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Carlos S.

Carlos S.

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Most Favorable Review

Once you go 21:9, you never go back...

Acer Predator X34 bmiphz Black 34" IPS 4ms (GTG) 60Hz/100Hz, 3440 x 1440 21:9, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultra-wide Curved Gaming Monitor, ZeroFrame Design, Predator GameView Technology, VESA Mountable, Tilt/Height Adjustable, 2 x 7w Speakers
Acer Predator X34 bmiphz Black 34" IPS 4ms (GTG) 60Hz/100Hz, 3440 x 1440 21:9, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultra-wide Curved Gaming Monitor, ZeroFrame Design, Predator GameView Technology, VESA Mountable, Tilt/Height Adjustable, 2 x 7w Speakers

Pros: - Great picture - 21:9 - Worked as advertised out of the box - Can also use with my PS4 (nice extra) - 100Hz and Gsync are great (I'm running a 1080 Ti) - Very nice stand - I like the accent lighting more than I thought I would - No dead pixels - $999 sale price made it a no brainer

Cons: - Build quality isn't as nice as the Asus PG348Q - Cannot rotate side to side - That Predator logo is so ugly, luckily don't notice it in the dark - OSD is awful, needs a lot of work - Some minor backlight bleed, though that was expected

Overall Review: I've had an opportunity to play with this monitor at my job the past two months (I'm a game producer). It is a great monitor and 21:9 is something to behold. However, I still wanted to have the Asus PG384Q instead. It just looks nicer and they both have use the same panel. Newegg had the Asus for $950 as a refurb. I gave it two chances but both were duds. Just when I was about to try a third refurb or just spend the $1300 on a new one, this baby goes on sale for $999. Done deal. Have had it a couple of days now and it's as I expected it to be.

10/15/2017
Most Critical Review

Potentially great monitor, great price, but those darn refurbs...

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q 34" Ultra-Wide 3440 x 1440 2K Resolution Overclockable 100Hz HDMI DisplayPort G-SYNC Backlit LED IPS LCD Curved Gaming Monitor
Asus ROG Swift PG348Q 34" Ultra-Wide 3440 x 1440 2K Resolution Overclockable 100Hz HDMI DisplayPort G-SYNC Backlit LED IPS LCD Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: - Newegg customer service - Monitor potential - Monitor looks amazing over the X34 from a build quality and exterior standpoint - Great picture quality at 60Hz (didn't get to test 100Hz with Gsync, see "Cons")

Cons: - Bought refurb and the monitor came in a non-manufacturer box with the panel mostly unprotected (wish I could post screenshots here). As you can imagine, the panel was cracked. Three of the four edges were cracked. Immediately packaged it back up and sent back to Newegg. - Bought ANOTHER refurb while sending the first one back. This one arrived in the manufacturer box with all the parts. Good sign! However, it wasn't meant to be. The monitor would not keep it's 100Hz overclock and when there was no signal, would start rotating quickly between different color flashes. Not good.

Overall Review: First off, Newegg is amazing. It is the only reason I gave this "3 stars". Both returns went through flawlessly and easily. Their customer service is always great and I'm glad I bought through them. However, I'm not happy with the end result. Two refurb monitors and they bought don't work as advertised. One came damaged thanks to shoddy packaging, and the other just didn't work well. To me, refurbished means some slight physical damage, but the thing works as advertised. That wasn't the case. I was about to try a THIRD refurb but then the Acer X34 went on sale for $999. I picked that up over a $950 refurb. I've had it two days and have been very pleased. Still like the look of the Asus more though.

10/15/2017

Disappointing purchase

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card TURBO-GTX1080TI-11G
ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card TURBO-GTX1080TI-11G

Pros: - Definitely better than my Asus 1080 FE, though I'm not sure if I'd peg it at 30%. - Overall, the outputs and performance you'd expect from a 1080 Ti

Cons: - This card is extremely loud when the fan reaches 50%-60%+. It is louder than the other 6 fans in my case COMBINED. - The card runs hot and so far, water cooling may not be a real option as water blocks are being made for FE versions specifically. - No returns or refunds allowed by Newegg for this card, so be absolutely sure you want this before purchasing.

Overall Review: - Newegg lists that it comes with For Honor or Ghost Recon Wildlands. I didn't get that choice, unfortunately. - As mentioned, water blocks coming out for 1080 Ti cards are using the FE reference board layout. Mind blowingly, Asus can't tell you if this card is using the reference board layout or not. They have no idea. I've tried phone, email, and chat support and no one knows. I was hoping to alleviate the heat issue with the card with water cooling and now if I want to go that route, it would have to be a custom option. - Considering the fan and heat issues with the card, and Newegg's return and refund policy for this card, I'd label it as a DO NOT BUY. I knew about both when I bought the card but still tried speaking to them anyway to no avail. Do yourself a favor and stick with a Founder's Edition 1080 Ti. Overall, and for the first time in a long time, I'm disappointed with my experience with Newegg and the product with Asus. I love Newegg, but may consider a certain large e-commerce website next time for a purchase like this.

Immediate upgrade over standard drives

OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G
OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G

Pros: I popped this into a new laptop I bought at the same time. The difference is enormous. The laptop came with a 7200RPM drive and this just blows it away. It is very impressive. From the point I click on the restart (reboot) button in Win7, it takes 12 seconds to get back into Win7 with the desktop ready to go. Just unbelievable.

Cons: None so far. My only concern is that the drive won't last long. I've held off on SSD for a good reason.

Overall Review: I'm crossing my fingers this lasts me a couple of years at least. I bought it for about $189 after instant savings and rebate. Very expensive still, but worth the price.

Outstanding laptop!

HP Laptop ENVY 17 Intel Core i7 1st Gen 720QM (1.60GHz) 8GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 17-1011NR
HP Laptop ENVY 17 Intel Core i7 1st Gen 720QM (1.60GHz) 8GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 17-1011NR

Pros: - Elegant design, probably best looking laptop on the market - Aluminum case all the way around, with beautiful engraving - Gorgeous 1080p display - Back-lit full keyboard - Much better for gaming than I thought it would be - Just powerful; everything is so quick and snappy! - Two batteries! - Dual hard drives, though no raid 0/1 - Great selection of video output - Blu-ray drive

Cons: - As expected, it runs hot - The trackpad is not very well designed, also where is the scrolling capabilities? - Cannot do raid 0/1, but I've come to expect this from HP at this point - Lid is a bit hard to get open - The pieces of hardware that connect the laptop and display together are getting scratched and scuffed by the edges of the display. Bad design. Not sure if this has happened to anyone else. - Battery life is not good, even with the 9-cell. I get about 2 hours max with that with an SSD.

Overall Review: I've had several laptops over the past 10+ years, and this is by far and away the best laptop I've owned. It is the first laptop I've bought, used, and felt completely "wowed" by. I wanted a portal desktop replacement and this laptop defines that perfectly. It is not an ideal gaming workstation but it doesn't disappoint. I've been able to play Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age on max settings at 1920x1080. I replaced the main harddrive with and SSD and wow, what a difference. It takes about 12 seconds to do a full reboot and get to a working desktop. Just amazing! I would highly recommend doing the same. I couple of other quick positives before I gripe about a couple of things. First, I love the keyboard. For some reason I find it way easier to type with. Second, I love how the function keys are by default settings keys. As I mentioned in 'Cons', the pieces that hold the display to the laptop are scratched and scruffed. Very annoying. Also, the trackpad is just hard t

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms  Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers
Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers

Pros: Price is just outstanding for the size and screen quality. I got it during the $299.99 special for back-to-school. Adjusting picture is easy, flipping between HDMI and VGA inputs is easy, controlling volume also very easy. No dead or stuck pixels upon delivery. I was setup and ready to go within 5 minutes. Lots of cables! It is almost on the ridiculous side, but better that many than none (or just a VGA).

Cons: Speakers are horrible, but I knew that going in. I also have a 25" version of this monitor I bought at Best Buy several months ago and they are both plagued by horrible speaker location -- they're on the back of the monitor, so the sound is going 'away' from you. Very bad design and makes the somewhat bad speakers even worse. No 1:1 pixel mode, which sucks for a 16:10 aspect ratio monitor. Hooking up my Xbox 360 via VGA looks slightly stretched playing at 1920x1080. Even if I play at 1680x1020 (16:10 AR) there is a weird issue where the picture isn't position properly and I cannot adjust it enough to get it centered on screen. Very frustrating. Last con, and a minor one is only one HDMI port. The other 28" version of this monitor has two HDMI ports and isn't that much more expensive.

Overall Review: Despite the cons I gave this 5 stars. The main reason is due to the value of this monitor. It replaced a 24" Gateway that cost me $550 two years ago, with another $70 spent on the add-on speakers (which were excellent actually). I knew going in that this monitor would have horrible speakers, but since I usually have my headphones on for music and games, I don't notice it that much. The only thing I felt this monitor should have had out of the gate was true 1:1 pixel mapping. Most monitors I've used have this feature and I was surprised this one did not.