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Pros: Price. Bought this because it was inexpensive for a 1920 monitor that could do portrait orientation. Base is sturdy.
Cons: The viewing angle is really terrible -- looking at the monitor straight on in portrait mode, one side of the screen was too bright and the other was orange. Viewed from any angle at all, and the whole monitor was too bright/orange.
Other Thoughts: Sent this back and got the Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24 instead, which is amazing. I'll never buy a TN panel monitor again. Sometimes you get what you pay for.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: Bought this as an upgrade to my Asus Sabertooth's Realtek ALC892 onboard audio. I used the onboard audio for about a month, and thought it sounded pretty good -- maybe better than the aging Xfi Xtreme Gamer card in my last build.
Once I put in the Xonar, however -- what a difference. Clarity is better, soundstage seems "bigger," volume is higher, and positional audio is WAY better. I mostly play FPS (Black Ops currently) and I have to say this is the best positional audio I've experienced. Tested this by listening for gunfire, turning to face where I thought it was coming from, then checking the minimap; the Xonar pointed me in the right direction every time. Also, this is the first sound solution I've had that doesn't make my own footsteps sound like they're coming from behind me -- very nice.
Haven't had any of the crackling or popping issues that others have mentioned. Running Win7 Pro x64, i7 950 @4.0 GHz, GTX 570, SteelSeries Siberia v2 headphones.
Cons: Only issue I've had was with Ventrilo. Had to reinstall Vent and then the sound drivers in order to get around an error when starting Vent.
Also, I've noticed that I cannot set the card to use more than 4 channels in 7.1 emulation -- if I do, my mic doesn't work in Vent (and only in Vent, other apps work fine).
Other Thoughts: For $70 after rebate, this is a GREAT value.READ FULL REVIEW