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APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Avoid it unless you have what you need 02/18/2015

This review is from: APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's an absolutely no frills computer case

Cons: - No fans.
- Light-weight and flimsy.
- CAN NOT MOUNT FANS LARGER THAN 80 MM!!! (Yes, I know the specifications say it can, but it can't without drilling new holes.)

Other Thoughts: Look, this is a cheap tin box. It's too cheap to return, so I'll eat the cost, but the fans I ordered won't fit, the description doesn't say it can't take 120 fans and it's got nothing else at all to recommend it. If you want to build a QUIET computer, look elsewhere. This won't cut it. Your fans will be too small and have to run too fast to be quiet.

I'll order a new case with at least the capacity to mount fans but I'm getting really tired of buying cases that are utter junk - this is two in a row. I know this is cheap, but they said it would mount a 120 MM fan on the side (at least) and it won't. Not even close.

So it goes in the trash and I order another one and I'm angry as hell about it.

HEC Vigilance400 Black 0.5 mm Thickness SGCC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual 8cm Fan, 2x USB2.0, Audio HP400 400W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: - It has a large Power button
- It's relatively low cost

Cons: - Case is put together poorly
- Non-standard sizes makes mounting hardware difficult.
- Mis-matched holes due to improperly-aligned metal.

Other Thoughts: This thing is a steaming pile of you know what (thanks, New Egg for censoring G rated words!).

I've built HUNDREDS of computers in my time and never have I encountered this level of garbagetry in my life. The metal is thin and easily bendable, except the takeouts which are razor sharp and/or unyielding. The plastic breaks at the slightest pressure. Mounting a standard-sized DVD player is impossible without removing the power supply and even then, the mis-aligned slots mean you almost need a hammer to get it into position. And once you get it into position, using their mounting guides, you find out that the pop-down cover for the CD won't CLOSE. Worse, if you want to dispense with the pop-down cover, there's a gaping hole and sides that impinge on the CD player, making the whole front misshaped. I'm using my Ka-Bar to whittle it to size.

And I haven't even tried mounting the MB yet!

It takes me about half an hour, tops, to put together a computer with a decent case. I've been screwing around with this illegitimate male offspring of an unwed mother for over an hour. Unfortunately, thanks to whatever microencephalic executive who decided that every few days case designs have to change, I can't ever seem to get the good cases from yesteryear. The ones that were solid, well built, well designed and relatively inexpensive.

This is inexpensive, yes, and it's cheap as hell. I'm considering returning it because given the unbelievably poor quality that went into it, I'm concerned that the power supply will fry everything when I turn it on. I'm going to see if my old system's PS will work. If it will, I'll think about keeping this or swapping out this case with another old computer's. But I know one thing: NEVER BUY THIS CASE!

Glad I have the Google guarantee on this thing because I'm pretty fricking sure I'm going to need it.

HP X4000b H3T51AA#ABC Matte Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Connected to computer just fine.
Worked once I had all the BT ancillary drivers installed.
Any surface laser eliminates need for mouse pads.

Cons: No programming or button allocation drivers (strictly a basic mouse).
Kind of choppy for fine work.
Somewhat loud clicker (A mouse pad or soft surface helps make it quieter).

Other Thoughts: I have an old, moderately abused ASUS hand-me-down with two of the three USB ports messed up (devices left in them and the tabs broken off so they can't connect to cables) by the previous owner. I wanted to set it up as a thin client to my main computer. I had an extra wireless KB that didn't come with a wireless mouse, so needed a mouse (touchpads are not an option for me). This mouse serves the role for limited functions. I don't recommend it for browsing (no back button on it) and definitely do not recommend ANY wireless devices (Keyboard OR Mouse) for gaming.

It's comfortable enough for what I need and my only problem with it was in rebuilding the computer (It originally came with Vista Home, and I upgraded the drive and OS to Win 7 Pro), I didn't install a "wireless utility" driver, which was needed to run the Bluetooth devices (little did I know). I figured that out and got the mouse to finally work once the utility was installed.

For a basic work-place mouse, with the "any surface" abilities of a laser, it does the job. As long as you don't need more, I'd highly recommend it. If you do need more, a wired gaming laser mouse is a good choice.


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Display Name: Phillip C.

Date Joined: 02/23/04

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  • Last Review: 05/13/15
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