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BenQ MH530 Full HD 1920x1080 3D Home Entertainment 3200 Colorific Lumens Projector HDMI 1.4a Built In Speaker
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Pros: This is sold as a "Business Projector" so I wasn't expecting much, but wow was I impressed. The colors are vivid and the it is very bright even in a well-lit room. I threw it up on a wall in my living room and it looked amazing, it even has adjustments for wall color which worked really well. I cannot stress enough just how clear and crisp the picture was

It weighs just over 4lbs so it is easy to take with you or move around if you do plan to use this for presentations. The built in speaker is sufficient for a media presentation, but you do not want to use this for watching a movie.

It supports a number of inputs though I would thing the majority are going to use either D-sub from a computer or HDMI, but if you have some older gear in your office that require S-video or composite they have you covered there as well.

Setup was very easy, the controls are intuitive and the remote works really well.

The built in height adjustment was quick and easy to use, I would say that as long as you have the unit at least 3ft off the ground you should be able to align it with any screen.

Boot up time is only a few seconds from a powered off state and while the fan noise is noticeable at start up I didn’t notice is much once I was paying attention to a movie. I would still not want to sit right next to it if you plan to use this for entertainment only.

You will want to keep the projector about 10 - 15 feet from the screen so keep this in mind if you have distance constraints

Just for fun I connected up my Roku streaming stick and it worked perfectly. It makes for a nice compact entertainment unit. It even supports 3d if you happen to have some 3d Bluerays. My kids were amazed that I could turn a wall into a movie theatre. Just need one of those outside blow up screens and I can have the neighborhood over for an outdoor movie night.

Cons: Internal speaker is a bit lacking
Replacement bulbs are expensive

Other Thoughts: Do keep in mind that like any projector the lamp will eventually burn out. A replacement lamp for this unit right now is going to set you back around $150 so plan for that when you are figuring out your costs.

I feel like I should have been able to find more that I didn’t like, but I just couldn’t. I think the price is reasonable, the quality is good and the performance was stellar.

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ViewSonic XG2401 23.6”  Black 144 Hz 1ms (GTG), HDMI Widescreen AMD FreeSync (Adaptive-Sync) LED Backlight LCD Gaming Monitor, 350 cd /m2 120M:1, 1000:1, Built-in Speakers
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Pros: This is going to be a realistic view from an average gamer. There are plenty of reviews out there by people with high tech equipment to test monitors that know every little bit of the technology, that isnt me. I use my PC for games, basic video editing, watching movies, web browsing etc, it is used for a little of everything.

My primary connectivity is via Display port, it worked right out of the box. The stand was very sturdy and easy to connect. I like that it had a small bolt to hand tighten rather than depending 100% on some snap in. Once you screw it in you know it is in there and won't fall off.

This is a TN panel and I thought the colors were really good and the viewing angle is okay. I set the response time to advanced because I noticed some weird shadows in windows with it set to Ultrafast. Ultrafast might be better for games, but I prefer to have my settings work for all the things I do, I hate having to modify stuff each time.

Freesync works fine, if you do not have an ATI card this isn't going to help you. I also tested the monitor with an nVidia card and had zero issue. Games still play great, but I am not some pro Gamer, if there is any lag I didn’t notice it.

Movies played really well on this 16:9 screen. Viewing angle is not great due to it being a TN panel, but for one or two people it works fine.
Built in speakers were okay, They were on par with what you expect from most built in speakers.

Cons: The bezel is a bit large, I prefer a very thin to non-existent bezel around the edge
Is a little bright when you first get it, but its fine once you turn it down a bit.
The configuration screens were a tiny bit difficult to get around in, but it works.

Other Thoughts: This is a very affordable 144hz monitor with Freesync. It has a very solid build quality, it comes well packaged. I am happy with this monitor and I think it is well suited to those that do more than just game. Great all around monitor.

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Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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4 out of 5 eggs Good closed loop water cooler 03/16/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: Easy to install, but you really need to be sure about the distance between the top of the case and the motherboard.

Looks great, perfect for those that like to display the internals of their PC with a window in the case.
Solid build, nothing feels flimsy. I didn’t not feel like there were any weak points that would leak
Corsair link gives you full control of the fans so you can tune them to the speed that works best for your setup.
The hoses are thick, this is good because they are strong, but also makes them harder to bend.
I didn’t feel that pump noise was too loud
Was able to keep my I7-6700k at lower temps than a large air cooler when overclocked

Cons: Not really that quiet when compared to large air coolers
Like most water coolers of this type do not assume it will fit any case. Check the dimensions carefully
Included thermal paste was pre-installed so if you are like me and use a specific brand or type you have to remove it, minor annoyance.

Other Thoughts: I suggest using a case that allows you to front mount the radiator as an intake. I found that it made a lot more noise top mounted, but then this could have just been my particular case. The hoses are not that long so you do not want a massive case if you plan on front mounted.


If you are overclocking and do not mind noise this will keep your CPU cooler at high overclocks, but if you are running stock to mild overclock you may find that a large air cooler will do as good a job if not better for less noise and cost.

This isn't for those of you looking to make your case totally silent.

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