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Dell U2414H Black 23.8
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: All around good picture quality and responsiveness, low profile bezel looks great, stand is solid, and onboard audio output is decent quality.
So basically the minimum functionality for a premium monitor is there.

Cons: Using the power button cuts power to the USB hub if the hub is connected to a PC, but optionally not if the hub is acting as a power source only for some reason. This makes the hub useless for input devices in some cases.
The power button also messes with my AMD video card connected via DisplayPort. It reverts to 1024x768 and moves all the windows from my DVI accessory screen to the main desktop for some reason. I dunno if it's an AMD or Dell problem, but it seems from here like these monitors have unnecessary issues with all 3 of the big GPU vendors.
Minor nitpicks, but still annoying: the touch button markings are difficult to see with the monitor on, the touch buttons themselves suck, the rear panel connections are labeled in black on black with super tiny font, and the HDMI ports are really close to the monitor's back wall, which makes them difficult to use with some cables.

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SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Makes a reaaaallly quiet 400W power supply. Sleeved cables were an unfortunate trend that I'm glad to see the end of.

Cons: The unit I got from Newegg had coil whine and had to be returned. Seasonic support does not answer questions about their terms of service, and does not offer cross shipping or expedited shipping. It worked out in the end, but most of their competitors would have done better.

Other Thoughts: Newegg did a really horrible job of packing, which is why I involved Seasonic support at all. The retail box came in a 2nd larger box with at least 2" on either side to slam back and forth. The fan on the unit I returned ran rougher than the replacement from Seasonic. I don't think it's a coincidence.

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CRU 8430-5000-0500 DataPort 3 Removable SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive, very sturdy, brilliant design. Acceptable cooling performance for 7200 RPM drives in an air conditioned room. Doesn't subject the hard drive to repeated mating cycles and uses more durable connectors than regular SATA.

Cons: The fan is a droning 40x15mm from some unknown Chinese manufacture, but that comes with the territory on cheaper caddies. I've definitely gotten worse from other companies. You could probably make a good show of silencing it with a ~4k RPM 40x28mm.

Other Thoughts: CRU and Newegg do a horrible job marketing these things. It's very arguably the best product on the market. Don't make me read PDFs on the manufacture's web site and pull part numbers to figure that out.

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Sean M.'s Profile

Display Name: Sean M.

Date Joined: 07/30/02

  • Reviews: 22
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 12/13/05
  • Last Review: 01/07/15
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