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lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p Black 30
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1) It's huge.
2) No dead pixels.

Cons: 1) Cost.
2) Black levels aren't completely black, especially towards the corners.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a replacement of my 27-inch 1920x1200 monitor which finally fritzed out after about 5 years of use. 1920x1200 seems to be an endangered species these days so I decided to up my resolution.

I'm glad now that I went with this resolution but at the time I was a bit scared that it was going to a) negatively impact the framerate of my games and/or b) make my 40+ year old eyes have to squint to make out the text. Neither seems to have come true.

These are my current system specs:

Intel Core i7 4771
Asus Z87-PRO
Nvidia GTX 690
G.Skill F3-1600C9-8GXM (x4)

The only negative to this monitor is having to get used to the backlight bleed that comes with the LED backlight. This is the first LED monitor I've ever owned and thought it might be defective at first.

On colored or lighted areas the picture looks absolutely crisp and brilliant, but when you view a dark area you start to see white backlight bleed in the corners and to a lesser extent across the entire screen. You kind of get used to it eventually, though, and as I said you don't see it at all when the screen is colored. I'm viewing the monitor at the same distance as my 27-inch so that might have something to do with it as well.

Still, playing games in 2560x1600 vs 1920x1200 is really nice.

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EVGA 017-P3-1298-AR GeForce GTX 295 FTW Edition 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Extremely fast without the need for water cooling
Micro-stuttering is no longer the issue that it was with earlier releases of the 295

Cons: Other than price, nothing

Other Thoughts: This is the second 295 I've owned. The first one was bought about nine months ago and was promptly returned due to the 'micro-stuttering' caused by the dual GPU architecture. Even games like World of Warcraft would stutter when you did a sudden 180. That's no longer the case.

If you want an over-clocked card but don't want to deal with water cooling, this is the card you want.

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WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 2.0 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's about 3 times the size of the last Passport drive I bought and that was only a little over a year ago. Unlink my previous Passport, this one is fast when it's formatted as NTFS. The previous one acted like it had to buffer writes before it committed them.

Cons: It isn't really 750 gigs, it's 698 gigs. I understand with flash drives that's to be expected since the flash controller has to allocate space of its own on the drive in order to keep track of all the block states, but still, they shouldn't include that amount of space in the listed specs since you can't actually use it. But I'm not blaming Newegg for this discrepancy, no I blame WD.

Other Thoughts: Guess I should've looked at the picture more closely because the drive itself is not black, it's grey. Oh well. I'm still quite satisfied with the drive. Huge improvement over its predecessor.

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Display Name: Joe V.

Date Joined: 03/19/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/09/08
  • Last Review: 11/26/13
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