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NEC Display MultiSync E223W-BK Black 22” Widescreen TN Panel, LED Backlight LCD Monitor 5ms 250cd/m2, Display Port, Height Adjust, Pivot, Tilt & Swivel, ECO Mode function – Carbon Footprint Meter, 3 Y
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The picture is really nice. Much better then the previous model. When I found out the last model was no longer available, I was a bit disappointing. However, after getting these in, I actually swapped the 2 old ones on my desk any gave those to the people that needed them and kept the new ones for myself!
* I really like that front panel is touch. No buttons or anything.
* Nice range of adjustments, you can pretty much move them however you want.
* Comes with both DVI and VGA cables.

Cons: I have not run into any problems with the product.

Other Thoughts: These monitors are great. I would without a doubt recommend them to anyone.
NEC support is also really good. I had to RMA a previous model and it was quick and easy. No problems at all.

Drobo Direct Attached Storage - 4 bay array - USB3 and Thunderbolt ports - Designed for portability (DR-MINI-1A21)
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Drobo make an awesome product. I have 2 of them. One 8 bay and one 4 bay. Although I don't have this model, I thought this rating seemed very unfair.
Keep in mind that Drobo is not a usb hard drive array. Its is a hybrid RAID array. If you just want storage, this is not the way to go. The Drobo offers single or dual drive fault tolerance. This means if one of your hard drives fails, you will not lose data.

As far as taping hard drives together, yes if you just want storage this is a better way to go then drobo. HOWEVER, if you want your data to be protected against hard drive failure, this is the way to go.

**Drobo tech support is AMAZING!** Any time I have called with a question or submitted a support ticket online, they respond very fast. If you call, you get someone who speaks clear English.

Cons: Kind of spendy but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: Know what you are looking for before you spend money on a product you do not need!

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid build, fast. Sata ports are on the back end of the board which makes for better cable management if you have the right case. I could see where this might be a problem in a small case!

Cons: 8 pin power connector is a reach for some power supplies.
CPU fan sits VERY close to the memory.
When I restart my computer it shuts down. When I try to power it up it runs for about 3 seconds then powers down again. It would randomly boot into Windows but it was highly unrealiable. I flashed the bios per another user having luck with this, however it did not work for me. RMA with Gigabyte in the process, shipping it out today.

Other Thoughts: Bought 4 of these for new builds at work. 3 of them worked flawlessly. The 4th has given me some problems.
If Gigabyte handles this in a professional matter, I will be buying more of these boards! Sometimes you get bad parts, it is not always an indication of how well its made.


ANGIE L.'s Profile

Display Name: ANGIE L.

Date Joined: 04/14/11

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/06/11
  • Last Review: 01/06/14
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