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HP 24o Black 24
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Pros: This monitor is incredibly light compared to other 24" displays. It's easy to pick this monitor up and shuffle it around with one hand even though it's a larger size.

A benefit of the lower power usage is the lack of heat resonating from any part of the monitor. With the monitor on for multiple consecutive hours, the back, top, and front remained cool to the touch.

The color profile 5000K produces a reddish tint. Many people, myself included, get eye strain when reading off of a monitor for long periods of time. Various methods have been used to reduce eye strain such as wearing tinted gamer glasses or installing programs that mimic the shades of sun light on the monitor depending on the time of the day. Having this color profile makes this HP monitor great for all day study sessions/workathons.

Cons: The default three color profiles don't produce the best colors. After working with the manual adjustments through the monitors OSD menu, I was able to find a point where the colors were to my liking.

The HP 24o Black 24" monitor tends to shake from ambient vibrations. This is probably due to the monitor's lack of weight and the use of very small rubber pads under the base. I placed four thicker round rubber feet onto the existing tiny rubber pads under the monitor stand to lessen this issue.

Other Thoughts: After discovering the power cord was missing from the box, I called HP to inquire if one should have been sent with the monitor. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly an HP representative answered the phone, on a Sunday afternoon no-less. HP confirmed the monitor should have been packaged with a power cord and overnighted a replacement. Compared to prior experiences with other Tech support departments with different companies, HP's fast resolution to this problem is welcome change. Both Newegg and HP have indicated they will send a power cord should others experience this issue.

GIGABYTE GA-X99-Designare EX (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Gigabyte really delivered on this board by providing many new to market features. Two USB 3.1 ports, a Type-A and a Type-C, are integrated on the back panel. With the advent of smartphone manufacturers transitioning over to USB3 Type-C connectors, these ports are a welcome addition especially with the added bonus that it supports outputting up to 36 watts of power. Also present is a DisplayPort In connection. Connecting a DisplayPort cable from a video card to the DisplayPort In allows for the use of USB 3.1 Type-C displays.

Although the specs on this site indicate a 128Gb maximum supported memory, the Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX rev 1.0 will handle up to 256Gb! To reach this feat, Registered DIMMs must be utilized. Unfortunately, the board won't support ECC resulting in Registered RAM operating in non-ECC mode.

Other bonuses on this motherboard include the generous helping of three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (with support for both flavors of multi-video card platforms), a M.2 connector (for those physically tiny SSDs), dual GbE ports with support for teaming, and user controllable lighting.

The BIOS also contains some very flexible settings to allow for fine-grain changes. Overclocking was a breeze and reminded me of the time I spent with a DFI motherboard. The dual BIOS made bringing the device back to life, when I was a little overzealous with the overclocking, a snap!

Cons: Beware! The GA-X99-Designare EX is very picky with RAM. Yes, the order of populating the DIMM slots counts and such but I'm referring to general DIMM overclockability with non-tested memory. I started out with a random set of four matching 2666 DDR4 sticks taken out of another PC. These worked fine at stock motherboard timings on this Gigabyte board but kicking in the XMP profiles for the 2666Mhz speed resulted in a wide range of problems ranging from random app crashes to Windows 10 reboots. Hard coding the timings and frequency did not solve the issue. Luckily, I had ordered a pack of four DDR4 3200 sticks recently and they just so happened to be on the compatibility chart available on Gigabyte's website where my original set wasn't. These performed like a champ even when utilizing the 3200Mhz XMP profile.

If you're looking to run 256Gb of RAM with this Gigabyte motherboard, the Memory Compatibility Chart only has two options as of the writing of this review.

The list of PCI Express slots that will decrease in bandwidth if 'x' is used is longer than most. Robbing one slots bandwidth to use another port is a downside of having a large amount of bandwidth intensive connections and it is made painfully apparent here.

The BIOS was a bit sluggish when navigating or selecting different categories. Although the new beta BIOS available on the Gigabyte website seemed to help, it still has some growing room to fit in with the X99 crowd in this range.

Other Thoughts: I'm impressed with everything Gigabyte was able to add to this motherboard while still retaining stability, less the RAM situation. Hopefully future BIOS updates will further improve the memory compatibility. Gigabyte has several marketing docs showing an add in Thunderbolt card but it doesn't appear to be available as of yet.

My Build:
i7-5820K @ 4.4ghz
G.Skill F4-3200C16Q-64GVK
Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb
Corsair H115i AIO Liquid Cooler
Corsair HX1000i Power Supply

ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006
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5 out of 5 eggs Valuesize the Zenfone 2 07/19/2015

This review is from: ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006

Pros: Enables access to various apps without having to go through the main menus. Need to check the time, turn on the flashlight, take a picture, etc? The Flip Cover provides quick and easy access to these features and more through its 'Port Hole'.

The cover's texture eliminates the slick feeling of the Zenfone 2’s stock back cover. After adding this cover, I no longer feel as though the phone could rocket out of my hand at the slightest breeze/bump. This texture also prevented the phone from sliding around inside of my vehicle without having to purchase a third party anti-slip mat. With this being said, the cover doesn't go overboard with the grip. It still allows for easy retrieval even out of a pocket on a pair of skinny jeans.

Removes the need to press the power button or tap the screen twice to wake up the phone. Once the Flip Cover is installed, simply flipping open the cover will bring the phone out of sleep. After using this cover, it makes pressing the power button on other phones seem like a chore.

Slight power saving benefits. After installing this cover, I noticed I would have about ~5% more battery power remaining by the end of a standard day. I believe this is due to me being able to see meeting, text, call, clock, and email notifications through the 'Port Hole' quicker than through the standard Android menus.

Cons: Finger oils build up on the 'Port Hole' quickly. When taking pictures using the main camera, the Asus team indicates the cover should be flipped back behind the phone. In this orientation, the main camera takes pictures through the window of the cover. Image quality of the phone suffers due to having to take the picture through an often smudgy window. When I take the approach of holding the flip cover at a 90 degree angle from the phone, pictures are clearer but become awkward to take.

The Flip Cover's hinge has a slight memory effect. If the cover is flipped back for any longer than checking an email, the flap will not want to close completely at first. I work around this by either holding the cover shut for several seconds or closing the cover and flipping the phone over as so that the weight of the phone corrects the issue. This isn't a big deal but it is a minor annoyance.

Other Thoughts: While this cover does flip over the display, it will not protect it from more than minor scratches and dings. On this same note, it has protected my phone from the various keys and such that have resided in the same jean pocket as the phone. Even with these sharp points actively sliding against the phone almost every day, both the cover and phone underneath have remained scratch free.

I was taken aback by the need to remove the stock back cover of the Zenfone 2 as this was the first time I had seen an accessory replace the back cover. Realizing this is a cover and not a case clarified the reasoning behind this.

When I first started using the Zenfone 2, I felt as though something was missing. My previous phone allowed for seeing the time, date, and notifications simply by holding my hand over the display. After installing the View Flip Cover, the Zenfone 2 finally felt complete to me. To me, the Zenfone 2 really shines once it is paired with the View Flip Cover.


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