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ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price, low weight, slim profile, low power consumption

Cons: Requires minor configuration out of the box for a preferable display

Other Thoughts: This is an excellent monitor for the price. Coming from a 5-year old LCD display with inferior specs (higher dot pitch, much higher contrast ratio, etc.) this display blows my socks off! It requires some tweaking out of the box to not look washed out with blue -- for me, using Windows 7's monitor adjustment wizard complemented my Catalyst Control Center adjustments (AMD/ATI video card.)

Tweaks which really did it for me: manually setting the warmth in CCC to taste, enabling "Theatre Mode" in the monitor's OSD, turning "Trace Free" (response time overdrive) to 80 (100 resulted in a bit of flicker), and enabling "ASCR," the dynamic contrast option. That last bit was what made this display shine. The huge boost in contrast really helps colors pop in movies and games, without being overly obnoxious on the eyes (especially on the desktop.) The effect reminded me of when I upgraded from a Voodoo1 to a Voodoo3.

As of now, I have no negative things to mention aside from the minor configuration necessary out of the box to get an optimal display.

I noticed a number of people complained about the wobbly stand -- it's not much of an issue if you remove the rectangular cover on the back (near the bottom, where the arm attaches) and tighten the four screws that hold the mounting assembly to the monitor. From the factory, mine took another quarter turn to tighten. There's a touch of wobble, but it's negligible, and I've got a cheap IKEA desk.

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RAZER Plasma Diamondback RZ01-020300-R1M1 Plasma Blue 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical Mouse
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Ambidextrous, attractive, nice feet.

Cons: Fell apart in under two years in every way possible.

Other Thoughts: This thing was a hunk of junk. I loved the way it looked on day one, and its movement and precision were pretty great from what I recall, but that's about all the good things I can say about it.

The first issue was in the scroll wheel; it lost its tactile feel within the first six months, and made scrolling a waste of time (jumped all over the place.)

Next were the rubber grips on the sides; they started chipping and ripping away, making the mouse feel generally bad in the hand.

Then came the ghosting in the left mouse button into the second year, on buttons that never really felt nor sounded good to begin with...

Finally, the optical tracking died, before I made it to year three.

I foolishly replaced it with another Razer mouse, which ended up splitting down its center over the course of a few months. And no, I didn't throw/hit/drop it. And no, I don't weigh 800 lbs, and no, I don't death grip my mouse...

This isn't exactly meant to be anti-Razer propaganda, but I no longer have any faith in their products. It's a gimmick. I'll likely stick to Logitech mice for the rest of my life.

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Rosewill RG630-S12 - Green Series 630-Watt Active PFC Power Supply Unit - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, Compatible with Core i7, i5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works well, good price, quiet (no coil whine that I can discern,) all voltages correct according to BIOS

Cons: Occasional violent rattling on boot

Other Thoughts: Good power supply for the money. Most of the cables are wrapped in netting, which makes it easy to route and keep clean. Delivers all of the right voltages, and has been perfectly stable for me (typically 24/7 uptime) since I bought it in Q1 2012. It's inaudible, even when my case fans are turned down to their minimum. Which leads to...

Every once in a while, notably when my PC has been off for more than 24 hours, I will boot up and the PSU begins to rattle loudly in sync with its fan. A reboot fixes it, but this kind of worries me, since a power supply failure could be catastrophic to the rest of my components. Perhaps it's just one of the fan's bearings, but that's just wishful thinking. It's done this since day one... I stubbornly haven't gotten around to replacing it.

If I had known the first few incidents weren't just a fluke (I always run into some sort of hardware oddities for the first few weeks into a new build,) I would've returned it. It's not a reassuring sound.

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Eric B.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric B.

Date Joined: 01/01/05

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/06/07
  • Last Review: 02/09/13
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