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Brian B.

Brian B.

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Most Favorable Review

Sneaky sneaky

Acer Aspire - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3632QM (2.20GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M - 8 GB DDR3 - 1TB HDD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (V3-771G-9809 )
Acer Aspire - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3632QM (2.20GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M - 8 GB DDR3 - 1TB HDD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (V3-771G-9809 )

Pros: Excellent performance and excellent (for the amount of hardware) battery life. Wonderful and responsive square keys. Fullsize keyboard, with the keys in the right places (laptop manufacturers sometimes get stupid with this) HUGE, bright screen. Easy to use support website for drivers.

Cons: Windows 8. Call me closed minded, but I'd rather have the option to pick between Win 7 and 8. Hardware is great, crippled by a bad (marketing) decision. Other reviews complain of certain driver instability or compatability.

Overall Review: Here's the actual meat of this review. Hardware is flawless, both inside and out. Screen and keys are perfect in function and placement. But, enough of that. Take note here, potential buyer. This is the EXACT same hardware set, as another model Acer sells here, on Newegg. Slightly different model number, but exact same hardware. The only difference is what comes installed on the harddrive. Win 7 for the other model, Windows 8 for this one. I went to Acer's website and two sets of drivers are available for this particular laptop. Problem solved. Stripped Win 8 off for Win 7, downloaded the drivers from Acer's website, no bloatware, no Win8, no problem. I'd suggest anyone buying this, do the same. Hooray for newness and Win8 and whatever, if that's your thing. But lappys are finicky at best with drivers. I want it to work for as long as possible. Even if that means formatting it and installing Win7 and doing driver installs manually, I'd take the known stability of the unknown of Windows 8.

12/10/2012
Most Critical Review

Bad quality

Samsung C34F791 34" Silver Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor 3440 x 1440, 21:9 UltraWide, 100 Hz Refresh Rate, 1500R Curvature, Tilt/Height Adjustable, HDMI x 2, DP, USB 3.0
Samsung C34F791 34" Silver Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor 3440 x 1440, 21:9 UltraWide, 100 Hz Refresh Rate, 1500R Curvature, Tilt/Height Adjustable, HDMI x 2, DP, USB 3.0

Pros: Excellent sales price, has a good brand name. It comes in silver, if form over function is king to you. Very minimal bezels, and really intuitive OSD menu.

Cons: A friend and I ordered each ordered one of these at the same time. Both of ours came with dead pixels in three separate places on the panel. On a Samsung. A top tier, most expensive brand for panels of this type. If was playing the Korean lottery with an off-name brand, I'd expect poor quality of this nature, but not from a big name like these guys. I'm in the process of setting up an advanced RMA, so hopefully I'll be getting a replacement soon that will be free of dead pixels. Life's a lottery, be lucky.

11/30/2017

Big upgrade

Acer K272HUL Black 27" WQHD 4ms HDMI DisplayPort Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers
Acer K272HUL Black 27" WQHD 4ms HDMI DisplayPort Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers

Pros: Good value - $199 (on Black Friday) Quick response time (see other thoughts) Semi-backwards compatability. A lot of WQHD monitors are Display Port only, which I think is dumb as I've got oodles of HDMI cables laying around (cause they were the standard for years,) and some older video cards don't support Display Port natively. Fortunately, my GTX 780 does, so I didn't have a problem, but this monitor does make accommodations for older transmission standards (DVI/HDMI) which is a WELCOME consideration, and it comes with all the cables you could need, so they definitely went above and beyond in this regard. Big upgrade from 1080p - My friend spent a lot of time trying to convince me to get one of these. I didn't believe him about the power of a 50%+ increase in raw pixel density (over 1080p,) and I've been missing out. Everything looks better; text in Windows, YT videos, pictures, games (obviously, as long as you have the horsepower to handle it). Games - the performance hit is ~5-10 frames on most games. Very minimal for what you get. And you can lower Anti Aliasing, which helps performance and boost image quality (ghosting.) Playing on a larger screen 27" vs 23" with greater pixel density is just awesome in games likes GTA V, Farcry 4, Skyrim, any game with spectacular environments really shine with displays like this.

Cons: Stand is too big, doesn't adjust hardly at all. Can't shift the panel up/down. You can tilt it forward/backward and left/right, but that's it. Would not pay sticker price ($499) or standard asking price ~$300. If you're gonna pay that kind of money, get a Dell or something with the same/better panel and a more flexible stand.

Overall Review: A semi negative here, the documentation for this product is all over the place. In one place, it's an IPS display, in others it's not. In one place it has 1ms response time, in another it has 6ms. I'm inclined to believe it's got a 1ms response time, as I have two 5ms 1080p monitors (also from Acer) and this seems as fast if not faster. Also, if you're griping about the speakers on this monitor, you bought it for the wrong reason. It's a cheap, good monitor that happens to come with speakers of unknown quality. I say this because I didn't hook up these speakers, and haven't used monitor speakers since I put my Compaq Presario by the curb in 1999. I'm certainly not going to dock an egg for something that has no impact on the item's performance.

Great 1st LCD

BenQ G900 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor
BenQ G900 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor

Pros: This is HUGE, coming from a 17" CRT. The colors pop really well, movies and games look fantastic. I think I may notice ghosting, but even if it is ghosting, it actually looks like a really nice blur effect, so it's all good! ZERO DEAD PIXELS! A definite plus these days. Really light, didn't have to adjust the brightness or anything, plug it in, turn it on, heaven.

Cons: Packaging, h0ly cow, it looked like it'd been through nuclear winter, but, lo and behold, the monitor came through without a single scratch, so thank BenQ for such strong packaging. Also, no DVI cable, kind of a bummer, cuz most hi-end video cards only have DVI out ports, so I had to use a converter till I got my DVI-D cable.

Overall Review: Freakin' fantastic, I can never go back to CRT, ever. I love the space, it hardly puts out any heat, no ghosting, great colors. I love it!

12/19/2007

Good All Around

Logitech 980231-0403 Gold Plated Audio Connectors Connector Circumaural Precision PC Gaming Headset
Logitech 980231-0403 Gold Plated Audio Connectors Connector Circumaural Precision PC Gaming Headset

Pros: Cheap. Excellent sound quality, and pretty good mic quality. I do like how they never move on your head, and do allow your ears to stay cooler than other circumaural headsets. Also, a nice long cable. The mute button is solid, and although the volume control knob is a little hard to move, I'd rather that, than have it slipping and sliding around all over the place.

Cons: The mic picks up my fan sometimes, but then again, that's only when I'm being silent, and I have the fan on high; a very rare occurence.

Overall Review: Basically, if you wear this headset wrong, you're gonna hate it. It's a little strange, but once I had it adjusted properly, I fell in love! All these people that complain about "readjusting" it, do you want to be completely immobile for hours on end? Readjusting is not the travesty you make it out to be.

11/20/2007

Nvidia is up to no good.

BFG Tech GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card BFGE88512GTOC2E
BFG Tech GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card BFGE88512GTOC2E

Pros: Just as fast a GTX for $200 less! Beats the heck out of my old 640MB GTS. Mind you, I have the core set to 700Mhz, so there's a definite speed boost there. This thing will not overheat. I have it set way higher, with the same cooling setup, and it runs COOLER than GTS. Go figure! I love this card, and would recommend it to anyone who wants the best for the best price!

Cons: I had to actually go to a physical store to buy, since Newegg was out, and I couldn't wait. Also, I wish its fan was a little more quiet, since on Max Speed, this thing is sounds EXACTLY like a hair dryer. Tone, pitch and volume level.

Overall Review: 3dmark 06 score - 13k Idle temp right now - 50°C Core - 700Mhz Shader - 1782Mhz Memory - 900Mhz All the ownage you can handle.

11/16/2007