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Kenneth D.

Kenneth D.

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Most Favorable Review

Great monitor for gaming, not ready OOTB

ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor

Pros: This monitor is worth the pain you go through to setup right. Vivid colors, awesome refresh rate and amazing for gaming (as most reviews state) but not recommended for low-experience users or those scared to get in the weeds of setup. This is one of the nicest gaming monitors I have ever seen, that is not over-stated in other reviews. I finally have a monitor with a beautiful black and white spectrum! Colors are amazing and sharp and there is no edge glow from the back light...but there are tradeoffs (see cons). I have not used the 3-D capability yet so cannot comment there.

Cons: Not at all ready out-of-the-box (OOTB) and vertical view angle hurts a little. It was almost like everything was set to max brightness, contrast and colors like TVs are in stores...but, that is not the case. These are baseline settings. This could be a good thing depending on your operating environment since you have a lot of wiggle room in the settings. In order to obtain the picture this monitor is capable of, I had to find a custom ICC profile (Google easy enough) and went through some painful manual calibration. Nearly all settings will need to be tuned to reduce the heavy saturation and vividness and to reduce the extensive brightness (headache-inducing type brightness). All in all, I had to tweak the Windows color profile, tweak the nVidia settings and the change all hardware settings. This was a lot of work in alterations from default. Default settings are TERRIBLE. You WILL need to change these. However, once you get it right, it is an amazing monitor! One egg for the level of effort ASUS left to the customer to get this up and running. Almost another egg lost for poor vertical view angles. I have not noticed horizontal limits, but there are vertical view angle limits. While not too severe (hence, no egg lost) if you use the monitor is a portrait (vertical) setup, you will run into dark-to-bright transitions...again, it is not severe.

Overall Review: ASUS should have provided software to assist in setting this up, or should have simply tuned a better default. Water under the bridge. I would definitely recommend using online resources that provide the sample screens needed for manual calibration (you will need to manually calibrate this). Getting a great picture is not difficult, it just takes time to get right. If you are going to be doing photo or video editing, this may not be the monitor you are looking for (super refresh rate screens often are not). The color spectrum seems too far off to get a reliable or true natural color set. Note: I have not used hardware calibration devices, so it may be able to get there...just not by my eyeball-based calibration. In the end, for gaming, this monitor lives up to its reputation once you get it set. Sorry for the redundancy, but the repetition is warranted. Almost requested RMA...then I finally got it setup right. Mess with hardware settings first, Windows color profile second and finally, any further needed or fine grain changes via the nVidia or Radeon-based driver config. Otherwise, you will keep running in circles with washed out light-dark and color saturation issues.

Most Critical Review

Died after two boots

Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Got Win 7 installed, then got bad drive errors from CPU.

Cons: Drive died after I rebooted following OS install. Seems like it would be a good drive if it worked. Was quick on the install. lol

Awesome fans!!!

Corsair Air Series AF140 140mm Quiet Edition High Airflow Case Fan Single Pack(CO-9050009-WW)
Corsair Air Series AF140 140mm Quiet Edition High Airflow Case Fan Single Pack(CO-9050009-WW)

Pros: Great airflow with nearly no noise! I have been through many different fans and these are by far the best! My computer went from annoying to where I now only here the fan for the power supply, CPU and my hard drives. That is good stuff!

Cons: Minus one egg for the fan blades being so brittle. Not sure if this was a design choice or a design limitation. When I opened the box, a fan blade broke off one of the fans. I was very surprised at how easy they are to break. Fans should be a little more resilient than that. This was the first time I have ever had fan blades break off so easily.

Overall Review: If you are careful, you should be happy with these fans. Don't touch the blades if you can help it...ESPECIALLY if they are in motion. Don't try to shortcut the fan's spin down or allow anything to touch them, they will break off.

Works as advertised

WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN

Pros: Works as advertised. High transfer speeds, sleeps when not in use and has storage for days! I use this to store media and as a secondary backup device. What more can I say? I have yet to have a WD device fail me. I had gone out on a limb and purchased a HD from another manufacturer. That device failed and I am back to WD again. Way to go WD!

Cons: None.

Overall Review: WD bundle software is pretty much worthless if you want any kind of custom backup jobs. Not sure why they provide this as the included software other than it is probably cheap or free license to WD. I wouldn't waste my time with it. Because there are so many other options out there for backup software and are easily obtained, no egg hit here. Not a big deal to me.

Failed after a month

G.Skill 32GB microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (FF-TSDG32GA-C10)
G.Skill 32GB microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (FF-TSDG32GA-C10)

Pros: This is a review for an old purchase. Worked for just over a month, then died.

Cons: Buyer beware, low MTBF and high failure rate based on my experience. I bought this item to increase storage for my phone (Samsung G3) and it worked as expected for a month. After that point, my phone would fail to read the card, the card would constantly mount and unmount anytime a read operation occurred. After troubleshooting, I assumed it might have been my phone and plugged it into my computer to check it out and backup the data. Everything worked well so it seemed an Android issue. Each time I repeated the above operation, the card would reliably fail. After the 4th change around, the card just gave up the ghost. I ended up replacing it and validated the issue was not the phone. The day I received the non-G.Skill storage device, the G.Skill failed completely (no phone or PC-based read/write). Seems to be a faulty design given the number of failures noted here. Sorry G.Skill...this is the second of three G.Skill devices I have purchased and had failure issues with.

1 year-plus, no issues

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998982
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998982

Pros: As other reviewers have stated the details, will keep it short. Mushkin has never failed me, and these memory modules are no different. No issues or problems whatsoever. Handles overclocking and default equally well. Love it!

Cons: Not one.

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  • 5

Faster than expected

Ordered the item on Monday, received it on Wednesday. Happy as a clam!

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Great mouse!!!

This mouse is everything I would ever want in a laptop mouse. It has just enough buttons to be useful but not so many you make mistakes. I love the middle button option to scroll by click or freewheel. Perfect for when you want to get to the bottom of a document or web page rapidly. Also, the sideways scrolling is so helpful for use in small screens where pages or documents to not scale properly (bad site devs, bad!). Overall, extremely happy and satisfied!

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Very fast processing and shipping

Considering this came from China, my gear was processed, shipped and received in a far less amount of time than expected. Shipping was around 7-10 days but I received the gear on the 6th day post-order. Great job and please keep it up!

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