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Pros: Good quality picture. No dead pixels. Wide horizontal viewing angle
Great for viewing and editing photos, and basic desktop functions.
Good for video and gaming with moderate amounts of motion.
Cons: Some motion blur during higher motion gaming and video watching.
Narrow vertical viewing angle.
Other Thoughts: Other reviews made me iffy about this monitor, but I decided to give it a try anyways. Aside from needing to change the brightness and contrast to my tastes, I've had no problem with this monitor. I'll get back to that later.
For the price, this is a great monitor. I would recommend it for most things, except high motion gaming and video watching, and probably video editing. If you plan to do any of those, and you're bothered by motion blur, I'd recommend a monitor with at least a 120hz refresh rate. You likely won't find a better monitor than this for this price though.
The vertical viewing angle is not as high as the horizontal, but that's a trivial for me since I mostly sit in the same vertical viewing position.
Something I feel I should include, if you're use to using a monitor with a fluorescent backlight, the picture may seem to have a bit more blue a tint than you're use to.
It may also take a little tweaking of the brightness and contrast to get it to suit you. I admit I haven't fully found the exact right settings to suit my eyes, but that's more a problem with me than the monitor itself. Everyone has their own preferences.
Overall I consider this a good monitor.
Pros: I can selectively power my hard drives. For security reasons I like keeping my Windows and Linux Hard Drives isolated. This power switch is a great way to insure that only the hard drives I want my operating system or any process to access will be turned on.
Fits well in 5.25" Optical Drive Bay.
Cons: The metal on the casing, at least with the black cased one feels a little on the flimsy side. No sign that it will break yet. I will update this review if any problems come, but I doubt they will.
Also, the price seems a little on the high side, but I won't pretend to be an expert in manufacturing costs to know if this was overpriced or not.
Other Thoughts: I hear that motherboards can get confused and hang at boot time or take longer to boot when making changes to what hard drives are powered on or in. This may require extra steps to start up properly, depending on your motherboard, but I can verify that my Biostar TZ77XE3 does not have any problems with that and adjusts well to changes in hard drives on start up.
You might need to figure out how your motherboard will react to hard drive changes at startup and adjust accordingly. I recommend setting the Hard Drive Controller to ACHI as opposed to IDE if you haven't already done so. Changing from IDE to ACHI will require reinstalling Windows so keep that in mind.
Display Name: Ansel P.
Date Joined: 08/24/11
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