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Nippon Labs Model MINIDP-3-MM 3 ft. Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cable M-M
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Mini DP is NOT Thunderbolt 08/10/2014

This review is from: Nippon Labs Model MINIDP-3-MM 3 ft. Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cable M-M

Pros: It's a Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable. It's 3 ft long.

Cons: Well, actually, while many displays have a full size DisplayPort cable, seldom have the mini DisplayPort cable. Radeon video cards with mini DisplayPort abound, and laptops are common too. So check your usage.

Other Thoughts: Shane Z: this is a mini DisplayPort cable meant for connecting a compatible display to a compatible video card. This is NOT a thunderbolt cable, those cost about $40.00 and have a totally different spec to them.

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Dell UltraSharp UP2414Q Black 23.8
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazing display. I really think that the 15" Retina MacBook sets a high expectation, this display exceeds that expectation. The single best display I have ever seen in my life. And it's somewhat affordable. USB Hub, dual DisplayPort input with clever cable included that ensures you'll be set to go.

27"+ displays are just not polite on a desk, this awesome thing does the amazing thing of really making it possible to have a nice size display that doesn't clutter a desk while having the absolute best quality available. The USB 3.0 hub also reduces clutter.

My aging and inexpensive Radeon HD 7870 runs it great after updating the video card driver. Initially this basic video card only ran it at 30Hz, but now it's 60Hz and I'm loving that. Will be looking to upgrade video cards a number of times over the expected lifetime of this display.

Handsome case, looks far sleeker than my U2711 (which in itself is an awesome, sleek display).

Cons: Ridiculously, SEVERAL people have found it logical to reduce it's overall rating of this product because their video card (or windows) doesn't support 60Hz on portrait mode. As if somehow that was something that this monitor has anything to do with.

I enjoy smaller, affordable laptops and unfortunately I don't know of any that can drive this display at 60Hz yet.

Sluggish overall. Most 1080P displays are fuzzy as hell but also fast. I think the coming years are going to be great for display technology.

Video card companies have been rebranding old technology for years, and it has been fine because games are designed for XBOX 360 anyway and they looked great, but now, with 4K we're really do some updates. But I'd call that another plus of this display. It promotes progress.

Other Thoughts: Everything about this display is of a flawless quality. It's not comparable to any other product of any brand in that regard. It's not pretentious and sleek like an Apple product, instead it ships in a secure, plain box, and unlike an Apple product it is designed to last five or ten years.

Truly, no corners were cut on this product, I'm really glad I didn't wait for 2nd gen because this is already the display for me. 3-year warranty is amazing too, because if I can have this display for JUST 3-years I'll be thrilled with the money paid. More than likely it'll last 6-10 years.

Brightness range is incredible on this display. Truly. This is the one thing to have on your desk. I am not easily stunned but everything about this display is just so thoughtfully made, so flawless.

Two DisplayPorts: One for your 15" retina MacBook, one for your desktop PC. And USB 3.0 built-in for additional tidiness and awesomeness.

At $800 or less, there are few things I could recommend more for the money. If we're talking about fine electronics, and if you have a 15" retina MacBook, a latest model Dell 15" XPS, or a 14" RazerBlade or anything absolutely awesome...this is the display to get.

I'll add too, that the 24" size works out really quite well for this resolution. It may seem small, but it's actually quite large compared to a 11" - 15" laptop with 4K range resolutions.

In an ideal world, there would be a display out there that was 2560x1440 in a 21"-24" size range, in the $400-$500 price range because then you could really pair it to just about any great laptop and be good to go. That's too obvious and will likely not happen for several years.

I was waiting around for my "perfect" monitor... like I said, 23", 2560x1440, and $500... but you know what? Yes, that would be more compatible with more devices, but at $800 this is actually even more perfect. And it's not a daydream, but an actual awesome thing on your desk.

I also wanted to know, and had no way of knowing this pre-purchase:
This thing is a plug-and-play monitor at 30Hz, so you can plug it in, it'll work even if you don't have an amazing laptop (still has to be somewhat amazing to have DisplayPort).

Wow. Few things I've ever bought really merit a 5-egg rating. This by far does.

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Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The right software 02/22/2014

This review is from: Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6

Pros: I got hooked on SketchBook Pro from using the Android version. While this is harder to use than that, it is also vastly more powerful. I love this so much better than Photoshop for drawing and sketching purposes... but I'm more of a freehand kind of guy. Works pretty great with my Surface Pro. Dream team.

Cons: In some ways, some of the intuitiveness and ease of use of the little baby app is lost in the translation.
I'm 100% happy that this is a "desktop application" on Windows 8, I just wish there was a full screen mode that made inadvertently poking stuff harder on a tiny tablet like the Surface Pro.

Other Thoughts: AutoDesk has a fantastic trial offer where you can test this software for 15-non consecutive days. What that means is that you can install and use this thing, see it "just works for you" without having to buy the software. 15-non consecutive is key there... because how annoying is it when you install a trial one day, forget about you did that and come back to try it and it's already expired. This one, you can actually try it today, then 1 day/per week for 15 weeks if you wanted to. Perfect for the hobbyist. So happy to give them my money after the awesome, actually inviting trial period.

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Display Name: Juan O.

Date Joined: 07/03/04

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  • First Review: 06/30/08
  • Last Review: 08/10/14
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