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ASUS VN279QL Black 27
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful looking display. Thin bezel, minimalistic, good adjustable stand, easy to assemble, nice variety of input ports.

Cons: Black levels are terrible. Even with the brightness turned all the way down, the blacks are much worse than my 7 year old Syncmaster 226CW, which barely turns on anymore. This is especially noticeable if you look at it from an angle, and around the edges.

The colors look pretty faded unless you pump the contrast, at which point you lose a lot of finer details.

I never planned to use the build-in speakers, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're desperate. No base, and the mid-range is pretty muddy.

On screen settings menu is right dead smack in the middle of the screen... so trying to calibrate the monitor is annoying.

Other Thoughts: I bought this monitor to mainly do software development on... and it is fine for reading and writing text, and web browsing.

But it is absolutely not recommended for watching film, TV, or playing video games... which is unfortunate because it is such a large and beautiful display, until you turn it on.

Also wish it came with a mini-displayport to displayport cable, so I could easily use it with macs or tablets.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Very fast. Got a good wireless adapter as well, and between the two my ping only increased by +1ms, from 8ms to 9ms.
The setup page is easy to use.

Cons: you can't get to the router configuration from the "you're connected!" page... it has its own URL. Its in the manual, but it'd be nice if there was a link. pretty small complaint.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried bridging the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz networks yet. I know its a feature, because I saw a fix in the changelog for the updated firmware. Hopefully it'll work.

I know that the wireless adapter affects the ping, but between the adapter and router, +1ms is a pretty great!

ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Easy setup, Quickly connected, very fast.
Compared to a wired connection, my ping only increased by 1ms, from 8ms to 9ms.
Great so far!

Cons: Fairly thick, almost touches my graphics card.

Other Thoughts: Got this specifically because I saw other people review it running Windows 8.1 and I also run windows 8.1.
As soon as I turned my computer on after installing it, I immediately downloaded the latest drivers/utilities from Asus.
They were easy to use and worked like a charm. Immediately connected to the 5ghz network.

I realize that ping is also affected by the router, but +1ms delay between router and adapter is pretty darn good!

I also realize that spacing between PCI-e slots has to do with motherboard, but it may be something that someone with a small board might want to watch out for.


Bryan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryan H.

Date Joined: 11/29/10

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 10/07/11
  • Last Review: 12/19/14
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