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SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works great as a pfSense boot drive 07/28/2013

This review is from: SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5" 32GB SATA III for Windows 7 and Windows 8 -based PCs

Pros: Cheap 32GB SSD, comes with a 2.5 to 3.5" drive adapter, and a SATA cable too.

Cons: Wasn't free?

Other Thoughts: I bought this from another vendor to use it as a drive for a pfSense box. Although it's billed as a cache drive it will work like a standard SSD drive (you only get the benefits of using it as a cache drive when you install the downloadable software utility). If you need a small capacity SSD on the cheap you can't go wrong with this! For something like a pfSense box it gives you ample storage space for the software, plug-ins, and log files.

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HP Compaq SmartBuy LA2405x Brushed Aluminum and Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's got a 1920x1200 resolution and a matte screen! It's perfect for editing photos if that's what you're into.

The stand it comes with is fantastic as well. The adjustable base lets you contort it to any height and angle you want. The convenient carry handle on it lets you tote it around easily too (the base even fully folds up towards the monitor making it easier to carry around).

Comes with DVI to DVI, VGA to VGA, and DisplayPort to DisplayPort cables (and the power cable too).

Cons: NO HDMI CONNECTION! It's not a deal killer though since you can either buy an HDMI to DVI cable, or an HDMI to Displayport cable right here on Newegg if you need it.

It would have been great if HP would include a mini-displayport adapter or a mini-displayport to displayport cable with the monitor, but at this price it's hard to complain.

Other Thoughts: I am a photographer and I do my own photo editing. I have this monitor attached as a secondary output on a dual-monitor stand alongside my trusty Gateway high def 24" monitor. Being that my primary monitor has a glossy screen, the matte screen on the LA2405x makes comparing how images will look on the two screen types a breeze. Color wise they're nearly identical (the glossy screen on my Gateway monitor does make that screen a touch more contrasty and does punch up the saturation a tiny bit). Both screens are color calibrated and look virtually identical though side-by-side color wise, blues look a little weak compared to my Gateway monitor, but that's because colors have always looked punchy on the Gateway monitor.

The on-screen real estate from having a 1920x1200 resolution makes a difference if you're editing photos compared to 1920x1080 monitors. The price I paid for this monitor is almost 50% less than what I paid for my first 1920x1200 monitor too!

I can't tell you how gaming would be on this screen since I don't do any of that on this system.

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Planar 997-5253-00 Black Dual Monitor Stand for LCD Displays
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great stand at a great price 04/20/2013

This review is from: Planar 997-5253-00 Black Dual Monitor Stand for LCD Displays

Pros: It goes together quickly.
Includes a hex wrench for the three locking set screws.
It easily accomodates my two 24" displays.

Cons: Although a hex wrench is included, it doesn't include a philips screwdriver (which you'll need to attach the backplates to the monitors). Not the end of the world by any means but just be aware of it.

The monitor back plate can turn to portrait orientation, but they can only do it in one direction. Again, not the end of the world, but it'd be really great if they could rotate the opposite way too.

Other Thoughts: The stand comes shipped in a deceptively small box, and the pics of the stand on here really don't give you a good indication of it's size. If you look at the fifth picture on Newegg of this stand, if you can picture a 24" monitor on the left-hand arm with the mounting plate moved all the way to the left and mounted to the monitor, the monitor's right side would just about obscure a quarter of the center mounting pole. With two 24" monitors mounted and the arms fully pushed back, you'd get almost an inch of space between the two monitors, giving you some room to adjust the gap to your liking.

I really can't find any faults with this stand (and I had to really nit-pick to find the cons I listed). It's inexpensive but it's constructed really well and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a dual monitor desktop stand.

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Display Name: Manny R.

Date Joined: 08/01/04

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  • First Review: 02/01/08
  • Last Review: 07/28/13
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