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GIFT AMD GOLD 3 GAMES 2014 (Up to $150 Retail Value)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A-OK 12/24/2014

This review is from: GIFT AMD GOLD 3 GAMES 2014 (Up to $150 Retail Value)

Pros: 3 more games to my growing Steam library. Getting the games was easy and straightforward. I got Murdered, Thief, and Sleeping Dogs which at the time on Steam totaled $115. With Steam sales throughout the year you can get all three for about $25 now. Oh well, can't complain with free.

Cons: The previous set of games had a better selection but the Radeon R series wasn't available at the time.

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Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5/1G
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I got this for a cheap and simple home server build (Core 2 based Celeron). This was when DDR2 RAM prices were cheap. It worked as it should with no issues so no complaints.

Cons: None.

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Acer S231HLbid Black 23
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I bought two of these. The first one in 2011 with a manufacture date of 1/2011 and second in 2012 with a manufacture date of 7/2012. In 2011 I got this to replace my aging 5 year old primary monitor, Gateway FPD2185W (21" 1680x1050). On sale, this was a great bang for the buck: 23" 1080p LED with VGA, DVI, & HDMI inputs. The monitor is very thin and lightweight. It is very bright; the default brightness is a blindingly 100% and I toned it down afterwards. Though I had spare cables, the bundled VGA, DVI, and HDMI cables were a great bonus. 1080p videos look beautiful and I got plenty of screen real-estate for Windows. PS3 and XBox 360 play great via HDMI though the audio has to be set to the RCA cables.

Cons: Like others, I noticed screen is slightly "blueish" even at its warm setting. My old monitor looks more "redish" at its cool setting. I got used it over time and it doesn't bother me at all.

The stand isn't height-adjustable and is a bit wobbly at the slightest movement of the desk. I used a monitor arm and it looks a lot better as it floats above my desk.

The power on time is unnecessarily long: the 2011 monitor displays the Acer logo for 5 seconds. I thought that was annoying until seeing that the 2012 monitor shows the Acer logo and then the Energy Star logo for an unnecessary total of 15 seconds. Testing other brands at the store they power on a lot faster than the Acer brand monitors.

On the 2011 monitor there's a faint high pitched noise coming from the screen. I never noticed it due to the computer fans and it occurs when the screen has lots of text on a white background. Changing the brightness didn't make a difference. The 2012 monitor does not suffer this problem.

The function buttons and navigating around the menu aren't the most elegant things to use but it's not that hard to figure it out.

The faint pixel grid is and grainy texture of the screen is more noticeable on the 2012 monitor. It's okay viewing 20 inches away but I have to try to ignore it and get used to it.

Other Thoughts: As of review, the 2012 monitor is still my primary monitor and the 2011 is used sometimes as a second monitor.

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Glenn C.'s Profile

Display Name: Glenn C.

Date Joined: 06/27/05

  • Reviews: 45
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  • First Review: 01/13/06
  • Last Review: 12/24/14
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