Joined on 09/06/09
Quality Refurb - Shame they went out of stock
Pros: Unit was in A1 condition Packaging was fair for a refurb (folk shouldn't expect an original box). Well packaged, padded and wrapped. Cables were provided (VGA, DVI and power) Helpful URL was provided so you can go look up drivers if you need to Unit plugged in.. went to work. Did its job. Still doing it. Nice Monitor, good rework and re-packaging from Altatac. If this is their standard of repair and finish I would certainly look to get another monitor from them (tried to- out of stock)
Cons: I don't see any.
Overall Review: Not a criticism of the vendor, but I'd originally picked up another viewsonic model to supplement the unit i already had. Main concern was monitor position and color balance. Just a friendly word of advice for folk, unless you're buying absolute like for like - you're rarely likely to get that match without lots of fiddling with the settings.
Good while it lasted.
Pros: Used the device in my Asus Zenfone 5q. Ordered 9/28/18. Started to fail November 2019. Worked great till it didnt. I would say light-moderate use. Mainly photos from cellphone camera and audiobook storage. Some backup of phone apps and text archives.
Cons: Symptoms of Failure: Slow writes.... Failed shots with the camera (green screen). Unable to copy-and-delete or move files from one area to another. Couldn't handle large directories very well (imagine filing a folder with photos). Tried to delete files. Files would stay on the filesystem after refresh. Plug it into the SD card slot in a windows 10 PC - windows would not let me do any file maintenance, formats or other 'write protected' when clearly not. Replaced with a Sandisk Extreme Plus 128gb MicroSDC. Lets see how long that lasts.
Overall Review: Not a bad card while it lasted, didn't think the lifespan would be just under a year.
Didn't last long
Pros: Comfortable, good weight (adjustable). Adjustable DPI.
Cons: Bought in July.. lasted till December (refurb)
Overall Review: Gaming mice are supposed to be able to take a lot of punishment. However it does seem like the micro-switches just don't go the distance any more. Have elected to switch to a Steel Series Rival to see if it lasts a bit longer.
Buyer beware !
Pros: Everything it says on the packet, but you know if you don't get it to work, the pro's are pretty useless. See CON's
Cons: Had an AMD FM2 APU and motherboard. Now after a few days of exhaustive trial and error I find that not only does it not work (won't negotiate down to PCIE 2.0 on my mobo) but that the mobo probably would need a BIOS update to run with it.. (yes an infamous Pre Win 8 MSI Jasmine). Thanks to the joys of HP Website you could get a BIOS upgrade maybe since the mobo is common but you've no way to tell if newer machines with same mobo and available bios patches will work with your BIOS Chipset, without of course taking a heatsink or two off and reading the label. Ah the joys ! Does ASUS even give you a hint that there might be some issues before you buy.. of course not. But I'm fairly sure they know in most cases.
Overall Review: Unlike Asus who doesn't actually give much information about 'what you might need' to make it all work, go to Gigabyte's website. For both motherboard and graphics cards Gigabyte tell you what the limitations will be and what you might need. Have an AMD APU and want to use this.. be warned.. you'll need an FM2+ processor to be able to operate PCIE 3.0 As for the Asus support site? I couldn't navigate on it.. where was 'graphics cards' in the support list? Confusing with a million options that didn't seem relevant. Guys this is helpful stuff and something you should always be telling us even on the sales literature. The ASUS way seems to be to register the product first (thereby accepting something you can't use) and then telling you 'nah, doesn't work with that setup. You could learn a thing or two from your competition. Now I don't know if I have a DOA or its the mobo thats at issue. I'll have to waste more money to buy a mobo to find out. If in doubt, get a decent motherboard before you plump for this youll save yourself a few wasted evenings scouring the internet for help which isn't available. Oh and newegg? What gives? I get the standard delivery and it takes the full 7 days for a graphics card to reach me one state away? I ordered a replacement DVD drive.. which shipped from new jersey and got here quicker.. Come to think if it I had a refurb router shipped quicker on the standard delivery too. Does a graphics card have to sit for 2 days in 'packaging' then another 2 days 'shipped' before Fedex even has the shipping information? Hope the Mobo arrives quicker but given that experience I won't be getting my hopes up.
Love the screen, hate the RMA
Pros: Nice display. No dead Pixels. Good contrast ratio, responsive enough. People complain about the lack of a Vesa mount. Not a problem for me. Affordable with the discount newegg was offering at the time
Cons: Had two machines: One new Pavilion P1227c running native Radeon HD graphics. Win7 Home 64 bit One home build. Phenom X4 840, 1tb Seagate HD 4GM Ram, Windows 7 32bit One Nvidia GTS 450 card to test with Two DVI cables One VGA cable One Adaptor DVI Male to VGA female. So the plan was to get the new monitor working with the new PC. Had the old Setup feeding from DVI to DVI - didn't work. Tried the connection with the DVI to VGA adaptor in the monitors VGA port. Worked. So I did some experimentation. Was it the cable: tried another DVI - didn't work Was it the PC, swapped the cables over - didn't work. So, do I give the RMA a go. Or use the Iron egg Guarantee. I thought to myself: I'll give it a go on the RMA. Big Mistake. Supplied the: Model, Serial Date of Manufacture All my details to facilitate the RMA Went round the houses with all the things I was asked to check. Clearly there's an issue somewhere needing some expert technical assistance. Clearwater support are very good at their jobs. They took my concern once the details had been given and we went through the steps again together. Raising an RMA, was a little more fun. Establishing the date of purchase, I supplied the newegg invoice (minus costs). The response was that they needed the monetary value to work out if the item was a refurb or not. I'm thinking. Serial number, date of manufacture (Sep 2012). Not a big stretch to establish that its not a refurb with the date of purchase and DOM being so close together. I'm wary about providing more details than necessary to outside subcontract agencies - as anyone should be. I believe its been resolved now but I do believe that a little streamlining of the process is in order. If it comes to getting a refund I'll certainly pass the details regarding cost.
Overall Review: Hanns G and Clearwater have done wonders in the past few years to improve their customer service organization and it shows. They should be commending for the improvements to their service arm. But I think whats needed is a crisper response sometimes. I have a spare monitor I can use so I'm not greatly inconvenienced. But the user who's buying a monitor for a box-build who doesn't have a spare. Thats going to be a problem. We haven't even got to establishing the company's TAT performance once the item is in their hands. But I'm hopeful that going to be as positive an experience its been dealing with their customer support teams.. will update when that happens.
Buyer Beware - Model Specific
Pros: Simple board, unobtrusive, low power consumption etc.. ...
Cons: Ah the fun part. What they don't tell you about these cards based on this chipset is they have quite a few compatibility issues. Tried to install it in a Pavilion P-1227c machine (A10-5700 APU). Shouldn't have been an issue but.... Machine didn't power on. Never even made Post. Bios settings were all changed according to manufacturers request to allow the card to be identified. No success. (Win 7 - 64 bit, but don't pay any attention to the O/S - it never got far enough to know if that was an issue) Switched over to another PC, worked out of the box, no issues. 4GB Win 7 32 bit AMD X4 840. Most importantly Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2h Motherboard.
Overall Review: Check the internet for users reports of problems with this model/chipset and compatibility issues with certain desktops. If you think you're at risk: don't buy it. Technically its not an RMA, does leave a bit of a sour taste in the mouth now as its fairly redundant to my needs.