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RAZER Lycosa Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 02/21/2009

This review is from: RAZER Lycosa Keyboard

Pros: The only backlit keyboard with no light bleed. The blue is awesome and the rubber keys feel great. Absolutely no light seepage between the keys like all the other keyboards out there.

Cons: Typing feel is not nearly as good as the logitech illuminated keyboard, and its noisier. It is kinda lightweight and flimsy feeling in comparison, too. I'm guessing all the cost went into the rubber finish and the lights. I have long palms and the length of the wrist rest is just a tad short, as my left wrist hangs off the edge a little bit. Not to worry, at least it is detachable (unlike the logitech illuminated keyboard)

Other Thoughts: Bought it for the looks and was not disappointed one bit. The key illumination is perfect. great for use daytime or nighttime

BenQ E2400HD Glossy Black 24
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I forgot to mention the 2ms response does make a difference. Just move a window with black text on a white background. This monitor does not blur at all if you do that. My samsung with 5ms response time makes the text flash and shimmer when i do that. on this benq monitor, the text stays solid and clear.

Cons: see my previous review.

Other Thoughts: One of the previous reviewers said you see less in games because of the 1920x1080 resolution compared to the 1920x1200 resolution of 16:10 24" monitors. This is actually not true. In most modern games, to support wider aspect ratios, vertical content stays the same, and the sides are just opened wider to display more information on the sides of your character or HUD, or whatever. This means that even someone gaming on a 1280x720 16:9 monitor will see more content than someone gaming on a 1920x1200 16:10 monitor (in most games).

The common misconception here is that higher resolution means you see more on the screen. higher resolution just means the image is sharper and more detailed. The wider aspect ratio is what will affect how much content is displayed on the screen, ultimately.

There are some older games that keep the width constant and cut the top of the screen off more and more to accomodate wider aspect ratios, but those look best in 4:3

BenQ E2400HD Glossy Black 24
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wow. This monitor performs exactly like the professional review at said it would. Most cheaper LCD monitors have high contrast when you turn them up really bright, but fail miserably when you turn down the brightness all the way because there is just too much light seeping through the panel to make the blacks look "black." I have this monitor side by side with two other 16:9 24" monitors (one from acer and one from samsung), and when you turn the brightness down on all of them, this one has blacks that still look black! This means it has roughtly the same contrast ratio regardless of how bright or dim you want it to be. The other two monitors only looked high contrast when the brightness was turned up. If you game or watch movies in complete darkness with no lights on and like to turn down the brightness of your monitor so your eyeballs dont hurt, this monitor will not disappoint.

Cons: Very slight hum sound at certat certain brightnes levels. It's not a high-pitched buzz like some cheaper monitors, so it really isnt annoying or anything. an you can get used to it. Plus it's only noticeable in complete silence. It is much more discrete than the buzzing sound that my samsung 16:9 monitor makes. The Dynamics, Movie, and Photo modes are garbage because they oversharpen the image which gives a ton of artefacts and you can't adjust it in those modes. Stick to Standard or sRGB.

Other Thoughts: Case is a little bit ugly and bulky looking, in my opinion. The besel is thick and doesn't give you that super widescreen 16:9 feeling as much as the ones with thin besels do. The extra silver plastic bar on the bottom of the besel adds to the bulkiness and makes it feel more like a 16:10 monitor at first glance. I like the physical buttons this benq has more than those funky touch-key buttons on the samsung and acer. Backlight bleed and poor black level are commonly confused LCD monitor problems. Bleed is when the sides or corners are brighter than the rest of the screen (when displaying a mostly black image). If a full black screen still puts out a lot of light, making your blacks seem gray, that is not bleed. it is just a monitor with bad black level. Fortunately, this monitor has neither problem. Here's my bottom line: If you view with the lights on, the acer and asus have the same exact panel for less money, but for low-brightness viewing, the Benq is worth the extra $


Joel S.'s Profile

Display Name: Joel S.

Date Joined: 08/03/02

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 02/21/09
  • Last Review: 02/21/09
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