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Pros: This machine came with both Windows 7 pro 32 bit and 64 bit. I don't know if that's always the case, but I appreciated it because I wanted to run 32 bit and be able to use some of my old 32-bit software for XP and prior. One excellent piece of software, PSI-Plot, runs perfectly and it's about 20 years old! New versions of the software would have cost far more than the machine. Clean, fairly fast, new keyboard and mouse. Displayport!
Cons: The display port seems to have problems recognizing my 2560x1400 monitor. I have to turn the monitor on and off after bootup, then it's fine. I may buy a separate video card. For the moment I'm using an external video card with displayport, which works. Boot up takes a good two minutes. I'm planning to switch to an SSD drive. It should fly with that--I noticed that getting a fast corsair SSD (neutron) makes my old Macbook pro 2.4ghz blazing fast.
Other Thoughts: My complaints are minor. At the typical price points this is sold at lately (114-136) it's a great office machine. As another writer mentioned, it's like buying Windows 7 and having a basic office computer thrown in!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I can run a 2560 x 1440 monitor with this device.
Cons: I wanted to run a dual monitor set up, a 2560x 1440 on the minidisplayport of a 2010 Macbook pro, and a second 1920x1080 (or higher resolution) monitor through the startech. It works for spreadsheets and word documents, however often hangs on webpages. You click on things, and nothing happens. If slide the webpage off the monitor served by the Startech device and onto the one hooked to the minidisplayport, whatever you clicked on, which was unresponsive, suddenly becomes active. Then after you've done this, it generally keeps working. The problem was much worse with a Hitech usb video card, but it persists with this much higher end piece of hardware.
Other Thoughts: This could be a displaylink software problem. If anybody has a fix, let me know what it is.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Planar 997-5253-00 Black Dual Monitor Stand for LCD Displays
Pros: Very strong: it could hold almost any monitor these days, now that LED is the norm. Easy to use, functional.
Cons: There are no cons.
Other Thoughts: I used this stand to hold two LCD 24 inch monitors in portrait mode and it was steady, didn't budge. I think it would take two 27 inch LED's easily, and am considering trying that.READ FULL REVIEW