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This review is from: BenQ BL3200PT Black 32" 4ms (GTG) HDMI WQHD Widescreen LCD/LED Monitor, 300 cd/m2 DCR 20,000,000:1 (3000:1), CAD/CAM Mode, Animation Mode, Built-in Speakers, VESA Mountable, Height Adjustment, USB Hub
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.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate ST1000LM014 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive
Pros: Large capacity, better than the default drive, battery life seems ok with it.
Cons: Slow. Very slow. Slower than it should be, even at 5200 RPM.
Other Thoughts: I bought the 750GB version awhile back, but sold it with my laptop. I got a new one and bought this because it was showing as the newer model. Same 8GB of SSD, larger capacity, but fewer RPMs. Using it now as a fairly expensive backup. My old 500GB 7200 RPM SATA II non-hybrid worked faster until I got another 750GB 7200 RPM hybrid. Which then went on sale the next week. Get that, even if not on sale. If you need 1TB, get a cheaper 7200 RPM drive, forget about the whole hybrid thing. Seagate claims there's not much difference, but there is. Seems pointless to hobble it with slower RPMs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Reading was fast, the replacement seems to write ok, not too loud.
Cons: Refused to write at first. Just absolutely refused, starting and then immediately failing. My first couple of attempts at getting support were worthless. Updating the firmware did nothing, if anything I swear it was worse. Finally I e-mailed them, and they sent me a new one via FedEx, who made me come to them to pick it up for some reason. Saying they tried to deliver it, even though we were home and never heard anything. SO that was fun.
Other Thoughts: It works now, but you get what you pay for. Should have stuck with the slower one. Or gotten the more expensive Pioneer. My LG DVD+-R/W DL drive works fine.READ FULL REVIEW