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SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good 07/30/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset

Pros: Sound quality is good for the price. You are not going to mistake these for a $200 pair of headphones, but you shouldn't expect to. The sound is good enough that there's no annoying qualities to it, and it's a definite step up from budget headphones like the ones that come with your phone.

The no-tangle cords are EXCELLENT... I cannot say enough good things about this design! It's also nice to have multiple size fittings for your ear.

In-line mic is a nice feature to have, though its usefulness seems to me to be a bit niche.

Cons: I primarily wanted to use these headphones to listen to my music on my smartphone while running, and I absolutely hated that experience... when the cord bounced up and down, even a small amount, it created a loud & obnoxious "thump" sound in my ear. It was absurd... instead of hearing my music, I felt like I was listening to the noise of a heartbeat turned up wayyyyyy too loud. Adjusting the size of the earpiece did not alleviate this problem.

I'm not sure if it's due to the design of the ear piece, or the design of the cord, but I found these headphones to be much more sensitive than typical to movement or contact, even compared to other in-ear headphones I've used.

-1 egg for this.

Other Thoughts: I was really bummed that these didn't work well for running, but overall this is a decent headset given the price. The issue with cord noise is a typical downside of in-ear designs, so I'm not going to be too hard on these for that.

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Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fantastic, clean aesthetic with a gorgeous side panel window. This is a mid range case with high end looks... you really can make a clean, beautiful build in this case.

3 high quality included fans with good airflow and minimal noise.

Dust filtering on all intakes.

Easy to build in:
-HDD cage is easily moved around, and tool-free design works well
-SSD mounts around the back of the motherboard tray are great
-Plenty of cable grommets for routing cables
-The top routing hole for the 8-pin CPU power connector is well placed and large, and it's angled nicely so that you can get a connector through even if you have already installed a (30mm/AIO) rad in the roof.

Tons of room for cooling, especially in the top of the case. An H110 mounted easily in the top, and depending on your motherboard you may even have the option of push/pull on a thin rad in the roof.

Support for a 240/280/360 rad in the roof, a 240/280 in the front, a 120/140 in the bottom (technically supports a 240 but good luck with that after installing your PSU...) and 120 in the rear is absolutely fantastic for a case of this size and price.

Price is fantastic for the feature set in this case

Build quality has some issues but overall is fine for a $100 case

Cons: Just a few small things, none of which really detracted from my experience with the case given the price:

The acrylic on the side window feels cheap. Mine arrived with small scratches and marks, though they're only noticeable up close.

The SSD mounts around the back are a little bit of a pain with thin SSDs. Older 9mm SSDs will click right in, but if you have 7mm or thinner SSDs, you will have to screw them into the mounts to keep them secure.

The case desperately needs an additional 10mm or so of cable routing room around the back and a few more cable tie points. If you load this case with hardware, you can expect to have a wrestling match with the rear side panel to try and get it to close.

The dust filtering mesh, particularly on the front of the case, is a bit more coarse than I like. A finer mesh would have been nice to filter more dust.

Speaking of the front mesh, the "press to release" clips are annoying. It's too easy to accidentally remove the front panel, especially while building in the case or moving it around. DON'T put this case down near young unsupervised children as they could easily (and accidentally) remove the front cover and get a finger in the fans.

There is more or less no included documentation with the case, and only minimal accessories. As such, this case is probably not a great option for first time builders.

Other Thoughts: This case is, overall, a great value. It offers high end aesthetics and features at a very cheap price, with only a few sacrifices on features and build quality.

This case was absolutely perfect for me. I was downsizing from a CM Storm Trooper because I wanted to move my gaming rig from a bedroom to our living room. I needed a case with full tower features but a more refined aesthetic and a maximum of 530mm in depth (the Trooper is about 560mm). This case was the perfect option for me!!

Personally, I would gladly have paid an additional $50-75 to get higher quality materials in the case, but it's not a big deal... I knew what I was getting.

The build I have in this:
ASRock z68 extreme7 gen 3
i7-2600k w/Corsair H110
16GB DDR3
GTX 780 SLI
Sound Blaster Z
AX1200
2x 256 GB SSD, 1x 4TB HDD, 1x 500GB HDD
5.25" 6 channel fan controller
Additional Noctua NF-P14 bottom intake fan
White NZXT 2m LED strip

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Corsair Graphite Series 730T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Gaming Case with two 140mm red LED fans
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: TL;DR version: Build quality, features, ease of installation, and price.

Build quality is quite good. The case is very sturdy, and this extends to the parts which are primarily plastic as well (e.g. the case feet). Side panels aren't super heavy duty, but don't flex much at all, and the panel hinges are sturdy.

Great feature set:
-Removable hard drive and optical drive cages
-Great radiator support (up to 420mm in roof, up to 280mm in front, 120/140 in rear/bottom)
-Dust filtering on PSU/front intake
-Tool-less drive installation works well (SSD/HDD/ODD)
-Fits pretty much any hardware you want - long PSUs, giant air heatsinks, multiple GPUs, it's all there!
-3 included high quality fans
-Lots of cable management options

Building in the case was very easy - I had no problems getting anything installed (hardware listed in other thoughts).

The overall design is sleek, and I like the magnetic panel on the roof.

Price is great for the features you get!

Cons: The only thing I really don't like about this case is the mesh sections of the side panel. These serve no purpose; the case already has great airflow, and all these cutouts do is make your build noisier while also letting extra dust into your case. I really, really don't like them. Both sides should be the same - solid with no holes cutout.

It's worth noting that there's no dust filtering on the bottom 120/140mm fan mount - if you plan to put an intake down there for some reason, be sure you buy a magnetic dust filter to place over the slot.

The result of all this is that if you really want to be OCD about keeping dust out of your rig, it is necessary that you go with positive pressure airflow with your fan config (more intake airflow than exhaust).

Other Thoughts: This is a great full tower case, and it's an absolutely superb full tower case for its price point. You get good design, great build quality, and a fantastic feature set for not a lot of money!

I moved my main rig (which is usually in a CM Storm Trooper) over to this, and had zero issues with the installation:
i7-2600k
ASRock z68 extreme7 gen3
16GB DDR3-2133 RAM
GTX 780 SLI
Corsair H110
Corsair AX1200
4x HDD
2x SSD

If you would prefer a side panel window, I believe you can buy that separately, or you can just check out the Corsair 760T which is basically the same excellent case but with a window.

Very highly recommended.

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