Date Joined: 05/25/04
Pros: The monitor case is nice and solid. When handling it, the plastic doesn't creak like it's going to break like some monitors.
The screen has a matte finish as well as the bezel. I hate flashy monitors, so this is a pro for me.
The little power LED is very small and not that annoying blue that everyone is doing these days.
Screen quality is very good, the contrast is great even at 45% contrast and 49% brightness.
The speakers actually have okay volume. I was surprised. Don't expect lots of dynamic range of course.
All of the power and menu buttons are actually buttons. They are tiny, but they are located underneath the monitor and it's easy to find them and use them.
English as a first language customer service, quick to try to correct the problem too.
Cons: The biggest problem is the buzzing. The monitor makes a constant buzzing noise regardless of where the brightness control is. Maybe I have more sensitive hearing, or it is the fact that I have a cabinet above that reflects noise more, but no other CCFL backlit monitor I have makes this noise, including in the same location.
I have tried different cables, different power sources, unplugging the speaker cable, to no avail. The sound immediately goes away on powering off.
Overall Review: I contacted NEC since NewEgg wasn't willing to do anything, and they quickly sent out a 2nd monitor at their expense with a prepaid return label. I was very excited to try the new one, thinking I must have gotten a defective one.
Unfortunately the new one makes the exact same noise. It sounds like a power transformer maybe?
I sent the 2nd one back for their repair team to look at and diagnose. In the meantime I am dealing with the buzzing. Sometimes I just turn it off after a while, because it gets annoying. Luckily I have a Samsung LED monitor that I use for some of my work.
I hope that NEC can help me because I don't think a replacement will fix the problem.
Pros: Has a 16:10 widescreen ratio which gives more vertical space. 1440 x 900 = 16:10 ratio. The other 'golden ratio' resolutions for widescreen are 1680 x 1050 (normally a 22"), and 1920 x 1200. (normally a 24")
Has both VGA and DVI inputs.
Base is removable for VESA mounting.
Cons: I can't think of many cons right now.
Overall Review: Ignore the previous reviewer. He has no clue.
We use a lot of Acer monitors in our facility and they have been very good. I hope and expect these to perform well also.
Pros: As of right now this was the only LED backlit 24" LCD monitor with 1920x1200 resolution that I could find.
This monitor is marketed toward business and that's what I use it for but I don't see how it would be a bad choice for home.
It has a matte finish, which I love. There is no noticeable glare.
It has a nice looking stand with a slight grain finish that isn't glossy and cheap looking like most monitor stands. Also the bezel is a nice matte finish.
The stand is height adjustable! Such a rarity these days it seems. I took it off because I wall-mounted mine, so I don't have experience with it.
The entire monitor rotates on the stand, so you can use it in portrait mode with only a quick flick.
It has 'normal' power and menu buttons on the front, instead of hidden, or touch sensitive buttons.
I have started to hate 'HD' monitors because I have to scroll so much, so I absolutely love having 120 more lines of vertical resolution over a 1920x1080 monitor.
Cons: The buttons are a little bit hard to press. Maybe they will get easier over time.
Out of the box, the viewing angle is not ideal. Spend some time adjusting the angle settings in the menu and you will be happy.
Overall Review: Like many LED backlit LCD's the power transformer is not inside the monitor. This one has a nice mounting spot for the box at the back of the monitor. I thought it would get in the way of wall mounting but it didn't in my case. It probably sticks out about 1/2" to 3/4". It is removable but the cord between it and the monitor is short so you can't put it too far away. If needed I guess you could affix it to the back of the monitor on the sides since they are inset a bit.
It seems to have a built-in power saving feature that as soon as I lock my computer it goes into a low power state, then a few seconds later turns off completely. Haven't messed with the settings on that though.
It is plenty bright for me, but I usually like my monitors darker. I have it set to about 50%.
I got it about 40 cheaper somewhere else so shop around, but this is about the best bang for the buck I could find in the price range.
Pros: 1280x1024 on a 4:3 monitor.
What this means is that it has the same resolution as a smaller 17" monitor but on a bigger screen, so the old ladies that need large font can do their jobs and we don't need to purchase expensive widescreen monitors.
Cons: This type of monitor is becoming less and less common.
Overall Review: A somewhat unknown drawback to widescreen monitors is the increase in size needed to approximate the viewing size (text, etc.) that a normal 4:3 monitor has. In this case I would need to buy a 23" widescreen monitor to be able to have the same viewing size as this 19". Although those are great because you can fit much more on the screen (side-by-side), they are also much more expensive, especially when buying many of them.
Pros: Sounded great. Nice headphone amp. Like the RCA outs on the back.
Cons: Labels on back of card aren't very easy to read, although it seems like all sound cards are like this.
Left channel failed. This includes both the RCA and the headphone outputs.
Had to resort to a $4 USB sound stick. Doesn't sound great, but at least I have stereo sound.
Overall Review: Failed after two months. I've been waiting for an RMA for over a week.
I would have given 3 stars if it wasn't for the poor Asus service. They must be overwhelmed with RMA's.
Pros: Simple design and layout.
Large ball so not much movement required.
Funny to watch friends try to pick it up or drag it around like a normal mouse.
Can just keep your hand still, no need to move it all over the desk. Much more civilized.
Good value, you can spend a lot more on a mouse and not really have much benefit over this.
Cons: Can take time to adjust to. My fingers were uncomfortable for a while when I first got it but they've adjusted.
Software is hokey.
Does require some maintenance but it's a 5 second job to clean the little rollers inside.
Overall Review: Solid device for a good price. Worried about the lack of a scroll wheel? Don't be.
Go to http://simans.net/marble/ and download this simple yet great program that makes scrolling easy with only one button click, and the button still works at its normal function also when not scrolling.
It appears there is a newer version of this 'mouse' but the differences appear cosmetic only. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104249
Pros: Relatively quiet, although I'm not sure it's as quiet as the specs say, but it is quiet. That's why I chose it, but it is definitely louder than my old Aero Cooler 4's when on the low setting. The Rosewill cools pretty well too. With Arctic Silver 5, I dropped about 8 degrees Celsius.
Cons: I ordered two of these to support my dual CPU setup. One of them was noticeably louder and made some strange noises at first, so I asked Newegg for a replacement. But before I got it, the other one failed! I pulled up my Motherboard Monitor to check temps one day, and one of the CPU's was at 70 degrees Celsius! I turned off the computer, took of the side cover, and when I tried starting it again, the fan didn't even start. I tried 'kick' starting like those old prop planes and it started up! So, until the new one got here, I had to always start it manually, then it would run fine.
As far as removing the fan to install it goes, yeah it wasn't that big of a deal, but still kind of annoying especially if you drop a screw. Also, the way the spring clips are designed it would definitely not be easy to remove them or the heatsink. Most clips have a piece that sticks up so you can adjust it from above, this one doesn't. Considering failure rates, that's a con too.
Overall Review: Since I only got one decent one out of two, I would check to make sure yours is spinning. The one that failed only lasted about a week, and I worry that it may have damaged the CPU. Too bad there aren't many quiet Socket A coolers around anymore. I would definitely have given at least 4 eggs if the fan hadn't failed, but obviously that's a huge negative.
Pros: Small enough, works well when it works.
Cons: In and out, XP and Vista both work fine with it and it does work in USB 2.0, but it just stops working whenever it feels like it.
Overall Review: I am actually on Newegg to buy a different hub because it got so frustrating, if that tells you anything.