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This review is from: Antec XL Micro Fiber Cloth XL Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Pros: Pretty large. Larger than I was expecting but I'm not very good with sizes.
Seems like pretty decent micro fiber, doesn't scratch my computer's very delicate acrylic sidepanel window.
Cons: Not quite as soft as I was hoping for, -1 egg
Other Thoughts: Considering this was shipped in a paper pouch that weighed 3 oz. or so, having to pay for shipping is kind of funny, but the item put me over an amount for a promo, so it was by design that I went for it anywayREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Snapped up one of these at a significant discount Open Box here on Newegg. I wish I could get 2 more at the same price but that's not likely to happen.
This is a display which uses a curious panel type. It's not a standard VA... It's a bit older for being such groundbreaking tech in the gaming world. We just haven't had a monitor like this available to us for smooth motion yet and new tech usually comes with some caveats.
There are some color details you will get using this monitor that are not going to be visible with ANY other true (i.e. 120Hz+ low input lag) gaming monitor currently available on the market. It is capable of producing pure black to pure white and everything in between. It is very like a FW900 type quality CRT, and it is about as big as I'd really want to go at 1080p now that things are really heating up with higher resolutions. Definitely my next single monitor will be 1440p but 3 of these FG2421s would be the "executive" choice for iracing type simulators or multi-monitor GAMING set ups in general.
The contrast ratio allows for depth of detail in dark scenes that is just not going to happen above 60Hz on any other 1080p panel you can buy new. Walking into a dark dungeon in a fantasy game and having all the details washed out in drab grey and shadows nothing but simple almost-black isn't very immersive, and the FG2421 addresses this issue to amazing effect. This color depth problem is typical of TN panel tech., which is pretty much always the panel type used in low response time "gaming" marketed monitors. So the FG2421 is literally a game changer.
The FG2421 comes with a nice Display Port cable. It doesn't come with a DVI cable but has the port.
The stand is exceptional. Very sturdy and on the heavy side, offers stiff but confident lazy-susan tilt, height adjust and a good degree of vertical lean available.
Eizo has partially made up for some drawback this monitor has with a really well constructed and very configurable chassis. There is a blingy yet tasteful LED Eizo Logo that lights up the rear of the unit and it is defeatable, which is delightfully modest. The front LED is also defeatable, which is definitely desirable for certain "focus oriented" gamers. The bezel is a gorgeous matte solid one-piece frame. No creaky snapped-together plastic around the edges helps make for what should be a completely and I mean TOTALLY backlight-free display (again, a huge problem with TN's and therefore gaming monitors in general). Indeed, I'm somewhat unclear why this unit was returned because there is zero backlight bleed to the point that a black screen between zones is so pitch and stark it is indistinguishable from surrounding pure darkness in a blacked-out room. This part of the display's performance is what shocked me the most because I was already familiar with fast moving strobing "Lightboost" technology such as this unit provides natively in the form of "Turbo 240".
Turbo mode is at least as good as Nvi
Cons: Quite a lot of possible issues with these displays it would seem, from the forums around the web. Mine has a common one which is called "crosshatching" that was very noticeable out of the box. These are tiny (and thankfully feint) striations or stripes (generally diagonal) of alternating color where there should be solid or slowly transitioning shades. After proper calibration this effect is almost completely invisible to me on my unit. Certain shades show it more than others, and thus it is made even less important and rare to see. While actively using the monitor for gaming, it would not be possible to identify the crosshatching on my FG2421 at all.
Along with the crosshatching is another defect/issue which my unit and some others have displayed and that is something that doesn't have a proper name. I've taken to calling it "artifact ballooning". In certain places on the screen there are portions where digital or compression artifacts become exaggerated. I have only seen this issue come up with still images and compressed or poor quality videos. Following the calibration settings from the TFTCentral review almost completely repaired this issue and it doesn't bother me but it would be a deal breaker for any type of professional graphics or color work. I have yet to see any rendered graphics (i.e games and and benchmarks) display any color distortions in any recognizable form.
The display is insanely bright. This isn't a con in itself but to get the color and gamma right the brightness in the OCD menu needs to be turned down from 100 to 24 or so. It is possible that some of the problems people are having with the monitor are because the out of box factory settings are not realistic. I have seen displays freak out eventually because they were just set too bright. At 24/100 brightness the FG2421 will still produce pure clean white when it is called for, and subtle shades of grey to so-dark-blue it's almost black but not quite and it's really probably asking a lot for the panel to do all this while kicking out enough lumens to guide ships at sea by.
Price is prohibitive. Considering the QA problems reported (particularly in Europe) the asking price is on the edge of outrageous, my unit displays some of these problems and clearly this model is a compromise of rejected premium panels mixed with premium features and housing. I would not have purchased this first unit at full price given what I knew... however, having received 1 that is nearly perfect (post calibration) for an all around/gaming monitor I'm now longing for 2 more and I expect I'll be paying a lot more for them than the Open Box I received.
Other Thoughts: Be careful about where you buy one of these units from if you decide you want to see a fast monitor with good deep color. I think Newegg is the only retailer in the US I would buy this particular model Eizo from at the moment because of their easy and generous return and shipping policies on monitors. If there is a legitimate problem with your new monitor they will take care of it at no cost to you if you make sure to ask to be taken care of. Newegg has been around a while now and they aren't going anywhere. The 24/7 webchat customer service NE offers is the best I've seen. They quickly and politely get your issue solved as long as you are playing by the rules. Be careful to keep all accessories and to avoid damaging any new purchases in case of need to return.
As far as "panel lottery" odds go, it would appear that Newegg has a pretty high quality batch of these monitors and if you can afford these monitors I strongly urge you to give one a shot and see what you think. You may find it revolutionary, you may find it almost-revolutionary, either way you will have to admit that VA panel technology has a lot to offer.
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
Pros: From my one shot with this particular product, about the only thing it really has going for it is open space around your CPU... duh.
It's definitely good looking in a windowed case with lighting, etc. Compared to a hulking heatsink its flatout gorgeous.
The new CorsairLink beta release worked pretty much fine on Windows 8.1 for me.
For some people, I'm sure installation of this puppy is an absolute snap.
Cons: The mounting system is probably the biggest problem across the board from my POV. It's simple and easy for the most part, but it isn't very effective. The hoses may place side pressure on the block which, in my case was unavoidable and on the first mounting attempt (which oddly gave the best temperatures I ever managed with the unit I received) only half of the CPU cover was touched by the pre applied thermal grease. The rest of the CPU was bare even though I used a screwdriver to tighten the screws.
Things went OK for about a day as I decided to just live with the slightly higher heat after several reseating attempts (switched from Noctua NH-C14 which is not an easy HS to install so I'm no idiot). The backplate seems designed just fine but the standoffs are not very confident on a z87 Hero.
After the initial disappointment with performance I decided to change the fans since the ones provided sound terrible at anything other than minimum speed, in my opinion. This turned out to maybe save my system because I found the unit was leaking slowly from one of the hoses after removing it completely. The leak somehow miraculously avoided damaging any components but a good 3 inch long streak which had spread into several tributaries of powdery coolant residue was evident around and below the onboard sound connectors. It ended right above the first PCIEx16 slot. How nothing was damaged is absolutely inexplicable to me. I cleaned the motherboard for about an hour with a microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol but there are a few white spots here and there still. I put the Noctua back on and sent the vile thing back.
Very pretty package. Could cost you a lot more than you bargained for. I saw a guarantee against component damage but it looked like it was labeled specifically for Australian consumers.
Anyway, definitely don't just blindly assume your install or your unit was flawless with these simple things. Leak test.
Other Thoughts: Every time I try something Corsair it doesn't go well. Everyone loves them but I have bad luck. I think I'll wait for a brand new launch of a 120mm AIO to try the water thing again, because I really liked the aesthetic it brought to my case.READ FULL REVIEW