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Pros: - Gorgeous 4K display panel. Colors really pop, and the 3840x2160 resolution makes games look incredible.
- Very little backlight bleed, especially compared to a Dell Ultrasharp.
- FreeSync enabled for tear-free gaming.
- IPS panel with low GTG response speed (5ms)
- Very nice matte coating to prevent reflection/glare.
Cons: - The stand! It screws together on the bottom, and requires 4 screws to hold it on to the back of the panel. Maybe I’m too used to Dell monitors, but I prefer the stand be one unit that locks toollessly into the back of the panel. Also, the base is almost as wide as the monitor, and it curves. It doesn’t fit on my monitor riser, and it makes it hard to work around it on the desktop. (My 34” Dell fits on the riser…)
- The built in menu! OK, so the one button/joystick mounted under the panel is the on/off and menu button. It’s a bit weird, but how often do you mess with your built in menu? The answer with this monitor is: A LOT. Every time the screen timed out and went to power save and I brought it back the monitor advised me to make sure I was using the original power and monitor cables. And I had to use the button to make that message go away. Ditto when changing the resolution in a game. Very annoying.
Other Thoughts: - Actually has better frame rates than my 3440x1440 ultra-widescreen monitor in many games. (Due to the increased screen real estate on the ultra-wide resolution.) However, I find that I enjoy the increased horizontal width of the ultra-widescreen in games.
- With an NVidia 1070 GTX and an Intel i7-4930k, Overwatch on Ultra settings was averaging 60fps, Shadow of Mordor on ultra was averaging 93fps, and World of Warcraft: Legion on ultra settings was averaging about 50fps.
- Just like every LED variant monitor I have owned, the screen needs some tuning. Especially the brightness. If you left it all the way up you’d probably go blind from staring at the desktop equivalent of the sun. There are a TON of settings and pre-set modes in the menu, however, just like my Dell monitor, I tend to set up the custom setting how I like it and leave it alone. I don’t feel the need to switch my monitor settings from FPS to RTS to MMO to reader mode.
- Generally a really great 4K monitor, especially for the price. My cons are mostly minor compared to the cost/value ratio at play here.
- Think about your PC before you upgrade to a 4K monitor and want to play games on it. If you have a video card from 6 years ago and a Celeron, you might not get acceptable frame rates at the native resolution. Otherwise, you really should be playing games on a monitor like this, it makes them look fantastic.
This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1D)
Pros: - Very fast read speed with USB 3.0 - Averaged 91.4 MB/s, which is higher than advertised.
- Compact, but then again it's a USB flash drive, I don't see too many ginormous ones.
Cons: - You will never hit the maximum upload speed specified. In fact, the average upload speed was 10.4 MB/s, or about 6 times lower than the advertised maximum.
Other Thoughts: It's a 32GB flash drive for about a ten spot. I mean, it's about average in every way, shape, and form. 3 eggs is not because it's bad. It worked fine for the 2 weeks I tested it. 3 eggs is because there's really no reason to pick this over any other 32GB, USB 3.0 stick. There is also no reason to not choose it. I think if it was the best priced 32GB flash drive in it's class at the time I needed to buy one, I would choose it, but otherwise I would buy whatever was the cheapest unless there was some drive that blew away all other drives and I absolutely needed it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
Pros: - Tiny - It's half the size of my ISP provided modem.
- Easy to set up - see Other
Cons: - Runs pretty warm - I mean, you're not going to burn yourself, but it does get warm.
Other Thoughts: This is pretty much as plug and play as you get. Plug in the cable, power, and Ethernet and attach it to your network and you have an internet connection. My ISP is Time Warner/Charter/Whatever the heck they wind up calling themselves. I had to call in and give them the MAC address and serial for them to authorize it, but other than that there were zero problems. My apartment is wired so that the ISP provided modem provides connection to a bunch of Ethernet jacks in the wall, but I only use one for my router anyway, so there were no issues there.
I ran a bunch of speed tests and my connection was no different between this and the huge ISP provided modem. I have had zero issues. This review is going to be awfully short, but really, that's what you want: A modem that you plug in and forget about.