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Pros: very competitively priced
all necessary accessories included
Cons: Possible QC issues (dead pixel)
Colors not very nice (washed out, limited options to correct)
Other Thoughts: I bought this because it was the cheapest 24" 1080p monitor I could find that had lots of 5 star reviews. I have two other monitors I can compare this monitor with: ASUS VS248H-P, and a 24" AOC monitor (I don't know the model number, but it's about a year old).
Came with a power cable (small 'brick' type), DVI cable, VGA cable, Drivers CD and stand.
This monitor has the nicest stand of the three (I would rank them: AOC, Asus, Acer). You have a small degree of adjustability and the stand holds the monitor pretty steady, even amidst light jostling of the desk it's sitting on. However, it's still a cheap-feeling plastic stand and the adjustment was pretty hard to do at first (a lot friction in the mechanism--I had to double check the specs listed here to make sure it was adjustable and that I wasn't going to break it.)
The stand comes in two pieces and is very easy to assemble and disassemble (two screws--one philips, one flat head).
The monitor itself is a matte panel with a decent (not good or great) picture. The colors are pretty washed out (image quality is on par with the AOC monitor, and a little worse than the Asus.) The adjustments in the menu don't seem to do much for it. I also found a dead pixel in the upper right quarter of the monitor. So, overall, not a terribly impressive panel--but if you just need a productivity monitor (and don't care about perfect colors or the odd missing pixel) this fits the bill pretty well.
Don't expect to be blown away by this monitor. It's cheap, it's practical but that's about it. It's by no means a 'hidden gem' or a 'steal of a value' for the price (as all the five star reviews might lead you to think.) As long as your expectations are realistic, you won't be disappointed.
This review is from: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Decent Looks
Cons: Cable Management
Front Panel (static in audio, USB 2.0 instead of 3.0, and I didn't find eSata very useful.)
Other Thoughts: I paid $25 for this case and felt that at that price, it was a pretty good deal. For $50, it starts to really come up short of other cases in its price range. Cable management options are limited on this case (I couldn't snake the 8 pin CPU connector behind the back panel, though with cable extension, I probably could have rigged something up.) The front panel audio had static coming through it (interference from mouse/keyboard, so I could basically forget about using headphones hooked up through it.) And no USB 3.0 is a bit of a drag too.
Overall, this is a decent case with no 'deal-breaking' flaws, but nothing to rave about either. At the current price, however, you can actually probably do better.
This review is from: BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Gorgeous appearance
Good Cable management options
USB 3.0 front panel
no static from front panel audio
Cons: everything else in the box was total garbage (manual, screws, standoffs, etc)
Other Thoughts: First off, this case looks just as sharp (if not sharper) than the pictures make it out to be. The plastic + steel look is really sleek and, IMHO, pulled off very well. In case you couldn't tell, I bought this basically entirely for looks, and in that area it doesn't disappoint.
The manual is total garbage. Had to consult Google twice while installing drives to clarify what the manual leaves out. In case you're curious, there are extra pieces of metal you need to snap out before installing the 5.25" drives (manual makes no mention at all of these, so I thought at first they might somehow be part of the case, since they don't just pop right out). Also, to remove the 5.25" to 2.5" converter, you need to pop the plastic piece off from the front, then slide the entire bracket out through the back (the manual has some vague B.S. like "slide the bracket out."). So anyway, after swallowing my pride and admitting I had to consult Google to put things together, it's not that big a deal, but in the moment it sure was infuriating.
The other part that got me was that the screws and mainboard standoffs included didn't seem to fit each other very well. The standoffs wouldn't fit into the holes in the case (too wide maybe? I had to use pliars to fasten all the way), then the other end of the standoff was too narrow for the screws. I couldn't get them all the way in, and when I tried unscrewing them, they pulled the standoffs out with them! I ended up using leftover standoffs I had lying around because the ones included were of no use.
Inside the case, everything was great, lots of routes for cables (including a great corner cut out for the 8pin CPU cable that my old case was sorely lacking.) The back panel has plenty of clearance to shut even with a shamefully large nest of cables bundled beneath it. The tool-less and screw-less drive securing mechanisms seem to work really well and easy to deal with. My GPU (GTX 780) barely fit, I had to squeeze around the HD SATA cables, but it made it in. It might not have worked as well if I didn't have 90 degree SATA cables.
The front panel works great too, no static through the headphone port (I had that on my old case too.) and it's great to see those blue USB3.0 ports.
Overall, it's a pretty nice case. For the price you pay, I really don't think it should suffer from the problems it does (come on, BitFenix, for eighty bucks, throw us some decently machined screws and a properly thought out manual for crying out loud!) But even with these issues, I can't say that I don't love it. It really is a beautiful case.
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