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Zachary D.

Zachary D.

Joined on 08/28/01

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Most Favorable Review

Very Nice

SAMSUNG 2243BWX High Gloss Piano Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height/Pivot Adjustments and 2-port USB Hub 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1
SAMSUNG 2243BWX High Gloss Piano Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height/Pivot Adjustments and 2-port USB Hub 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1

Pros: Once you adjust the Brightness, contrast, and color, this thing rocks. No dead pixels, and only slight backlight bleed on the top edge of the monitor. Once you adjust everything the bleed can only be seen (barely) on a TOTALLY BLACK background. Fit and finish is very nice, and it seems to run pretty cool.

Cons: Capacitive touch controls on the bottom right. They work great, but I can't see them in a dark room! It's kinda funny, actually. Once you get used to the locations, you won't have a problem. Until then, I need to use my penlight.

Overall Review: I highly recommend this monitor. For you cube dwellers out there, the d311 2208 WFP (on my desk at work) is nowhere near as nice as this monitor. Not even close. Also, I'm not a huge fan of MagicBright (the dynamic contrast control that Samsung uses), but my girl loves it for DVDs.

Worked Immediately - Running Well

MSI Z590-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z590-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good Connectivity Options Good Enough Layout

Cons: Wish it had onboard Power/Reset buttons Wish it had a more detailed Debug Layout Wish the Audio header was a little less far away

Overall Review: So far, so good. It's been working flawlessly for the last 20 hours and worked immediately on first boot. BIOS works well enough - Like all manufacturers, the BIOS control is a little wonky. However, when I enabled XMP without manually increasing DRAM voltage - The board readout told me there was a RAM issue, and it recovered and popped me right back into the BIOS for correction - Nice and smooth. Core i5-11600K Crucial Ballistix 3200 C16 (2x16) Samsung 980 Pro m2 NVMe Zotec GTX-1060 because I swear this scalping thing is nuts. SilverStone RM42-502 - Wow, this thing is great for rack mount ARCTIC Cooling Liquid Freezer II - 240 - Why not, fits the case perfectly with a fan flip.

Decent

Diamond CMW178 32"-46" Articulating TV Wall Mount LED & LCD HDTV up to VESA 400x200mm max load 88 lbs. Compatible with Samsung, Vizio, Sony, Panasonic, LG, and Toshiba TV
Diamond CMW178 32"-46" Articulating TV Wall Mount LED & LCD HDTV up to VESA 400x200mm max load 88 lbs. Compatible with Samsung, Vizio, Sony, Panasonic, LG, and Toshiba TV

Pros: Easy to install w/ plenty of mounting hardware.

Cons: As others have stated - No directions, only an exploded drawing, but it's all you really need.

Overall Review: I had it up in about 10 minutes using a laser level and an impact driver. I only used 3 lag bolts (stud mounted, 32"LCD), and it's pretty darn sturdy. I would buy another.

Works Great

XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577X-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577X-ZNFC

Pros: Substantial improvement over the HD 3870 I replaced. Card runs cool, and quiet in my unmodified, original version Lian Li A05 case (64c after about 3 hours of Borderlands). It's been very stable during my extended gaming sessions which last no less than 2 hours, and up to 6ish.

Cons: None. 10.6 installed without a hitch after stripping system of old video card drivers.

Overall Review: I needed something to place in my old Wolfdale 3.6GHz system (GA-P35-DS3L r2, E8400, 4GB DDR2, Win7x64), and this was the perfect fit. Throwing anything more in this older PC would have been a bit of a waste (I only run @ 1680x1050 and sometimes 1080p externally). In the games I play (Borderlands, DDO, DA:Origins) this card has allowed me to turn up all settings to max, or one step under, while running 4xAA AND remain remarkably smooth. For the money, I'd have a hard time recommending anything else for this application.

Great Value

Panasonic VIERA 50" 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TC-P50X1
Panasonic VIERA 50" 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TC-P50X1

Pros: Fantastic value for a 50" TV. I really can't say enough good things about it. I am a very happy owner (almost 4 months).

Cons: I hate the location of the "Viera Tools" on the remote. My thumb always seems to find it instead of the menu "up" button. That's it for me.

Overall Review: Don't forget to burn this plasma in for about 200 hours before you fully calibrate it. Hit various AV forums and look this TV up. You'll find LOTS of great info on this model. Also, it controls the PS3 really well through the HDMI cable link.

Very nice TV with Calibration

SAMSUNG 32" 720p LCD HDTV - LN32A450
SAMSUNG 32" 720p LCD HDTV - LN32A450

Pros: Wonderful TV, so far. I've owned it since the beginning of January '09. There are some great guides to dialing in this TV's picture settings (actually, the 37" model, but they are the basically the same), and it ends up looking pretty stunning for a 32" 720p LCD TV. Couldn't be happier for the money.

Cons: No Cons, only additional feature wishes.

Overall Review: Honestly, take a look at some of the guides for this series of Samsung LCDs. New-in-box picture to adjusted picture is VERY different. These are a good start for viewing movies in a dark room... (Thanks cnet) Adjust these to taste. *Picture menu Mode: Movie* Backlight: 1 Contrast: 93 Brightness: 54 Sharpness: 0 Color: 45 Tint: 50/50 *Detailed settings menu: Black adjust: Off Dynamic contrast: Off Gamma: +2 Color Space: Auto Flesh Tone: 0 Edge enhancement: Off *White balance menu: R-offset: 25 G-offset: 25 B-offset: 25 R-Gain: 30 G-Gain: 25 B-Gain: 12 *Picture options menu Color tone: Warm2 Size: Just Scan Digital NR: Off DNIe: [grayed out] HDMI black level: [grayed out] Film mode: Auto Blue only mode: Off