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HP 2711x Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Replacement Restores My Faith In HP Product Quality 08/02/2012

This review is from: HP 2711x Black 27" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 DC 3,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

Pros: - High Brightness and Contrast
- Good black levels (I own a Panasonic plasma television, so I know good black levels when I see them)
- Was skeptical that 1920x1080 was sufficient for a 27", but pixel pitch is enough to prevent blurring or loss of definition when stretching 1080p to this size.
- Glossy screen for qualitative effect on contrast and color saturation -- you either love it or hate it. I personally love it.
- Extremely lightweight
- Quick startup/shutdown times
- No ghosting or screen tearing (unlike old CCFL models)

Cons: Only including these to be thorough:
- No adjustable height (not a problem for me, I'm relatively short)
- No VESA mounts (also not a problem for me, as I have no intention of mounting, but everyone should be aware before purchasing.
- Viewing angles are limited, as with any TN panel, resulting in a reddish tinge if viewed off-center
- Do not buy this screen if you work in an environment with a strong light behind you, as you WILL have glare
- AC adapter cord to power supply is a tad short.

Additional Comment:
I bought an HP 2007w (21") about 6 years back that is still operational today. It set the standard for picture quality, and had only minor issues with screen tearing that was solved by forcing V-Sync, and with triple buffering, my frame rates were acceptable. However, I wanted to upgrade the size and resolution of my monitor, so I bought an HP 2709w (27") about 18 months ago. I was very happy with the purchase, as it performed exactly like my 2007w.

Other Thoughts: Cont'd:
However, just after the standard HP warranty expired, I began experiencing the screen flickering issue that was common with these monitors. HP refused to fix it, and a third party repair shop quoted half the price of the monitor for the repair! I contacted the original reseller, and they were nice enough to issue a partial credit towards a new monitor because of my history with them. I was hesitant to purchase another HP product after my luck with the 2709, but I pulled the trigger because there are very few glossy monitors on the market, especially at this size, and the unit had received almost universally positive reviews. I cannot speak to the reliability yet (as I've only owned it for about 6 months), but so far I am very satisfied with the overall quality of the product, and purchased a third party warranty just in case. I highly advise everyone to do the same, as HP's support is abysmal (outsourced), almost worthy of docking a star. Yet, the working unit is superb!

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HP 2509m Black 25
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Pros: When it worked, it was an excellent monitor. For those who like the glossy look (based purely on preference), the rich color saturation made it perfect for movies and gaming. I had an HP2007w and replaced it with this after about 6 years, and is still working on another desktop with no problems to this day. For these reasons, I'm still willing to give the monitor 2 stars.

Cons:
Monitor exhibited notorious backlight flickering issue after 12 months of use. Took apart the monitor and made sure all connections were tight to the board, but the CCFL backlight itself seems to be failing, and the CCFL bulbs are inside the self-contained LCD enclosure, and are not readily serviceable by the end-use. The monitor will flicker anywhere from 60 seconds to 15 minutes before it turns on, and the flickering is lasting longer and longer with time. HP will not support the monitor as it is out of warranty.

Cons: Cons Continued: I bought this monitor for on clearance. When I called HP to purchase their warranty (14 days after receipt of the product, they refused to sell me the warranty -- they claimed that I could not have purchased the product new, as it was in "End-Of-Life" status. Now that I am having serious problems, they claim they don't even have a record of that call, and their "Executive Customer Relations" agent even flat out accused me of lying about trying to purchase the warranty.

Luckily, the original retailer stepped up to cover HPs grossly insufficient support and offered me a partial credit after all this time for being a long-time, loyal customer.

Other Thoughts: If you are ever going to buy an HP monitor, purchase a warranty through a third party, and don't even bother calling HP with any problems. You will be on the phone with India for general support, and their "Executive Customer Relations" for escalated problems is in Mexico. You will never be speaking to an American if you run into problems, and you will be met with hostility and disdain. I will never purchase their product again, which is shame since they are one of the only monitor manufacturers making decently, performing glossy monitors.

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ZALMAN VF1000 2 Ball VGA Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good, maybe not great. 06/25/2010

This review is from: ZALMAN VF1000 2 Ball VGA Cooler

Pros: -Solid Copper (you can really see and feel the build quality)
-Adjustable fan settings independent of OS control
-Quieter than stock fan even at highest speed
-Extremely easy to install (took about 10-15mins for each card).

Cons: -Does not come with isopropyl alcohol wipes to clean chipsets (nitpicking, but if they call for it in the instructions, it should be included).

Other Thoughts: My case has liquid cooling for the CPU, and I wanted to eliminate one of the major sources of heat and noise from the rest of the components. I have two GTS 250s in SLI and after installing these, idle temps went from 55C to 48C, and load temps went from 65C to 57C. Around a 7-8C drop. The Arctic Silver 5 hasn't had enough time to truly burn in yet, so maybe another 1-3C drop will be observed. I must say, however, I expected a little bit more of a drop. Some people report drops of 15-20C in some cases but I can't complain too much. Good product for the money. Shop around, though. At the time of this review, I was able to find it around 20% cheaper on another website.

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Display Name: Jarrod V.

Date Joined: 01/15/06

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 01/16/07
  • Last Review: 08/02/12
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