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CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great case, needed some work though 05/18/2014

This review is from: CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5" Drive Dock

Pros: Beautiful case!

Things I am particularly impressed by:

1.)The side panels slide in very easily without much effort. All my previous case sides had to be pushed in with quite a bit of force.

2.)Sturdy handle makes moving very easy.

3.)Lots of space for good cable management.

4.)Tray drawer on the bottom is large enough to hold DVDs and other crucial items used for system recovery.

5.) The entire exterior has a good finish and a very sturdy feel to it. Doesn't seem like cheap low quality plastic.

6.)Comes with many tools/components to make the installation of hardware very easy.

And so forth

It's hard to list every single good thing about the case and you would have to buy it to realize it all. Overall the the case is designed with computer enthusiasts in mind, doesn't feel cheap and also great looking.

Cons: One non trivial flaw existed in my case and I am not sure if it is a systematic error or if my particular case just happened to be defective.

The screws in the case were excruciatingly hard to take out. Even the thumb screws had to be removed with a driver as I couldn't do it with my fingers alone. The problem was all the screw holes on the case were tapped BEFORE it was painted. This caused the screw threads to be filled with paint resulting in the difficulty of the removal and installation of screws and hardware. I think it would make more sense to drill the screw holes, paint the case AND THEN tap the screw holes as this way will not result in paint getting into the screws.

Fortunately though, I did have a tap and die set at home and I retapped all the screw holes to remove the dried paint in them. This added an additional 1.5 hours of work for me but overall I didn't sweat it that much. "Tapping" out the dried paint isn't as hard as making a threaded hole from metal.

Another not so bad con is the included case fans working together at full speed is not trivially quiet either. But I guess you could buy other quieter fans, set on a lower speed, or switch to water, which this case allows.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the one major flaw i mentioned, I still give this case 5 eggs since few cases impressed me as much as this one and it wasn't too troublesome for me to fix. I am still happy with my purchase despite the extra work I had to put in.

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Hands down best bang for the buck 08/13/2010

This review is from: Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System

Pros: The system provides phenomenal sound for your movies and games. Hearing explosions, car crashes, kung fu punches from this system will leave every hair on your body standing up.

The console brick is capable of decoding dolby digital 5.1 through either optical and coax and handling a signal up to 24 bit at 96khz. Some people say the optical cannot handle 5.1 but I think it can. You just need the correct sound card, as most integrated audio probably doesn't support it.

The 500 watt driver allows you to crank up the volume so high that your neighbors 2 houses down would probably complain.

Cons: The audio unfortunately is not so great with audio outside of its intended use (home theatre and gaming). Music is where this system begins to falter a little bit. With some classical, jazz and a several rock music, the proper mid lows lie outside of the satellite speaker range and the subwoofer range. What happens is the inelasticity of a paper cone woofer prevents it from really resonating at higher frequencies, since paper cones cannot handle a lot of tension before tearing. So for some songs with a large bass drum, you would hear a muddy smack, or a pop, instead of a heavy baaangngngnngnggggggg. (i can't think of better ways to describe it) Some songs will sound a bit hollow with this sound system.

There are some aesthetic things I don't like either. The audio source > console brick > amplifier seems like a bit of a strange design to me. This severely limited the ways of setting up and positioning the system. No effect on the audio whatsoever though.

Other Thoughts: In all fairness, the large con I stated really is not a flaw in the engineering or design of the system but rather the mechanical limitations of paper cone speakers. To correct that problem you would have to upgrade to kevlar speakers which rarely sells for less than 4000 dollars for a 2.1 system. As an audiophile in training, I believe this is a great system, and I am keeping this system until I can upgrade to thousand dollar speakers.


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Display Name: Tim Y.

Date Joined: 06/11/06

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  • First Review: 08/13/10
  • Last Review: 05/18/14
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