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Pros: - Large space for the price
- Decent speed (if it works)
Cons: The first drive I got was dead on arrival. I was only able to get my computer to recognize it by switching to IDE mode, and even then the drive wouldn't format and threw out errors. I managed to look at the SMART data for it, and it had nearly 4 years of logged "Power On" time, and the drive was 6 ears old. I RMA'd it and got a new one. The new one is the same age as well with same "Power On" time. It works and passes tests, thankfully.
Judging from the other reviews, I am assuming this is a large batch of drives that a web host has sold after replacing their aging drives that were starting to fail. So be aware that you are most likely going to get a 4-7 year old driver with at least 3+ years of constant usage on them.
Some say that if a drive doesn't fail within the first few years, then the chance of it failing within the next few isn't very high, but these are still a risky pickup, considering you could pay $40 more and get a NEW drive of the same speed and capacity... That extra money is generally worth the piece of mind that your data is less likely to be lost.
Pros: -Top of the line color quality
-Viewing angles blow my mind
-Very good amount of monitor settings you can change
-Good response time
-Out of the box pretty good settings
-No noticeable backlight leaking
-32bit color color depth
Cons: -Anti-glare coating does add a slightly visible grain, but you really only notice it if you're actually trying to see it. And even then, it's not a big deal. And this is coming from someone who does 3D & 2D art for a living.
-Can be a tiny bit wobbly, but it's fine if tightened enough.
Other Thoughts: I was worried about the claims of backlight bleeding and the anti-glare. But now that I have it, I'm very happy with my purchase.
I've run the monitor through various color accuracy and quality tests and it has passed with flying "colors", heh. There is no noticeable backlight bleeding on any of the edges. I believe ASUS heard the complaints and has fixed it. As you'll notice most of the backlight complaints are from users who bought theirs before July/Sept.
Also, mine was extremely wobbly at first, but I was able to fix this, simply by tightening the bolt on the bottom using a large screw driver. Tightening it by hand is not enough, you need to tight it very hard so it can handle the weight of the monitor better.