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ASUS Z97-WS Intel LGA1150 HDMI/DisplayPort /Mini DisplayPort Dual server-grade Intel LAN ATX Server Workstation Motherboard for Quad-strength Graphic Power
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice board layout, PLX bridge to enhance PCIe capabilities, M.2 PCIe slot, clean, not unnecessarily complex

Cons: reliability problems, support is significantly lacking. My first board lasted ten days, then it bluescreened and wouldn't boot. Through troubleshooting, using 4 different sets of memory, three on their approved list, and 2 different CPUs, a Core i7 4770k and a Pentium G3220, I found that any memory in slot B1 would cause the system to not boot with a 0055 code, and if all four are populated it would give a ddFE code. It took 7 days to get through the process to get a new board sent to me, which is way too long. When I got the new board, I had the exact same problem. I got a Sabretooth Z97 mark 2 from a local place, and both CPUs and all 4 sets of memory work fine in that board, so I know it is not me, nor my other equipment. I had to buy the second board just to be sure it wasn't me, and that I wasn't going crazy. I dread having to go through the RMA process again.

Other Thoughts: I've been an Asus fan for a long time. I've purchased around fifty Asus boards. I've bought some competitors' boards at times, but I've always had issues with them. Asus has always had very compatible and reliable boards for me in the past. I just never had to deal with their support before. Wow, am I disappointed with their support process. The people are great, but they really need to work on streamlining their processes and make support easier to reach. The whole "file a case online and then call or online chat with support" thing is quite annoying.

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HP Smartbuy ZR2740w 27
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: nice WQHD screen, simple to operate. nice clear picture. nice anti-glare coating.

Cons: only two inputs: DisplayPort and dual link DVI-D. Horrible support, majorly fragmented, hard to get to the right department. Horrible functionality, with DisplayPort, will sometimes swap vertical lines, leaving a very distorted picture, no controls over anything other than power. Horrible reliability, I bought one at another retailer, the power supply went out after a week, swapped, the power supply on the next one went out after 3 months, swapped, power supply went out again after ten days, swapped, power supply went out after another 6 weeks, swapped, power supply went out again after a month. The last one has lasted me over a year now.

Other Thoughts: This being a refurbished unit may have the new power supply that is actually reliable, but with such a short warranty period, I wouldn't take the chance. Heck, some people with these may have the ones I swapped out because of bad power supplies. I'll never trust an HP monitor again.

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Acronis True Image 2014 Premium - 1 PC
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good program, but there are better 02/07/2014

This review is from: Acronis True Image 2014 Premium - 1 PC

Pros: Great for backing up your system to either an image file so you can restore the whole thing at once or as individual files to restore in case of accidental deletion. Also great for moving a system from an old hard drive to a newer one, like upgrading to an SSD.

Cons: Cannot back up to network drives very well under Windows 8 or 8.1. When trying to set it up for backing up to a network drive, it says it sets up correctly, but when it runs it doesn't authenticate to the other machine properly and the backup fails. I have not tried this under Windows 7, but Windows 8 and 8.1 totally failed. I could only back up to drives connected directly to the machine. It is probably due to UAC, but I flat out refuse to turn off one of the most vital security features of Windows 8 just to make this work. It is also very slow to start up, and I can't tell why. I have 4 SSDs in my system and no mechanical hard drives other than my backup target USB 3 drive, and yet this programs takes almost 3 minutes to start.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to back up to a network drive, and it failed. It's not the only program to do this, though, and it is better than several others that I've tried. Currently, I am running it to back up to a USB 3 drive. That, at least, works well enough.

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