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Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (CC-9011047-WW) Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A little bigger than the typical ITX case (see other thoughts), Big cooling fan. Quiet. Lots of space in front of the PSU.

Cons: The plastic holders for the hard drives are a little on the brittle side. One of the flexible curvy parts you grab to remove the drive snapped right off just getting it out empty. Still works ok but they seem overly cheap compared to the rest of the case.

Other Thoughts: I love the ITX form factor and build a lot of home and work stations. One downside is all the ITX cases are seemingly made to be as small as possible (rightly so) but this makes positioning them difficult at times. They are too small to go on the floor where they wobble around on carpet. Monitor cables are too short to reach ground level. Then if you want to use a USB drive or external DVD drive, you have to crawl on the ground to plug it in,
On the other hand they are pretty big to set on a desk and then you have to worry about heat and noise issues.
I used this case on my home system, swapping out a Lian Li that is a great case. This one was easier to install, especially the PSU since it sets below the motherboard with open space in front of it.
The size and dimensions are about perfect. It's got enough width so it's very stable and being slightly deeper and taller allows the cables to reach the rear ports and the front of the case is reachable to use DVD drive and USB ports.

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HP 2920-48G-POE+ Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Love my ProCurves 11/17/2014

This review is from: HP 2920-48G-POE+ Switch

Pros: Works great, lifetime warranty with top tier technical support. The web interface is easy to navigate and setup.

Cons: 48 port 10/100/1000 POE switches are pricey

Other Thoughts: I added this switch due to my 24 port 2920 running out of space. About the highest recommendation I can give a product or service is if I go back and buy it over and over again.
I had work done by an outside vendor that blew out the POE power supplies in two of my 2910 switches. HP support overnighted free replacements and bumped me up to 2920 models even though I explained the units were damaged and no a workmanship issue.

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StarTech SAT32MSAT257 mSATA SSD to 2.5in SATA Adapter Converter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works Great 11/17/2014

This review is from: StarTech SAT32MSAT257 mSATA SSD to 2.5in SATA Adapter Converter

Pros: Simple, does what it's supposed to do. I have started building NUC and BRIXs for workstations so I quickly discovered the need for a way to plug an mSata drive into my workstation for testing.

Cons: Seems a little pricey but hey anyone can make something cheap that doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: I combined this with the USB to SATA adapter that comes with SSD drives. Makes it very easy to work with mSata drives.
If you have some smaller mSata drives around it's an easy way to repurpose them such as ESXI boot drives.

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Display Name: Pat A.

Date Joined: 02/05/10

  • Reviews: 38
  • Helpfulness: 22
  • First Review: 09/16/10
  • Last Review: 02/03/15
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