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HP 2311gt Black 23
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The 2d works fine regardless of resolution and 3d is possible on it's best settings with the DVI output which is also very nice. There are lots of settings for the monitors. There are presets for movies, gaming, photo, text and also lots of options to change for a custom profile.

Cons: Do not expect any customer support if you have any problems with this monitor. I tried getting the 3d graphics working at the full 1080p resolution with the HDMI but it will not work properly. I first contacted the customer support for the graphics cards I tested it with (two amd, one nvidia, and one intel onboard motherboard graphics) but each one said there were no known problems with the 3d capabilities and that each should work with the 3d monitor at 1080p on the HDMI output. Each one told me to contact the monitor manufacturer's customer support and that's when things get worse.

The HP customer support kept saying there was no possible problems with the monitor and it was the graphics card. I kept telling them it wasn't possible because all the graphics cards I have and tested it with did not work with the 3d settings on HMDI at 1080p as each should. Without bothering to work with me and provide any help with the monitor's settings or any of the other problems that I have with it, they continuously tried brushing me off trying to tell me there was no possible problem with the monitor.

The HDMI settings are supposed to work with gaming consoles as well so that the monitor act as 2d televisions for the consoles but only to display 2d output, but at least mine do not. The monitor does not have speakers so you will not get sound (unless you have a way to do optical to your computer's sound card, motherboard or av system if you have one) and 3d does not work with a console because the only 3d that works with these monitors is a software engine to produce the 3d but the monitors are supposed to work with 2d visuals on consoles. The video is not detected with my PS3 and the monitor displayed a message saying that my PS4's output is beyond the scope of my monitor's resolution. The only way that is possible is if these monitors are not actually 1080p like they claim, or there is something wrong with the two monitors I bought.

In the end, while on the phone with HP's customer support I managed to get connected to a supervisor. I absolutely needed to speak with someone other then the person I was first connected to because he had a very limited command of the English language and was difficult to understand. He also could not understand my problems when I explained them clearly. I spoke to the manager but he completely brushed me off and told me I didn't not have any problems with the monitor because it was not possible and when I asked to speak to his boss he claimed there was no one above him which was a lie because he obviously is not HP's CEO and there is always someone above the people in customer support. When I kept explaining I was having problems with the monitor, he stopped speaking for roughly one to two minutes and refused to communicate with me further and then hung up on me.

It makes no sense to have a costumer support line if you will not offer support for problems with hardware or peripherals and then claim it's not possi

Other Thoughts: Absolute worst customer support experience of my life. These monitors are not worth the low price despite being the least expensive 3d monitors on the market (You absolutely get what you pay for). Also, make sure you look over the lists that AMD and Nvidia provide on their websites for the recommended monitors for the two companies different 3d platforms. The two have different approaches to 3d and this monitor works best with the AMD system. Do not even waste your time with a Nvidia card because the 3d is a total mess (at least with the card I was using). The Nvidia platform is more expensive because it requires a RF emitter and more expensive monitors and glasses but that platform is more popular for different reasons. The AMD platform is much more simplistic and only requires a 3d card, 3d monitor and the included glasses.

Save yourself the time and frustration. Do not buy these monitors and purchase one listed on either AMD or Nvidia's website that are recommended for their products.

I am absolutely sending these monitors back to newegg and claiming they are DOA since the 3d does not work with the HDMI as it, according to their customer support and the stated specifications, is supposed to work.

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RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good ventilation. Lots of room. Nice lighting. No screws is a plus. I like the little toolbox. Folds down from both sides which makes it real easy to clean out dust and mess with stuff.

Cons: Power supply wasn't enough for my rig. Had to swap it out, not that big an issue. I really don't like the front cover but it's something I can work with.

Other Thoughts: It's a little heavy, but I can tough that out.

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio VARPAK 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good sound. Digital i/o. PCIe card.

Cons: Not truely an X-Fi card, only X-Fi by name. It has the same chip as the Audigy series and is the only one in the X-Fi family that does not have the X-Fi chip. Does not have all the features for audio settings. Does not supoprt gaming mode or others that other Creative X-Fi cards do. I am still trying to find the link to download everything to support Dolby Digital as it says on the Creative website comes with every purchase and I have had it 4 months now. DOES NOT WORK WELL WITH VISTA!!!! Worse yet, Creative still doesn't offer much in the way of driver updates for Vista.

Other Thoughts: Well Creative tech support is awful as anyone who has ever been on the site will tell you. They don't offer support for OEM models, so steer away from this card. When you try to contact them via e-mail they send a form letter that seems like a computer randomly spat it out and they always try to sell you something else like headphones or speakers. When I am contacting customer service I want service, not a salesman. I have been using the Digital in jack for my PS3 which does work well but would work better with Dolby Digital. I would recommend this card... if Creative had the updated drivers for Vista and they had better Tech Support or just worked with everything it says it does right away.

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Joseph V.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph V.

Date Joined: 01/04/08

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/28/08
  • Last Review: 12/02/13
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