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BenQ GW2450 Glossy Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easily the best monitor I've ever purchased for the price. Colors are more vibrant and the viewing angles better than TN panels. I haven't seen any difference in game performance compared to my old TN monitor. I have yet to have any eye strain at all with this monitor thanks to the lack of PWM, something my previous monitor used.

Cons: Maybe I just got a lemon, but 3 dead pixels popped up after month 3 and now I have around 4 of them in conspicuous locations. My old Samsung and Dell monitors never had this issue (lucky in this regard) and needless to say I'm rather wary of investing in more BenQ monitors.

Other Thoughts: Such a shame all the dead pixels really ruined the experience of this otherwise great monitor.

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BenQ GW2450 Glossy Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: No PWM.
True 8-bit panel as opposed to budget IPS panels using 6bit+FRC.
No noticeable ghosting.
Matte coating on the screen.
Luckily no dead pixels.
Power light indicator out of the way.

Cons: No DVI cable.
No HDMI output.
Screen too bright out of the box.
Color profiles available online may no longer be applicable.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned above, the models currently shipping as of week11, 2014 no longer uses PWM. I have tested it out with a camera phone and there is no flickering at <25 brightness. I have no issues with flickering, but those who have trouble with it should most certainly consider buying this monitor.

If you look up the panels used by some budget IPS monitors, you will notice that quite a number of them aren't true 8-bit panels. Not really an issue for most people, but hey if you want a non-TN monitor then may as well go all-in and grab a true 8-bit panel.

I don't understand why Benq pretty much made a new monitor, but still refuse to ship it with a DVI cable. You should be prepared ahead of time and make sure you have a DVI cable if you plan on purchasing this monitor. VGA won't cut it. Don't forget to turn down the brightness as soon as you turn it on!

Also, this monitor should really be called GW2450-1 as it is fundamentally different from the earlier model. The backlight technology is different (DC as opposed to PWM) and an altogether new panel is being used (with a native contrast of 3000:1 AMVA+ as opposed to 5000:1 AMVA). The color profile available online is for the earlier model of the GW2450 and it may not work as effectively on this model.

Either way, I'm happy with my purchase and glad to have made the move from TN to VA. If you're looking for a budget non-TN monitor, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value for your money. Unless of course you need a display with HDMI...

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SAMSUNG White 1GB MP3 Player YP-U2JZW
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Vorbis Player 08/28/2007

This review is from: SAMSUNG White 1GB MP3 Player YP-U2JZW

Pros: Can play ogg vorbis files for a low price. Looks sleek and the sound quality is excellent in my opinion. Comes with a voice recorder which records voice pretty well. The paired earphones are pretty comfortable as well. Overall great player for a low price.

Cons: A firmware upgrade is needed to fully utilize the player, especially if you want to use it as a UMS device. The necessary upgrade can't be found in the Samsung US website (hint hint). Also a pain to upgrade the firmware too... It is also refurbished, but the player I received only has a few kinks and works almost as good as new so no complaints here.

Other Thoughts: A vorbis player for only $20 (bought it on sale), much better than an IPod in my opinion. Battery life is superb, I use it daily and the battery meter still registers as full. The design is also sleek, but the LCD screen will get scratched up easy. Nothing a strip of clear tape can fix though. Remember that if you want to purchase this, make sure that you upgrade the firmware!!! This is an excellent player if you are willing to go through the trouble of upgrading it.

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Display Name: Raphael S.

Date Joined: 07/31/06

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  • Last Review: 12/04/14
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