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Dustin S.

Dustin S.

Joined on 11/27/04

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Most Favorable Review

Fantastic bargain IPS for multi-monitor rigs.

LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" FHD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor IPS
LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" FHD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor IPS

Pros: My cons list is a litany of issues, but most of them are actually pretty easy to cope with. In exchange, you get an eIPS (6-bit) display that, outside of the slight edge bleed, has excellent uniformity and is able to produce excellent, reasonably accurate color. Once calibrated, the IPS224V can reproduce fine detail in video very well. Very few monitors in this price range feature VESA mounting, but the IPS224V has 75mm mounting holes, making it a great choice for multi-monitor mounts. After experimenting with other brands, I'm pretty sure LG is as good as it gets for bargain eIPS. Also, don't be put off by the 14ms stat, I found ghosting to be minimal and better still, input lag is comfortably low. In Bioshock Infinite I was able to do distance head shots relatively easily and consistently, and in MechWarrior Online, PPC fire was easy to line up. Users interested in surround displays may actually find that a trio of smaller 21.5" panels like this one are more ideal than larger displays, at least in landscape, as larger displays may start to stretch past your periphery. Finally, some people may find the trio of inputs and dedicated input switch button to be very useful.

Cons: Calibrated color gamut is just 65% of AdobeRGB1998 and 86.6% of sRGB. Minor edge backlight bleed can be distracting. Stock stand is pretty lousy and wobbly. Wall wart power brick. Only includes VGA cable. Power LED is *bright* and blinks aggressively in sleep mode; it can at least be disabled while the display is powered on, though. Displays will blank on an all-black image, which can be minorly irritating.

Overall Review: I picked up three of these for a triple-display setup (video editing and surround gaming) and for the most part I'm pretty happy. I'd've liked a thinner bezel to improve spacing, but the trio of inputs and *especially* the VESA mounting sealed the deal. Given the price on these displays and their general performance, there's really no reason to buy TN panels anymore.

Most Critical Review

Works fine if you only need one input.

HP LP2465 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 DVI LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments
HP LP2465 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 DVI LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments

Pros: Excellent picture quality for the price. If you only need one screen, it's probably fine.

Cons: I bought mine two months ago. The first one developed a problem switching between the two inputs where crosstalk would eventually cause the monitor to actually freeze up, and ultimately it just wouldn't let you use more than one input at a time. The first replacement HP brought me just plain didn't work on one of the inputs. The second replacement HP brought me, just days later, worked fine for a day before developing THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM.

Overall Review: If you just need one good screen it's probably fine, but if you plan on actually doing anything with it, it's not at all worth the money and headache.

Works and works well.

CORSAIR ValueSelect 4GB 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M1A1333C9
CORSAIR ValueSelect 4GB 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M1A1333C9

Pros: Single 4GB stick from a name brand. Worked fine in triple channel with two other singles.

Cons: Doesn't overclock? Advertised timings are the best you'll get, or at least the best I got.

Overall Review: I paid $105 apiece for these, don't really regret it even though they've dropped $15. I bought three, they all work just fine. Isn't that why you buy Corsair, so you know everything'll work out of the box?

Dismal in every way.

ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Pretty much the only P45/ICH10R board still available.

Cons: Does NOT have seven SATA ports. They're physically there, but the two off-color ones are tied to a Silicon Image controller that works as a port multiplier, directly attached to the ICH10R. As a result, these can only be used for Silicon Image based RAID configurations. Which are utterly unstable, or at least were on my board. If you try to add an additional SATA card, you have to turn off the onboard eSATA controller: this is a documented problem with Asus boards where the BIOS seems to somehow run out of memory for additional drive controllers. Of course, despite all this, my board also managed to be completely and utterly unstable.

Overall Review: I used to push Asus boards hard, but the last few I've used have really disappointed me. I like Asus fine (great bargain notebooks), but the trouble I had with this board coupled with the trouble I had with my old P5B Deluxe...thanks but no thanks.

It's not just the speakers.

Bose® Companion® 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
Bose® Companion® 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System

Pros: Speakers are capable of producing some pretty stellar and well-directed audio. Mine produce excellent highs, mids, and lows, and I use them as monitoring speakers for editing. These are great if you don't want a sub, but just want full audio from a couple of mains.

Cons: Lack of a power switch, cable between speakers isn't that long.

Overall Review: People who gripe about poor sound quality of these are probably hooking them up to motherboard audio instead of a halfway decent sound card. In my experience they're actually extremely sensitive to good sound hardware; I have an Asus Xonar DX driving mine and after tweaking the equalizer they do sound exceptional. If you're just using motherboard audio you may want to get something else, but if you have a good sound card, these can produce some outstanding audio.

Surprisingly capable little card.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3650 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100237L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3650 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100237L

Pros: Maybe it's just the sheer amount of power available in modern video cards, but I've found this little sucker to be very good at what I bought it for: playing games at about 720p on my HDTV. Surprisingly, it even runs many games at 1080p. Definitely gave me more than I expected. The UVD is also quite nice, substantially improving the quality of the HD-DVDs and Blu-ray I've run through it.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: If you're a mild gamer or strapped for cash, you could do a heck of a lot worse than this card. In benchmarks it may look fairly frail compared to the competition, but in my personal use I've found it ample.