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NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Perfection besides USB ports being a bother 06/02/2014

This review is from: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Sleek, elegant, lovely looking case with wonderful airflow. Large fans, plenty of space for expansion, loved the top USB 2.0 & 3.0 while they worked (see cons).
Can even turn off one of the largest ambient lights in the back to reduce (not completely remove) the bright blue light it emits
Overall, a very nice and elegant product

Cons: A part of the USB 3.0 port broke off on the first day (!!!!) but it still works. USB 2.0 port stopped working reliably in the first week. Still tries to, but flaky. All I used was an XBox 360 controller, with no weight put on port itself and, after a week, it was too loose to function. Neither a con enough to detract from the score.

Fan controls are a bit flaky too, one list constantly turns on / off on its own. Honestly, at 100%, the fans are dead quiet, so there really is no need for the controls.
Again, not enough to detract.

Speaking of lights, the blue light can be a bit of a bother in the dark.

Lastly, she's a bit big for a medium-sized case, mostly long but a bit taller than I'm used to as well, but has fit perfectly under each desk she's been under (about 5) so no real issue.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I love the persona it represents for my powerhouse PC. My motherboard has 8 usb ports on it, so USB issues were not a problem for me, but your needs may vary.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Intel Core i5 8GB 500GB HDD 24GB SSD 13.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I had a 17" laptop before this and needed something much more compact and light. This does the trick. Small, good battery life (6+ hours with 40-50% MAX CPU and 30-40% brightness), and fast after initially booting up (5400 RPM HDD can take ~20-30 seconds). Love the USB 3.0 and HDMI outs

Cons: Hybrid drive doesn't seem to do much for boot time. Runs fast otherwise.
Almost wish it had VGA and eSata ports. But that's more preference rather than fault.

Other Thoughts: Over all, I'm enjoying this little beauty, although I don't use the touch screen that often. Compact but good for some medium to heavy tasks.
Not looking forward to opening it up if I decide to change the HDD to SSD tho.

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OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, well designed, and works. Simple as that. My computer only has SATAII but when I see the screen (after a fresh install) 'Windows is configuring updates...(3 sec)...Done!' I can't help but smile. Upgraded from a 5200 RPM, which was after my 7200RPM drive died :(

Cons: ...I'm not holding onto the edges of my screen for dear life?

Other Thoughts: It's only been about two or three days, but I'm happy with it. Most of my stuff (including music) is on the cloud, so I don't need a lot of space.

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Display Name: John M.

Date Joined: 01/23/09

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 07/15/09
  • Last Review: 06/02/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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