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ASUS PQ321Q Black 31.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Awesome picture quality: colors, brightness, resolution, viewing angles. Significantly increases productivity of software development. Stays cool after working for many hours.

Cons: Not configured for 60fps by default. But it is easy to apply firmware via service USB port and switch monitor to MST mode to run at 60fps.

Other Thoughts: I bought the monitor for software development, to replace my aging 24" HP professional monitor. It was delivered free in 1 day! I loved my old HP monitor, but what a difference!!! New monitor is about 30% larger (visually), and shows great picture. Feels like it displays as much information as 4 old 24" monitors.
I attached it via the included DisplayPort cable. The GTX680X video card already had latest driver. Fonts in Windows 7 looked small initially, but shortly I started liking the fonts size (I installed VCCommands plugin for VS). Do not want to see my old HP monitor anymore.
IGZO is new, totally superior technology. I have played a few games, and was very impressed. Also tested it with 4K videos. Before purchase I made research, and found that Dell, HP and Lenovo monitors are not up to the level yet.
Best monitor I ever saw in my life!

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Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 DMC-FZ200K Black 12.1 MP 24X Optical Zoom 25mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent picture quality and zoom, easy to operate, battery lasts forever. Not heavy.

Cons: lens cover is breaking (but can be fixed on your own)

Other Thoughts: After some research decided to replace my 7-yo canon G6 with the FZ200. Took it to 7-days trip to Alaska. Wow! Zoom and picture quality, as well as movies are superb. Battery lasted 6 days and sustained 1000+ pictures and hours of movie making. Lens cover broke twice, spring fell out of the moving part, but I fixed it easily using hand and a needle. After the trip went back to AZ, and I noticed that colors made in Arizona are slighly pale due to excessive sun. I was making some cloth pictures for my wife's shop and noticed that colors are good only in the morning. But it is extreme sun in AZ.

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areca ARC-5040-U3 RAID level 0, 1, 10, 1E, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD 8 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Does work well, fast and quiet, small footprint, has all functions I need.

Cons: No real cons. The manual could be extended with addition topics, but this is not a con due to Internet.

Other Thoughts: After a few days of research I found that Areca 5040 can be both a NAS, and a workstation disk extension. I also needed to store/run lots of VMs for development purposes. I bought 4 2TB WD-FAEX disks with it, put them in RAID5 (resulting in 5.5TB), and successfully configured several computers for automatic backup to the NAS. I connected Areca to the main development workstation via ESATA, and am using it for running VMs. Network backups are performed via shared drive, and I'm not sure if this is right way (or only possible way). Anyway very happy with this device. It is small, quiet, has a great value for me, very fast. Sustained write speed is 85-90MB/s, read - about 100MB/s. Several VMs are currently running simultaneosly from the disk, and they are all fast.

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Konstantin I.'s Profile

Display Name: Konstantin I.

Date Joined: 06/30/05

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 01/08/07
  • Last Review: 06/09/14
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