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Pros: Top quality 1920x1080 display
Good color balance, including truly "white" whites
No dead pixels
Good assortment of input connectors
Stand is more solid than most
Reasonable menu system
Cons: Stupid advertising screen on powerup, lasts a few seconds
Only cable included was VGA (?!?)
Other Thoughts: Waited for a well-reviewed 27 inch monitor to go on sale so I could have a 27+secondary on both workstation and desktop. This one came available for $179 so I pulled the trigger, and I'm quite happy with the results.
Compared to my other 27 (a Samsung), this monitor is MUCH brighter, has MUCH whiter whites, and FAR better color range/contrast. Might be due to this monitor's VA display, or just because it's more recent overall technology, but the difference is incredible. If I weren't so cheap I'd buy another just so my 27's would match.
Many people complain about the stands on these larger monitors being wobbly. This one is more solid than those on my smaller secondary displays. Is it rock solid? Of course not, but it's more than good enough. Regular typing and other normal activities on the same table causes absolutely zero monitor movement whatsoever.
Brightness is spectacular. It came set to 100% and I had to back it off to 75% just to tolerate it - which I consider a plus, because if I ever need to use this in a bright room for a presentation I know it will be more than up to the task.
It's a little strange that the one and only included cable was a DB-15 VGA cable. Who would ever use a VGA cable for 1920x1080x60Hz? At this price not really a complaint, just an odd choice on BenQ's part.
I tend to keep my user interface components (monitors, keyboards, mice) for a very long time, whereas the computers under them change and upgrade quite often. Thus I'm willing to spend a bit more money on things like monitors because I know I'll be using them for a while. For that reason, I seriously considered going to a 2K or 4K class monitor this time around... until I realized that, when I'm working, I NEVER find myself wishing I had higher resolution. I develop software, plus spend lots of time in Premiere Pro (video editing) and Photoshop (photo editing), yet 1920x1080 continues to be plenty of resolution. I don't game at all, so 60Hz is plenty of refresh rate. What DOES matter to me is screen real estate, and for $179 I don't know of a better deal for 27 inches of excellent monitor.
Pros: Power graphics engine
CUDA support (important for Adobe Premiere Pro)
Low power / low heat
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: I use Premiere Pro to create videos. PPro can accelerate video effects generation with a video card that supports the NVIDIA CUDA standard. There's a wide range of NVIDIA-based cards that will work, but after lots of research I chose this one. Reasons included:
1) GTX 750 Ti chipset - from NVIDIA's "Maxwell" family of chipsets, optimized for high performance at low power/heat
2) EVGA's dual fan cooling system - larger, slower-rotating fans means plenty of air volume with very little additional noise
3) Good ratings here on NewEgg
4) Good ratings in other reviews revealed by Google, including specific references to using it with PPro
5) The 750Ti's support for 2GB of video memory
The card installed quickly into my i7-3770K system, and after installing the latest certified driver (downloaded from the NVIDIA site only!), it came right up and worked perfectly.
Next it was over to PPro, which requires a minor tweak to support this board since the 750Ti chipset isn't on its list of known video cards. 30 seconds later, PPro fired up, automatically recognized the board, and enabled hardware effects acceleration.
I also re-ran "Windows Experience" on my Win7 system, just for kicks. The video subsystem had always been the lowest number on the scale, but now both "Graphics" and "Gaming Graphics" report a solid 7.7 out of a potential 7.9. Sure, you could spend lots more for that extra 2.5%, but it will be way more than 2.5% of the price to get it. Not worth it IMHO.
Bottom line: This card and its chipset are a very reasonable way to get extreme video performance - and CUDA support if you use Adobe products - without spending more on the video card than you did on your motherboard. Recommended!
This review is from: SYBA SD-DVIHDM-MM-6 6 ft. DVI-D Male to HDMI Male Cable, Gold Plated Connector, RoHS
Pros: Solid, high quality construction
The very definition of plug and play
Other Thoughts: If you need to adapt from one connector style to another, do it like this - with a cable that has the proper connectors at each end. Don't use those standalone adapters, as they can put excessive strain on your device's connectors as well as take up gobs of space and make things physically awkward.
In this instance, I had a second monitor sitting around and thought it would be nice to connect it up as an "extra screen" for my laptop. However, my laptop's HDMI output didn't match the screen's DVI input. I ordered this cable, plugged it in, and instantly had gobs more screen real estate. I couldn't be happier with this cable, or the results.