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Gennadiy N.

Gennadiy N.

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Great value... with some caveats.

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: This is a monitor that was released back in 2006 for a rather hefty price at the time, given the 1920x1200 resolution and non-TN (S-PVA Samsung) panel. Even today, however, those two qualities command a substantial price tag, which leads some people to this refurbished deal. Let's try to sum it up as to what makes this nice: 1. Generally highest (1920x1200) resolution available for a 24" monitor. 2. High quality S-PVA panel which is extremely bright with vivid colors. This is not some shoddy TN. I have not observed any ghosting in my gameplay. 3. Solid stand that allows for both landscape and portrait 4. Relatively slim bezels on the sides and top/bottom. Uniform all around, allowing for unimpeded side by side stacking in portrait mode. 5. Silver bezel. This is especially a rarity nowadays for a reason listed in cons, but this is also a pro for some people, particularly for WAF and Eyefinity reasons. 6. Price! You'd be hard pressed to get a similar brand new TN panel at this po

Cons: 1. The packaging. I don't know what HP refurb team was thinking (or drinking) when they decided to use this as the method of shipping out refurbished monitors. Somehow these monitors have to survive a trip from HP to the warehouse, then from warehouse to you, while being protected just by the walls of the cardboard box on 3 sides of the monitor. Oh, and the boxes are often ripped due to the spring loaded mount stretching them out. Just hope that yours comes in fine! 2. The panels are unlikely to be "new". They will have a lot of hours on the panels and the backlights, which again depends on your luck. I do not know however if the electronics controls this data, or the panel itself, as in the former case, panels may actually be new. 3. No HDCP. 4. Silver bezel arguably means lower perceived contrast on the display itself compared to black bezel. This is debatable, and you might not care. 5. As usual with refurbs, expect some minor cosmetic damage. 6. Does not fetch beer for you.

Overall Review: There are three versions you might get, ending in 110, 120, and 130, as visible from the information menu. There are some OSD differences between them, but nothing major that I've noticed yet. The 130 that I got listed 0 hours on it, but I also got a 110 and 120, both with comparable number of hours on them.

Rosewill - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - CHALLENGER-U3
Rosewill - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - CHALLENGER-U3

Pros: 1. Inexpensive! 2. 120mm fans all around. 3. Drives have connectors to the right side, where cables can be nicely hidden. 4. Mostly tool-less assembly. 5. USB 3 header to front panel ports.. but see the cons :( 6. Provisions for cable routing behind the motherboard. 7. Water cooling grommets on the back.

Cons: 1. Could use a bit more room on the right side of the case for cables. 2. Left panel is flimsy and likes being twisted until it's secured with the thumbscrews. 3. USB header cable is not really long enough to route behind the motherboard without putting stress on it. This could have been slightly longer. 4. The cutout for the heatsink backplate slightly blocks two of the four socket AM3 holes, making installation of some heatsinks harder. 5. Front IO panel falls inwards slightly then rises back up whenever I insert/remove a connector. 6. Front IO audio ports share a ground with both of the sata and the usb 3 headers. This means that anything coming in through the front audio jack, as well as going in through the front mic jack, will have a rather high background static noise. Nice if you like hearing how your hard drives are accessing data, completely sucks otherwise. I rely on front panel IO a lot at work, and now I have to basically choose between having audio or data ports.

Overall Review: Overall a great bargain, with few nitpicks. Most of the cons seem like oversights that could be easily addressed, and I hope that Rosewill does in the future. As for me, it looks like I'll have to take an xacto knife and a soldering iron to the front panel IO :(