Joined on 11/08/01
Bang for the buck.
Pros: Like most other reviews, I have to agree that there is alot of value for the dollar. Wide format, bright-vivid coloring, and high resolution. I did have two bad pixels towards the top center of the screen, but I was able to "massage" one of them away and lessen the brightness of the other with just a little rubbing over the spot. Having all the connectors and a wide, stable base is a nice feature as well. I plugged the speakers up as my center speakers on my sound card and they make a nice addition as well. I wouldn't have relied on them to be my primary speakers, but who buys an LCD for the speakers anyway? The reviews I read helped me make my decision about this monitor, and I wasn't disappointed. A quick update of my video card driver and the native resolution showed a sharp, clear image.
Cons: The two bad pixels were a bit of a bummer. But as I said in the "Pros", they are in an out of the way place and I was able to make one disappear and make the other of the two less significant. The only thing to be sure about with a monitor like this is the wide format compared to older CRT's...the way I look at it thought is now I can take advantage of side widgets where I didn't before with my old standby. So that is more of a "pro" than a "con", just understand there is a big difference in styling from square to wide formats.
Overall Review: While I was shopping monitors at Newegg and a few other places, Newegg ended up offering free shipping which helped me make the choice easier. Have done lots of business with Newegg over the years as a system-builder and always been pleased with quality, selection, service, price, and availability...you will be too.
Getting what you pay for
Comments: Although I didn't pay a lot for this case, compared to other "cheap" cases, this one was a disappointment. I bought 2 and one came with the left side panel extremely dented. This wouldn't have happened with most cases, but the paneling material is very thinon this one. The plastic front panel is more flimsy than most as well. On the plus side is the case fan addition and the power supply performs well. I rated it low because of the very lightweight material...but then again, at $xx at the time I bought it, how much can I really complain about.
Comments: As I write this review, I see that the case is now on order, I'm not surprised if others found out about this little jewel like me. This is only the second review I've ever submitted here after three or four years worth of purchases. As I recall, my first review was for a case as well. This case is very well designed. The front cover did pop right off without any problem at all. It gave complete access to the bays which use the fat headed screws that came in the small bag to serve as the rails-perfect for quick removal if needed. The drives slide in to quick-release bays with ease-just a little extra pressure to get the CDRW in place was all. One of my pet-peeves is having to take off the other side panel to loosen screws to get drives out. The (2) TWO case fans are a real bonus, plus the adjustable air duct in the side panel. The air duct even has a removable screen that can be cleaned easily. The case is very sturdy and has a nice, sharp look about it. For a mini-tower, it's nice to have a full size power supply that doesn't have to be removed to accomadate the motherboard. The motherboard mounting screws were also attached making it a breeze to set the motherboard right in place. The lower mounting screw holders even had a small lip around the screw hole that held the motherboard in place while you get the first screw ready to go in. If the PS is underpowered for you, just swap it out and it still ends up being a good deal. My only negative about this would be that because I like it so well it will mean it probably won't be around long. Plus it would hurt the price to much to go ahead and bump the PS up to 400W...but that is the trend in smaller cases.