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Acer T272HL bmidz 2-Tone 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The monitor itself is incredibly clear and crisp. It leaves the factory with the Brightness set at 100, but the on screen controls make it easy to lower to a more reasonable setting. Windows 8 auto detected the 10 point touchscreen and required no calibration. The inputs are good, including VGA, HDMI, and DVI. The monitor has a 3 port USB3 hub mounted on the left side (as you face the display). I mounted the receiver for my wireless keyboard and mouse in it, and it the display seems to have no problem handling it's low power requirements. It also has a 3.5mm audio input port for analog audio.

Cons: One thing I did have an issue with was getting the display to not look so "washed out". I tried altering the warmth, brightness, contrast, cycling through the presets, etc, but still the blacks looked washed out. I finally dinked around with my the color settings in my graphics driver (Integrated Intel HD 4000), and found a setting called "YCbCr". When I enabled this, it drastically improved the picture quality. The background pictures "popped" with color, blacks were black, gamma was perfect. I'm not sure if such a setting exists in Nvidia or AMD drivers, but for the Intel graphics this setting ended up being all that was needed.

The power button is placed really close to the up/down selection arrows, making it easy to inadvertently turn off the display, but thankfully once you get your settings dialed in you shouldn't need to alter them again (in theory).

My only complaint with the connections is that the power adapter is a 90 degree barrel/post connector, which makes the fit kind of awkward. If it had been straight I think it would be a better fit.

Other Thoughts: The speakers seem to be top mounted, and sound about as hollow as you'd expect from 2w monitor speakers, but if all you need is to hear the windows chimes when an error pops up, then they will suffice. Anyone wanting to play games, listen to music, or watch a movie should invest in a good pair of headphones or speakers).
The clear plastic bezel at the bottom is removable, and I think I might do that to lower the monitor to be slightly below eye level. This is really a design issue with my desk, and no fault of the monitor. In fact, I'm glad that they offer the option to remove it. Giving the option makes it work for a variety of installations. The VESA mount in the back is 100mm, and includes a small plastic cover to cover the hinge when you remove it.

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Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PVI38G160C9K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great looking set, love that the heatsinks are "reasonably" tall without looking fugly. Speedy and stable, they also stay very cool to the touch.

Cons: Running the XMP profile, these sticks will not pass a memtest (memtest locks up during the first or second pass), but will run prime95 and the Heaven benchmark for 24+ hours without a hiccup.

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SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SST-SG08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 600W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Case is sturdy, compact, and very stylish. The front panel really gives it some weight. The included PSU has all the connections you could want, including 2x6+2 pin PCI express power connectors. The shroud/duct for video cards is a great idea to keep warm air from recycling back through the video card cooling system.

Cons: The front panel cables (and PSU cables) are MUCH longer than they need to be. The front USB3 and audio cables can stretch several inches beyond the back of the case, and the PSU cables can be routed to virtually any position and still have slack leftover that need to be managed.

Other Thoughts: Spent nearly as much time doing cable management as I did to install all the parts.

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Display Name: Sam M.

Date Joined: 08/06/03

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 09/29/05
  • Last Review: 03/12/13
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