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Crossover 27QW Perfect Pixel 27
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1.) look for 380 you are getting a pixel perfect wqhd monitor (mine was perfect as indicated). The picture is amazing.
2.) really smooth when scrolling and watching video
3.) color is great. not washed out. It is bold and clean
4.) good quality construction

Cons: 1.) Stand has limited capabilities. Can't adjust height etc. Quality is fine though.
2.) having more 2 monitor hook ups would be nice. only has one
3.) no extra usb in the monitor.

Other Thoughts: I am really pleased with the text rendering. Particularly as a developer it is quite nice.. It is more comfortable, less eye fatigue, and it is pretty good construction.

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Definitive Technology Bipolar BP-8040ST SuperTower Floor-standing Speaker Single
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great speaker price perhaps high 02/24/2013

This review is from: Definitive Technology Bipolar BP-8040ST SuperTower Floor-standing Speaker Single

Pros: Sound Quality: the speaker produces a really natural sound. It really is difficult to tell that it is coming form a speaker when placed properly. The sounds are accurate too. Not overly bright or mechanical and you don't miss parts of the natural sound. Having moved from a more classical view of speakers i had to get past "driver" size as being important; Apparently it isn't so forget it :) I have cheaper speakers with much larger drivers and much smaller sound.

Generally def tech has a good reputation for a reason.

i was skeptical about the built in amp. You worry when you pay a significant amount of money on something about failure points. I haven't had any issues, but have emailed them to ask about if they support replacement before purchase of amps etc and they said it was relatively easy, and they do support that scenario in the case of failure which was reassuring for me. That might be something still in the back of my head. Honestly at any where near this price point 5 year warranty doesn't provide much reassurance. I'd expect a speaker to last 20 years. It may not with built in power supplies we'll see.

Cons: Here's the problem. Look at the sale prices on speakers in general. The markup is massive. No matter how much technology goes into these they are marked up more than anything else probably in your entertainment center which often goes for all speakers. Having to pay north of 700 for a speaker clearly won't work for most people, nor in my opinion should it. They need to put these on a sale for it to make sense no matter how good they are. But they probably aren't targeting most people here :) I was able to score 2 of these on a much lower price. Generally new egg is particularly good about helping with this so hopefully they don't let us down and a sale price will pop up eventually.

Rating is really about 3.5 simply due to the price. I should not have to sell blood to enjoy my movie experience at home. Yes you get a built in sub-woofer... even so.

Other Thoughts: A note about quality speakers: I have "cheapo" speakers for the rest of my system, and intend to fill out the rest as i can budget it like many people. But at least i have something i am happy with that i can build on and will keep for many years. Swapping out speakers for home theater usage has some implications: it is best to match speakers at least by brand. Part of the problem mixing is that the sound will be different even with really good speakers and this makes it less real for surround sound usage. You can often stick in a manufacture but mixing is often not a great idea. Similar to the reason to buy good speakers to avoid sound "artifacts" mixing and matching also creates "artifacts" that aren't natural. So put some thought into what you buy. You want to be happy with it :)

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Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor 400cd/m2  X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Have Owned for a while. Objective yet positive review 07/22/2012

This review is from: Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor 400cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers

Pros: 1.)The resolution. This monitor is 1920x1200 for me this makes a big difference. It would be the reason to buy this over the LED monitors in a similar price range. This is a significantly larger monitor than other 27's. IF you are actually doing work or gaming on this monitor it is a significantly better experience. If you have spread sheets, image editing, programming, even editing documents having a 1920 x1200 resolution provides significantly more surface area. I'd recommend not taking anyone's word that you won't notice. Look for yourself, and judge. The only case i don't notice is movies since 1080 is the resolution.
2.) Picture quality. It is on par with other monitors of this price range but this is a larger monitor.
3.)Reliability. I only have a sample size of two, but one I have owned for a year the other 2-3 with fairly heavy use. No problems not so much has a single bad pixel. Compared to other CCT (not LED monitors) it stays relatively cool.

Cons: 1.) Not LED
2.)Construction of buttons for power etc
3.)no usb which if you have ever had in a monitor can be handy. In fact I never understood why we always include speakers which are normally terrible in monitors and nobody uses (practically all monitors do). They should include usb instead. Of course this is of minor importance when considering a monitor for most people.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely give this manufacturer a chance. These monitors have been as good or better than any monitor I have owned. And I have owned quite a lot :)

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Display Name: Shane C.

Date Joined: 08/01/10

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/19/11
  • Last Review: 10/03/13
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