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Acer B6 B246HYL ymdpr Black 23.8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Perfect size and resolution for side-by-side landscape real estate. These monitors (I bought two at $150ea) are bright (not too bright as a previous reviewer suggested) and beautiful! The brightness and contrast is uniform across the entire display. Both of mine came with 0 dead pixels - I plugged one into a mini-HDMI to DVI-D converter and another into a displayport on my Intel NUC and they behaved completely as would be expected for dual digital displays.

The stands allow pretty much any kind of orientation or adjustment you could want; the monitors themselves accept DP, DVI-D and VGA. The only thing I'd do differently is just to get rid of the speakers, and put in maybe a USB hub on each. No stars off for that.

These are, by far, the best inexpensive monitors (and really, expensive ones don't offer much that these don't) I've ever purchased. If you can get them for under $200, buy them today.

Suffice it to say that you will NOT be disappointed for the cash.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I would like to buy another half dozen of these and give them away as presents. They are amazing.

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ASRock C2750D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome board, be careful with RAM 03/13/2014

This review is from: ASRock C2750D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600/1333

Pros: 12 SATA ports (8x SATA3). Supports 64GB ECC memory. Fits in a teeny tiny case. Runs all major OSs.

Cons: SUPER FINICKY about RAM! The vendor support site lists a dozen or so confirmed modules (both ECC and non), but of them, only a few are available in the US. The board will not initialize a display or POST at all without compatible memory, instead going straight to sleep mode. The IPMI will function regardless.

The good news is that there are some working modules that are just not listed. I've tested 4 kinds of registered DIMMs - they don't work. I've tried unregistered non-ECC desktop RAM - it didn't work. I did find some 8GB ECC DDR3L 1600 that works perfectly though, and it's not listed on the website:

2x Crucial 8GB DDR3L 1600 (1.35v) CL11 Unbuffered ECC (CT102472BD160B)

Anyone who gets this board to POST with RAM that isn't listed on ASRock's site should put a review here with the model # so that other US users can use this amazing little unit with RAM we can actually buy!

Other Thoughts: I'm using this board with 6x SATA3 drives storage, an Intel SSD for boot, and a blu ray drive; all SATA3 ports populated. Ubuntu 12.04.4 recognizes all the controllers and runs perfectly.

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Intel BOXD54250WYK1 Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 5000 NUC Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome little machine 03/09/2014

This review is from: Intel BOXD54250WYK1 Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 5000 NUC Kit

Pros: This is an awesome little machine! It's actually faster and more powerful than the mid-tower it replaced. Naturally it has no business being used for serious gaming (though I'm sure it's fine for plenty of emulation), but that should be obvious since it can't take a discreet graphics card.

It installs and boots Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 without any issues at all, and if you don't want to put it on the back of a TV, you can screw the VESA mount into your drywall or mount it anywhere you want.

Cons: Doesn't support any Windows Server version (2008, 2012) and Intel has stated explicitly on their website that they have no intention of releasing drivers for those operating systems. The Windows 8 drivers do NOT work for Server 2012... and this means you will not be getting any kind of wired or wireless networking to work.

This would be an amazing home server platform if it supported a Windows Server OS; since it's limited to Windows 8.1 at best, it's only an OK home server platform. -1 star for this.

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Display Name: Shane H.

Date Joined: 03/10/08

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  • First Review: 03/08/14
  • Last Review: 05/06/14
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