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Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-Panel Black 23
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - FANTASTIC viewing angle
- Much more accurate color reproduction and contrast compared to TN monitors
- USB ports galore, multiple input options, and a standard power cable
- Good power savings
- No Dead pixels and VERY LOW backlight bleed (very impressed with this)
- Tilt, swivel AND ROTATE to portrait mode!
- Vesa compatible without modifying the monitor

Cons: Honestly, I can't think of one reason why to get another monitor. period. Maybe you don't like Dell, but that's a pretty bad reason since I'm not really a fan either... until now.

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased 3 Dell P2311H, which is the non-ISP baby brother to this monitor, for a crossfire set-up. One of them failed after about a year of use and couldn't process digital (DVI) signals. Since they got the warranty, I contacted dell for a repair/replace. As they don't produce the P2311's any more, They sent me the immediate better, aka the U2312.

All I can say:
I wish I could replace the other two. This is amazing. I use the monitors in portrait mode, and the viewing angle becomes immediately apparent with the IPS. I can move my head around and the picture doesn't change, whereas the TN screen gets darker and lighter as my head moves from side to side. No more moving my head back and forth to better see darker images and video :)

But the U is also more vivid, warm and genuinely nicer to look at. The TN's seems more harsh to look at now that I have something to compare them to. I can't tell the difference in refresh rate between the monitors, and once I messed with the brightness and contrast settings, I got this monitor to look beautiful. The power efficiency is great due to the LED back-lit tech, and the design updates from previous monitors with the rounded corners and cleaner stand really stand out.

If you're looking for a new monitor and don't want to wait for a fancy (read expensive) 4k monitor to hit mainstream, this is THE monitor for you.

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Scythe SCKMRK-5 Kama Rack 5 Mobile Rack for two 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - all ports work, including the microSD one, which is awesome!
- I finally have memory stick support on my desktop, and a front-facing esata port just in case
- no hard-to find drivers or controllers needed, just plug and play!
- Uses only one sata power for two drives helped with cable management
- black plate matched my system perfectly.
- Install took maybe fifteen minutes, mostly because I needed to thread the cables.

Cons: - The pictures didn't show this, but the hdd/ssd sticks out of the slots about a half inch. I understand you need this to remove the drives, but I wasn't expecting that when I ordered it, so now you know
- I have three sata cables going to it, plus a usb cable, and a sata power cable. It helped with cable management but also complicated it at the same time...

Other Thoughts: I have my main OS ssd as well as my linux distro ssd in the two slots. To back-up my OS disk, I simply remove the linux distro (it's AHCI enabled and as such hot-swapable) and plug in another drive to mirror the os onto it. It then goes back into the safe. No extra cables, adapters, or external enclosures with power bricks that I need to keep track of. It's the fastest way to do a back-up, and it's also the cheapest and easiest!

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QNAP TS-219PII-US Diskless System All-in-one NAS for Home & SOHO Cloud-ready with Superior Performance
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Full storage support with Raid so I don't lose my data when a drive fails
-Has a full suite for data management, back-up, and syncing capabilities across multiple computers
-Can be used as a web server, a printer server, a personal cloud server, and a iTunes airplay/DLNA server
-Completely flexible for security and network adaptation
-Use it as a webcam/security system hub and record video from around the house, and watch anywhere remotely
-Literally this list goes on an on. These were the ones I found most impressive.

-The biggest PRO for the system is it's active development by QNAP. They released a firmware update recently that allows the server to act as an airplay server for my appleTV. I now can access my ENTIRE library without having to turn on the computer and run iTunes. I did some research with the other companies for NAS'es, and QNAP doesn't disappoint. They even have mobile applications to access and use it remotely.

Cons: There is a learning curve to these, and it takes more than four hours to figure it out. Once I figured out how to map the network drives, I had my little breakthrough, but it took a few hours to accomplish.
-The fan is loud. I put mine in a spot where that doesn't really matter (garage) but may affect some people
-The web UI is very un-intuitive, and takes a while to learn. Patience and a good beer is necessary when setting this up!
-the power brick isn't internal, and it's huge. no chance hiding it anywhere...

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased this so I could access my data from two computers in the house and allow my main computer to go completely silent, as the HDD's were the only things making noise in the computer.

Now I have it set-up so my appleTV can access directly without iTunes running, I have the ability to sync my music to my phone from anywhere in the world with no 5GB storage data limit, and I have it all set-up so when I plug my external esata hard drive to the back it automatically backs everything up, and I don't have to touch a button.

If you only give this thing 4 hours to set-up, you're going to RMA it because it has a learning curve. For me I was having the hardest time determining the right ip address for my network, when in reality it was DHCP and didn't require any static address, so I just set it to what the router gave it internally in my network, and it works flawlessly.

But now that I've had it for a while, I would never go back.

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Display Name: Stephen B.

Date Joined: 02/12/10

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/28/11
  • Last Review: 11/05/12
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