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SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 1440p, Efficient power use, Precise color reproduction.

When I first purchased this monitor, I was worried if I would have been better off going with a triple-1080p setup for immersive gaming and multitasking oriented programming and CAD/CAM work - but this monitor has proved I had the right idea running this single panel. Color reproduction and look is great, 27" monitors are the perfect size for sustained use at a desk with a single display (or smaller secondary displays used in conjunction with), and this monitor still works brilliantly for watching movies from across the room.

Cons: Sometimes the ECO sensor gets confused with various light conditions; the menu options to nudge the brightness up quickly isn't that convenient.
1440p is still taxing on most GPU setups (but still more forgiving than 4k)

Other Thoughts: DisplayPort is THE way to go for signal input - DVI will work as well, but the DisplayPort cable is simpler, smaller, and more future-proof in that regard.

At this point, I feel like 1440p is still preferable to 4k, since most applications don't do a great job of scaling beyond 1080p, so 1440p works well with a high end large size 27" display like this provided you're not using it from too far away, but even in this size a proper 4k (or Apply retina 5k) display becomes really picky about being able to see icons properly especially with productivity applications and basic OS features. I recommend waiting until Windows 10 and the updates to programs like Office 365/Photoshop to jump to 4k, and with displays like this one at such a good price, this is something worth looking into until 4k becomes more commonplace to be better supported by software.

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Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Impressive Bass for this size package 02/16/2014

This review is from: Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System

Pros: Very impressive low and mid range performance for this size package

Cons: Top end isn't ideally crisp, still fairly expensive

Other Thoughts: If you don't have space for a subwoofer, but care about having something that counts as deep rich bass performance for a desk system, these are absolutely worth the look. There are cheaper 2.1 systems that can do better, but in this format these are unbeatable.

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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: On a recommendation, I looked at this case, and even chose it over one with some nicer looking features - I'm glad I did.

Fantastic cable management, good stock fans, very functional top slot and USB 3.0 headers on the front - most importantly excellent airflow with GTX580 and 2600k.
It's quiet, and the rubber insulating grommets do their job quite well.

Cons: Side cable routing for smaller hard drives isn't ideal - some more space would make the hot-swappable locations actually more viable, and involve not breaking flimsy SATA connectors.
HDD/Background activity light is blindingly bright - white just isn't the right color for this, and it illuminates my entire apartment like a lighthouse.

Other Thoughts: I really wish there were options for LED colors to choose - the grey case is beautiful, but being able to choose it with lights that match the hardware (red, blue) instead of white would be very nice, and command a premium in price: one I'd consider to be worth it.
It's not quite worth it to me to swap out fan LEDs, but with a case design this solid, I think it's worth a look.

I prefer the motherboard fan control to the three-level built in, but it's a nice feature.

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Daniel A.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel A.

Date Joined: 08/16/09

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/23/11
  • Last Review: 11/26/14
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