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SAMSUNG S29E790C Glossy Black / Metallic 29
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great colors, VESA mountable, curved and a thin bezel.

I also like the fairly tall and adjustable stand. Even for someone over 7' tall like myself, the screen reaches a fairly comfortable height.

The built in speakers aren't going to blow anyone away, but for basic use when not wearing headphones, I found them acceptable.

Cons: I really can't come up with any real cons. I wouldn't mind seeing a USB 3.0 hub or a 120/144hz refresh rate on it, but that's just a wish list, not a fault with the monitor itself

Other Thoughts: I've been gaming on a 5760x1080 setup since 2010 and in all honesty, this single screen captures most of what that setup adds to a game. Most of the time, it's the things just to the outside edges that are most beneficial to see and this single screen grabs all of that.

For anyone with concerns about how their graphics card would run with the extra resolution, I got a GTX 960 from my friends at EVGA to see how a card that directly targets the 1080p market handles a 33% wider screen. For a majority of my testing, the performance loss was actually quite minor. For some of the latest, most demanding titles that couldn't be run maxed out anyway, a little extra sacrifice was needed but dropping from 4x AA to 2x was typically enough to make all the difference. Even if you have to drop a couple settings from high to medium, the screen is worth it.

MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) AM3+ AMD 760G 2 SATA 6Gb/s (7~8) ports by ASMEDIA 1061 Supports storage and data transfers at up to 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent feature set for a cheap board: USB 3.0 with a front panel heade and a pair of SATA 3.0 ports (though no RAID for them) being what really drew my attention.

Cons: Biggest con on mine is a defective memory slot. No POST if only slot 2 is occupied. When both slots are filled, BIOS shows "Physical memory" as only one slot worth but will show timings on second slot.

Other Thoughts: Tried memory kits from other machines, tried different CPUs to see if it was a memory controller problem, just a bad board. Everything else on it functions, but still a major malfunction.

Seagate Seven mm 500GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STDZ500400
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: What a beauty! The packaging, design, finish...this is such a nice looking drive. If you have a sleek ultrabook/macbook and want a drive that matches the look of your machine, this is it. It is unbelievably thin and the anodized aluminum finish is nice to look at though a bit hard to keep from getting covered with fingerprints.

The USB 3.0 is nice and fast with a good, sturdy connection and its package offers great protection and is nice enough to not just toss out.

Cons: The biggest con is price/GB.

Other Thoughts: I've never been one to use the included utilities on drives. My first step is to just format them for a blank drive. For this, I decided to try it out just to see. It is a very simple, intuitive interface perfect for full computer backups that will actually monitor file changes and keep your backup current. There are other mobile/cloud options as well so the software side is very well rounded.

As I stated in the Pros though, the main reason to get this drive over other externals is its design.


Tyler Z.'s Profile

Display Name: Tyler Z.

Date Joined: 11/21/07


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  • Reviews: 84
  • Helpfulness: 42
  • First Review: 01/04/08
  • Last Review: 10/04/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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