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Pros: Arrived functional and no dead pixels. Large. Bright. Decent color. Very good value. Some useful color/brightness presets. Actual buttons with tactile feedback. Power indicator is not blinding and does not blink when monitor is power saving - it just changes from green to orange. Best warranty I've seen for a consumer monitor. Company is headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.
Cons: I didn't take an egg off for any of these because they are all super minor. The contrast between grey and white isn't quite as good as my old Samsung LCD. The lowest brightness setting still feels just a little too bright for continuous reading in low light (my old Samsung got a little bit darker). Bezel and stand are glossy.
Other Thoughts: Adobe Reader's default "expand to width" on every document open is absolutely absurd for a wide aspect screen this large.
I haven't tried the speakers yet.
The UPS driver said "oops" as he literally dropped it on our porch right in front of my wife. Grrr.
2 platter design
Cons: Diseased on Arrival - not quite dead, but not completely working, either
Had to pay for return shipping for the privilege of doing QA for WD
Other Thoughts: The drive I received had to be returned because it failed quick and extended WD Data LifeGuard diagnostics. There were too many failed reads beginning at roughly 54% through the drive. Returned for exchange, but it was out of stock and Newegg refunded instead. I gave it two eggs instead of one because it wasn't completely Dead on Arrival.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast! A great upgrade to my Nvidia 8600GTS. Drivers on CD worked with no problems. Installation was quick and painless. *All* solid capacitors in spite of some marketing pictures showing a few electrolytic capacitors. Both the power adapter and DVI->VGA adapter included. Well packaged.
This is the only video card upgrade I've ever done that made my whole system feel faster - web browsing, 2d applications, and games. It might have something to do with the ATI drivers being leaner than Nvidia drivers. I now have 200MB more free RAM than I used to when my Nvidia card was installed.
Cons: I can hear the fan, but only just barely. My 8600GTS was fanless, so I'm a little spoiled on this point. Crossfire adapter not included. Documentation utterly useless, but it wasn't really needed for my level of experience. The 3deep/colorific software on the CD made the colors "horrific", so I uninstalled it. The MSI Live Update software doesn't work and disables Vista user account control without my permission, so I uninstalled it. Though the driver on the CD worked, it is only a "release candidate" driver and quite old. This gets one egg less than five eggs because of the included software causing more trouble than it solved.
Newegg product picture showed box with Dirt2 game included, but the Dirt2 game isn't included anymore. Probably a prior deal no longer offered.
Other Thoughts: If you can avoid the software on the CD this would rate 5 eggs. Using the drivers on the CD might be the best option for awhile until ATI works out the kinks in the 5700 line.
I haven't tried the Afterburner software, nor have I investigated card temperatures other than just a cursory glance. It was running at 53C with Vista Aero interface and web browsing. Didn't check while gaming.
It was a little challenging figuring out how to set the dual monitor to "extend" the desktop rather than duplicate the desktop (the default), but that's probably more a factor of me being used to Nvidia than anything else.
My trouble free install experience was probably a result of booting into safe mode immediately on first boot after installation to uninstall the old card's drivers. Then I booted into normal mode (ugh - VGA), finished uninstalling what couldn't be uninstalled in safe mode. Then I used "driver sweeper" to clean out the remaining Nvidia junk. Finally, I installed drivers from CD.
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