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This review is from: Hanns-G HL227DBB 21.5" LED monitor 5ms Full HD 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000,000:1
Pros: 1. Cheap ($109, free shipping)
2. Good size
3. Good resolution
4. Very bright (had to turn down)
Cons: 1.Stand: It was pretty wobbly, though likely manageable for the price. But I instantly just swapped it with a sturdy monitor stand I had that used the 10cm x 10cm VESA mounting holes. It looks funny, though, because you can't get the "stem" of the original stand off. Also keeps the monitor from pointing less than slightly upward (which is fine for my desk height). Original stand is also super short.
2. 60 Hz refresh rate max. I can't get it to go above this, even though most cheap LCD monitors I see these days can do 75 Hz. The 5ms response time would be equal to 200Hz, so why the limiter?
3. Gaming: There is significant blurring in games when using first-person and quickly looking left or right. Much more so than my junky old 15-in lcd display. But I also experience the same thing on my 32in TV. So maybe it's an effect on the higher 1080p resolution, or maybe it has to do with the 60Hz refresh rate. I'm not sure, but it's a little bit disappointing.
Other Thoughts: For the price, size, LED brightness, and resolution, this was still a worthwhile purchase despite its faults. I would not recommend it to hardcore gamers. It doesn't say so anywhere in the specs, but this tops out at a 60Hz refresh rate. For normal use, though, this is a great deal. Especially if you are unlikely to bump into the desk and set the thing wobbling.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Nexus CFA-300 80 or 92mm to 120mm Fan Adapter
Pros: It does its simple job.
Cons: You can't really blame this device, but in my decrepit old case the place for the fan is a metal molded shelf for an 80mm fan. Thus, the screw holes in this line up but I couldn't fit in because it tapers out immediately from that point. I considered using the old fan casing just to hold the adapter, but then the whole assembly runs into the CPU heat-sink and fan. I ended up actually attaching this to the outside back of my case. Worked like a charm! Though I'm sure it's not nearly as efficient. Going to put some caulking around this thing to get it totally flush with the case.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you have room for this first, though I doubt many will face the same challenge. It would have been easier for me to get a new case, but this was much more fun.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works and very quiet. I'm not using the speed controller because this thing is quiet at max speed. No LEDs also a plus. Long connector cable also helped greatly.
Cons: SpeedFan only shows it getting up to around 1800 RPM at max. Wish it could push just a bit more air.
Other Thoughts: I messed with speed controller briefly, and even at max still couldn't get the fan to go to the stated max 2100 RPM. Perhaps SpeedFan is incorrect? In any case, if you do use the speed controller, do be aware that it seems to require use of a full size molex connector, as mine wouldn't run just off the board system fan three pin connector.READ FULL REVIEW