Beware of the dreaded unexpected "Updating LED firmware" on boot6/12/2019 9:04:07 PM

Pros: - Decent board, had no issues with it since September of 2018 - PC runs great without any overclocking. I've left everything at vanilla and system ran great.

Cons: Unexpectedly, I was greeted with the dreaded "BIOS is updating LED firmware" today, after nearly a year of it working perfectly. Never have I requested or issued the BIOS to update LED firmware (I don't even use any of the gaming LED systems) and now I am held hostage. This is almost as bad as an unexpected Windows 10 update except you're playing russian roulette with the BIOS. Unfortunately I can neither reset the CMOS or powercycle in this state as I'm extremely worried I will corrupt BIOS. Buyer should take this unexpected turn of events into consideration when purchasing.

Overall Review: ASUS not thinking clearly here where user is alerted prior to firmware update is really concerning. I've had over 20 years of PC building experience and I've never come across something as weird as this. I have not overclocked the 2700X and all my RAM clock speeds and CPU settings are pure vanilla. If it remains in this state I will have no choice but to tear down my build and send it into ASUS. It's a shame as it doubles as my work computer at home.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Phil, It is unfortunate you're having an "Updating LED Firmware" message on boot. Please clear CMOS. Also, do you have any Aura software installed? Let me know if this helps. Sorry for the inconvenience . If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. I'm here to assist our customers with our products and dedicated in bringing a resolution to all issues that they may come across. Your case for reference is N190642709 Thanks for choosing ASUS Regards, Justin ASUS Customer Loyalty
Best for it's price6/23/2011 6:27:22 PM

Pros: Superb, accurate color. Incredible color control. Obvious quality in product. Near-perfect out of the box. Well documented color setup functions in thick manual. Luminance nearly even across entire surface. Works, as advertised. Price: you get more than what you pay for. Newegg has the best deal for this screen anywhere. Matte plastic so scratches don't show up as easy as some other brands. Great finish on screen surface. Optional wall mount easy install via VESA hole mounts. Cable/wiring very ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing. The list keeps getting longer.

Cons: Deeper base than expecting, but still fit on my desk. Gamut not as wide as it's bigger and more expensive brother(not really a con if you only need sRGB like 80% of users out there). Price could be a con for some cheapskates. Not such great Windows 7 64bit support with provided software on CD-ROM(a non-issue for me).

Overall Review: Need I say more. Un-real. This monitor is perfect for entry-level/mid-level enthusiast/work-at-home DCC individual. If you shoot/edit video, composite and/or create 3D imagery, this is a perfect monitor to get started with. Won't break your wallet while giving you incredible out-of-the-box performance.

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Great for gaming6/23/2011 7:54:13 AM

Pros: Best bang-for-buck in size, hands down. If you're looking for a monitor under 30 inches that does 1920x1200 and the dot pitch won't bug you, it's perfect. Light for it's size--my old 24 inch was heavier, and unlike some previous reviewers, the base is actually pleasantly small for the screen size. The footprint was smaller than my previous monitor. FPS games played great on this big boy.

Cons: That it wasn't priced cheaper. Color for pro-work is not up to snuff.

Overall Review: I do a lot of DCC work, and my LCD of 6 years had finally started to go. I thought I'd cheap my way out of getting a new monitor. I bought this monitor thinking I was making an upgrade in size. While the size blew me away, the color quality did not. I game occasionally, and for gaming, this monitor works great. Colors in-game look fine. However, if you need sRGB to look like sRGB, you'll have a tough time getting your colors in the ballpark. Neutral grey appears slightly brown, and the only way to get color to behave was to turn on X-Contrast. However that ruins any brightness/contrast adjustments you make, and my eyes became sore after staring at a very bright screen for a long time. Because of this I reduced the rating by 1 egg--I don't think it deserves any less than 4 eggs as it's got excellent value. Bottom line: if you want a big screen for gaming/browsing but don't want to spend a huge amount, this monitor will work for you.

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