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MSI N430GT-MD1GD3/OC GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great boost over integrated video or an older card.
Very low power requirements mean you can likely keep your current power supply.
All three outputs -- VGA, HDMI, DVI
Cheap. I caught with a MIR for a Jackson.

Cons: It is a bit loud.

Other Thoughts: It's hard to imagine not snagging this at the price. GTA IV, LA Noire, WoW all run wonderfully. Hope it comes back in stock for those stuck with integrated video.

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Rosewill RCAD-11002 USB to HDMI Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Capable for the price 06/08/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RCAD-11002 USB to HDMI Adapter

Pros: Used on a MacBook running OS X, works well for a dual external monitor setup. Seen fairly readily by VMWare Fusion as well. Much less expensive than other options that create a single device from two monitors.

Works well with low-refresh uses. If you have a mostly static window, this works great.

Cons: As others have noticed, you're not watching video on any seriously sized monitor over this thing. Refresh rate is like playing Doom 4 on a PowerPC. Any seriously detailed image will suffer serious lag.

So great for stuff like email, maybe IM, or, for me, a browser holding the page I'm coding. Not good for anything constantly moving or giving you feedback you need to see in real time. Maybe similar devices using USB 3.0 will solve this, but this one ain't it.

Other Thoughts: For the price, it's a great way to add a second external monitor to a 13" MacBook, which only supports one via hardware. Very inexpensive, and a great real estate extension for low refresh windows.

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HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very crisp. Puts my old monitor (AOC 2216Sw) to shame. Also quite bright. No dead pixels out of the box. Full 1920x1080. Buttons well configured -- instant, direct-to brightness & volume buttons.

Cons: No HDMI port. No audio out port. Speakers are essentially nonexistent.

Other Thoughts: Great visuals for price; on sale an absolute steal. I've gamed and coded on it for hours. Works great.

At full price, you really should also get an HDMI port, even for a monitor this size, as it could do 1080. Also, if you've got speakers this lame and you pretend to take an audio in, you'd better have an option for audio out. Needs headphone port. Minus HDMI & headphone port equals minus 1 egg at full price.

Honestly, with a fan on your desk, the speakers are inaudible. And what you can hear is tinny. Barely serviceable to hear a training video. They don't noticeably add size to the monitor, however. Pretend they're not there.

That is, pretend there are no speakers, but you've found a URL that tells you how to solder something inside the monitor to unlock secret speakers, and it turns out Newegg did it for you. Now they're l337 k3w1. (But still stink as speakers.)

Need to update long term, but for the first week, I'm VERY happy.

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Display Name: William B.

Date Joined: 06/16/05

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 06/08/11
  • Last Review: 07/27/12
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