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Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVS64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Not bootable on USB2 Macs 11/24/2013

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVS64GB

Pros: Super fast; very nice all metal design; compact

Cons: Not bootable on my older Macs with USB2. It will now be collecting dust in a drawer until I can upgrade to a modern machine with USB3.

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MXL AC-404 Black USB Connector USB-Powered Microphone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great quality-worth the price 03/30/2013

This review is from: MXL AC-404 Black USB Connector USB-Powered Microphone

Pros: This has a nice quality, chunky, heavy all-metal construction. Using it on a Macbook Air for all the various video chat applications and works superb. I used to have the input volume cranked all the way up and people could still barely hear me and words would be garbled. With this mic the input volume is barley halfway turned up and people say it's like being in the same room it's so clear.

Cons: I need to pull it out and connect it to my laptop for video chats. I also have to be more careful about what I fiddle with or do off-screen while video chatting, since people can hear EVERYTHING that happens around me now, like planes flying overhead or dogs barking next door.

Other Thoughts: It came shipped in a bubble-wrap envelope instead of a box. The mic box was all crushed to smithereens and the plastic bag the mic was in was pressed so hard against the mic it was shredding against the top grating. When I pulled the mic out there wasn't a scratch or dent on it, that's how durable it is.

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SilverStone FP55B Aluminum Front Panel 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Let down by cheap screws 03/30/2013

This review is from: SilverStone FP55B Aluminum Front Panel 3.5" to a 5.25" Bay Converter

Pros: These are nice chunky all-metal adapters. The front textured metal face-plate is secured by screws so you can easily remove it for fitment, since it protrudes beyond the sides slightly. It's also great to have the option of using it for both 2.5" and 3.5" drives. I'm using a pair of these in the optical bays of a Mac Pro and they work great.

Cons: The screws. Really. These come with the cheapest screws I've ever come across for anything. They take the form of a screw, they will fit on the end of a screwdriver, they are even a bit shiny like a screw. But just using my finger-tip and thumb-tip on the screwdriver to tighten them and they strip out. It also seems like an oversight to not have a rubber grommet system for vibration dampening when the rest is so nice.

Other Thoughts: Like others have mentioned applying the screws for a 3.5" drive is a bit tricky. I found it pretty easy to do once I dipped the tip of my screwdriver into some rubber cement to hold the screw on, then navigate Operation-like into the adapter.

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Lawrence K.'s Profile

Display Name: Lawrence K.

Date Joined: 10/01/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/25/06
  • Last Review: 11/24/13
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