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Dell U3014 Black 30
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have the A03 version manufactured in November 2013. I haven't noticed any of the problems that previous versions seemed to be plagued with such as lines or backlight bleed.

Picture *can* look great, but you have to know what you're doing when you calibrate it. It also helps to have a good video card with its own adjustments.

2560x1600 resolution is awesome.

Cons: The backlight is way too bright and I can't find a way to adjust it without destroying color quality. The monitor has brightness and contract adjustments, but those are primarily for color adjustment and not the actual brightness of the light. When I get my blacks and whites where they look just right, the picture looks awesome but it is so bright it hurts my eyes to look at it for long. Reducing the "brightness" setting on the monitor really messes up the colors, so that's not an option. The only solution I could find was to reduce the color brightness settings on the graphics driver, which seems to be doing the trick.

The color and brightness varies depending on what angle you view the screen. This screen is 30" so when I look at the corners and edges of the screen it's at a slightly different angle than center-view. This is enough to make different areas of the screen look slightly different. If I move my head so that the edge or corner is center-view then whatever is center-view looks normal while the rest of the screen looks slightly off. So the panel appears to be uniform, but it looks slightly different at different angles.

This monitor has noticeable fast-motion issues, so avoid it for movies or games. I even had to turn off smooth scrolling in my browser because the motion of the text scrolling was unbearable enough that it hurt my eyes.

For whatever reason this monitor is having trouble displaying highly contrasting text. White text on black backgrounds and black text on white backgrounds is not very sharp and has a reddish glow to it. I'm still toying with the settings trying to eliminate this but haven't had any luck yet.

The touch buttons for menus are just stupid. They're clumsy and difficult to use. Another example of a manufacturer doing something different just because they think it's "cooler" and not because it's actually better.

Other Thoughts: I bought this monitor to replace a Dell 3008WFP. Overall I think the 3008 was a better monitor, but unfortunately it was also the victim of poor quality and finally stopped working after only a few years of use.

The 3014 is good for a big 30" beast, but it doesn't perform nearly as well as most of its smaller cousins (nor as well as the 3008, in my opinion). If your primary goal is a huge monitor with lots of space then you'll probably be happy here. If your primary goal is great performance then you probably won't be happy here.

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bgears b-Blaster 120 120mm Case Fan
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Mixed. 02/13/2014

This review is from: bgears b-Blaster 120 120mm Case Fan

Pros: This thing moves a lot of air, but the drawback of that is all that moving air makes quite a bit of noise. The fan itself is very quiet, but the movement of the air makes quite a bit of noise.

Cons: Moves so much air that the air movement itself becomes noisy.

Other Thoughts: Great fan if you need performance. Might think twice if you plan to use it in a quiet environment.

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Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is flat out awesome. It has the highest Windows Experience score of 7.9, and I think it might even be better than that. Far and away the fastest drive I've ever used.

Oh...and it does a pretty good job of storing data too.

Cons: None.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 02/07/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 03/10/08
  • Last Review: 02/18/14
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