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Acer B6 Series B286HK ymjdpprz (UM.PB6AA.003) Black 28
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Neat Stand.
Light, for the size.
Great screen/Bright, Crisp.

Cons: Speakers sound terrible.
High pitched noise when there's lots of white and text (only noticeable when your surrounding area is quiet).

Other Thoughts: This is my first 4K screen so maybe I'm being easy on it. Not really, I'm around big, nice 4K screens a lot. It's one of the reasons I decided to get one and this is definitely one of the better ones, especially being a TN screen. Oddly the description claims that it's using IPS tech so I don't know what to think.

The stand is especially nice. A lot of thought got put into it. I've read reviews claiming that it feels wobbly but to me it feels really strong. It snaps together and works very well in terms of twisting, twirling, going up and down - aka being completely adjustable.

The USB placement is a little odd. I suppose Acer means for you to hide some USB sticks/dongles back there permanently or wire up a camera, etc. Basically, they're in a place where you wouldn't expect to be at them all the time. You have to turn the monitor a bit to access them. Perk or not, up to you. It would have made more sense (to me) for them to be in the front side or right under the bezel for easy, constant access as a hub or in a phone/tablet charging scenario. I put my wireless headphone dongle and a camera connection in there - a waste of USB 3.0 but it works for me.
The speakers are atrocious. I won't dwell too much on that. Suffice it to say, I don't use them at all. I mean, really. It would have made 1000% more sense for them to include a chintzy webcam instead or, I don't know, more USB ports, double up some input ports? Whatever, just not these gross, tinny, speakers. I don't know but I doubt a single person out there is going to use the speakers on this monitor so it feels like a waste of a feature (not that speakers in any monitor are that hot anyway).

The screen itself is very nice. I haven't noticed anything negative so far. No dead pixels. No ghosting (but that takes time). I wanted a big screen and 4K. I don't game much so I really didn't want to spend over $300 for a monitor. This was a sweet spot Black Friday/Cyber Monday price point I couldn't ignore and what I got my 24" monitor for years ago. That monitor still works flawlessly so here's to hoping that this investment pays off the same way.

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 AXR9 390 8GBD5-PPDHE 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Quiet when not taxed. Fast. Backplate included. Low temps when not taxed.

Cons: Huge. Noisy when taxed. Drivers take long to install.

Other Thoughts: So far so good. I've only had it for a few hours. No crashes, no real issues. When I installed the drivers initially, it took quite some time. I thought it was frozen but decided to leave it alone and it's a good thing I did because it was just doing it's thing. I was a Nvidia guy so I'm used to driver packages installing in less than 5m. These drivers took at least 15, and I have 16GB RAM, SSD and an i7 4770K.

Played WoW, GTAV, Grid 2 so far, no issues. I'm a bit disappointed that I can't go full everything + AA in WoW @ 4K, but that's my own fault, I should have tempered my expectations and checked reviews. I am really, really happy with my buy otherwise.

Hitachi GST Ultrastar A7K2000 0F10452 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 7200 rpm in this drive translates to good burst speeds. In a system surrounded by SSDs this HDD holds it's own. In the past, I've had 7200 rpm HDDs which struggled with SSDs and I've seen reads all the way down to 30MBps. On this drive I don't get below ~75MBps and it bursts often.

Cons: Loud. Very Loud. I can't stress enough how loud it is. When I built my system, I went for quiet. Not, "I'm going to pay $400 extra to seal my system up and pad everything" quiet, no - just $120 quiet case, a quiet CPU fan and case fans that don't sound like jet engines. It was a success and generally all you ever heard inside my PC is a "whoosh", like a slight wind blowing and of course, at times some barely audible noises from the Seagate LP 2TB I was using (which is now failing short DST and why I installed this guy). I can very clearly hear the thing inside my case. In the end, if you want a quiet system, look elsewhere. I'm keeping it for now but as soon as I buy another I'm slapping them into my NAS and using something else in my PC.

For the record, I want my PC to be quiet because I sometimes watch stuff on it and I like to really get into shows - no distractions. "Engine noise" and tick tocks from the inside of PCs are definitely a distraction and unfortunately these noises go right through the music and vocals of whatever's being watched.

Other Thoughts: Awesome drive so far but time will tell. I've had 2 HGST drives which have lasted me well over 5 years so far. Pretty much all my Seagate drives die in year 3 or 4 and the one I had in my PC is the first to have lasted 5 years. I have a good feeling about this HGST Enterprise drive, but I've not used one before so I'm really just betting on the brand. Also have no idea what processes etc. have changed since HGST went to WD so I'm just crossing my fingers.

It's definitely not geared at home use. There's really no consideration given to make it quiet. Obviously, it's meant for server use where the sound of a thousand fans drown out all the ticks. I'd really only recommend it in a PC if you don't care about noise at all or your environment on a whole is noisy anyway. If you're putting it in a NAS, same deal. Make sure your NAS isn't on your desk or anything or it may end up bothering you. I plan to buy another to RAID 1 in my NAS.


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Display Name: Andrew H.

Date Joined: 07/22/02

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  • First Review: 10/13/05
  • Last Review: 12/30/15
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