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HP Envy 32 QHD 2560 x 1440 32” LED Backlight LCD Monitor MHL HDMI DisplayPort w/ Beats Audio
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This has got to be one of the best monitors I have ever owned. The box did show some shipping damage, but the contents of the monitor were secured so well there was no part damage at all. No dead pixels. Contrary to another reviewer I really like the external power brick. I have had to replace internal power supplies and it is NO easy task. Much easier to buy a new wire. Set up was a snap and I really have to mention how nice it is to not have to flip a monitor upside down to find the ports. Most monitors I have owned the wires plug in vertically, these plugged in horizontally. Windows 7 recognized the monitor right away and out of the box the display was crisp and the colors vibrant. I tested both display port setup and HDMI and both worked perfectly. I really like how you can plug in the monitor directly to the computer with a USB and how I can finally get some use out of some of the shorter USB wires in my house. Its so nice to plug my cell phone in under my monitor and have it charge while I'm on the computer. I ran the install disk and was pretty impressed with the color options and how easy it was to chose your best viewing preference. Monitor partitions are available if you need it. HD videos have never looked so good. This resolution is incredible. I am a gamer and response time has not effected visual performance at all. Tested Counter strike global offensive, Arma2, Arma3 and Insurgency.

I have never used a monitors speakers. They are horrible, silent and basically junk. HOWEVER!!! This monitor changes that all. Beats audio is amazing. I love it!! It is so nice to finally have a sound solution without the headset. The speakers on the side of the monitor are barely noticeable.

Cons: My removing an egg comes from a graphics problem I am getting playing dayz epoch. I am getting very odd random light flashes and random pixel distortion. Not really sure how to explain it. My other monitor does not have this issue, I know its not my video card, it does not effect any of my other games. I have tried different color modes and many settings changes in game and nothing has fixed it. I hope someone can confirm this or let me know if they find a fix.

Other Thoughts: The stand was a bit confusing. The quick start directions were not perfectly clear. The stand has the Hewlett Packard branding facing the back of the monitor. Seamed like it should have been on the front, but after looking at the box picture I figured it out.

I am so happy to own this monitor. Awesome!!

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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220 N300 AV500 Wi-Fi Powerline Add-On Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Not worth the headaches 10/14/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220 N300 AV500 Wi-Fi Powerline Add-On Extender

Pros: This item was packed well and shipped in a reasonable amount of time. Price was reasonable. The directions were detailed. It did extend the range slightly, see cons.

Cons: There is just way too many cons with this item to continue writing about the pros. First off. Understanding how this works is critical to knowing where to place it and how to set it up and in what configuration you will use.

In my situation My router is in my basement and the wireless computer that I want to improve is on the second floor of my house. The current router I use has been doing a solid job, but every now and then the wireless signal gets lost and my wife gets disconnected.

Through no ones fault but my own I tried to get the unit to connect using my own routers settings and I failed miserably. However after reading the setup options I decided to try using Option 2. Which worked perfectly fine. I can not emphasize enough.. Follow the included instructions as you NEED to use their setup tool.

If I understand this correctly the unit catches the wireless signal in a strong area then re-sends it out from the location its located which in essence extends the wireless range. The problem I have is that the units signal was perhaps a bit weaker than the router itself now causing even more disconnects on my wifes computer. However, Now that the unit was closer to the front door of my house I was able to improve the wi-fi range of my cell phone from my house and it had a stronger signal.

In my opinion a connection should be a solid light, not a flashing one.

It got very hot.

Other Thoughts: The setup requires you to rename the network to the same network you use for your router and use the same password too. I'm assuming this is because your network will catch whatever signal is stronger and draw off of it. But does it jump and switch causing disconnects? What if someone walks in front of the unit?

I am not positive I completely understand ALL the setup options and this could be why I am not completely satisfied with the unit. A wired option sounds appealing but does it negate the need for the unit? I have searched youtube for a detailed setup breakdown of how to use this extender, but couldn't find a lot of detailed information.

I will continue to exhaust all options and If I find a better configuration I will update my review.

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DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler 4 Heatpipes 120mm PWM Fan with Blue LED, Silver Award from HardwareSecret.com
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This cpu cooler was packaged well and there were no broken parts on arrival. I installed it on a AMD FX-4300 AM3+ board. The large size made it a bit difficult to put on but with a little planning it was pretty easy. After cleaning the old thermal paste off the cpu I dry fit it to make sure it would fit in the case and make sure the fan was facing in the right direction. All the mounting brackets were included and the fan was pre-mounted, which from other reviews I have seen I'm pretty happy I didn't have to fiddle with the fan. The mounting bracket for this cooler worked Excellent! I held the bracket up and didn't understand how it was going to fit, but after It was actually mounted to the cooler and I connected it, I was super impressed. It held the fan on tight, but not so much I felt it was going to damage anything. Performance. I was not super impressed with the performance of this cooler. Using HWmonitor I checked the temps before and after installation and for me I didn't notice much of a temp drop from the stock cooler. see cons. The fan on the cooler was quite, I loved the blue lights and the price range makes this a great option for a cooling solution.

Cons: The directions were not very good. They were not bad. I have just seen better. My temps didn't drop very much from the stock cpu cooler. I was a little confused, but at idle the fan would only spin in spurts. I wanted to make sure the fan was not broken so I ran prime95 to get the cpu nice and hot then the fan kicked on and spun constant for about a half hour till I shut prime95 off. Its interesting how the stock cpu fan spun all the time, it must have been struggling to get the job done, where as this cooler was so big the fan barely needed to spin. I'm not sure that's a con. I would prefer the fan be spinning all the time.

Other Thoughts: I enjoyed testing this fan. I have had other fans like this and hated them because of how poorly they mounted to the motherboard. I would surely recommend this fan to anyone looking for an inexpensive cooler.

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MATTHEW S.'s Profile

Display Name: MATTHEW S.

Date Joined: 01/29/06

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  • First Review: 10/13/09
  • Last Review: 11/04/14
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