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Acer G277HL bid Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: nice size screen
very thin bezel, which helps keep the overall size of the monitor as small as possible
3 inputs - hdmi, dvi, and vga
looks clean and crisp in all 3 inputs
extremely light in weight
emits minimal heat

Cons: The height of the monitor is not adjustable. And the stand is abnormally taller than other monitors I've used. You can only tilt the monitor up, not down. The input settings doesn't allow you to force it to a specific input. If it doesn't see a signal, it will automatically change to another input until it finds a signal.

My biggest gripe is the stand attachment. It doesn't snap securely into the monitor, like all other monitors I've ever purchased. The buttons are located on the underside of the monitor. In order to push a button, I must push up against the monitor. And because of the poor design of the stand attachment, every time I press a button, the monitor literally wobbles from side to side (picture a ship). I have to hold the left side up in order to keep the monitor from moving. It becomes quite annoying for someone who changes inputs quite often. Since I purchased 2 of these, I placed them right up against each other, and taped them both together from the back, so that they don't move when I tap the buttons.

Other Thoughts: Graphics wise, I didn't notice anything significant.

The fact that the monitor doesn't weigh anything may be an attributing factor to the wobbling.

The monitor doesn't use a standard power cord. It uses a power adapter.

Seagate STCR5000101 5TB Personal Cloud NAS server
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs seagate never disappoints 07/28/2015

This review is from: Seagate STCR5000101 5TB Personal Cloud NAS server

Pros: huge 5TB drive
gigabit ethernet

Instructions were very simple. Once you connect to the drive, it will go into setup and automatically checks for firmware updates. The nas allows you to sign up your email address to access it remotely using Seagate's Media and Sdrive apps.

The software allows you to add users, local or remote. You can configure different types of services (media, file, and other), such as DLNA/UPnP, iTunes, AFP, FTP, WebDAV, Time Machine, and Printer Server just to name a few. It has a gigabit ethernet port. In order to use port forwarding to access the nas via the internet, your router must be compatible with the UPnP-IGD/NAT-PMP protocol.

The App Manager includes apps such as BitTorrent, Plex Media Server, and WordPress.

The Backup Manager allows you to back up your computer to the nas. The Seagate Dashboard software must be installed in order for this to work. You can also back up your nas to another storage device or a cloud storage account. You can sync the nas to Google Drive or Dropbox. Finally, you can set up the NetBackup server to allow other compatible devices to use the nas as the backup destination. The backed up data is stored on a shared folder, and only the owner (the person who set up the software) can access the share. In order to backup the nas to another device, the device must be connected to the nas using the provided USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: It doesn't have wireless capabilities. There's no internal fan, so the unit gets quite hot when on constantly. I also couldn't find any instructions on how to rebuild the nas if the drive ever goes bad and needs to be replaced. I think Seagate intends for you to get a warranty replacement or get a new one.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it's a nice starter nas server. I prefer a multi-drive nas, but for what it is, it works well. Internal drive is a Seagate Desktop drive, 5900RPM.

Asus Zenfone 2 - Silver (ZE551ML-23-4G64GN-SR), 5.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: true 5.5" display
2 micro sim slots (separate default ringtone for each sim)
MicroSD card (reads at least 32GB)
Internal 64GB storage (with 54GB available)
Quad-Core processor
Tethering (hot spot)
Call blocking
micro USB charging port
non-removable battery
Android v5.0 Lollipop

This phone has a true 5.5" display. Many phone companies advertise the display size but they don't take into account that the bottom part of the screen is actually used for the home and back buttons, which makes the usable part of the screen actually smaller than advertised. The display is truly amazing, the picture quality is vibrant and crisp.

For such a large phone, it's surprisingly lightweight.

The setup process included transferring data from my old phone via bluetooth. It recognized my contacts, but not all contacts were transferred for some reason. The speaker is located in the back of the phone, on the left side. It's quite loud for such a tiny speaker. A little distorted at times.

Many of the features are from the Android operating system and not necessarily the phone itself, such as call blocking, which allows you to block calls and text messages. You can set up user profiles for multiple users. The notification screen has toggle switches (flashlight, calculator, wifi, sound, airplane mode, bluetooth, etc). The rest of the features are very similar if not the same as the earlier version of Android, KitKat.

This is pretty typical of all name-brand computer hardware, so it's no surprise that this phone is bloated with preinstalled Asus and affiliated apps. Some are pretty useful, like the power saver and clean master apps, which comes with antivirus. Fortunately, some of the non-useful apps can be uninstalled by going to the apps screen, tapping and holding down on the app icon and dragging it to "Uninstall". This doesn't just uninstall the updates, but the entire app.

The microSD slot is located inside the back of the phone, along with the micro SIM slots and can be accessed by removing the back panel. It can read at least a 32GB card, which is what I used for testing.

With very light use (checking emails, no phone calls), the battery lasted 3 days.

This phone works on any GSM network (AT&T, T-Mobile) that requires a micro SIM card. It works on prepaid with no data plan (which is how I tested this phone). This phone does not have wifi calling built in.

Call quality is as expected, nothing out of the ordinary.

Cons: The phone gets quite warm when charging. I guess it's to be expected for such a large phone.

The 13MP camera is a little disappointing. The pictures aren't crisp and clear, unless you're in broad daylight. Higher megapixels doesn't mean better quality pictures. I was more impressed by the 5MP front camera, which took pictures just as good as the 13MP.

Unlike my other android phones, if you're using a pattern lock, you won't see any notifications like missed phone calls, or any icons that are on the top of the screen like battery status, network status, etc. I wasn't able to get it to work, even with the Device Locked Notifications set to show all notification content. Not sure if this is a bug or by design. Using a swipe lock will display the notifications, including the icons at the top of the screen, but this won't actually security lock your phone.

Other Thoughts: The volume controls on the back of the phone takes a bit of getting used to if you're accustomed to side volume controls. Same with the power button at the top. I tend to hit the power button by accident quite often.

Overall, I was impressed by the quality of the phone. Bloated apps aside, there's plenty of internal storage and the amount of RAM and processor speed makes it all that much better.


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Display Name: Carol C.

Date Joined: 06/22/04

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