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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Has performed flawlessly. USB3, built-in RAID, innumerable features.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: The board has been running almost nonstop for the year and a half since I received it. (I've got a four-core AMD Phenom II 955 in it and 8 GB of RAM.) I've never bothered to decipher all the overclocking features nor the "core unlocker," as my Linux Mint 9 uses all four cores without it. I added an 8000-series 3ware RAID card just to avoid any complications with Linux software RAID, but someone more proficient than I could probably set up the built-in SATA RAID.

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HP LP2475w Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This wide-gamut monitor has at last allowed me to preview what I will get when I print photographs. It covers the Adobe RGB gamut well, and once properly adjusted will match what one sees looking at a print in indirect daylight. Every pixel on mine is perfect and, surprisingly, it synchronizes to some low resolutions that confuse my old CRT. The colors are relatively invariant to off-angle viewing. It is comfortable to use thanks to its adjustability.

Cons: I do get the slight difference in color temperature from left to right that has been reported elsewhere, but this is apparently inherent to the nature of the panel and not specific to this make. The out-of-the-box image settings also need considerable adjustment for accuracy in previewing photographs.

Other Thoughts: I would suggest, first, adjusting the monitor to one of the sets of parameters at the UK "tftcentral" site: Brightness 17, Contrast 65, and RGB 251, 235, 242 work well for me. Then very carefully compare a print from your printer and preferred paper to the display in your usual room lighting. A little tweaking of the video-card settings can then be used for gamma adjustment, etc. The brightness is far less than the manufacturer's default, but if you hold a print up to the monitor (or, for me, at an angle to it, as my light comes mostly from one window to the side) you will see that the brightness of the image in the monitor corresponds very well to that of the print in room lighting.

I did not use a colorimeter, though the settings I found online were obtained with one. Given the considerable variation in reported results with different colorimeters (or even the same one) I just decided to compare my prints to the display. The results have been quite satisfactory.

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KINGWIN USB to PS2 Adapter Model UPS2C
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Mixed results 05/10/2010

This review is from: KINGWIN USB to PS2 Adapter Model UPS2C

Pros: This product allows one to keep using old PS/2 peripherals with recent motherboards.

Cons: I had problems using it with an Asus ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 motherboard running Ubuntu 9.10. The mouse froze intermittently. But other users have also reported problems with PS/2 peripherals under Ubuntu; the Kingwin adapter might work quite well in other software environments.

Other Thoughts: Eventually I settled on an internal USB-to-PS/2 adapter, which has not been without its problems but which I've been able to make fairly reliable. This has enabled me to continue using my old, expensive ergonomic keyboard and PS/2 based KVM switch.

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Michael F.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael F.

Date Joined: 10/26/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/10/10
  • Last Review: 09/05/11
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