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Bose® Companion® 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs .... Well. They Work? 06/14/2010

This review is from: Bose® Companion® 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System

Pros: -Practical
-The audio jacks are nice and convenient, I suppose? It's pretty standard for most decent speakers.
-Saves space without a sub, obviously, and the speakers themselves are not that large either.
-They look decent, but Bose is mostly aesthetics over quality anyway.
-They make noise? And I suppose the noise you hear through these is better/louder than that of a laptop speaker? Nevermind, you're clearly not buying these for the sound if you have these or are looking into buying them. They sound pretty horrid; but like I said, at least they work. You may be asking yourself, "Why did you buy these if they're so horrible, genius?" Well, settle down there, sparky. I'll tell you why.

Simple answer is: I had money to burn. I heard these in the Bose store, wondered what all the fuss was about, and they have since been sold to a less-fortunate friend, who is pretty happy with them, and I'm also okay with that.

Cons: -Price. If you really don't find this a big deal because, "HEY IT IS BOSE AFTER ALL," you just need to not exist. Case in point, open these things up, and look inside... it says it all... the circuitry and electronics inside these things costs MAYBE 30 dollars to produce, and that's being generous.

-They have the density of a dying sun. These are NOT portable in the least bit. Trust me, it's not heavy because you're buying a top-quality product, they're heavy because "Hey, look how pretty my speakers are!!1" and the casing is engineered to be heavy to dupe you. The weight is all in the box AROUND all the important bits.

Bottom line (since I might not have room for this in "Other Thoughts" section) is this: If you to upgrade laptop speakers, these are up your alley. You're going to spend way too much, but that's all on your judgement. If you want COMPUTER speakers, look into Genelec, Klipsch, or even cheap-o Logitech/Creative speakers.

Other Thoughts: The thing about speakers/sound quality/etc, is that the sole purpose of audio equipment is to produce sound the way it's engineered to be heard. As good as Bose used to be (which was about 30 years ago), their trademark, whether you're too ignorant to realize it or not, is to slap on some vibrating cones, hook them up, and copyright some nice marketing fluff like "Acoustimass technology", and adjectives like "elegant/gorgeous" without the consumer ever realizing that Bose changes the audio reproduction to sound more pleasing to the untrained ear. Bose also prides itself on its ability to NEVER provide actual specifications past what size the product is, and the colors it comes in. That's just my take on Bose in general. Just thought it should be said, since there are a lot of misinformed Bose fanboys/girls out there, unfortunately. Take it or leave it.

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COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 RC-830-SSN3-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks amazing; Humongous; Great airflow; Power button/USB ports are at the TOP of the case, which, for some reason, is difficult to come by nowadays with most cases. The two fans that come with it are surprisingly powerful/quiet, and the number of fans you can actually add-on are practically endless. There are vents EVERYWHERE (bad for noise, good for airflow); Removable motherboard tray; Wheels come in very handy; Instructions are sufficient, I guess. Clean look; Built like a tank; The tool-free design is convenient and virtually idiot-proof; 4 USB ports, which is probably more than you'll need at one time.

Cons: The connectors for the power/reset/audio are terrible. There were exposed wires for the audio, while everything else was sleeved. The power button LED has a 3-pin connector when it should be the standard 2-pin. I had to modify this connector to make it work. The customer service was sub-par when I contacted them about this. Luckily, they gave me permission to do this mod without losing my warranty. It's heavy; It's hard to fit under most desks. THERE IS NO BTX FORM FACTOR. The BTX-brackets/BTX-duct they show in the pictures section here on Newegg aren't there. You can't mess with the back at all. It says you can place the PSU bracket on the bottom or at the top. DON'T BELIEVE IT. It's expensive, obviously. The top panel, once removed, is difficult to put back on. No dust filters on the vented drive bay covers, which makes NO sense. You'll struggle with the side-panels for awhile until you get used to them.

Other Thoughts: Despite a few problems I encountered, and some obvious design flaws, such as the exclusion of dust filters for a design that really needs them, this is still a solid case. You'll pay an arm and a leg for it, but it will be worth it, and the quality of the case is excellent, so that investment will be worth it down the line, because you won't need to buy another case ever again.

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POWMAX CP0327PL-4 Window Black/ Silver SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs You Get What You Pay For... And Nothing More. 02/15/2007

This review is from: POWMAX CP0327PL-4 Window Black/ Silver SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply

Pros: Case contains a nice ergonomic design with some equally nice, bright as h*ll blue and red LED's. Also features a convenient handle on the top that allows for easy transport to LAN parties (If you go once or twice a year to a LAN party, however, this feature is virtually useless to you). Pretty d*mn spacious considering it's a mid-tower case as well. This is basically a steal of a case for the price, which has dropped A LOT since I bought it nearly two years ago.

Cons: Extremely poor build quality. Thin metal, paperlike drive bay/USB shields. Plastic is super cheap, and there are very sharp edges. Power supply runs like cr*p, even with a low quality gaming PC (AMD Athlon 64 2800+, GeForce 6600, Asus K8NE mobo <-- which doesn't exactly require loads of power to run). Although, for a case this cheap, you buy it pretty much expecting to throw out the cr*ppy PSU. I know mine blew out on me while installing the drivers and software, and I went out that day and bought a 600 watt Raidmax for 70 bucks. So don't expect much power-wise. Lots of sharp edges; poor ventilation, although, upgrading to some more fans would probably fix that problem.

Other Thoughts: Since the cons definately outweigh the pros, I'd probably suggest skipping this case. I've owned this thing for almost 2 years, and while I haven't babied it, all the drive bay shields have somehow broken off; the cheap plastic holding the bays in are cracked; there's scratches at the top (although, that's my fault for only having about an inch of space to spare for this case on my desk), and I can honestly say as a person who's owned this case for a lot longer than most reviewers here, it's not a recommended buy. Unless you don't mind taking a 2nd trip to your local PC shop and buying a new PSU. There's better out there, both in quality and price.

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Display Name: Chris I.

Date Joined: 06/25/05

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  • Last Review: 06/14/10
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