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Changhong 42
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great bargain buy 08/23/2015

This review is from: Changhong 42" Class 4K Ultra HD LED TV - UD42YC5500UA

Pros: Clean 4k resolution, good price range

Cons: Some input lag, confusing basic setup

Other Thoughts: I used this as a computer monitor. The lag you experience will depend on how you set up your monitor and computer, which is where I feel most people falter. There are 4 HDMI slots.

Where people are likely running into issues is using the TV in the wrong slot for gaming, assuming your computer can't handle 4k gaming (hint, it can't).

You need to output natively to 1080p which means switching to slot 1. For example, I can run Witcher 3 on ultra settings at 1080p through slot 1 using a gamepad with extremely little lag.

On the other hand, if I try to scale down to 1080p while I'm already outputting to one of the 4k slots (2 through 4), my game lags like an Oedipus.

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GIGABYTE GA-H87-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Probably go with a higher quality board 12/28/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H87-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Sleek design, nice bios interface, good positions for most peripherals on the board. Probably would have been a nice board if not DoA.

Cons: My board had issues booting up and recognizing drives and wasn't able to power up all my case fans. Typically it would just say that it could find no bootable drives if I could get into the BIOS at all. Eventually it simply wouldn't boot at all, fan would spin and stop immediately. Seemed to be a clear power issue, despite an 880W power supply that is powering the computer I'm posting from now.

Other Thoughts: After going through the other reviews on this product, it seems like there's a similar occurrence of power / boot up / drive recognition. I can't say whether it's directly related to the board or not, but I'm opting to RMA the product and upgrade to a Z87 instead.

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APEVIA X-QPACK-NW-BK/420 Black Aluminum 1.0 w/ ABS plastic front panel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Pretty much what I expected for the price range, it performs well enough but isn't as well thought out as higher end products. Quiet enough, low profile, looks clean and was fairly easy to assemble.

Cons: LCD on front was DOA on arrival. Everything else works fine, not a big deal for me it's just an HTPC unit without much load.

Design feels flimsy, as many mention. The outer case comes off in a very awkward manner, is a little difficult to slide back on and feels more like manhandling the product.

Screw placement on the inside of the case wasn't well planned out. One of the screws holding the HDD tray in place is wedged between the HDD and the case, and depending on your screwdriver assortment this is tough to get to. Also, another screw holding in the external bay drives is hidden behind the HDD; if want to remove your CD drive after installing drivers to reduce clutter (as I did), be prepared to remove your HDD again.

No internal wire management at all. This is kind of a nuisance when the PSU has every adapter possible (which is good!), but no place to put them. I'm lying the mass of wires where you'd put a CD drive.

Other Thoughts: As I said, it's what I expected for the price range.

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Christopher P.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher P.

Date Joined: 05/28/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 06/17/11
  • Last Review: 08/23/15
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