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James L.

James L.

Joined on 10/11/03

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Budget Extreme

QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II 27" QHD Samsung PLS Matte Panel PC Monitor
QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II 27" QHD Samsung PLS Matte Panel PC Monitor

Pros: Just want to echo what has been said about this monitor and its "non-pixel perfect" cousin here on the egg. Ordered 12/20 and arrived 12/23 from Korea. Unbelievable on top of being during Christmas rush! Great price for a beautiful monitor! The monitor is very light - much lighter than my Samsung 24" it replaces. The stand is attractive/adequate and can be adjusted for pitch but not height. Ran various pixel tests and videos, everything is perfect as advertised. There isn't as much out there for 1440p monitors, but the videos available on the web clearly showed all pixels working. Color and clarity is striking compared to a TN monitor and games/videos are just beautiful. I was hoping the extra pixel height would be good, but it is amazing how much bigger the whole desktop feels. And, if you are a LOL player, that height is a unexpectedly strong advantage over 1080p. Picture color and brightness was excellent out of the box. At 300cd/m2(max) you could use it as a headlight, but it was tuned down before shipping. Text of all fonts and sizes is particularly impressive. I use a 27" 1080p and it can't compare. So sharp you have to see to believe. I too like the brick power supply. Mine came with a 6' lead so I can hide the brick under my desk. Also comes with dual link DVI cable (required).

Cons: There is a small list of nitpicks worth mentioning: The OSD is clunky and there is a foreign "feel" to the monitor. There is a power button on the front of the bezel that does nothing - the actual power button is under the bezel. If you plan a VESA mount there is a 100x100 mount area. However, it appears that you must remove the bezel in order to remove the stand stem. I have not yet attempted this and will post an update as I have a VESA stand I intend to use. There is a bright red led on when the monitor is off that is annoying - off should be off. The manual is in Korean with English titles. (huh?) So far I have not found a support site which means you are on your own for adjustments. There is slight backlight bleeding at the lower left and upper right of the monitor. Its only noticeable with a back screen in a darkened room. Otherwise I can't see it even when looking for it. Not a con for me, but there is "only" a dual link DVI input - no HDMI, mini-port or other.

Overall Review: Easily put in 30+ hours of staring during my extended holiday weekend and I LOVE this monitor. I was hesitant ordering it as I usually stick to blue-chip name brands but I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Like other have stated in their reviews, I felt compelled to write a review after playing with the monitor for a few days. You will too. If you are looking for the next level in eye candy on a budget, this is it.

12/27/2013

Media PC perfect

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 1080P Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 1080P Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: This case was everything I was looking for. It blends in nicely with my media stack (receiver, amps, etc.) and looks like an innocent DVD/Bluray player that does so much more. I installed a IR dongle (for IR remote) behind the window which hides everything functionally into a very tight, tidy and good looking package. It is also the lowest profile case possible that houses a "regular" power supply, and that was important for me.

Cons: Yep, the MB clearance height is low and could be an issue. (Thanks to those who commented before for the heads up.) I worked around that by adding spacers (aka washers) under the MB during installation. A little tricky, but doable and no short circuit concerns. This did require some ingenuity for the expansion cards but it worked out fine. 1 egg off for the Cons and the extra effort required.

Overall Review: Not sure why so many are down on this case. It is plainly a very inexpensive, low profile case. This should clue you in that there are some trade-offs. If you want the quality of an expensive case, then go buy one. The price and practicality of this particular case left money on the table to improve what I put inside, including a BluRay player vs the DVD I originally planned for. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.

Home Server/HTPC

ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Running this with the A6 3500 as a server and HTPC combo. Loaded WIN7x64 Home Pro and VMWARE Player. Added virtual WINXP and Server 2003 with one dedicated proc for each. Playing video using both WMC and XBMC which run flawlessly. Tried playing a DVD using WMC in WIN7 while transcoding in WINXP and backing up my kid's computer in 2003. Respectable job though no speed demon. Just happy it didn't crash. :)

Cons: None at all - definitely recommend.

Overall Review: One question I had - that another reviewer (thankfully) answered is how good the sound works. I can confirm the 7.1 sounds works beautifully through HDMI. I have a 30' HDMI run to an Onkyo receiver which feeds both the speakers and an Epson projector. The invisible giant scene in "Voyage of the Dawntreader" (voices all around you) was rendered perfectly and in-sync. ASRock A75 PRO4 AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB WD Scorpio Blue 500MB System drive Seagate 3TB (x2) storage drives Onkyo 5008 Receiver Epson 6010 Projector 165" screen Amazed neighbors

Good Home Server Build

AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX
AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX

Pros: Paired with an AsRock A75 PRO4 and 8 Gigs of RAM. Installed Win7x64 Home Premium and VMWare Player 4. Then created two virtual machines with WINXP and Server 2003. (one dedicated processor each) Tried to crash it by simultaneously playing a DVD using WMC in WIN7, transcoding a .mks on WINXP, and backing up my kids computer in Server 2003. DVD playback was good, but the transcoding and backup took well over twice what I get on my other rig. However, it didnt crash. :)

Cons: None at all.

Overall Review: Overall very impressed. I'm no "techie" so don't have raw numbers, but this worst-case test shows this proc is a good choice for my intended application. However, were I to do it again, I might have gone with the quad core as I doubt a single core dedicated to video will do blu-ray adequately. Need to test. AsRock A75 PRO4 A6-3500 Llano G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB PC3 1066 WD Scorpio Blue 500GB (system drive) Seagate 3TB(x2) RAID 0 storage drive