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HP ZR24W-AM Black 24
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None to speak of.

Cons: Received with just under 9,000 hours in-service, and it showed. Could not adjust to true white to save my life.

But, that was just the icing.

The vendor "packaged" it in a ridiculously thin cardboard box that was too small to accommodate the dimensions. No credible thought was given toward the delicate electronics, it was just jammed in, a few styrene peanuts tossed in to make it look like they "packed" it, but all they did was make a mess while providing no cushioning. A single piece of packing tape was used on a dusty box. This is like a 3rd World junk store tried to imagine what packaging was like.

So, almost laughably, this is how it was passed off top the shipper. And, the predictable happened: the monitor fell out of the box during shipping because it was a 22 pound item stuffed into cardboard about as thin as a shoe box. Just pure, ignorant circus clowns pretending to do the job.

So I received it broken into pieces, with the shipper having stuffed it back into the box and wrapped a few more pieces of packing tape around it to hold it together for the final legs of shipping, hoping I guess that I wouldn't notice chunks broken out of it and the entire locking mechanism holding the monitor to the stand (yes: it was shipped with the monitor attached to the stand, with the really powerful spring mechanism that controls tilt forcing the box open).

Pro-tip to the vendor: don't hire special needs children to handle your packaging.

I could go on, but you get it. Unprofessional vendor selling junk and has no professional concept of packaging for shipping.

Other Thoughts: Drruuuumm roolllll sez .... of course I returned it. Newegg was fantastic about it. I had to send a few pictures to show its condition, but they graciously refunded the full purchase amount without argument.

I lost about 10 to 12 hours of my personal time dealing with the entire purchase, attempts to use & adjust it before deciding it was too broken and used to be of use, and the re-packing & return process. Not happy about it, but an expected risk when trying toi save money on refurb items.

Turned around, bit the bullet, and spent $241 on a brand new Dell U2415 1920x1200. It is glorious. The extra $100 to have a brand-new item under full warranty was really painful for me at this time, but well worth it. Colors are incredible and I can trust it for a minimum of three years instead of wondering every morning if it will turn on.

I've been through three refurb monitors in the last 5 years. Two died (one Dell and one HP) while the third is still looking fine (an HP). The two that died had a lot of hours on them, and they looked great right up until the moment they dies without warning. The third one is going into its 3rd year now, but was originally received with very few service hours (about 500) ... and that seems to be the difference. All my monitors are on 7 days a week, some for 2 or 3 hours, others for 12 to 16 a day.

I'm done with refurb monitors for a while. I'm really just about break-even for service life vs. quality vs. price vs. personal time & aggravation. Hopefully what I have now will last until ~2019-ish at least & I'll have spare cash for whatever new monitor tech is available then.

PNY 128GB Turbo Attaché USB 3.0 Flash Drive (P-FD128TBAT2-GE)
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs not happy 11/14/2015

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo Attaché USB 3.0 Flash Drive (P-FD128TBAT2-GE)

Pros: 128 GB of storage
It has not died (yet)
it is much faster than USB 2.0
It was fairly cheap at the time for a USB 3 / 128 GB flash drive

On a USB 2 port, it transfers data at the full capacity of the USB 2 port. This is actually pretty important & useful because I still service a number of computers with USB 2.

Overall, I like the feel & look; although plastic, it feels solid, it stays together (don't laugh, many flash drives don't), and the understated gray & frills-free design keep it looking professional instead of like a child's toy.

Cons: It does not transfer at USB speeds, and it does not even meet the advertised specifications (when on USB 3 ports).

It runs scary hot when large transfers, such as over 30-40 GB at a time.

It drastically slows down when it gets hot. Like, insanely low speeds. I find that I need to transfer ~10-12 GB at a time, allow it to cool, then transfer the next 10-12 GB block. Absolutely absurd for a 128 GB drive, and completely unacceptable design failure.

I am sorely tempted to give this one egg, but I get enough use out of it (SEE: Other Thoughts) that I don't have to throw it in the trash. Yet.

Other Thoughts: I continue to use it as a data storage device, but it's pretty crippled given the heating & slow-down issues. In particular, I just realize it is most useful on a USB 2 port and that it shouldn't be tasked with transfers over 10 GB at a time, then use it accordingly.

With that in mind, it does function. But, I did not buy a 128 GB USB 2 flash drive, so this makes me quite unhappy and dissatisfied with it.

I have been able to play music and video directly off this drive, and it is able to stream that data at a speed that does not heat it up and at speeds adequate that the music and videos do not get interrupted. I would put this under Pros, except that my needs for it with this sort of function are very limited. Maybe I play video off any flash directly 2 or 3 times in a year, and music maybe once a month. So, while it does seem able to meet those anemic specifications, they really do me no practical good, especially since I have a dozen other flash drives that are vastly superior to this one and were as cheap or cheaper.

Over the years I've generally been happy with PNY products (especially their RAM), but this flash drive is a real stinker. Big regrets on not spending this money on a better flash drive.

Dell P190S Black 19
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs follow-up - died after 15 months 11/14/2015

This review is from: Dell P190S Black 19" 5ms Flat Panel Display LCD Monitor - Refurbished 250 cd/m2 800:1

Pros: It was a fairly cheap refurb, and it lasted 15 months +/- a week or so. I had a lot to say about this before, so scroll down and see my review from 2/23/2014.

The picture and general quality of this monitor are hard to over-state. I paired this first against a Dell Ultrasharp 1920x1200 IPS monitor, and then for the past !6 months an HP ZR2740w 2560x1440 IPS.

In both configurations, I was able to tweak the colors/contrast & brightness on this P190st until they were virtually a 99% match to the IPS monitors. More than 70% of the time, this P190st served in portrait mode running at 1024x1280 and 72 Hz refresh. It was rock solid on a DVI connection, and served as the primary boot monitor and general 'control panel' monitor to coordinate all the activity on the other IPS monitors. It also was outstanding as a document reader, the reason it was usually in portrait mode.

Additionally, it ran quite cool and used relatively little power, approximately 30 watts plus a bit acording to my Kill-A-Watt meter.

Cons: Well, it died after ~15 months plus a few days. No warning.

Tried to boot, it went through BIOS, Windows login screen, made it to the desktop, then the entire screen real estate was condensed into an ~10 pixel white strip at the "true top" of the monitor. Even though it was in portrait mode, it reverted to landscape so the strip was along the top edge if it had been in 1280x1024 mode.

So, it seems the horizontal control failed in some way. No amount of dinking around with it will get it to display anything other than a bright white strip along this top edge.

Other Thoughts: I am "somewhat disappointed."

I didn't have great expectations when I bought it. And, while it was in service there were a lot of great things to say about it.

However, I really expected 2 years at minimum, especially since the service hours on it when I bought it were so low. Also (through no fault of the monitor) it failed at a time when I don't really have surplus cash to buy a replacement, so that is painful while I shop around.

Going back to a single monitor setup after having a dual display for a long time (prior to this one I had a different monitor, so 5 years now) ... well. A single monitor display right now feels like I'm really being crippled and hurts my productivity.

The main reason to submit this review (apart from the comments) was to give it three eggs and average out the previous 5 egg review.

I feel 4 eggs is fair, over all, for this monitor given what I paid and the excellent near-daily service it provided ........ while it was alive.

Now I will attempt to salvage the stand and attach a 100mm x 100mm VESA plate to it so I can use it with a different monitor. The stand is fantastic and I'd really like to still use that and take some of the sting out of losing this monitor.


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