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SPRACHT WS-4012 Blunote + Chat Portable Wireless Speaker with 2 Microphones for Conference Calls
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: doesn't feel like junk in your hand. Music is of ok quality. Battery is fine for what I use it for.

Cons: first one developed a buzz after about a week. Replacement has not developed that issue with over a few months now.

Other Thoughts: The lights on the top are inconsistently lit and the place to press is below the lights which is not intuitive. Battery is ok; you'll get a few hours out of it. The pairing seems to work alright.

Have not succeeded in getting Win 8.1 to use this as primary sound output (although I think that's windows bluetooth issue; I don't have any other bluetooth speakers to compare) No problems with IOS devices.

I have not tested as a speakerphone.

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D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Setup is easy; seems to have a good signal. Works well

Cons: Ordered three of these; tried multiple in exact same setup before installing at intended locations. One worked fine. One couldn't stay connected to modem. One had streaming issues between client and server - one short hiccup per movie (both plugged directly into router)

Other Thoughts: Decent cheap router if you're ok with the possibility of returns.

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Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Rear and front fans are reasonable. Can't see any graphics card not working with the right power supply. Airflow is reasonable (see cons). Case fans on med fan speed is nearly salient. If you have any mind for routing you can make the cables surprisingly neat in this case.

Cons: One problem I knew when I bought it is that there is little to no airflow onto the motherboard itself. The air courses over the power supply and goes right out the back. A downward cpu cooler would resolve this however if you want liquid cooling I have a sudo solution. If you only need one of the drive mounds setup you can stick a 120mm fan (held with say zipties) at a downward angle which will force the fresh air downwards. This is what I did; the vertical board on my ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe was getting a little warm because of this airflow problem and I believe the fan I described above solved it.

Another solution to air over the motherboard for the bold would be to modify the case itself. There is plenty of space for a fan between the motherboard and the right side of the case, just above the power extension cord, for a 140mm fan with space to spare. Hope they read this and put in an optional fan space here. The downside of this would be it interfere with the front-back airflow design.

The fan controller cables can be unplugged. This means that under the right conditions you can accidentally unplug it without noticing. Wouldn't want to plug say the motor of your liquid cooler into this since you'd never notice it's just slightly pulled out and not providing power.

Other Thoughts: Consider your power supply very carefully if you intend to use a graphics card of any length bigger than the board. I seriously advise a modular one that's only 140mm deep. CORSAIR CX430M or similar models is a good place to start.

The front fans would probably provide good enough airflow to allow for a fan less power supply (which are supposed to be mounted upside down). The problem here is the cables would then be on the motherboard side. This isn't a problem for servers but for a desktop with a graphics card system you'll hit a space issue. You may have a chance with a 140mm deep one and bending the cables tight but it'd be a tight fit. A 150mm deep will almost touch the graphics card without cables. If I was doing a server with no graphics card I'd consider a fanless psu.

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Philip Z.'s Profile

Display Name: Philip Z.

Date Joined: 10/22/05

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 09/17/12
  • Last Review: 01/29/14
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