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Matt C.

Matt C.

Joined on 03/15/11

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Most Favorable Review

A lot for a little

Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI  LED-Backlight LCD monitor  Slim Design  250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

Pros: Beautiful resolution and contrast. More brightness than you can use. Handles fast graphics (gaming) very well. Great deal for such a large monitor.

Cons: Default setting are awful, you'll need to adjust the picture yourself. Outward facing interface ports make it difficult for the 4 people out there still wall mounting their monitors.

Overall Review: The big thing you'll need to do is adjust your color, gamma, and white point settings when you get it, because they are never set right on these. You'll also want to turn the brightness down before you go blind (brightness is default 100) and the color temperature to user before you change your internal color temperature for life (default is "warm," eww). Set brightness and contrast to about 50, then do your in-computer settings. Here are mine: Native Gamma: 1.60 Target Gamma: 2.20 Chromaticities: Red Phosphor: x=0.646, y=0.343 Green Phosphor: x=0.321, y=0.612 Blue Phosphor: x=0.147, y=0.066 Native White Point: x=0.313, y=0.329 6479deg K, appr. Target White Point: 6170deg K

Most Critical Review

Getting what you paid for

Pros: Cheap Good grip Laser, so it works on a vast array of surfaces Plug-and-play

Cons: Clunky shape Base isn't flush, so if you have a hard mouse pad, it will wobble about slightly during use

Overall Review: A good value and a reliable backup. I would never choose this as my main mouse, though, especially for gaming.

Loved it so much I filled my case with them

Thermaltake AF0032 Blue LED Case cooler
Thermaltake AF0032 Blue LED Case cooler

Pros: Rich blue light. Bright, yet even light. Very impressive airflow for a cosmetic fan. LONG fabric wrapped cable.

Cons: It doesn't cook me breakfast.

Overall Review: I can't stress how much I'm into these fans. I've gone through a bunch of others, from Antec to Coolermaster and more. They didn't die, they just didn't do it for me. After buying one of these Thunderblades, I loved it so much I bought 5 more to fill my 120mm and 80mm fan spots! I just wish they made this in 140...

Very good value

Famous Brand TSS-23X11 LED 23" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI LCD Monitor
Famous Brand TSS-23X11 LED 23" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI LCD Monitor

Pros: Very good value at around $130. Decent color, accurate temperature level right out of the box. Thin, light LED design. Carries the HP name, even if only in spirit. HDMI + DVI Bright, but not blindingly bright. Good size. Great contrast.

Cons: Apparently there are a lot that come defective, though mine is fine. Bezel is kinda big. A little light on color richness, as is common with LED backlit models.

Overall Review: I needed a third monitor, this one was a great value for $130 (worth about 180 IMO). It's much more accurate on the color temperature than my Acer LED monitor, but much lighter on the color richness than the AOC LCD monitor. If you're in the market for 23" low to mid range monitors, and don't plan on stacking them for a continuous picture (because of the bezel thickness), this monitor is a great way to go.

Most effective fan

Antec Notebook Cooling System (Black) NOTEBOOKCOOLER
Antec Notebook Cooling System (Black) NOTEBOOKCOOLER

Pros: Keeps my 13.3" Macbook cooler than any other fan I've tried yet. Somewhat stylish. Still works well after about 1-2 years of ownership.

Cons: Not comfortable for use on your lap. Rubber risers are too far out for notebooks and WAY too far out for netbooks (not adjustable). Wind up having only back of notebook supported with front contacting the aluminum. Not bad, but not optimal for cooling.

Very capable for less

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: It's pretty powerful. It keeps up fairly well with the higher end i7's, and even surpasses them in a couple areas. IMO, the best value in Intel processors right now.

Cons: The fan sucks. You're going to want to replace your heatsink/fan. It's not that they don't cool, they're ok at that, but they're loud and unreliable. I've heard very similar experiences from other friends. Mine actually came defective. The fan was very sporadic. Instead of waiting a couple weeks for an RMA and being without the processor, I just bought a CoolerMaster V8 for $50 and it kicks way more *backside* than the stock.

Overall Review: $225 + $50 for aftermarket cooling (really, get it) = great deal for this processor.