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Dell S2740L Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Glossy screen, edge-to-edge glass. This is going to be the reason you love this monitor or hate it. If you have a light source from behind you, you'll probably hate this monitor because of all the reflections. But if you can control the lighting from behind you then this will be the clearest and sharpest monitor you've ever seen!

This monitor is 1920x1080 (HD spec). Many 27" monitors are higher resolution, so some might be disappointed with 1920x1080. Me personally, 1920x1080 is a plus! I have always preferred monitors with a high pixel pitch.

Cons: My biggest complaint is the included cables - Dell gives you a VGA cable but no DVI or HDMI? Are you kidding me Dell!?! This is 2014, VGA is all but dead. Also, anyone spending money on a higher-end monitor like this isn't going to be using VGA. Spend the extra 50 cents and include DVI and/or HDMI cables.

The only other thing I would change about this monitor is the stand. I would like to have seen a vertical adjustment to raise the monitor up. I already had a platform I used to raise up my previous monitor so I used they on this monitor as well.

Other Thoughts: When you get this monitor, I highly recommend you lower the brightness. Factory default was something like 80%, I lowered it to 60% which is still plenty bright for my environment.

I'm usually not a fan of capacitive-touch buttons like this monitor uses for the power and menu controls. But I find that these buttons work really well.

Newer monitors like this are definitely light for their size. This 27" monitors weighs less than the 19" LCD it replaced.

LIAN LI PC-Q07B USB3.0 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case is the same high quality I've come to expect from Lian Li. Very well machined aluminum with professionally tapped threads. Great sound/vibration isolation for the hard drive. No sharp edges to cut yourself on.

Cons: My only real complaint is the front panel USB connector. The cable is too thick and rigid. Because of the tight space inside a mini ITX case you need to squeeze everything in, but the front panel USB cables are hard to bend and flex. They should have made them thinner and more flexible.

Other Thoughts: The side panels do not come off with thumb screws from the back like most computers. Instead there are about half a dozen phillips screws holding each side panel on. Not a detractor, just not what I was expecting. This is my first mini ITX build. Wow, that can be a tight squeeze getting everything to fit. This isn't a fault of the case.

Oh, be sure and mount the CD/DVD drive BEFORE screwing the motherboard panel in place. The only way to access the second mounting screw for the CD/DVD is with the side panel removed, and since the motherboard mounts to the side panel, mount the drive before installing the motherboard. Instructions didn't say to do this.

GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High build quality, good quality capacitors, and lots of features for such a tiny board.

Cons: My only real complaint is the BIOS screen. I'm not a fan of the GUI BIOS screen with mouse and keyboard access. It's all for show but it takes away from the experience. The BIOS lags when changing screens and settings, sometimes I have to click on something a second time because it didn't acknowledge my input the first time.

Other Thoughts: I use to always only buy Intel boards. But with Intel leaving the desktop board market I needed to find another manufacturer. I'm definitely impressed with Gigabyte.


Brian F.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian F.

Date Joined: 12/29/03

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 11/13/08
  • Last Review: 07/10/13
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