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SAMSUNG SD390 Series S24D390HL Black High Glossy ToC 23.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Please consider this, currently, as the equivalent of a five-star review: I only deduct one star because it just seems foolish to give anything five stars when I've only had it a week or two and I'm (as of this writing) the first reviewer.

Image quality is excellent and no problems with immediate rendering of the 1920x1080 default resolution with an hdmi cable and my Asus EN210/nVIDIA GeForce 210. I don't do any gaming and I want as quiet a system as I can reasonably build. Multiple touch buttons are pleasing to see, available at a touch, but not interfering with the clean design. Rather than "touching" by pushing, which will result in a bit of a wobble, I've quickly evolved to grasping the button with my forefinger behind the frame and my thumb on the button.

Brightness is also extraordinary: I had to turn it down to about 60% in my home office. Older Samsung lcds usually required 100% or somewhat less. This means that the monitor is likely to be able to perform adequately in a well lit office, etc.

Cons: As, with the many other reviews of widescreen monitors, there is a bit of a wobble when touched. However, this is not an issue in my set up, as my desk with hutch weighs about 200+ lbs. Perhaps at some point Samsung will redesign the post into some oval shape in width, rather than the current rounded rectangular front-to-back, giving a bit broader support side-to-side and adding another touch of design elegance.

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Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Reliable, so far: my previous drive, Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5", is 2.5 yrs old and runs perfectly. NewEgg apparently still carries it because the link from my 2011 email confirm pulls it up, @ $5 less. Don't what the diff is except for model #. I'm using 2 5000AAKX in a hot swap, finally doing the safe-deposit routine, become adult after 25 yrs of computer use: DUH!

Cons: None yet. I hope that I don't have to edit this...

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Cooler Master Blade Master 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm PWM Cooling Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I bought the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO last December. Last month I decided I was probably overdue for cleaning out the interior dust build up. After that maintenance, I started hearing a very slight changing of pitch coming from my very quiet system. It seemed logical that the change was due to my maintenance and the first thing that occurred to me was that I may have used a bit too much pressure with my vacuum's nozzle when cleaning the cooler's fan blades, perhaps just slightly damaging the bearing. This CoolerMaster fan seemed to be the closest replacement, in terms of variable speed, etc. I needed to razor off the rubber pads that front the bracket mounted on the fan that faces the cooler blades and used the case shaped rubber pads that came with this to replace them. Took about 45 min to clean the somewhat fragile bracket, but it went well. So, I was probably correct: the shift in sound pitch is gone now. This fan is actually quieter than what came with the Hyper 212 EVO, and according to my AIDA64, is running at about 668, compared to the original which averaged about 1075. And the temps with this replacement are a bit lower WITH THE LOWER FAN REVS! So, seems like a good replacement or even better than the original.

Cons: None yet.

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Barry M.'s Profile

Display Name: Barry M.

Date Joined: 02/15/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/07/12
  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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