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AFT PRO-55U USB 2.0 5.25
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Seems to work with any cards that I've tried

Cons: - Being all black, its very difficult to see the card slot (I painted a white outline around the slots.)
- Relatively high cost

Other Thoughts: Some mechanical impediment developed in the SD slot whereby an SD card could not be inserted fully. The mfr did fix it under warranty.

With the upgrade of some on my electronics, I can now get by with just an SD reader and no longer need any of the other slots.

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Thermaltake SOPRANO VO900M1N2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice case with a few issues 02/13/2013

This review is from: Thermaltake SOPRANO VO900M1N2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: docking station
sound damping

Cons: flimsy sheet metal

Other Thoughts: I bought this case principally for the docking station and usb3 ports. Also because my old case placed the power switch and usb2 ports inconviently behind it's door, and at that, access to USB ports was very awkward.

There are lots of reviews out there detailing assembly and atributes, so I'll provide a details of my experience.

First off, paint buildup around the opening for the motherboard I/O panel made it impossible to insert the panel without first scraping the paint off on the edge of the opening. Other than that, everything went smoothly.

I like the location of the power switch, but it is far too sensitive as I have inadvertently shut the computer down on a few occasions. A bit longer throw or recessing the switch would have been better.

When the computer is first started the fan on my video card comes up at very high speed causing the case to vibrate. In my old case there was no vibration. (The old case is steel and perhaps one gauge thicker.)

The computer is on the left side of my desk. The right hinged door makes access awkward.

Screens over the intake fans (front and bottom in front of the power supply) should reduce the number of times I will have to clean the inside.

I have reservations about air intake. They have placed a huge fan in front and then covered it with a solid door. There are a few slots on the side for air to pass through, but the openings hardly match the the area of the fan opening.

The blue LEDs on the fan are kind of hokey, perhaps intended to appeal to kids.

The overall aesthetics of the case is conservative in comparison to the hideous designs of many high end cases.

The left side panel is very difficult to attach because one needs to push the cables in while sliding the panel into place. It would definitely go easier if the panel were a bit thicker.

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SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: none

Cons: The face panel is poorly integrated with card slots. This makes getting cards in a real hassle.

Other Thoughts: I bought this thing over a year ago when my existing reader quit. By the time this unit arrived, my existing reader was working again, so I put the new one into a drawer for future use. Now a year later, my old reader has become unreliable. I should have tested and returned the Sabrient a long time ago. I don't intend to use it and will buy something else instead.

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Robert H.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 12/17/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/23/10
  • Last Review: 02/27/13
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