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ASUS ROG PG278Q Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Finally.... a high resolution monitor (1440p) capable of refresh rates of up to 144Hz plus Gsync & ULMB and other features. But I'm sure you already know that. If you are like me who seriously considered buying this monitor, I'm sure you have done your homework, read/watched reviews and follow different forum threads discussing this monitor.

Before this, I was using the Asus PB278Q PLS monitor which I also really like. I even prefer that more than LG's more expensive IPS panels that I ended up returning. And before that, I was using BenQ's XL2720T 120hz 3D monitor. The PG278Q is like the combination of both of these but better! Even though the PB278Q does have better viewing angles and color quality, I can honestly say I don't miss it at all after switching to the PG278Q! ULMB is great and it works but Gsync is simply a game changer! Since using this monitor, I haven't experienced any tearing in any of the games I have tried so far (CS:Go, Borderlands 2, ArcheAge, Dark Souls 2, Tomb Raider 2013, Sleeping Dogs, Ultra Street Fighter IV, etc). It's also very responsive because of the low input lag. Before, I would always enable Vsync since I can't stand screen tearing in games but this also resulted in increased input lag or stuttering. Not with this monitor! As long as you have a decent NVIDIA video card that can do 30-60 FPS, gameplay is buttery smooth!

I also like the build quality. The stand isn't cheap and doesn't wobble around. It has that red circle lighting at the base that adds a little flare to it which can also be turned off using the five-way OSD navigation key that is just pure genius! It's very easy to navigate the screen options because of this.

If you are a gamer, this is the top monitor to get right now. Before getting this monitor I thought... "meh... not IPS... too expensive, etc.... " But doing my research and following reviews... I finally decided to give it a go and now I'm glad I did! I mean just look how hard to get this right now despite the price! All of those days spamming F5's payed off and I was able to snag one! I believe I got the last one of the 2nd batch because when I was buying this, I accidentally put a quantity of 2 instead of 1. When I tried to check it out, it didn't let me saying quantity is insufficient. That's when I noticed I put 2 there. Quickly updating the quantity to 1, I was able to proceed with my order. Phew...

Other pros worth mentioning:
*No stuck/dead/bright pixels on my panel after meticulously scanning visually for them
*Very minimal back light bleed at the bottom (Not noticeable unless using all black background)
*Color reproduction better than most TN panels

Cons: Nothing is perfect but it comes close (as far as a gaming monitor). When I first started this monitor, the color was a little on the yellowish side. Also, when I tried to switch to 144Hz using the OC button on the monitor, it changes the colors to only 8bit color which to say the least isn't nice to look at. I resolved this problem by manually customizing the refresh rate, resolution, and color depth on the NVIDIA control panel to 144Hz, 2560x1440p, and 32bit--kinda like how you would OC any monitor using the NVIDIA control panel. This solved it. I was running at 144Hz, 32bit on 1440p resolution on both desktop and in playing games. But this introduced another problem. My GPU seems to not throttle down at all (it stays in the middle 863Mhz clock rate) even when not gaming and only idling on the desktop. The power brick adapter in turn also is very hot to touch and my GPUs are putting out more heat. So I decided to put the refresh rate down to 120Hz. This resolved the GPU throttling and heat problem but another one arises. When I switched to 120Hz, I noticed immediately that the screen got dimmer significantly. Later I found out that this is due to ULMB. Using ULMB automatically puts the screen dimmer. I can't stand this. I prefer Gsync anyway over ULMB so I disabled it and that worked perfectly--my screen is bright again!

Now another random annoyance arrived. Some of you might have experienced this too. The "Out of range" error you may get sometimes when playing games or just randomly. This hasn't happened to me that much (maybe just 3-4 times) and mostly only when I was trying different weird monitor OC like running it at 105Hz, 110Hz, etc. (I was experimenting). Another bug I have encountered is this monitor sometimes drops the Gysnc feature. I was wondering one time why my gameplay seems off... and behold.. when I checked NVIDIA control panel, Gsync option wasn't there. The monitor still runs fine but Gysnc option is gone. I'm happy to say though that simply unplugging the displayport cable from you PC and putting it back (while PC is still running) fixes this. I'm not sure if this is a displayport issue or NVIDA driver issue or the monitor itself. So far since switching to 120Hz refresh rate, this hasn't happened again. Most of my problems was encountered when using 144Hz refresh rate.

The PG278Q is a true 8-bit monitor without dithering that is better than most TN panels but if you are a graphic designer or in a trade that needs very accurate color reproduction to work with, you should get an IPS/PLS monitor instead. This is a gaming monitor for gamers.

Other Thoughts: Even with the cons, please don't let this discourage you. Those happened like only 5-10% of the time while using this monitor. And since switching to 120Hz, I haven't encountered it again. I know this is marketed at 144hz and it does indeed work also on that refresh rate (I was able to game at 144Hz on many of my games), I feel its not the right refresh rate for me. First, I didn't like that simply using 144Hz makes my GPUs throttle higher than it should be even when not doing anything and just idling on the desktop. Secondly, I cannot really reach 144 FPS constantly on most games that are set High to Ultra settings (I have GTX 680 Classifieds in dual SLI). I figured.. sure, I can game at 144Hz but what's the point if my GPUs cannot really push that far all the time? 120Hz is my sweet spot.

Tips:
When I was setting this up, I used TFT Central's ICC profile that they have released for this monitor. Next, I updated the driver to the official PG278Q Asus driver that is on their website (Yes, there is one.. check it out). I also switched the Color Temp. to "Normal" instead of the default "User Mode" since that looks too yellowish to my liking. "Normal" is just right. I left the "Brightness" at default 80. This will be up to your own preference how much brightness you want. Next I disabled ULMB since this makes 120Hz darker/dimmer plus I can't use ULMB anyway at the same time with Gsync (I prefer Gsync more). Lastly, don't forget to disable Vsync on the settings of games you play if you use Gsync! And that's it! So far all these steps has worked great for me!

I hope this review helps you in your decision!

My PC Rig:
Corsair 600T White Edition PC Case
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W Platinum Certified PSU
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 Motherboard
Intel i7 2700k CPU OC'ed to 4.5Ghz (Stable up to 4.8Ghz)
Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooling
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB (Main OS)
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 512GB (Selected Games and Programs)
Seagate 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x2 (Storage Drives)
HGST 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drives)
Western Digital RE 4TB Enterprise HDD (Steam & Important Files)
EVGA GTX 680 Classified x2 in SLI Config (both stable @ 1293Mhz OC)
16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X RAMs 2133 @ 9-11-10-28 1T timings
Asus PG278Q ROG Swift Monitor 1440p @ 120Hz Gsync enabled
Plextor PX-LB950SA Bluray burner CD/DVD/Bluray drive

...I want to upgrade to Haswell-E 5930k... but my estimate for the set up I want is around $2200... Gah!

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HGST Deskstar NAS H3IKNAS40003272SN(0S03664) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Huge amount of space (4TB)
*Decently priced (using the coupon code)
*No bad sectors after scan
*Came secured in retail packaging
*Good for NAS and file storage

Cons: *The slowest 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb drive I have
*Runs a little hot compared to my other HDD
*Will take a while to transfer huge amount of data

Other Thoughts: This must be one of the slowest HDD I have ever used. Max read is 123MB/s and Max write at 127MB/s using ATTO Disk Benchmark--and this being newly formatted with no files inside. The average read/write most of the time is only about 90-100MB/sec during continuous transfers. Even my 2TB Hitachi that is half full of files is faster than this one. To give you another idea, two of my other 4TB HDD (WD RE and a Seagate one) took about 8 hours to completely finish scanning it for bad sectors. This HGST one took about 11 hours! The highest temp during the scan is 47°C with an ambient temp of 75°F in the room.

I'm happy though that at least it came back with no corrupted or bad sectors after the scan. The only strong point for this drive really is if it last long enough and not die sooner than its warranty like other cheaper drives.

Anyway as far as using this drive for NAS, video streaming, and generally for storage, you will have no problem. The drive runs good for these purpose. One downside though is if you transfer large amount of files to/from this hard drive often because its slow--it takes a while to finish. But if you will use this drive for NAS or simply for storage of videos/pictures/downloading torrents... then this drive is fine.. especially if its on sale or you have a discount code.

PC specs:
Corsair 600T White Edition PC Case
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W Platinum Certified PSU
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 Motherboard
Intel i7 2700k CPU OC'ed to 4.5Ghz (Stable up to 4.8Ghz)
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB (Main OS)
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 512GB (Selected Games and Programs)
Seagate 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x2 (Storage Drives)
HGST 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drives)
Western Digital RE 4TB Enterprise HDD (Steam & Important Files)
Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooling
EVGA GTX 680 Classified x2 in SLI Config (both stable @ 1293Mhz OC)
16GB (4x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X RAMs 2133 @ 9-11-10-28 1T timings
Asus PB278Q LED PLS Monitor @ 2560 x 1440p OC'ed to 85Hz
Plextor PX-LB950SA Bluray burner CD/DVD/Bluray drive

P.S.
If you are like me and your hard drive that contains your Steam games is getting full, I recommend getting:

Western Digital RE WD4000FYYZ 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive

My game runs good on this HDD and its my fastest and most stable HDD I have. Its about twice that price of this HGST but it comes with a 5 year warranty and runs pretty good!


... my next big PC upgrade is Haswell-E with DDR4! :P

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Logitech M570 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great overall refurb item 01/28/2014

This review is from: Logitech M570 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball

Pros: *The mouse wheel and all the button works
*It's clean and doesn't look like a refurbished item
*Good wireless signal strength

Cons: *Poorly packaged but it didn't have any damage
*Will need time to "break-in" the trackball and mouse wheel by using it more as it doesn't feel as smooth as my other mouse yet of this same model.

Other Thoughts: This is my 2nd time buying this exact model that is refurbished and hasn't regretted it yet. I love this wireless trackball. I have one for each of my 3 PCs and my laptop. The other two I bought brand new. and the other two are refurbished. None of them has died yet and the oldest one has been running great for about 4 years!

Battery life is awesome! For me it last about a year or so and I game a lot and I'm on my computer at least once a day.

The way the ball moves and the mouse wheel seems a little sluggish for me still. Don't get me wrong--it works but I think it still need time to "break-it-in" to get to that comfortable level of smoothness of moving the trackball.

I used to use a regular mouse but after years of hardcore gaming, I almost had a carpal tunnel syndrome so I looked for alternatives and bought the Microsoft Trackball (looks like this mouse but bigger and has a red ball). I used that one for so long and when it finally broke, I switched to this Logitech one and never looked back.


Overall I'm satisfied again with this purchase. Thanks Newegg! :D

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