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Austin L.

Austin L.

Joined on 07/18/03

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Most Favorable Review

pretty darned heavy

Planar 997-6035-00 Triple Monitor Stand
Planar 997-6035-00 Triple Monitor Stand

Pros: Holds my 3x 23" vision 3d monitors pretty stable. Setup is fairly quick.

Cons: Aligning the three monitors so that they are all at the same height is hard to achieve perfectly. I had to make do with the side monitors being slightly lower than the center. I wish there was slightly better cable management integrated into the arms. I had to tie the cables to the arms to keep them out of sight.

Overall Review: Make sure the surface you're putting the stand on can handle the weight of 3 monitors + the stand! It also goes without saying that you should also make sure that you have enough horizontal space to have three monitors going across - it takes up a lot of space.

10/14/2011
Most Critical Review

problem with Vista 32-bit

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: Decently priced, PMR gives it better performance.

Cons: Worked properly 30% of the time during Vista 32-bit install, 95% after I was able to use Windows Update. Makes a ceramic clinking sound every once in a while but that doesn't seem to be related to my problems.

Overall Review: I thought it was a bad drive at first, but after RMA/replacement, I still have the same problems. During Vista 32-bit installation, the drive would lock up sometimes during the installation phase, but most of the time during the initial performance assessment. Once I was able to get past Windows Update and get the latest drivers through there, most of the locking up seems to have stopped (downloading drivers in advance and installing during the installation phase doesn't seem to solve it), but every once in a while, the drive still locks up during anything related to system file installation or system shutdown. When it does this, it tends to corrupt files and lose data. Oddly enough, it seems to work fine when I install Windows XP.

great deal

SAMSUNG 245BW 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment
SAMSUNG 245BW 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment

Pros: Good size for the price. Gaming is awesome at 1920x1200 resolution.

Cons: Height adjustment is not quite perfect, and there is no tilt adjustment.

cheap storage

Crucial Gizmo Jr 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model CT2GBUFDJNR000
Crucial Gizmo Jr 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model CT2GBUFDJNR000

Pros: Cheap, plenty of storage, small form factor.

Cons: Doesn't work as expected after a few uses.

Overall Review: I put drivers and installers on this flash drive, and it saved me when trying to reinstall Vista a few times. However, after I installed my Logitech webcam, those drivers unmounted my flash drive while scanning for the webcam. Ever since then, I can't reformat the drive, or write/modify/delete certain files on the drive; it causes the drive to unmount and remount itself. It's cheap enough that I don't want to go through the trouble of RMA/support, I suppose I'll buy another and try it out again if I need to.