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ASUS VE276Q Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great monitor.

Cons: Out of the box, settings need to be tweaked.

Other Thoughts: Step 1. Adjust Monitor

A. Splendid: Select Standard
B. Color: Contrast 80, Color Temp Normal, don't bother with Brightness
C. Image: Sharpness 50, Trace Free 40, Aspect Ratio Full
D. System Setup: AI Light ON - this automatically sets the Brightness based on ambient light


Step 2. Adjust ClearType

Run Microsoft ClearType (On by default in Windows 7). Microsoft ClearType is good technology that isn't implemented correctly. With ClearType, you may notice a slight red or blue fringe around lettering. This is due to the way ClearType works and every LCD will have fringing. Some people notice it more than others. It has nothing to do with this particular ASUS model.


Step 3. Adjust Video Card

On my computer I have ATI Catalyst Drivers. Inside AMD Vision Engine Control Center. Select My Digital Flat Panels > Display Color, then make the following adjustments Hue: -5, Saturation 100 (default), Brightness -10, Contrast 90.

With these settings text looks fabulous on th

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Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very quite.

Cons: It's green, but all you see is the very back when its inside the computer case.

Other Thoughts: This is a Power Factor Correction (PFC) power supply. Initially, it didn't work with the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) that I purchased. So, I had to purchase a slightly more expensive UPS that is designed to work with PFC power supply.

Keep in mind that most all of high-quality computer power supplies being sold today are PFC. So, that shouldn't discourage anyone from buying this Antec which is very quiet. Just be aware that you will need to spend a little extra for a higher quality UPS.

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Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Its quiet

Cons: It does not work with APC UPS BX1000. Found this out the hard way. After a week on the UPS the computer suddenly switched off. I immediately thought it was something wrong with the APC UPS. So, I returned it to my local OfficeMax and got another APC UPS. This time I conducted a few tests. 75% of the time the computer would shut down when either disconnecting the UPS from power or connecting the UPS back to power.

Then I start researching and apparently this is a really big problem. It has to do with the approximated sine wave that the cheaper APC UPS put out is not compatible with Active PFC found on newer Power Supply Units.

So, if you have no intention of ever plugging your computer into a UPS then get this, it's quiet. Otherwise, if you think you might want to use a UPS one day then stay away from the Antec EarthWatt series.

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Peter S.'s Profile

Display Name: Peter S.

Date Joined: 10/25/07

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/04/11
  • Last Review: 06/27/11
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