Joined on 06/24/09
Pros: Excellent value when bought on sale with promo code and rebate; $149.99. Screen is bright and very thin thanks to LED backlight. No glaring from windows or lights on the matte finish. The monitor with stand weighs less then 10 pounds; half the weight of the 17" monitor it replaced. Colors are very vibrant. The games I have been able to play so far all look amazing. I love the design of the monitor, with the glossy bezel less then 1 inch thick framing the matte finish screen, it looks great. The inlaid ASUS logo looks like chrome and adds a nice touch.
Cons: The stand is the main downfall of this monitor. It only allows for a little bit of tilt, and no rotation. I solved the rotation issue by placing a simple turntable under the base (a cabinet organizer) and it works great. Tilt is hard to accomplish without 2 hands. The monitor does sit a bit lower then I would like by default but the turntable I used also lifted it and gave it the boost it needed vertically. When looking at the monitor from a hard angle there is a bit of color shifting. I have only noticed this when there is whites and greys on screen; they turn into shades of beige. Why would you need to be looking at a monitor from a hard angle though? A monitor that can easily rotate never needs to be viewed on an angle.
Overall Review: Spend a few bucks on a little plastic turntable. Search for cabinet turntable. I'm using a 10" turntable, however I think most 8" versions would work; the monitor's base is 7-7/8" wide. I think this is the most helpful tip I ever left in a review.
Pros: They look great! Sleeving is seamlessly done right into the connectors with zero visible shrink wrap. Sleeving feels nice to the touch and doesn't fight attempts to route the cables.
Cons: No 16 wire combs to tie the two 8 wire (6+2) PCIe cables together into one 1 cable visually.
Overall Review: I recommend this product and will definitely go to cablemod for all of my future sleeving needs.
Pros: •Price! After getting my hands on it, I feel this case is worth every hard earned dollar I spent, if not more. •Case came safely packaged in a thick open cell foam surround and not just styrofoam. •First thing I noticed after removing it from the packaging is simply how beautiful it is. There isn't a picture or a video that can do this case justice in terms of communicating how sleek this thing looks in person. So nice you'll want to remodel your office space around this thing. •This case is pretty big and by removing the PSU and drives from the main chamber they have left plenty of room for a nice big reservoir, big radiators, plumbing, and lighting. This case is basically designed with liquid-cooled, contemporary, desk-art in mind. •Top, front, and side panels made of sturdy aluminum that do not flex and are easy to remove/replace. •The glass is tinted and quite reflective, thus keeping the internals fairly hidden when internal lighting is not on. •The two chamber design is great for cable management and hiding all the other ugly pieces in your build. •The rubber grommets are great quality and there are cable pass-throughs right next to all of the motherboard headers. •Pump mounting bracket is a nice inclusion as is the two pre-drilled locations to place it. •Airflow is exceptional in main chamber with fans configured to pull from bottom to top. •Building in this case is a pleasure, everything fits together with great precision, and has a top quality presence!
Cons: •The removable hard drive cages straddle the side pass-throughs and the cables using them; making it a bit tricky getting the cage back in. •The dust filters are excessively restrictive. My idle temps went down 4-5c just by removing the redundant filter placed over my top exhaust. •The bottom dust filter refuses to stay in place at the ends because there is a hard memory curl formed in the roll it came from and the magnets not strong enough to overcome it. •Fingerprints have me handling it with towels lol.
Overall Review: •A regular ATX motherboard setup running air-cooled in this case leaves the main chamber looking rather empty. This situation has been addressed somewhat by the optional 3x120mm bracket to allow you to fill up the reservoir area with somewhat impractical but aesthetically pleasing fans. •Having the small metal plates over some of the pass-through locations is a goofy design and should be replaced by rubber grommets or at least grommets under the plates. •The dust filters need to be redesigned to lay flat and allow more airflow.