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

Pros: I've only had it for a few days, but so far so good. Price wasn't bad. Picture quality is good. Not perfect, but good. I didn't see any ghosting or flickering on anything I tried it on. Plenty of ways to connect it. Using dual DVI now, but tested on HDMI and mini-displayport to HDMI. Displayport and VGA are handy, though I don't know if I'd bother with VGA. Works ok at reduced resolutions (I have it at 1360x768 at 60 hertz, probably too low but clearer than others with that as their default resolution). Thin (though oddly heavy), doesn't use a lot of power, decent looking base. For the price I paid (on sale via NewEggFlash) it was probably worth it. There are cheaper monitors that can also be used as TVs, and vice-versa, but it's nice to be able to switch back to a spare display when I need it and still be able to clearly read the text. A lot of these that are TVs first are terrible monitors. Can't find any dead pixels, that's a plus.

Cons: Blue. Very blue. Very, very, very blue. I cannot begin to describe to you how blue the screen looked on first connection until I calibrated it. I actually thought something might be wrong with it or the cable, though I tried the old cable that worked on my last monitor and it did the same thing. Calibration tools that came with it aren't great, so I used the app built in to OS X and it worked fine. I thought it would be nice to have that little OSD controller since so many new monitors make it difficult or impossible to change settings, but it was unwieldy and wound up being useless to me anyway. As I said, text is legible at low resolutions and is better than most cheap TVs, but it doesn't scale perfectly. Some monitors are better at this than others (the newer HP and Dell 30" monitors are good for that but more expensive, the later Apple Cinema Displays sometimes too). Note that it's a 32" 2560x1440 monitor, not a 30" 2560x1600. I didn't think about that, so the resolutions don't match what I currently have when I scale. I thought I could adjust it more, but you don't want to. Not a big deal for my purposes, but a heads up to those who it might affect. Seriously, blue.

Other Thoughts: There are cheaper monitors that aren't as nice, but there are more expensive monitors that also aren't as nice. I have an older HP 30" that still demands a pretty penny, and this is probably better. No flicker at higher resolutions and text is definitely better until you put the resolution too low. Easily rivals the old Samsung I had. The newer 30" monitors like the HPs and Dells I've seen are better, but more expensive by a few hundred dollars. Most with less connectivity. There are some out there that are much better, but much more expensive. Some of the NECs come to mind, but unless you have money to burn or use it in a hospital for imaging, not worth it IMO. I prefer this over the similarly priced larger monitors and smaller TVs, and a few of the ones I've used in the past, so I'm fine with my purchase. It works for what I need it to. If you have the extra money to spend and don't need the extra connectivity, the HP ZR30w is pretty good in my experience, the newer one supposedly even better. If you want to go cheaper, or comparable pricing, for 2560x1600 30" monitors, there are some other well reviewed ones here and elsewhere. Seems to be hit and miss as to what you get with those though. True most of them use the same or similar panels, but there's more to a monitor than just the panel. I probably could have saved money and gotten the similar 27" Benq, has great reviews, but I'm glad I splurged. I could have splurged more, but cost is a factor for me. Though not so much that I wanted to go too cheap. So it's a nice middleground I guess.

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CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Gets loud over time 08/16/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans

Pros: Works for awhile, long warranty.

Cons: One of the fans started to get loud, then died so it got quieter. Now another is going.

Other Thoughts: Tried to RMA, but the process is much more painful than it should be. Not happy.

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[ZIYA] Apple MacBook Pro-2 (15
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: None.

Cons: This is worthless.

Other Thoughts: Listen to everyone else, this doesn't fit and feels terrible. Don't buy it.

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Erik W.'s Profile

Display Name: Erik W.

Date Joined: 08/28/02

  • Reviews: 32
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 11/10/10
  • Last Review: 10/04/14
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