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Acer GN246HL Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Newer generation TN panels have less noticeable color/gamma shift at normal viewing angles, this one is no exception. Comparing it to my ~2010 monitor was like night and day. Easily the best looking TN panel I've owned even before calibrating it.

144hz works well right out of the box on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs that I've tested.

For gaming and 3D modeling, this thing is ridiculously responsive. I switched out an old 60hz TN for this primarily for gaming and 3D modeling and going back to 60hz is painful as I use a secondary IPS panel for color-sensitive applications.

I never thought that 144hz would be useful for anything other than playing games but having used this monitor for creating maps with Hammer, using Carrera and various other 3D apps I can safely say that the extra frames make fine-tuned manipulation much easier. I really hope 144hz becomes the standard for all resolutions moving forward.

Cons: OSD is archaic and annoying. I have an old 22" 1680x1050 monitor from Acer and it's literally the same OSD plus the 3D features and ULMB.

Dual-link DVI is the only way to get 144hz. A displayport input would have been nice instead of the VGA input. I don't even own anything that can output VGA anymore.

Aesthetically the monitor is appalling in my opinion. The glossy black plastic, illuminated blue LED power button and orange accented stand are an awful mixture. Acer really needs to look to other manufacturers to improve their visual appeal. The power LED cannot be turned off either.

The PPI on this monitor is also pretty low. I'm coming from a 107 ppi 21.5" 1080p panel and the difference is pretty noticeable. I don't know how people deal with 1080p at 27 inches.

Other Thoughts: I can really only recommend this for gamers that play twitch shooters or RTSes. The 144hz refresh rate has limited use otherwise.

I don't have the equipment to try the 3D features so I didn't include that in my review.

SteelSeries Sensei RAW 62155 Rubberized Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 5670 dpi Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Love the rubberized coating so far.
LED lighting is excellent and customizable.
CPI adjustments are extremeley accurate.
It keeps up with my 144hz monitor extremely well, and setting the CPI really high for 4K is effective.
Smooth gliding action.
Software works well.
Very little liftoff drag, much better than my old mouse.

Cons: I'm not a fan of the mouse cord, I know the "braided nylon" is supposed to be some kind of feature but I find it kind of tacky. Of course this is just a nitpick.

If you want multicolor LEDs you'll have to go elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: I've yet to see the long-term reliability, but hopefully it lasts longer than the 2 short years my very expensive Razer Lachesis lasted.

HP Smartbuy ZR2740w Black and Brushed Aluminum 27
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: High sRGB gamut, WLED-backlit (not sidelit!), excellent color reproduction. Great mid-range display for graphic artists, CAD devs and audio producers. Decent for gaming (don't let the 12ms fool you, the led backlighting improves gray-to-gray response) and other multimedia like videos.

Once you switch to 1440p, going back to anything less is a painful experience. The real estate provided for the price point is excellent and if you get a reliable unit should server you well for a long time.

Cons: HP Tech support is quite possibly the worst I have ever experienced in my entire life. One of the TDMS emitters went out on my unit, causing it to revert to 1280x720 resolution. After testing with a total of 4 computers, HP refused to honor the warranty because I didn't have an HP computer hooked to it, and they blamed all 4 of my computers (a mixture of two desktops and laptops). I have tried 3 different kinds of Displayport cables, 2 kinds of minidisplayport adapters in all possible combinations.

I called a total of 8 times and would either get transferred to nothing (with the call being dropped by their system while in process of transferring) or the support personnel would put me on hold and then drop the call manually. None of the support personnel understood the product (all of them asked what the OSD said, this monitor has none), and none of them even so much as attempted to troubleshoot the problem with me - citing that unless I had connected an HP computer to it, that it was "an unsupported configuration", despite me telling them I had it working perfectly on multiple computers in the past.

Other Thoughts: I will never buy another HP product in my life.


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Display Name: Tate G.

Date Joined: 02/17/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 07/04/13
  • Last Review: 05/23/15
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