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Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 - 850W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Silver Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: (Mostly) Modular, good value for the $$, solid build quality, excellent warranty duration

Cons: Hope like heck that you don't have to RMA to them! I've used their products previously and usually have no issues with them. Most items have been rock solid for years.

Unfortunately, a CoolerMaster Silent Pro Hybrid unit that had been in perfect service for years started exhibiting some noise in the fan as if it was grating against the PSU chassis. I sent it back via RMA, and got a replacement unit that differed from the original unit due to end of product line issues with the hybrids. No problem right? Got the "new" Silent Pro M2 850 back in a week or two (was a refurbished unit actually) and it had the exact same problem after a few hours of use when I turned it on the next morning (I swapped in a known good PSU from another build, and it had zero issues, so it is not an issue with the build or environment). Sent it back via RMA, and have had zero luck getting the next one back.

It has been over a month, and they have not sent out the replacement, or given an estimated time to ship or arrive. They haven't replied to emails in several days, and I am basically on hold waiting. Sad to see this from such a reputable company that has been awesome previously.

Other Thoughts: I might still buy their products on a good sale, but will only deal with store returns. I can't bother with the manufacturer RMA process anymore. I cannot have this much downtime on a machine used for business functions

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Hanns-G HL272HPB Black 27
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bright enough for sunny rooms.

Matte finish reduces glare and reflections nicely (unless they expect everyone to use their computer in the basement, why does anyone make glossy screens anymore?).

Large desktop real estate for multitasking or gaming immersion.

Absolutely beats most other 27" panels in price (IPS isn't worth the $$ unless you are a professional photo/media editor, or need the increased viewing angles. Most people aren't that OCD/ADHD to require it).

Excellent refresh rate and contrast for vivid pictures and fast motion scenes. Have not been able to spot any ghosting even while specifically looking for it.

Black finish works with even the most modded cases and lighting setups out there.

No dead pixels, and haven't had any light bleed issues in corners or during very dark scenes like some other monitors. LED backlighting FTW.

Did I mention the price? Picked it up on sale for $240. Simply can't be beat at this panel size.

Cons: Bit of a shaky base even when tightened. Using your computer desk for a drum set is certainly out with this one.

Clunky on screen menus take a bit to navigate. Once set up, most don't change these frequently enough for it to matter much.

Not a 120Hz panel, so nVision and 3D movies are out. To get that in a 27" monitor will cost you nearly 2.5x as much though. I say get 2 of these, go multi monitor instead and still save $$ :p

Isn't 1920x1200 (16:10) like it's 27.5" predecessor.

Other Thoughts: Unless you need an ultra accurate professional color reproduction monitor, are looking to play 3D content, or for some reason cannot bring yourself to use a sub-30" display, you really can't find better for the price.

An excellent all around monitor, and an even better value. Still using the 27.5" Hanns-G in another build over 5 years after purchase without issue. Don't be put off because it isn't a bigger brand name. These things rock!

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Display Name: Sean K.

Date Joined: 06/09/05

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 07/25/12
  • Last Review: 01/23/14
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