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Evercool BOX-MK-BK New Molding 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Works great... but the screws... 06/20/2014

This review is from: Evercool BOX-MK-BK New Molding 5.25" Storage Box

Pros: Perfect way to get extra use out of the spare bay in my PC case. When closed the sides of the drawer are close to the solid top of the shell so if you transport your case with goodies inside it isn't likely that they'll slip out or jam up the drawer.

Cons: Designed to have coarse screws tap directly into plastic. If you've got a case like mine (old AOpen A600 that I will take with me to my grave) that uses custom screws for toolless insertion/removal of drives you'll need to be careful getting them threaded. As other reviewers noted I would expect even the supplied screws to be difficult to get threaded for the first time. The only reason for 4 eggs instead of 5 was the screw issue.

Other Thoughts: This went into my case without much issue. When I realized I was going to need to use different screws than the ones provided I approached handling this carefully. I had to use the fine thread screws like you would use on an optical drive to get this mounted in my case due to the "shoulder bolts" that my case is designed to accept. The first screw was difficult to start but did go in eventually. For the later screws I first used the center point of a spade drill bit (probably about a 25° angle point) to slightly taper the insertion side of the holes BY HAND. I only wanted to remove just enough material to help the screw threads get their initial bite, using a power drill likely would have been difficult to control. This helped the last 3 screws go in a lot easier. For those using the supplied screws this would probably help as well, just be careful with how much plastic you remove as if you remove too much you can't go back. If Evercool wanted to take this to the next level I'd recommend either molding in threaded metal inserts for the screws (in standard 5-1/4" optical drive screw size/thread) or switching to at least either having the bottom portion of the tray be metal or run a tap through the current plastic holes during manufacturing. If I had a tap in the size that I needed that is what I would have used instead of brute-forcing the screws to thread.

I may see about finding a short and lightweight spring (1" diameter probably) to glue to the back of either the drawer or shell. This would help to give the drawer a little more push on open. The current push from the spring loaded retaining clip is pretty good but a little more would be nice.

The gloss black matches my case perfectly but yeah it won't be for everyone. No less of a fingerprint magnet than the rest of my case. :)

Now I'm going to check to see if they've got a 3-1/2" version!

CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great UPS for the last 2+ years and counting! 06/13/2014

This review is from: CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: LCD display for quick check of status even when not being used with a PC.

LCD display is only lit when you check it so it isn't constantly shining.

Green options that power off secondary devices when the main device is in low power (standby, hibernate) mode.

Cons: Uh, requires you have an available outlet to plug it in? Doesn't come with cake? Seriously though, only minor things I could think of that don't even bother me.

If you'd rather have the LCD constantly on, guess that would be a con as I'm not aware of a way to force it. Could be a plus if it was allowed to be modified via the software. Example, set it so it is always on and maybe cycles through the multiple readouts at X second intervals.

Blue "power on" light may be a bit bright for some.

Other Thoughts: The "PowerPanel Personal Edition" (PPPE) software that is listed (I think included on CD? Can get it from the CyberPower website) for this unit is acceptable although with the majority of users being on Windows PCs they can plug the UPS right in and have Windows interact with it the same as it would on a laptop with a battery. Even Linux has some native support (I'm using Ubuntu 14.04) but I suspect if you're running Linux you're probably also going to be interested in power-user type control. The PPPE software does allow you to see more information in the UPS that the OS itself wouldn't report though. Compared to the Belkin Bulldog software for Windows that had come with the Belkin UPSes I used to love (and are no longer manufactured) the PPPE software is lacking some features. An important one for me was network notification if you were supporting multiple PCs on the single UPS.

That said, the "PowerPanel Business Edition" software (again, available on the CyberPower website) is compatible with this unit. Way overkill for your basic user but very nice for someone who has multiple computers on the one UPS.

Have used 3 of these for 2+ years with zero issues. I read the current "most useful negative review" re: simulated vs pure sine wave, and while I understand the problem it isn't a guaranteed issue. I've recently run a battery test of my CP1500AVRLCD via the 2 PCs attached to it and neither had a problem. I don't recall if at the time both PCs had Corsair CX430 or CS450M PSUs, but either way both PSU models are Active PFC and did not have an issue. Will test again later though as I just learned of the potential issue today and want to ensure I'm OK with this UPS and the CS450Ms.

BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Follow up more than 1 month in 05/12/2014

This review is from: BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: For those that question the durability of the handles, I've got my case loaded with 5 3.5" drives, 2.5" SSD in the side panel, ITX mobo with stock Intel cooler, 430w non-modular PSU, 4 120mm fans and 1 140mm fan. My case sits in a narrow cabinet low to the ground. In my ongoing quest to organize my cables (built custom fit SATA power for the 5 drives, custom fan power/PWM splitter cable, front power/reset/LED bank) I've lifted this thing in and out of the cabinet a great number of times by the handles, including having the case tipped forwards or backwards. These suckers are pretty durable. Long term can't say how they will last as various plastics can break down depending on the environment they're in, but for now I'm quite confident in them.

Cons: Stock 120mm fans, while they seemed to be decent, were only 3-pin connectors. Since my mobo only had 2 fan pinheaders on it I opted to replace the stock fans with PWM replacements and appropriate PWM power/control. I've been a fan of the Cougar Vortex CF-V1xHP fans and have them in there now. Note the isolating mounts that come with the Cougar fans work great in this case, other mounts that stick out on the non-fan side can cause fitment problems of the front and top grilles. Still hanging on to the original fans in case I have a need for something non-PWM in the future.

Support did get back to me regarding supporting the upper (3-drive) FlexCage with removal of the 5.25" tray in order to allow more/larger fans in the front. In short, they don't offer any options. Remove the upper tray and the top 3 drives aren't supported from falling over. My solution was to rotate the 5.25" tray 180°. The plastic rails for the FlexCage can be rotated back to the normal position. I think drilled 4 holes next to the original mounting holes for the 5.25" cage probably about 1cm back. Unfortunately they're not countersunk like the original holes but this has worked to allow me 2 120mm fans in the front with the full compliment of 5 3.5" drives properly secured. This does create sort of a channel up top that might otherwise allow better airflow if the tray wasn't there, but I think my cooling will still be fine. I'd prefer if BitFenix would offer some alternative bracket to support the FlexCage that was less material, but if they instead just put 4 more screw holes into the case it would be easy for anyone to do what I've done.

No included internal speaker to hear POST beeps. (Wow, I've gotta nit-pick to find any more cons...) Pulled one from a PC set for recycling and was good to go.

Other Thoughts: It has been mentioned that some have had problems getting the front grille off. One key (I continually forget this myself) is when pushing the tabs that lock it in place DO NOT have your fingers on the front grille trim. What you wind out doing is pushing on the grille in both directions and wondering why it isn't popping off. As the trim goes right up to the edge and is a convenient place to rest fingers while pressing on the locking tabs you are getting in your own way. I swear I've done this every other time I've gone to pop the grille off. When I remember to keep my fingers off the front when pushing the tabs then it comes off no problem.

I knew going into this that the power/reset buttons, indicator LEDs, and mobo header USB 3.0 jacks were on the side and that I would have some issues accessing them in my slim cabinet. The USB was easy to work with, a few adapters like Newegg item 9SIA2JX1GS9079 solved that issue. (Be sure to get the correct orientation!) Switches and LEDs were a different case. I had some simple through-hole momentary push button switches and 3mm LEDs available so I just needed to figure out how to mount. Behind the grille in the lower right there is a hole that exists on my case I assume for if BitFenix had different front options that included the controls. I had a bunch of expansion slot knock-outs kicking around, so I bent one to clip into this hole and extend down to the front "foot" of the case. For best fitment of the grille I tried to keep the part of this that is along the body of the case as close as possible. On the knock-out in the available area below the case body and above the foot I then drilled holes for my switches and LEDs. LEDs held in place from the back with simple hot glue. The pin header for these connections on my mobo was a 2x5 header with one pin missing. Found a cable that went to an old USB 2.0 front panel in a different comp, moved the blocking peg (some plugs have these molded in, I was lucky) to the appropriate location and used the cable for the switches and LEDs. I now have a nice single connector plug for the panel functions that is keyed to match the mobo header and brings the controls to the front where I can easily access them. Original cables are stashed coiled up in the plastic tray of the side cover below where 2.5" drives can mount. (Also have the bag of spare screws tucked there too.) They easily unplug from the side panel circuit board. Future plans will be to paint the mod a flat black to better match the rest of the case, but honestly it doesn't look that bad since the grille trim is also a silver color.

My original review can be found on 4/1/2014 and still applies. Really digging this case and hoping the Mini-ITX form factor sticks around for quite a while so I can get many years of use from it.


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