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Pros: All the nice things I said before, plus the wealth of connectivity options, the USB hub, the built-in speakers which are of surprisingly good clarity, and the beautiful factory-calibrated color presets which are amazingly rich. Something about this monitor screams attention-to-detail (at the risk of overlooking other things like DEAD PIXELS... :P ) for the market segment for which it was designed. The overall construction of the panel, stand, and base feels very solid and sturdy, with only the main vertical swivel where the panel attaches to the base having a somewhat flimsy curved plastic cover but that's beyond minor. The action of the different pivots and portrait-to-landscape rotation is really smooth and solid without being tight and requiring unnecessary force to work. I will definitely recommend this monitor to the graphic and CGI artists I know as an upgrade for either Windows or Mac, with the caveat about Asus' pixel policy, though... (see Other Thoughts)
Cons: The OSD menu operation is a little wonkey. It utilizes what is basically like a mini joystick that is at once both very sensitive and non-responsive; some menu options seem to select easy with a simple press and others seem to require a long press. This is really nitpicking because how often do you need to dive into the OSD when there's color presets (and if you're a CG artist you'll pick either the AdobeRGB or sRGB calibrated presets and stick with one of those), and dedicated buttons for auto-picture adjust and input selection... Also, the look of the OSD and the button faces and their layout on the bezel isn't as polished or fancy at the latest Dell UltraSharps. All definitely minor things but as I can't rate this a 4.5, I'll give it 5 stars to average with my prior 4 star review.
Other Thoughts: So as a follow-up on my previous purchase of this monitor, Asus rejected my RMA on the basis of their utterly draconian pixel policy. They require 3 dead pixels, at least, and in tight grouping, in order to warrant an RMA, which is very not cool. Dell and HP have a zero pixel policy when it comes to bright/dead pixels. But Newegg, continuing to be the knight in shining armor they've always been, took it back, and sent me another with zero defects. Stay classy, Newegg.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: JVC HAF150B 3.5mm Connector Earbud Gumy Earphones - Olive Black
Pros: Cheap, lightweight, black.
Cons: Darn these things are uncomfortable! I've never had any kind of earbud cause major discomfort but these suckers hurt after a very short time. I can't even really pinpoint what's off about them but my guess is they just have a slightly off-kilter shape and/or are slightly over-sized. I bought into the "gumy" moniker assuming these were designed for comfort and they're exactly the opposite. They flat-out cause pain after only a half hour or so of use, and I can't lay down with them in because it feels like a sharp rock in my ear. The construction overall also just feels kind of flimsy. The wires are daintily thin and seem under-insulated and easy to snap. They're also twice the cost of the infinitely more comfortable pair I replaced with these miserable little rubberized balls of torture.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't think an accomplished consumer electronics manufacturer could screw up something as simple as earbuds but these are a prime example of how to do just that.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The factory-calibrated color of this monitor is amazing. The feature set is very impressive. The 10bit color capability is probably the best value of this monitor for me, as a digital artist and faithful-color-reproduction-obsessive. I enabled it Photoshop CS6 and thanks to my Quadro, gradient banding is gone and will soon be a distant memory. The increase in screen real estate from my previous 1920×1200 is a drastic improvement. Little things like the measurements etched into the bezel, the full range of motion, the soft white power LED.
Cons: It arrived with two dead pixels in the upper left quadrant, right next to each other — just one working pixel between them. Because of the extreme dot pitch, though, it creates the appearance of a tiny black gash 1-2 mm long in the display. It's VERY visible. I've had monitors with dead or stuck pixels before but they were always in obscure locations, never grouped tightly, and didn't really warrant too much complaint. But this is a very expensive monitor that somehow went through an entire factory calibration process to nail down the color gamut and yet shipped with two glaringly dead pixels in a markedly obvious, cant-miss location. It's just too distracting of a non-cosmetic, functional flaw to tolerate for what should represent a high-end product, so I'm deducting one egg for the completely ludicrous scenario of having a monitor cared for by the factory so much and yet ignore the larger issue of quality. It's an otherwise perfect product.
Other Thoughts: I've gone ahead and contacted ASUS support because they've always been good to me in the past. My only gripe there is the fact that I've had to use ASUS support on quite a few occasions. Still, I try and stay loyal because they've always come through for me. Hopefully the defect with my issue of this monitor will warrant a replacement, otherwise I'll be forced to return it and seek an alternative. This kind of defect on a professional-grade product needed for professional results just isn't acceptable. Real shame.READ FULL REVIEW