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APEX MI-110 Black / Silver Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It hits the minimum standards of a case with flying colors. If you're looking to keep your components contained and protected from the world at a minimum of expense, this is a great case for you.

The case is sturdy and rigid, and has that heavy feel that indicates that it will take a fair bit of abuse; everything lines up nicely, so there's no issues getting components mounted.

Cons: It's a cheap case, not a good case. There are no bells or whistles for your convenience. The case is very cramped (which sort of goes with the territory of a compact mini-ITX case), and combined with sharp edges in evidence on the inside, is in no way a pleasure to work in. The plastic front panel is flimsy; my power button tends to stick, which is an annoyance (though not a dealbreaker).

Other Thoughts: For the price, it's a great way to keep all your components next to all your other components and safe from errant kicks or falling objects. It's not a luxury case or a good platform for a tinkerer, but for the general case of putting a computer in it with a minimum of expense, I can heartily recommend it.

I built a nice little NAS box in mine, a purpose it serves admirably.

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Rosewill RDRD-11006 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's two pieces of metal allowing you to mount a 3.5" drive in a 5.25" bay. It's cheap and does exactly what it says it does.

Cons: Somewhat flimsy—should be fine, but I doubt they'll hold up to much more stress than just holding a drive in place (not that you should be subjecting your drive bays to such treatment anyway…). Very awkward design, making it difficult to mount the brackets on the drive and then difficult to mount the bracketed drive in the bay. No straight shot for basically any of the screws, making attachment a fiddly experience with the screwdriver at an angle. Some of the hole spacing seemed slightly off. If you're ever going to remove the drive you're mounting, spend the money on something that will be less of a pain to deal with.

Other Thoughts: All those cons given, it's simple, cheap and works. There's a lot to be said for that.

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Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs ultimate in flexibility for a consumer appliance 08/27/2011

This review is from: Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)

Pros: The major pro to this router, and indeed, pretty much the entire point of its existence, is that it can be easily flashed with DD-WRT, OpenWRT, Tomato, or another open source firmware. The stock firmware has a straightforward builtin method for uploading replacement firmware, so there's no need to fiddle with anything more complicated than a file upload dialog box. Once flashed, there's pretty much no limit to what you can make this router do; it can support features generally only seen on enterprise-level equipment.

Cons: For this price, the hardware is very so-so. If you're not going to replace the firmware, you can get a much better deal on the stock features elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: Not your grannie's router, but an excellent choice for folks interested in teaching themselves about networking as they set up a home network or people looking to move beyond basic setups.

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Display Name: William B.

Date Joined: 01/24/08

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 10/05/09
  • Last Review: 02/14/14
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