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Pros: 1. Excellent image quality. No noticeable back light bleed, extreme viewing angles, no dead pixels (on mine), no dust inside a panel.
2. Wide range of inputs including DP out.
Cons: 1. Stand without vertical adjustment.
2. Glossy plastic is a dust magnet.
3. No VGA input on this model.
Other Thoughts: This is my second attempt at 27” 2560x1440 monitor. First was a Dell U2713H, almost 2x as expensive. Unfortunately it died in a month. Image quality is very comparable on both monitors which is impressive considering the price difference. Don’t forget to reduce the brightness which is set to a 100% by default, as comfortable levels are around 20-25%.
Few weird things I noticed with Acer:
1. Once monitor enters sleep mode because computer did the same and stopped video output it won’t wake up as video is resumed. I have to push a button instead. Probably a firmware bug.
2. Aspect based scaling is not working properly for some resolutions, e.g. it squashes 1920x1200 to 4:3.
This review is from: Intel Celeron E3200 Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 65W BX80571E3200 Processor
Pros: 1. Inexpensive.
3. Not power hungry.
4. Easy to overclock if needed.
5. Quality low profile cooling.
6. Supports virtualization and speedstep.
Cons: You can get E5300 for just $20 more - do it if you need it for desktop.
Other Thoughts: Got it for my HTPC to replace old Celeron 420 so it can playback Bluray. Celeron 420 is 1.6 GHz, 512K cache 65 nm@35W, this one is 2.4GHz 1 MB cache, 45 nm @65W. I was wondering how much more power (and noise from fans) it would be in small HTPC case… Turned out it actually consumes less power (measured with Kill-a-watt device I have) doing the same task (playing back broadcast 720p/1080i video). Speedstep mostly keep it running at 1.2 GHz for that. Overclocked it to 3.2 GHz with standard voltage just to see if I could – run tests, rolled it back to stock frequency as I don’t needed. Cooling fan is small – which means it fits in HTPC cases nicely. Fan speed is automatically controlled.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Athenatech Black Steel A100BB.270 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: Very solid case (except for front bezel). Easy to build, good layout. Very quiet case fans (can’t hear them at all from 1 feet), reasonably quiet PSU case with noise killer which slows down PSU fan if temperatures are low.
Size is really small for a case which allows 4 fill size extension cards, 3 HDD (one can go into floppy space if needed) and 5” optical drive. Good ventilation despite compact size thanks to nice looking ventilation grill on the side.
Cons: Front bezel is poorly made out of cheap plastic. Buttons are pretty much unusable as they would stuck (not what I care – it’s HTPC and I’ve remote). HDD activity LED is barely visible. PSU does not have modern connectors.
Other Thoughts: Built it with ASUS P5QPL-VM EPU MB. This MB (as all modern MBs) has 24 pin power but works just fine with 20 pin connector this case PSU provides. In most cases 24 pin MB would work with 20 pin PSU, so don’t worry about it too much. Just make sure not to overload the connector by putting in 70W PCIe cards (not what you really can with low power PSU). Do worry about SATA power adapters as this case PSU has none. Front DVD cover (and entire front bezel) is flimsy and not working very well with some drives. Remove it and go for DVD drive with black front panel, that looks great and works much better. Also allows you to move DVD forward solving issue with DVD getting in a way of CPU heat sink. Front panel audio is old style AC 97 in this case. Modern MBs usually default to HD audio style. So don’t forget to switch it in BIOS (if your MB supports it) or front panel audio won’t work.READ FULL REVIEW