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Pros: Clean, elegant design. It looks more expensive, feels more solid than most of the monitors I was comparing it to. The screen is matte, non-glaring which is a nice change for me. It can get VERY bright so I keep it turned down to about 70% brightness at the highest to suit my needs.
There are a slew of settings that can be adjusted to suit your preferences.
Cons: I was expecting more clear, full sound from the unit. It can reach loud volumes without typical distortions but no matter the volume it always has a somewhat hollow, overly bass/mid range resonating sound to it. I've updated drivers on my soundcard and tweaked the settings to make it sound as good as I can. I finally decided I need separate speakers to enjoy music the way I want to hear it.
Also there is a strange fuzzy crackling noise that comes from the monitor at times when I use the mouse to scroll or re-size windows. It's not terribly loud but it's noticeable. Maybe that's part of Windows 8.1 I'm not used to, or a shielding issue between the devices. Still, it only happens when scrolling or re-sizing windows... weird.
The settings menu and adjustment buttons feel quite unatural and can be confusing at first... I'm getting better with them but still feels overly sensitive with no physical response to let you know you've pressed something.
Other Thoughts: I got this monitor on sale ($65 off msrp) which was still a bit over my set price point. I figured better components usually have longer lasting appeal and balance out the expense in the long run.
Also I had to set the screen on my video card settings to fill the entire usable space, it left an inch or so all around on automatic detection settings. Even when filled to max capacity there is a 1/2 inch black border from the actual edge, which is fine for me. Although it would look really cool if that was even smaller or closer to non-existent. I'm sure it serves it's structure purposes.
All in all it's a good monitor, almost worthy of it's price. If it was $300- $280 to begin with I would give it 5 eggs.
Pros: -The price on sale ($799) is hard to beat for all the components combined.... See specs for details.
- The pictures and information listed here are EXACTLY what came when I got my order.
- Super quiet operating noise level so far.
-Awesome Processor, just at normal operating range. Performance has been incredible and smooth: playing an HD movie on VLC, Music in Win Media player, running iTunes, Chrome and Firefox surfing the web all simultaneously;... just to see what it was capable of.
-CyberPower PC is assembled in the USA!! I've heard good things about their customer support but haven't needed to use them yet.
- No bloatware!
Cons: -The MoBo is a mATX MSI H81M-E33 which is a bit lacking for it to be called Gamer Extreme... If you really are an extreme gamer then you probably know your stuff and would look for a more capable and expandable Mobo. If you want to add just one more video card or expand memory beyond 16G you will need a different Mobo... But honestly this set up is pretty peppy and I don't plan on replacing mine anytime soon. I'm more than happy with it as-is.
- It does NOT have a wireless card built in, I read this ahead of purchasing so I was prepared and bought a USB Wifi dongle $60 until I can get ethernet run to my home office.
-I'm a fan of classic windows. This 8.1 Metro stuff is for the birds. Runs well, quick and smooth just not into the the kiddie friendly, huge color block and all-screen-consuming apps design of it. I installed a classic shell which returns an actual start button with shut down and all the familiar things I knew about windows. SO now it's familiar, user-friendly and I like it :)
Other Thoughts: -I wasn't crazy about the case, particularly all the red accents and lights... also on the keyboard and mouse (no lights just a few red buttons). But it's kind of growing on me. The case is cooler than I expected. It does come with two LED fans which keep it quite cool and make virtually NO noise as compared to my laptop.
-All in all... It's everything I expected and hoped for at this price point. Only needed a few tweaks to make it familiar and comfortable.
Display Name: Scott W.
Date Joined: 06/25/12
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