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T. D.

T. D.

Joined on 01/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Lives up to its promise

BenQ GW2265HM Black 21.5" 6ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, 250 cd/m2 DCR 20,000,000:1 (3000:1), Built-in Speakers, VESA Mountable, D-Sub DVI HDMI
BenQ GW2265HM Black 21.5" 6ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, 250 cd/m2 DCR 20,000,000:1 (3000:1), Built-in Speakers, VESA Mountable, D-Sub DVI HDMI

Pros: The features that are advertised -- the available low blue light settings and the flicker-free voltage controlled brightness -- really do seem to make a nice difference in being able to work for longer periods of time with less visual and neural stress. I like this monitor a lot and am very glad that I bought it.

Cons: Every time you turn it on you are blasted with a full 100% brightness purple splash screen, and whenever the computer goes into suspend mode a blue screen, also at 100% brightness, assaults you. There is no excuse for this. It shows huge disrespect for the user. It's the visual equivalent of blowing a horn in someone's ear. And, yes, I'm deducting a star for this.

Overall Review: The controls are easy to see which makes errors less likely. The menu is clever but takes some getting used to. I understand that customization is possible although I haven't done that yet.

Most Critical Review
Rosewill RK-7431 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Super Slim Keyboard with Scissor-Key Switches
Rosewill RK-7431 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Super Slim Keyboard with Scissor-Key Switches

Pros: Please allow me to say that although this keyboard is quiet, it's not quite as quiet as the well-known device that inspired its name. It's similar acoustically to a laptop keyboard, and will be quite delightful to most users accustomed to standard desktop keyboards. It has considerate touches like the new-style keycaps.

Cons: Not an expensive, durable-appearing keyboard. Bright blue LEDs, one of them a superfluous "Power" indicator. Brand name on the space bar, to be covered, if it's bothersome, by electrical tape.

12/21/2010
Acer H6 Series H226HQLbid Black 21.5" HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, IPS Panel 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
Acer H6 Series H226HQLbid Black 21.5" HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, IPS Panel 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)

Pros: I bought this monitor because it had one unique and quite wonderful characteristic -- it was the only inexpensive monitor on the market that utilized direct voltage control for brightness dimming (rather than pulse width modulation.) It had to be easier on the eyes and nervous system. It also has an IPS display.

Cons: It has a glossy screen. ( I covered mine with a matte finish screen protector.) A splash screen appears every time you turn it on, which delays your resuming your activities for several seconds. The controls are essentially invisible (I've turned my monitor off accidentally countless times.) It has a magnet in the base, which could be a hazard to credit cards as well as small electronic devices.

Overall Review: This monitor was designed for the aesthetic experience. It has, as well, some silly quirks. It's unique in a positive way and I hope they keep making it.

Excellent

Logitech Ultra X 967353-0403 Silver/Black 104 Normal Keys 6 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
Logitech Ultra X 967353-0403 Silver/Black 104 Normal Keys 6 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

Pros: Lovely keyboard. Incredibly quiet compared to most keyboards, even those of high quality, because of the laptop-type action.

Cons: Quite trivial -- no volume control keys among the extra keys.

Overall Review: Refined, sleek styling. Impressive. By the way, this arrived less than 24 hours after I ordered it -- in Massachusetts, no less!

KINGWIN KCU-7025 70mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
KINGWIN KCU-7025 70mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Comments: I've been using this fanless with a C3 Nehemiah and it has been performing adequately at moderate ambient temperatures despite a less-than-optimum application of thermal compound. The thermal cmpound difficulty arose because of a blue-in-the-face effort required to mount it on the Socket 370 clip. Thus the verdict: One thumb up for effectiveness, one thumb sprained for difficult mounting.