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BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP 120mm PWM Case Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs "Long Life" ? 05/24/2016

This review is from: BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP 120mm PWM Case Fan

Pros: Relatively quiet (i.e. not the loudest)
Moved a good amount of air (not the most)

Cons: Relatively expensive
Did not have a long life as the specifications suggested

Other Thoughts: Use: Case fan in "always on" home server
Lifetime: about 16,000 hours (22 months)
Mode of Failure: Fan stuck, case overheated, power supply sacrificed itself so that the rest of the build might live
Remarks: Fan stuck "hard" -- could not move with finger - did not hear fan "going bad", it died silently (the one time you want a loud fan!)
Thumb rule violation: should get at least 1,000 operational hours per dollar spent on fan. This fan didn't make it.
Suggestion to (other) Owners: If you use this fan in a server, and it's getting on in years, you might want to power down and try spinning by hand to measure resistance. Am not sure how long my fan had been "going," as last maintenance period (during which all fans are spun by hand) was 4 months ago, and things seemed fine, then.

Newsync 27R Real 144Hz 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Anyone got an ICC profile for this thing? 05/02/2016

This review is from: Newsync 27R Real 144Hz 27" LED 1960x1080 1ms DP HDMI DVI VGA FPS PC Computer Monitor

Cheap (when on sale)
144 Hz
Power button does NOT have to be held in for at least 1/2 a second to turn on (Booo! Acer)
Dedicated Source Input Select button (doesn't share an alternate function)
Multiple sync frequencies supported (1/2 an egg off for not supporting 120 Hz via DP)
OSD buttons are good sized
Menus were in English
No dead pixels
3 day shipping (direct from Korea)
Input Sources other than DisplayPort support 120 Hz

Blue Power On LED is too bright (duct tape dimmer applied)
OSD Menu system is fairly primitive
Power cable between wall and brick (with funky prong adapter) looks suspicious (am using my own cable)
DC cable from power brick to barrel plug could be longer
Anti-Reflective coating not evenly applied to screen (missed a spot near the bottom)
"Screen Door" effect noticeable with some sources (limitation of design dpi - not really a bug)
DisplayPort had initial issue (see Other for details)
120 Hz refresh rate not supported on DP(maybe a real ICC profile would help?)
Glossy black bezel could be matte and thinner
Resolution (on this web page) is listed incorrectly - of course, it's 1920, not "1960" - typo
Last item, and this one is subtle: Does anyone remember Sony Trinitron CRT monitors? Remember the twin horizontal "shadows" running across the screen at about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way down the screen? Well, it looks like the back-lighting of this Newsync monitor has a similar artifact:
There's a thin (about 1/8 inch) vertical "seam" that runs down the center of the screen from top to bottom. Like the Sony wire shadows, it's hard to see. The brightness of the color being displayed can't be too bright or dim, or else you won't see it. However, once you notice it, it's subliminally there all the time, like a stain on a movie theater screen. The pixels are OK, but the backlight is just a bit dimmer. Am guessing the screen uses two separate edge lit light guide panels, which meet in the middle. Rather annoying, as you start seeing it all the time. Am taking a second egg off for this.

Other Thoughts: Speakers not tested (am pretending they're not there)
Firmware update to support Freesync would be great! (not holding my breath)
Need an ICC Profile for Windows (you'd've thunk 120 Hz would be supported via DP)
DisplayPort difficulty: Out of the box, I connected DP first. Input wasn't recognized/seen, even after manually cycling the Source button to DP mode. Not sure whether issue was video card or monitor, but HDMI and DVI-DL worked fine. Eventually, with all three inputs connected, and a reboot or two, DisplayPort started working. Since then, it's worked OK.

Rosewill RHTA-15004 Super Thin Digital UHF/VHF HDTV Antenna - Indoor antenna - Multi-directional Range up to 35 Miles, 15 Feet High Performance Coax Cable, Lightweight - White
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: "Multi-directional" apparently equals "Omni-directional"
Good gain
Great performance / small size
Seems to cover entire US Digital OTA (over the air) Band

Cons: "High Performance Coax Cable" is adequate - might want to swap in a cable with a larger center conductor (supplied is kinda thin)
Cable really is 15 feet long (or "High" as the description reads) - many installations won't need one this long

Other Thoughts: Have a UHF Yagi + rotator on the roof left over from Analog TV days -- the rotator (rotor?) finally died, meaning 2/3 of local channels were suddenly gone (Yagis are directional). Bought this indoor antenna as a stopgap (was on sale), but it looks like I won't have to worry about replacing the mast mounted rotor, although, at some point, I should probably yank the entire thing off of the roof.

Modern equivalent of rabbit ears, but better - don't have to adjust the position!

One egg off for the supplied cable - thin center conductor and threads were somewhat tough to line up with both the antenna (that the cable came with) and with the receiver (TV). Will probably replace when I get around to it, but seems to work.

Signal level is very good - picture (across local channel band - from channel 4 to 57) is good - very surprising (I didn't really expect much, as was on sale for $12 [promocode] with free shipping)


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Date Joined: 03/12/03

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