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BenQ XL2420Z Black / Red 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Its image quality is very good when the settings are finally at their best on both the display and the graphics card. I haven't seen any problems in the image that I've achieved. That's impressive for this monitor since I've been striving for excellence in this exact area of tech use for over fifteen years. It's a great panel, despite being a TN. You should not have any fears about that issue.

I do not have any other problems with it, either. There are no dead pixels, no broken or poorly made parts, and the menu system is good, offering many options. The 3D is fantastic. I must admit, though, that the only other measure of 3D that I have is RealD at the theaters. I use it for gaming and Blu-Ray movies, all in 3D.

Cons: All I can think of is that it's not an IPS panel, which would have genuine full color support.

Other Thoughts: I do not have a use for the add-on S.Switch since I just use it for my PC and have achieved my preferred settings. I imagine, though, that it might be quite useful for using the display with other devices, like consoles and such, allowing for quick and easy switching of settings.

{All of the below settings are likely to change in small ways over time.}

My monitor settings:
Brightness: 40
Contrast: 37
(I have not done professional color balancing, yet.)

My nVidia settings:
Brightness:35
Contrast: 77
Gamma: 1.00
Digital Vibrance: 74 (Color Saturation)
(nVidia's 3D glasses have a slight green color to them, so I lower the gamma of the green channel down to 0.94 when in 3D mode.)

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SAMSUNG SD590 Series S27D590P Black High glossy 27
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The stand is quite stable. Also the rear control stick and UI work quite well.

Cons: Everything else... The stand does not allow the monitor to be completely vertical, making it tilt back. The backlight bleeds through very badly, starting at the right and left edges and continuing 1/3 across the screen. My rather old Samsung 2433BW monitor actually has far less bleed. Also, the display looks crazy bright, forcing me to lower the contrast on both the display and the video card settings to zero, plus lowering the video card's gamma setting quite a lot. Even then, I still preferred my old monitor's image quality over this one (which was a total shock). Most people would compliment the brightness and contrast, but I found it to be a nuisance, irritating my eyes, and hard to reduce without hurting the image quality. Seriously, it was crazy bright. As for the IPS tech in the display, I couldn't tell that there were more colors in the image. The colors in my old monitor literally looked the same (if not better, given the brightness problems).

Other Thoughts: Maybe my old Samsung 2433BW was unusually high quality for its era, but I was severely disappointed with this PLS monitor. It has actually made me question the value of IPS at all. I certainly won't buy a Samsung again since I simply can't trust them to deliver quality any more.

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Rosewill - 3.5mm Stereo Coupler (2 Pack)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Good Quality 01/26/2013

This review is from: Rosewill - 3.5mm Stereo Coupler (2 Pack)

Pros: I'm listening to 32-bit music through my Sound Blaster X-Fi, Monster cable, Klipsch in-ear headphones, and this coupler. The audio sounds great. The only improvement I can make to this setup is a professional audio receiver and studio monitors. This is apparently a good product.

Cons: Why is one blue? It's not a con, though. I just thought I'd type something. :P

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Matthew V.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew V.

Date Joined: 10/11/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/26/10
  • Last Review: 01/03/15
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