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HP Pavilion 27xi Silver / Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Phenomenal monitor for the price! 02/17/2014

This review is from: HP Pavilion 27xi Silver / Black 27" 7ms IPS HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1

Pros: 27 inches of IPS screen
Great looking and solid industrial design
Images "pop"
A lot sharper image quality than I expected

Cons: No HDMI cable
Glossy screen
Front panel impossible to find without reading manual

Other Thoughts: It's only 1080p, but that doesn't matter in this case. Images are sharp and text is crisp. No dead/stuck pixels. The specs say only 7ms, but I have encountered no ghosting during gaming. I couldn't find the front panel for the first 5 minutes as it completely disappears, and only appears when you touch it. I haven't played with HP's software yet, but I will today. I bought from a big box retailer for once since they had it locally for the same price.

The only thing that could make this better is a higher resolution. This is a bargain... one great monitor.

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Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Didn't last.... 04/15/2013

This review is from: Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply

Pros: I loved the braided cables, and they were plenty long enough to reach all parts of my mid-tower case. Was not as loud as my previous power supply. Ample power for my 6-core 125w Athlon and ATI graphics card. 2 PCI-X power connectors.

Cons: It didn't even last 2 years. Like another poster, mine fails on power-on. When turning the power on at the supply the keyboard receives power, so the 3.3v rail works. When turning power on for the PC though it fails, so either the 5v rail, 12v rail, or both are faulty. I even tested it in a PC that only needs 180w and it can't power that! It has a 5 year warranty, so we will see how that goes. It actually failed in November 2012, so it lasted about a year and a half. I replaced it, but luckily for me I kept it, and finally decided to check the length of the warranty!

Other Thoughts: This is not the first time I've had a power supply fail on me buy any means (especially considering all of my years as a tech). This IS, however, the first time I've had any power supply fail that quickly...even considering the 150w-185w ones in work PCs. This was my second time buying a Thermaltake power supply, and the other one I purchased days before looks like it is starting to have issues as well. I will think long and hard before bying this brand again!

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AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max - TV Tuner Kit for Windows H826-AK USB 2.0 Interface
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent picture quality for HD stations. Very good quality for SD & analog stations.
No software or drivers necessary for Win7 - Plug 'n play.

Cons: Station detection in Media Center is slow, and results can be misleading.
When windowed and in background still tends to overlay browser windows in foreground (especially Chrome).

Other Thoughts: I was lucky that some of the previous reviewers left sufficient detail to figure out what was up with Media Center not detecting stations. They WERE being detected, but since there was no station info detected they weren't showing up in the list. A trip to Microsoft's website helped with learning how to manually add station info. Other than that issue (not enough to subtract an egg, as that's my cable provider's fault) everything just works. The video quality is great, and I was surprised by the quality of analog video (especially windowed). I'm going to try out the streaming software AVerMedia recommended to stream to my Android phones and provide an update at that time.

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Display Name: Donald M.

Date Joined: 05/19/11

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  • First Review: 05/31/11
  • Last Review: 02/17/14
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