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This review is from: Haier HPRB08XCM 8,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Portable Air Conditioner
Pros: Easy to set up.
Takes up very little space.
Keeps the room comfortable on hot days (read other)
Cons: Inefficient versus a window mounted AC unit or an external exchange portable unit.
Doesn't provide enough foam to seal the window.
Other Thoughts: If you need a portable AC unit but can't afford the cost of many others, this is a great option. While it is rather inefficient (which I knew going into the purchase), if used correctly you can achieve decent results. The best way to use this is to run the unit in the room BEFORE the room gets hot, the unit does a good job at maintaining the room temp but once the room gets hot and it's hot outside, the unit is going to struggle to bring the room temp down. People in other reviews have recommended getting a dual hose (external exchange) unit as they are more efficient, but if anyone looking at this is like me, they don't have $500 for an AC unit. A few people also complained about the unit not outputting cold air, which could be caused by a feature that threw me off. When this unit drops about 2 degrees below the set point, it doesn't turn completely off, it only shuts the compressor off and continues to run the fan and if the unit is turned on when the room is at or below the set point the compressor won't come on, only the fan. Once the temp goes 1 degree above set point, the compressor will kick in. This is part of normal operation, though the manual doesn't seem to state that anywhere, however do read the instructions as many of the complaints in the reviews stem from users not reading the operations manual thoroughly and not getting the expected result.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great for small form factor HTPCs.
Contrary to some reviews, the case fan is relatively quiet when run at low speeds.
Dedicated filtered intake for the CPU.
Cons: Filter is mounted with screws on the inside of the case, meaning to clean it you have to open the case.
Power Supply uses a non-standard form factor, so replacing it will require going through the case manufacturer.
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind, this case is about the same size, if not smaller, than a cable box, and has a cooling capacity to match. You’ll have to build around the cooling limitations, meaning you aren’t going to be cooling an i7 nor an FX CPU in this case. I’m using a Pentium Dual core CPU running on a low profile cooler and it runs at 50C under load in this case.
The cooler is another thing to consider, while I haven’t tested it, I don’t believe the Intel stock cooler will fit in this case, I preemptively purchased a Zotec low profile cooler that I was sure would fit. AMD stock coolers MAY fit, depending on how big the cooler is.
I did have an issue with the power supply after about 2 months of constant use, and as stated its a non-standard form factor. However, I’m not taking off an egg due to the excellent Customer support I received and the timely RMA response and allowing me to only RMA the power supply and not the entire case.
This review is from: RCA ANT1450B Flat Antenna With Amplifier in Black Finish
Pros: It's inexpensive and receives excellent quality on the channels I can receive with it. (See other thoughts)
Cons: My only true con and the reason for knocking off 2 eggs is the 'inline signal booster'. Simply put, it's garbage. It does nothing to improve the signal of the channels I can receive, nor does it increase the channels I get. My TV shows the signal strength of the channels and a couple channels had worse signal strength with the booster.
Why take of 2 eggs for just that? Because this particular product costs roughly $15 dollars more (about twice as much) then if I had just purchased the antenna without the booster.
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind the geography near where you live before buying this. Its a nice antenna when it can receive channels, but it's by no means powerful. If you have hills and/or mountains close to your house, you'll need something much more powerful than this. There's roughly 100 OTA channels available where I live, but can only get a select few with this antenna due to the interference from the hills nearby. That's something to keep in mind. I'll be returning this and unfortunately I will only be getting about half the price back after shipping.READ FULL REVIEW