One more purchase from Amazon, with thanks to the Black Friday week sales. New monitors for my desk set up. I picked up two Acer monitors to replace the HP monitors I’ve been using for the last few years.

I was satisfied with my 27-inch, 1920×1080 monitors and didn’t see a need or feel a want for more resolution until I started working on my Warlock’s Cauldron D&D campaign. For that campaign I was using real world geography and using Google Maps to create my world maps. I found the 1080 screen shots I was using for the maps didn’t cover the space I wanted. That was the first flickers of new monitor desire started with that experience. These aren’t 4k, but I don’t really need to pay that kind of money.

These Acer monitors are 32-inch beasts and have a resolution of 2560×1440, which should be good for a few years. They were discounted by $78, which put the price point right at $210. The pair of them makes for a pretty big purchase for me, but that’s not the end of the story.

Surprise. Surprise. My existing video card didn’t have the muscle to run both of these monitors at their native resolution. So I had to go and get a new video card. That was damn near as expensive as buying another monitor. But it’s arrived, installed, and I’m up and running without any jagged pixel bits ruining the experience. These things are big. Damn big.

new 32-inch monitors
old 27-inch monitors

You can see, in the above pictures, that I’ve painted and put the desktop on a couple of the pieces of my homemade desk. Drawers are in progress and the main part of the desk is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along. 

I just got these monitors set-up and running right tonight, so I can’t pass along anything but initial impressions. They’re big, they’re impressive (or rediculus), and I like the smaller bezel. I like them and unless they fail in some way, I can’t imagine that changing much. If it does, I’ll let you know.

My email has been full with pre-deals, sale previews, and early price drops for two weeks. I’m sure yours has too. So money was bound to get spent. i can only stand up to that kind of pressure for so long. My personal BLACK FRIDAY shopping spree started on Tuesday at Home Depot.

All of my shopping has been at either the big box home centers or Amazon. And I did NOT leave the house on Friday. Saturday and Sunday, but not Friday. I let Lady Ronn do that particular brand of madness. 

Ronn smirking
no black friday shopping for me

On Tuesday I picked up a new 6-pc. set of Rigid battery powered tools and took advantage of the pick two freebies, I also grabbed a 3-1/2″ framing nail gun by Porter Cable. The nail gun is something that I’ve been waiting for a price drop on, the Rigid stuff… yeah, that was an impulse buy.

Then on Saturday, I went to Menards and took advantage of their R-15 insulation deal. They were offering a $9 rebate per roll, so that brings the price down to $2.99 for an 18-foot roll. I have a garage to insulate and I couldn’t pass that up. I had to go back for a second load today, and while I was there I picked up a heater for the garage. So now I have two new projects that I don’t have time to do.

So much good stuff
my weekend haul

I don’t want to even talk about the stuff I bought from Amazon, but they’ve been keeping my credit card busy all weekend. And I’ve been told that the Friday outing went well. Which I assume means money was spent. Sounds like we’ve done our part to keep the US economy rolling along.

So what’s on sale Cyber Monday?