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Perfect pixel
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs No nonsense panels do what they claim, but no more than that. 05/21/2014

This review is from: Perfect pixel "Matte" 27" MONEX M27QSM 2560x1440 QHD SAMSUNG PLS Panel Computer Monitor

Pros: I bought two of the "perfect pixel" displays and received both quickly with no fuss.

- No dead pixels on either display.

- Ultra sharp with nice color fidelity.

- 1440p was worth it!

- Significantly cheaper than other 27" 1440p displays.

Cons: - Shipped essentially bare with just a single layer of foam wrapping around each box. Fortunately there was no damage in my case but I think this is a very chancy shipping method that could result in damage easily.

- The stand is cheap and no frills; tilt only.

- No USB ports.

- View angle is noticeably lower than some higher end monitors. The image starts to lose contrast at about 90 degrees or so. This is perfectly fine for gaming and such but professional users may not want to jump on this one because of it.

Other Thoughts: The monitors use Dual Link DVI (DVI-D) instead of Display Port 1.2. This will not be a con for most people but something to note in case you intend to daisy chain monitors which is gaining popularity.

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Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs Mudbox, CS6 and 3DSM 2011 like a dream. That's all I really need.

But I do game from time to time, and so I like to overclock. 4.6GHz was no sweat with my Hyper 212 heat sink and just one fan. Temps remain below 80C on Prime95 (well within tolerance for this CPU). Motherboard is a cheaper ASRock Z77 Extreme4.

Substantially faster than the 3GHz AMD Phenom II x6 I moved up from. Night and day difference. I was afraid going from 6 cores to 4 cores would hurt performance in Max, but those fears were unfounded.

Cons: The HD4000 integrated GPU is somewhat pointless.
Could always be cheaper.

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Saitek Pk02u Eclipse Ii Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Beautiful look. Nice feel. 05/21/2013

This review is from: Saitek Pk02u Eclipse Ii Keyboard

Pros: *Excellent feel with full height, slightly wobbly keys.
*Smooth, quiet keystrokes.
*The built-in wrist rest isn't soft, but is just at the right height and angle to be comfortable, for my hands at least.
*The space bar presses down evenly from all angles; no fear of binding.
*Switch on the fly between Red, Blue or Purple LED back light.

Cons: * The knob controls the LED brightness, a rarely used feature. Instead it would make more sense if the knob control speaker volume, which is used much more often.
* The speaker mute button is counter-intuitively assigned to the same rocking switch as the LED color select button. Wut?
* The Caps-Lock, Num-Lock and Insert LEDs at the top of the keyboard are not affected by the brightness control and are extremely difficult to see in bright light.
*The back-light is extremely bright but needs to be cranked all the way up to show adequately through the touted "Laser Etched" keys.
*LED back light shines between the keys and sides of the keyboard, not too gaudy.

Other Thoughts: The short space bar appeared awkward to me at first, but doesn't affect my typing. The cons (KHANs!) aren't enough to make me hate this keyboard. It's got the feel I want and so all other considerations are secondary. I highly recommend it for anyone who's looking for an affordable full size back lit keyboard with a nice feel and minimal features.

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Kevin S.'s Profile

Display Name: Kevin S.

Date Joined: 08/26/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 04/03/07
  • Last Review: 05/21/14
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