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NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Excellent build quality and sturdiness for the price. This case really impressed me. I was expecting some flimsy thing but instead I got a perfectly good, solid case with parts that fit very well together. The paint job is really good. The front panel and buttons on the panel all look and feel really good. The interior is intelligently laid out. No sharp edges. Lots of room for expansion. Easy to work in this case. Lots of room for fans.

Cons: No fan filters. The case magnifies the sound of components inside which vibrate, i.e. hard drives. I mounted two hard drives in this case and the hard drive access sounds were clearly audible. I installed the same two drives in a different, more expensive case and they were dead quiet. Don't get this case if you're looking for something that deadens sound. This case won't do that.

Another small con is that the texture/color of the plastic bezel doesn't exactly match the texture/color of the paint of the case. Just a small nitpick.

Other Thoughts: For the price this case is fantastic. It's not a premium offering, it's very spartan, no-nonsense, no-frills, just straight forward and to the point. But for the price, that's okay. This case fulfills its purpose very well for the asking price. If you're looking for a cheap, basic case but also want something that isn't going to let you down, this is a great choice.

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Corsair Force Series CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is very fast. HD Tune puts it at about 170MB/s average read/write for benchmarking and about 260/250MB/s read/write for the file benchmark. Random access times are pretty much instant of course. Installation was simple and painless, no problems with stability like other people seem to be having. No crashing and it wakes from sleep with no trouble. Lightning quick Windows startup and shut down.

Cons: None. A little pricey but it's to be expected for a solid state drive. You get what you pay for. Also you have to be moderately mindful of your space usage, can't go crazy. I have the bare minimum software installed (Windows 7, MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, one game) and I only have 19GB free. I recommend a separate drive for storage.

Other Thoughts: Running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Intel i7 920, Gigabyte EX58-UD3R with latest BIOS revision. Running Intel storage matrix drivers, you should definitely get these if you have this drive and you plug it into an Intel SATA port! I read that there might be stability issues without the Intel drivers. Also make sure your BIOS is set to AHCI or RAID mode, not IDE.

Final thought, my BIOS reports the drive not responding to SMART commands but it doesn't seem to be having any problems otherwise so I think it might just be an incompatibility between the Sandforce 1200 and my BIOS.

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Logitech 920-000914 Black 106 Normal Keys USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best keyboard I've ever owned 09/16/2009

This review is from: Logitech 920-000914 Black 106 Normal Keys USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard is probably the best keyboard I've owned. I can't decide what part of it I like the best. It looks extremely nice - really a good addition to a modern desktop. Elegant, I guess, is the word. The back lighting of the keys is superb. The color is good, sort of a warm white hue. The lighting is very even.

The best part about the keyboard is the way it types. I've never had a keyboard that was more of a pleasure to type on. The tactile feel of the keys as you use the keyboard is excellent. The keys press down softly yet decisively, and spring back eagerly. The laptop-style flatness of the keys is great, coupled with the amount of travel the keys have - a little more than a laptop's travel but less than a regular desktop keyboard. I like how the setpoint software allows you to choose the default action of the F keys, i.e. whether holding the FN button down causes them to type F1-F12 or to use the shortcuts such as play/pause, calculator, eject, etc.

Cons: At first, this keyboard was more difficult to touch-type on. As I used it more and more, I got used to it. The legs on the back of the keyboard don't raise up the keyboard quite as much as I would like, and they seem kind of flimsy. We'll see. Also, for that matter, the whole keyboard seems kind of flimsy, but let me be clear: it does seem well-built. It's not of poor quality at all. It's just that because it's very thin, it kind of flexes.

As others have said the F numbers aren't lit up, only the media functions.

The raised bumps on the F and J keys aren't quite as prominent as I'd like them to be. It takes me a little while to find the home row without looking sometimes.

Honestly these are just small nitpicks. Overall the keyboard is great and its pro's far outweigh its cons.

Other Thoughts: After using this keyboard extensively in the dark and in poor lighting conditions, you sort of start taking the lighting for granted. I learned this when I went to use another keyboard in the dark and I found myself put off by the fact that I couldn't easily see the keys. I had to look down, let my eyes adjust, then type what I needed to type. So beware; this keyboard will spoil you.

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Display Name: John S.

Date Joined: 04/03/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/10/09
  • Last Review: 07/16/14
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