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SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 ST500LM012(HN-M500MBB) 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Exactly as advertised. Has been quiet and reliable. Price was also very good.

Cons: Wasn't 1TB for the same price.

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ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server (top performance review at smallnetbuilder.com)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Tried a few different routers. Bought this one due to the reviews out there talking about great features and very good signal. I wasn't disappointed. Bought this for VOIP calling over my cell phone which doesn't get a good cell signal at home. In my downstairs office, I get a great signal and the VOIP calls are much more crisp than with the other routers I've had.

Basic router features are very easy to setup, had it going in a couple minutes.

Cons: The setup of the more advanced features such as the AiCloud and AiDisk is a bit more difficult. The more advanced features require some knowledge that the average user doesn't have.

QoS feature is quite good. Has a drop down list for some often used programs and games, but some very popular programs such as Skype are missing from the list leaving you to figure it out on your own.

Other Thoughts: Very nice looking, small router. Does what it's supposed to do. I have had this about two months, have not had to reset it once, have never had it drop the signal. My VOIP calling over WiFi is greatly improved, as is my signal around the house.

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Compucase Enterprise Black 0.5mm Thickness SECC Micro ATX/ ATX HEC Enterprise ATX tower case with front USB/Audio, rear 8cm Fan and Internal Black Coatin
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The one big thing that this case has going for it is its price. Got it for $19.99 as a Shell Shocker deal with free shipping and a $10 MIR.

Descent looking case, I've got it in my living room so I didn't want a crazy looking case. Blue light around power button looks pretty nice. Got it for a micro ATX board, plenty of extra space in there, and a nice black finish on the inside.

DVD drive cover and button works nicely as it should.

Came with plenty of hardware to mount all my stuff.

Cons: As others have mentioned, this case is flimsy. The case seems to be ever so slightly out of square and was wobbly on a flat surface until I got everything installed.. The I/O shield cut-out seemed to be a little tweaked and took a little bit of bending to make it fit properly. Once I got everything put in there though, it seems to sit nicely without the wobble. I think the PS, HDDs and other components help give it some rigidity once they are installed.

Be careful with the MB standoff screws. The holes in the case itself can strip very easily. Make sure to use the correct fine threaded screws that come with it, if you use the wrong ones it will strip out the threads in the case sheet-metal.

There are only two slots in the bottom for HDDs as advertised, but as some have said, you could probably make something work in one of the slots above, it just won't be secured on the one side due to the cutout and lack of mounting holes. If you are planning on doing this however, be aware that a larger graphics card such as my EVGA GTX 660 installed in the top two card slots blocks all but the two actual HDD slots.

The Hard Drive light is a very bright red LED, which is pretty annoying. I would have preferred something less bright, and perhaps blue to match the power light.

If you are planning on mounting a fan in the front, be aware that it won't be easy and there is a high probably that you will break something in the process. The plastic front doesn't come off easily, and there are several parts to it. There may be an easier way, but I couldn't find it. It looks like it would interfere with the HDD slots anyway. I decided to give up before I broke something and leave it as is. I did however replace the rear fan with a larger 90mm fan.

My card reader fit alright, but it had to be pushed down on the back while the screws were tightened and is clearly putting a little bit of pressure on the upper part of the slot in the case. So it doesn't fit that great, but once it's in you can't really tell.

No documentation came with this whatsoever. Would have been nice for the front fan install.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's a cheap case but it does the job. Are there better ones out there?? You bet, however, they will cost you more. All in all, it was cheap and does the job. Once everything is in there, it has good cooling, looks pretty descent and has enough room for everything I need it for which is an HTPC and a modest gaming rig.

Would I buy it again? Well, that depends on the price. It's about a $20 case and you get what you pay for.

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Scott W.'s Profile

Display Name: Scott W.

Date Joined: 01/21/07

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 02/11/07
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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