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Haier ESA408M 8,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Window Air Conditioner
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly well built 08/16/2014

This review is from: Haier ESA408M 8,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Window Air Conditioner

Pros: To be honest I wasn't expecting much at this price. But I was surprised. The construction quality I quite good and the unit operates well and is reasonably quiet. The included mounting hardware, including the wings are perfectly adequate. The digital controls have a quality feel and appearance and the included remote is well thought out and works good.
The unit cools well and is reasonably quiet. It's certainly not whisper quiet even on it's lowest speed but it's no louder then another 8000 btu unit I have that cost almost twice as much.

Cons: There is a rattle from somewhere inside the housing. It's not loud but... concerning. I'll wait and see if it gets worse or goes away.

Other Thoughts: For the price an amazing deal. Of course I just it got it yesterday so this could all change if it doesn't continue to work well.

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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: This thing is huge! However big you think it is or it looks in photos, it’s bigger! They could rent this out as an apartment in New York. Honestly though, this is one huge case. When you take it out of the box you realize it’s way too big to fit anywhere and your components are going to get lost inside. Do yourself a favor and really check the dimensions before you buy. I thought I knew what size it was going to be and I was surprised. It’s still a killer case for a good price but it’s massive.
Like all Corsair cases the finish is immaculate and there are no rough edges. The case comes swathed in a nice quality black cloth bag for protection and my case arrived unscathed. The black steel matches the black plastic and the black mesh and the removable plastic top panel. The inside is the same black and the wires from the USB ports and for the front panel switches are black as well. Now personally I would have rather had white but I didn’t want to spend extra for the 760 so I’m just going to have to live with all that black.
There are three 140mm fans and the front two glow red. They’re not the good fans that Corsair sells but they’re quiet even if they don’t move much air. There’s no fan controller on the 730 but all have 3 pin motherboard conns. The red glow doesn’t really bother me and it is somewhat subdued. Airflow is decent and if you have a motherboard that can exert fine grain control over fan speed then you won’t be terribly disappointed. Just don’t expect a wind tunnel.
Take the plastic cover off the top and there’s room to play football or put a bunch of fans. I was so impressed I bought a Corsair H110 just to see if it would fit. According to what I’ve read on the Internet it will. One small problem is the ventilated top panel has no dust filters so you’ll have to set your cooler to exhaust air from the inside but that’s the best way to do it anyway.
I love the doors because they truly are on hinges and I say this after receiving dozens of cases with “hinged’ doors that really weren’t. No fancy glass side for the 730 but the door does have 2 vented areas where you can fit a 120mm fan if you need to. No dust filters though so you’re on your own if you want the fans to blow inward. The latches are simple pull handles that work effortlessly and make you wonder why so many so called “enthusiast” cases don’t work the same way.
Inside is so big I expected an echo. There are 2 removable cages that hold 3 hard drives and both are removable and stackable. They use the standard Corsair mounting sleds and they are neither good nor bad. They are just… there. Nobody needs that many 3.5 hard drives any longer so one cage is plenty. There are 4 SSD mounting sleds that snap into the back of the chassis behind the right hand door but I’ll talk about them in the cons section. As mounted from the manufacturer, the 2 hard drive cages don’t black one of the front fans so you have plenty of airflow.
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Cons: I personally think the 4 SSD sleds are needlessly fiddly. They do snap out and the drives fit easily but I had to figure out which way to put them and fiddle with the power cables. Plus you almost need to run another SATA power cable to reach the upper ones which means you need three if you have an optical drive in the upper external bay and a hard drive in the lower. It’s not a deal breaker or even a big deal but it is slightly irritating.
I love the doors but I will admit if you lift them off the hinges they are the devil to get back on. This is both frustrating and exacting and is best done in a Zen state of mind. Once again not a bid deal but something worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: I’m a bit of cheapskate and I’m not someone that needs his hardware on display so the Corsair 730 was an easy choice for me. With the rebate it’s just about half the price of the 760 and I can live with the changes and deletions. It’s bigger then I bargained for but that’s my own fault and I’m learning to live with it and love it. It’s a precision piece of equipment that I can heartily recommend to anybody that needs a full sized computer case or a hanger for their blimp.

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LG LP1311BXR 13,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Portable Air Conditioner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs loud & not so cool 08/16/2014

This review is from: LG LP1311BXR 13,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Portable Air Conditioner

Pros: Looks good. Nice remote and touch controls. Love the auto swing vent.

Cons: very loud and does not cool well. You'd think it was working well because the air that comes out is cool but it's all noise and not much cool. I'm using it to cool a living room, kitchen combo with cathedral ceilings in Florida while my central air is out and the best it can do is 90 degrees during the hot part of the afternoon. More telling is that it never seems to fill up the drain pan and this is Florida. I've emptied the tank several times and only got a small amount of water. The noise it makes is like a jet plane taking off. You sort of get used to it after a while and I could stand the noise if it cooled well but it doesn't.

Other Thoughts: I'd avoid this if you want to stay cool. It's far too noise even on the lowest fan settings to use in a bedroom when you're trying to sleep. At high it's obnoxious and it never ever shuts off unless you put the temp up to 90. I have a small 8000 btu window unit hat cools better.

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