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Mecer K3G3R 31.5" QHD (2560x1440) 144Hz Freesync Curved Gaming Monitor - REVIEW-

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Good morning guys,

I bought 2 of these screens yesterday to check out. I will write a more in-depth review later on once I had more time with the screen but here's a few comments so far.

Mecer K3G3R 31.5" QHD (2560x1440) 144Hz 4ms 16:9 VA Freesync Curved Gaming Desktop Monitor


  • 31.5" VA Panel
  • 1x Displayport, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI
  • 2560x1440 Resolution
  • Up to 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Brightness: 250cd/m²
  • Radeon FreeSync Technology
  • 4ms Response Time
  • 1x DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable
  • 1x HDMI to HDMI Cable
  • 1x Standard SA Power Cable
  • 178° Viewing Angles
  • 2 Year Warranty
Pricing
So off the bat let's quickly look at the pricing here - coming in at R6999.99 retail from most of the on-line retailers is an EXCELLENT spot and i think covers a good segment of the market for people who want high refresh , larger sized panels. Now you have to ask how the ASUS can come in at nearly 50% more if the specs are well ... identical ? Is the extra bling worth another R3k give or take and do you really buy the monitor for it's aesthetics ? In some cases I might disagree, but being an ASUS fanboi, I get it ... If it's just the specs you're after though , you've come to the right place !

Packaging
The screens come neatly packaged in cardboard with all the accessories packed into the side nicely. You get the standard base unit which can tilt a little, but isn't very forgiving when it comes to height and swivel... in fact, don't even try as you'll probably break it. Included in the box you get an HDMI and DVI cables ( albeit quite short, my only gripe there ) , VESA bracket for the backplate ( oh yes , you can VESA mount this puppy ) and a manual. All the screws are neatly packaged and it took literally 2 minutes from unboxing to powering on. So no real complaints there

First Look and Build Quality
It's big ... A LOT bigger than I had thought coming from my Dell S27DG Gsync. It really only becomes apparent when you are sitting in front of the monitor. The matte finish looks nice and the screen overall looks good. Sleek curves and nothing that jumps out and says MEH. OF course in the bottom of the screen you have your OSD toggles which feel a little plasticky, but really how many times to do you fiddle with that ? The base is solid metal and the screen itself looks quite refined. On the back of the screen you have some red ambient lights which you can turn on / off or flicker in the OSD. I Expected worse and was pleasantly surprised


I quickly enabled Freesync mode in the OSD settings and voila ! Nvidia's new driver popped up with Gsync and i flipped that switch too ( Is that all ? Gsync was enabled ? Oo ) BOOM ! After connecting the screen. Made sure the screen was running 144hz @ 1440p and it was time to check out the gaming.

As mentioned above somewhere I'm a bit of an ASUS ROG Fanboi - so I quickly put a Republic of Gamers sticker over the MECER on the front xD - Yes I feel much better now thank you

Gaming / Desktop
Lemme start with the desktop first, I very quickly realized because of the size that I had to move the screen back a few cm because I was literally having to turn my head to see the sides. The curve is a nice touch and really draws you into the immersion ( with the size ) I don't think curves generally work well on the smaller screens and is much of a gimmick. The one worry i did have was the lower PPI due to the size. I was quite happy to see that at 1440p the 32" still looked good and not grainy like some of the 2k 34 Ultrawides I've seen in the past. However if you are a stickler and want that ultra crispness ( get a 4K panel )

Mouse movement across the screen felt as expected with the 144hz enabled and the overall colour seemed good. No noticed of any kind of colour bleeding or light spots you may noticed with IPS or TN panels when not sitting right in front. I've used VA panels in the past and the next test would confirm what I already kind of suspected.

To start off, I noticed the screen was quite heavy on the contrast when I jumped into Ring of Elysium. The movement felt smooth and tbh overall looked great. Off the bat however I very quickly noticed the VA-like ghosting as seen on some of the older panels. This is a VA thing and nothing to do with the quality of the screen at all. Also note that I have not made ANY changes in the OSD yet. Turning the contrast down and making the image a little more on par helped with that a ton, and after a few minutes in-fact I barely noticed it at all anymore.

I fiddled around with the OSD a bit and saw some options for response and smoothness etc - the usual suspects. After a few small changes I could see the image and response improve ( maybe some kinda placebo but it did seem to make a difference - I'll do a more in-depth review later on )

All seemed well and I figured , lemme jump into Battlefield V. OH crap [email protected]$#$ 20GB update ! Thanks EA.... 15 minutes later i manage to fire BF up and BOOM! In game straight away. This is where this panel REALLY impressed me. The game felt smooth, looked great and I could actually SEE enemies ! The size along with the curve and refresh really made it a super gaming experience ! No hassles here whatsoever ! DOUBLE BOOM Loved it !

I also jumped into some WOW and Everquest 2 to check out , but the FPS games were calling me, so had to shut that down real quick !


I might do a little YouTube review, but will have to see how time goes.

In short:
If you're looking for a great gaming experience on a tight budget - then this screen is exactly what you need in your life. Whether you have an Nvidia card or AMD scum, the Adaptive sync works great. If you're expecting ASUS ROG Bling, then pay the extra R3k xD - It does a good job at what it was built for and comes with a 2 year warranty.


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A great quick write up - thanks for the share.
Coming from a rather long time use of an 21:9 @ 1080p LG 34" Ultrawide I'd be very curious to give something like this a test drive.

I took the leap to Ultrawide, and man - it will be tough to go back, so it is really exciting to see such awesome offerings that would really challenge the Ultrawide that I have become accustomed to.

PS: Where did you purchase the monitor from?
 

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A great quick write up - thanks for the share.
Coming from a rather long time use of an 21:9 @ 1080p LG 34" Ultrawide I'd be very curious to give something like this a test drive.

I took the leap to Ultrawide, and man - it will be tough to go back, so it is really exciting to see such awesome offerings that would really challenge the Ultrawide that I have become accustomed to.

PS: Where did you purchase the monitor from?
Distributed by Mustek - Units are sold via numerous online re sellers

On the Ultrawide thing - I had an Acer Predator Z35 for some time , was an amazing experience. I can say this in it's 16:9 curved form gave me a very similar feel ( could just be the size ). It's only 2 inches less and much higher. So alot more real estate so to speak
 
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Good morning guys,

I bought 2 of these screens yesterday to check out. I will write a more in-depth review later on once I had more time with the screen but here's a few comments so far.

Mecer K3G3R 31.5" QHD (2560x1440) 144Hz 4ms 16:9 VA Freesync Curved Gaming Desktop Monitor


  • 31.5" VA Panel
  • 1x Displayport, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI
  • 2560x1440 Resolution
  • Up to 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Brightness: 250cd/m²
  • Radeon FreeSync Technology
  • 4ms Response Time
  • 1x DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable
  • 1x HDMI to HDMI Cable
  • 1x Standard SA Power Cable
  • 178° Viewing Angles
  • 2 Year Warranty
Pricing
So off the bat let's quickly look at the pricing here - coming in at R6999.99 retail from most of the on-line retailers is an EXCELLENT spot and i think covers a good segment of the market for people who want high refresh , larger sized panels. Now you have to ask how the ASUS can come in at nearly 50% more if the specs are well ... identical ? Is the extra bling worth another R3k give or take and do you really buy the monitor for it's aesthetics ? In some cases I might disagree, but being an ASUS fanboi, I get it ... If it's just the specs you're after though , you've come to the right place !

Packaging
The screens come neatly packaged in cardboard with all the accessories packed into the side nicely. You get the standard base unit which can tilt a little, but isn't very forgiving when it comes to height and swivel... in fact, don't even try as you'll probably break it. Included in the box you get an HDMI and DVI cables ( albeit quite short, my only gripe there ) , VESA bracket for the backplate ( oh yes , you can VESA mount this puppy ) and a manual. All the screws are neatly packaged and it took literally 2 minutes from unboxing to powering on. So no real complaints there

First Look and Build Quality
It's big ... A LOT bigger than I had thought coming from my Dell S27DG Gsync. It really only becomes apparent when you are sitting in front of the monitor. The matte finish looks nice and the screen overall looks good. Sleek curves and nothing that jumps out and says MEH. OF course in the bottom of the screen you have your OSD toggles which feel a little plasticky, but really how many times to do you fiddle with that ? The base is solid metal and the screen itself looks quite refined. On the back of the screen you have some red ambient lights which you can turn on / off or flicker in the OSD. I Expected worse and was pleasantly surprised


I quickly enabled Freesync mode in the OSD settings and voila ! Nvidia's new driver popped up with Gsync and i flipped that switch too ( Is that all ? Gsync was enabled ? Oo ) BOOM ! After connecting the screen. Made sure the screen was running 144hz @ 1440p and it was time to check out the gaming.

As mentioned above somewhere I'm a bit of an ASUS ROG Fanboi - so I quickly put a Republic of Gamers sticker over the MECER on the front xD - Yes I feel much better now thank you

Gaming / Desktop
Lemme start with the desktop first, I very quickly realized because of the size that I had to move the screen back a few cm because I was literally having to turn my head to see the sides. The curve is a nice touch and really draws you into the immersion ( with the size ) I don't think curves generally work well on the smaller screens and is much of a gimmick. The one worry i did have was the lower PPI due to the size. I was quite happy to see that at 1440p the 32" still looked good and not grainy like some of the 2k 34 Ultrawides I've seen in the past. However if you are a stickler and want that ultra crispness ( get a 4K panel )

Mouse movement across the screen felt as expected with the 144hz enabled and the overall colour seemed good. No noticed of any kind of colour bleeding or light spots you may noticed with IPS or TN panels when not sitting right in front. I've used VA panels in the past and the next test would confirm what I already kind of suspected.

To start off, I noticed the screen was quite heavy on the contrast when I jumped into Ring of Elysium. The movement felt smooth and tbh overall looked great. Off the bat however I very quickly noticed the VA-like ghosting as seen on some of the older panels. This is a VA thing and nothing to do with the quality of the screen at all. Also note that I have not made ANY changes in the OSD yet. Turning the contrast down and making the image a little more on par helped with that a ton, and after a few minutes in-fact I barely noticed it at all anymore.

I fiddled around with the OSD a bit and saw some options for response and smoothness etc - the usual suspects. After a few small changes I could see the image and response improve ( maybe some kinda placebo but it did seem to make a difference - I'll do a more in-depth review later on )

All seemed well and I figured , lemme jump into Battlefield V. OH crap [email protected]$#$ 20GB update ! Thanks EA.... 15 minutes later i manage to fire BF up and BOOM! In game straight away. This is where this panel REALLY impressed me. The game felt smooth, looked great and I could actually SEE enemies ! The size along with the curve and refresh really made it a super gaming experience ! No hassles here whatsoever ! DOUBLE BOOM Loved it !

I also jumped into some WOW and Everquest 2 to check out , but the FPS games were calling me, so had to shut that down real quick !


I might do a little YouTube review, but will have to see how time goes.

In short:
If you're looking for a great gaming experience on a tight budget - then this screen is exactly what you need in your life. Whether you have an Nvidia card or AMD scum, the Adaptive sync works great. If you're expecting ASUS ROG Bling, then pay the extra R3k xD - It does a good job at what it was built for and comes with a 2 year warranty.


Btw how is ever quest 2 I've checked steam reviews and they mostly negative xD

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Good morning guys,

I bought 2 of these screens yesterday to check out. I will write a more in-depth review later on once I had more time with the screen but here's a few comments so far.

Mecer K3G3R 31.5" QHD (2560x1440) 144Hz 4ms 16:9 VA Freesync Curved Gaming Desktop Monitor


  • 31.5" VA Panel
  • 1x Displayport, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI
  • 2560x1440 Resolution
  • Up to 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Brightness: 250cd/m²
  • Radeon FreeSync Technology
  • 4ms Response Time
  • 1x DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable
  • 1x HDMI to HDMI Cable
  • 1x Standard SA Power Cable
  • 178° Viewing Angles
  • 2 Year Warranty
Pricing
So off the bat let's quickly look at the pricing here - coming in at R6999.99 retail from most of the on-line retailers is an EXCELLENT spot and i think covers a good segment of the market for people who want high refresh , larger sized panels. Now you have to ask how the ASUS can come in at nearly 50% more if the specs are well ... identical ? Is the extra bling worth another R3k give or take and do you really buy the monitor for it's aesthetics ? In some cases I might disagree, but being an ASUS fanboi, I get it ... If it's just the specs you're after though , you've come to the right place !

Packaging
The screens come neatly packaged in cardboard with all the accessories packed into the side nicely. You get the standard base unit which can tilt a little, but isn't very forgiving when it comes to height and swivel... in fact, don't even try as you'll probably break it. Included in the box you get an HDMI and DVI cables ( albeit quite short, my only gripe there ) , VESA bracket for the backplate ( oh yes , you can VESA mount this puppy ) and a manual. All the screws are neatly packaged and it took literally 2 minutes from unboxing to powering on. So no real complaints there

First Look and Build Quality
It's big ... A LOT bigger than I had thought coming from my Dell S27DG Gsync. It really only becomes apparent when you are sitting in front of the monitor. The matte finish looks nice and the screen overall looks good. Sleek curves and nothing that jumps out and says MEH. OF course in the bottom of the screen you have your OSD toggles which feel a little plasticky, but really how many times to do you fiddle with that ? The base is solid metal and the screen itself looks quite refined. On the back of the screen you have some red ambient lights which you can turn on / off or flicker in the OSD. I Expected worse and was pleasantly surprised


I quickly enabled Freesync mode in the OSD settings and voila ! Nvidia's new driver popped up with Gsync and i flipped that switch too ( Is that all ? Gsync was enabled ? Oo ) BOOM ! After connecting the screen. Made sure the screen was running 144hz @ 1440p and it was time to check out the gaming.

As mentioned above somewhere I'm a bit of an ASUS ROG Fanboi - so I quickly put a Republic of Gamers sticker over the MECER on the front xD - Yes I feel much better now thank you

Gaming / Desktop
Lemme start with the desktop first, I very quickly realized because of the size that I had to move the screen back a few cm because I was literally having to turn my head to see the sides. The curve is a nice touch and really draws you into the immersion ( with the size ) I don't think curves generally work well on the smaller screens and is much of a gimmick. The one worry i did have was the lower PPI due to the size. I was quite happy to see that at 1440p the 32" still looked good and not grainy like some of the 2k 34 Ultrawides I've seen in the past. However if you are a stickler and want that ultra crispness ( get a 4K panel )

Mouse movement across the screen felt as expected with the 144hz enabled and the overall colour seemed good. No noticed of any kind of colour bleeding or light spots you may noticed with IPS or TN panels when not sitting right in front. I've used VA panels in the past and the next test would confirm what I already kind of suspected.

To start off, I noticed the screen was quite heavy on the contrast when I jumped into Ring of Elysium. The movement felt smooth and tbh overall looked great. Off the bat however I very quickly noticed the VA-like ghosting as seen on some of the older panels. This is a VA thing and nothing to do with the quality of the screen at all. Also note that I have not made ANY changes in the OSD yet. Turning the contrast down and making the image a little more on par helped with that a ton, and after a few minutes in-fact I barely noticed it at all anymore.

I fiddled around with the OSD a bit and saw some options for response and smoothness etc - the usual suspects. After a few small changes I could see the image and response improve ( maybe some kinda placebo but it did seem to make a difference - I'll do a more in-depth review later on )

All seemed well and I figured , lemme jump into Battlefield V. OH crap [email protected]$#$ 20GB update ! Thanks EA.... 15 minutes later i manage to fire BF up and BOOM! In game straight away. This is where this panel REALLY impressed me. The game felt smooth, looked great and I could actually SEE enemies ! The size along with the curve and refresh really made it a super gaming experience ! No hassles here whatsoever ! DOUBLE BOOM Loved it !

I also jumped into some WOW and Everquest 2 to check out , but the FPS games were calling me, so had to shut that down real quick !


I might do a little YouTube review, but will have to see how time goes.

In short:
If you're looking for a great gaming experience on a tight budget - then this screen is exactly what you need in your life. Whether you have an Nvidia card or AMD scum, the Adaptive sync works great. If you're expecting ASUS ROG Bling, then pay the extra R3k xD - It does a good job at what it was built for and comes with a 2 year warranty.


Thanks for the review...I was really fence sitting on this one...

On a side note would be nice if could get hold of a spyder S or something similar and test the colour reproduction...

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Btw how is ever quest 2 I've checked steam reviews and they mostly negative xD

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It's old now - I played it for many many many years ! It would be quite hard for a new player to get into it now. It came out in what 2003 ?
I recorded a little some time ago while exploring the new time locked server, should give you some indication. Low level dungeon grinding.

 

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Thanks for the review...I was really fence sitting on this one...

On a side note would be nice if could get hold of a spyder S or something similar and test the colour reproduction...

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All too fancy for me ... and tbh if you're doing professional photo editing that might be a factor, but for gaming, it's a bit overkill xD
 

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It's old now - I played it for many many many years ! It would be quite hard for a new player to get into it now. It came out in what 2003 ?
I recorded a little some time ago while exploring the new time locked server, should give you some indication. Low level dungeon grinding.

Sweet thanks will check out the video :D

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Definitely gonna be buying this. Still rocking a 1080p 60hz dell screen. Need to jump now to 1440p 144hz as I have never experienced it. Can only get it in March though. Hopefully the price doesn't balloon in the meantime.

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CRE4MPIE CRE4MPIE - Thanks so much for this .:)
I've just sold one to a client and he hasn't given any feedback so was hoping it was decent .
Would be nice to know what OSD settings you settled on to give you a better experience. Could prove useful for other buyers.
I didn't even get a chance to open the box so I'm glad it is a good buy for the price point.
 

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+1 for the settings please. I did have to boost my csgo brightness a bit, but that talks to your contrast experiencel.
The only worthwhile thing I could see was a "response time" setting with options: Off/low/med/high.. Which did not make sense having an OFF setting so I left it untouched... :geek:
 

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A great quick write up - thanks for the share.
Coming from a rather long time use of an 21:9 @ 1080p LG 34" Ultrawide I'd be very curious to give something like this a test drive.

I took the leap to Ultrawide, and man - it will be tough to go back, so it is really exciting to see such awesome offerings that would really challenge the Ultrawide that I have become accustomed to.

PS: Where did you purchase the monitor from?
It obviously won't hold a candle to your 34" but playing in letterboxed 21:9 2560x1080 would be quite possible on this monitor. When I was still using my 32" as my main I would play Destiny2 like that most of the time. So one isn't necessarily completely forsaking the ultrawide gaming experience getting one of these...if one can tolerate the letterboxing and the smaller size of everything running at that res.

+1 for the settings please. I did have to boost my csgo brightness a bit, but that talks to your contrast experiencel.
The only worthwhile thing I could see was a "response time" setting with options: Off/low/med/high.. Which did not make sense having an OFF setting so I left it untouched... :geek:
Actually it makes perfect sense. That's the setting usually called "overdrive" on most monitors. How it does what it does I'm not exactly sure but it does improve responsiveness although later levels start introducing overshoot ghosting typically on most monitors. Overshoot ghosting is when everything has shadowy after-image border. It's not quite the same as usual ghosting where everything blurs.

Also given Creampie has mostly used very fast TNs over the past years and this is his first real experience with another panel I'd say his impression of how much blur and ghosting the monitor experiences is much more severe than it would be for someone coming from another VA or IPS (or 60Hz TN). To everyone else the monitor should feel fast enough out of the box.
 
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It obviously won't hold a candle to your 34" but playing in letterboxed 21:9 2560x1080 would be quite possible on this monitor. When I was still using my 32" as my main I would play Destiny2 like that most of the time. So one isn't necessarily completely forsaking the ultrawide gaming experience getting one of these...if one can tolerate the letterboxing and the smaller size of everything running at that res.



Actually it makes perfect sense. That's the setting usually called "overdrive" on most monitors. How it does what it does I'm not exactly sure but it does improve responsiveness although later levels start introducing overshoot ghosting typically on most monitors. Overshoot ghosting is when everything has shadowy after-image border. It's not quite the same as usual ghosting where everything blurs.

Also given Creampie has mostly used TNs over the past years and this is his first real experience with another panel I'd say his impression of how much blur and ghosting the monitor experiences is much more severe than it would be for someone coming from another VA or IPS. To everyone else the monitor should feel fast enough out of the box.
On that last part - I had an Acer Predator Z35 for some time - the AMVA panels were pretty notorious for the ghosting effect. That said though , you're right , VA is somewhere inbetween IPS and TN and I'm pretty critical when it comes to those kind of things
 

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im really stuck on deciding on this monitor vs the dell s27dg.....
 

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On that last part - I had an Acer Predator Z35 for some time - the AMVA panels were pretty notorious for the ghosting effect. That said though , you're right , VA is somewhere inbetween IPS and TN and I'm pretty critical when it comes to those kind of things
That Z35 what fond memories of "The Division" :)
 

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im really stuck on deciding on this monitor vs the dell s27dg.....
If the reason you are upgrading is that you want a larger display. In other words text and icons should be a bit larger than they were on the 24" you likely currently have. Then you have to get this. On a 27" 1440P text and icons are actually slightly smaller than on a 24". At first it doesn't feel like much of an upgrade till one gets in game.

If all you want is a fast 1440P monitor with GSync without much care for viewing angles or size then get the Dell.
 

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On that last part - I had an Acer Predator Z35 for some time - the AMVA panels were pretty notorious for the ghosting effect. That said though , you're right , VA is somewhere inbetween IPS and TN and I'm pretty critical when it comes to those kind of things
True I forgot the Z35 used a VA panel as well. Though you've been without that for a little over a year now I think? Or just under. Plenty of time to get used to the 1MS S2716DG again.
 

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If the reason you are upgrading is that you want a larger display. In other words text and icons should be a bit larger than they were on the 24" you likely currently have. Then you have to get this. On a 27" 1440P text and icons are actually slightly smaller than on a 24". At first it doesn't feel like much of an upgrade till one gets in game.

If all you want is a fast 1440P monitor with GSync without much care for viewing angles or size then get the Dell.
it would be mostly for gaming, not too worried about size of text or icons
 

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it would be mostly for gaming, not too worried about size of text or icons
Then it comes down to whether you value speed over contrast and immersion.
Speed for the Dell, contrast and immersion go to the Mecer.

Edit: Oh wait, you have the Dell already. Yeah...I would't sidegrade to this. I'd wait for something with HDR to come along like Samsung's CHG70.
 
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