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AOC E2752VH 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs More often than not, garbage. 09/03/2015

This review is from: AOC E2752VH 27" Widescreen LED Monitor (2ms)

Pros: Large screen, fairly small pixels, light as a feather.

Cons: You are more likely to obtain a piece of garbage when ordering this than a fully functional screen free of defects. Allow me to elaborate.

I got two of these so my wife and I could tandem compute like wizards once did. One of them was in decent shape (only the backlight was bleeding a bit on the edge - not enough to get in a fuss about and very easy to ignore). The other one had multiple warping defects on the screen, lots of stuck pixels, and some seriously obnoxious backlight bleed.

So I sent it back. And today I got another one with the same exact problems in different places on the screen (except this one is worse). I am so tired of sending this trash back. I get that it's refurbished, but that should mean it was either repurposed or repaired, not rejected by someone else, dusted off and sold to me in a way that makes me feel like a chump.

Other Thoughts: This might be an acceptable product to sell if the quality control wasn't nonexistent.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-H FM2+ AMD A68H 4 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Weird bugs, otherwise okay 08/15/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-H FM2+ AMD A68H 4 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Small, has the ports I need, and seems to support the 95 watt TDP CPU I crammed into it very well. I got two of them for sticking in a 2U case and racking up into my fancy refridgeration unit, and they're not thoring too much heat into the tiny closed environemnt. A relief, as calculating for total TDP of all components is hard.

Cons: Has a buggy BIOS, as is highly typical of gigabyte boards. Do NOT boot it in BIOS mode if you want to properly detect devices. I've had problems with everything I put in the PCIe ports. Ended up booting via UEFI with iPXE after flashing my NICs and reconfiguring my DHCP server. What a pain.

Also, the onboard NIC is prone to signal reflections. DO NOT use short cable lengths with it. I couldn't get the interface to stay up and negotiate properly properly until a meter long, suggesting that they took out all of the backEMF protection in this production run (plus who knows what other noise reduction circuits).

Other Thoughts: While these problems had workarounds, this is a partially broken product.

Hitachi (0F10942) 2TB 32MB Cache 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: These are good quality drives, perfect for a system that employs even SATA3 for an interface (as in most cases you can't hope to satisfy a 3 Gib/s SATA2 bus with mere spinning rust much less a 6 Gib/s). I ordered three. They are in service now, and running like champions.

Cons: These ARE refurbished drives. Of course they are, they're SATA2. However, they have obviously been checked for any physical problems based on what little SMART data I see on them. I also notice that the majority their SMART data has been wiped. I don't really like this, as it obfuscates the history of the drive. It's obvious that the drives have ~21000 running hours based on the last time a long test was run (a value which was not cleared, thankfully) but I find it to be a bit sneaky, as this is something one would do to make it seem like a new purchase rather than a refurb. This hypothesis would seem to be backed by the total lack of anything stating these drives are refurbs with some significant hours on them. (More than two YEARS)

If they were sold at a new price, I would be mad about that. Since it's a refurb price (though admittedly a high one), I don't really care. Just don't go thinking these are new and expect five years out of them. Bank on more like a year (which is when the warranty runs out anyways), or maybe two.

Other Thoughts: A one year warranty on refurbished drives is pretty swell.


David H.'s Profile

Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 01/16/09

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 07/18/13
  • Last Review: 09/03/15
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