 16x9 not 16x10 but the higher resolution makes this much less of an issue in terms of productivity in comparison with 1080.

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Acer G276HLDbd  Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A-MVA panels offer much higher real contrast than IPS or TN panels.
Better viewing angle range than TN panels.

Cons: Does not display wide gamut content because it doesn't use a GB-LED backlight.
PWM flicker like most monitors.
Doesn't have as wide a range of viewing angle as IPS.

Other Thoughts: To fix the "washed out color" issue that some people have had an issue with, check the gamma setting. Also, a hardware calibrator like the Spyder 4 will definitely improve the "pop" of color. It's worthwhile to calibrate the panel at least once at the brightness you like. I also suggest using a 5800k white point at the 120 cd/m2 brightness level or below instead of a bluish 6500k white point.

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