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Rosewill RNX-N180UBE, Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works with Raspberry Pi distros out of the box, no need to download drivers or firmware. Also works on the Raspberry Pi B+ without the need for a powered hub.

Cons: My only complaint about this adapter is is adapter housing. The housing is flat and wide. However, the width is the problem. Many computers (Raspberry Pi included) have USB ports close together. The adapter is too wide, it blocks the neighboring port. If it were designed to be long and narrow it wouldn't block neighboring ports. Technically I can use the included USB extension (which is nice), so this is a minor gripe.

Other Thoughts: I specifically bought this adapter because it was listed as working with the Raspberry Pi and because it's N300. Turns out N300 is the downlink speed, the uplink is N150. I was bummed when I realized this, but rereading the newegg description they do mention this, so the fault is my own for not reading closely. That said, I still would have purchased this adapter - I guess I just wish it were N300 both ways.

Dell S2740L Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Glossy screen, edge-to-edge glass. This is going to be the reason you love this monitor or hate it. If you have a light source from behind you, you'll probably hate this monitor because of all the reflections. But if you can control the lighting from behind you then this will be the clearest and sharpest monitor you've ever seen!

This monitor is 1920x1080 (HD spec). Many 27" monitors are higher resolution, so some might be disappointed with 1920x1080. Me personally, 1920x1080 is a plus! I have always preferred monitors with a high pixel pitch.

Cons: My biggest complaint is the included cables - Dell gives you a VGA cable but no DVI or HDMI? Are you kidding me Dell!?! This is 2014, VGA is all but dead. Also, anyone spending money on a higher-end monitor like this isn't going to be using VGA. Spend the extra 50 cents and include DVI and/or HDMI cables.

The only other thing I would change about this monitor is the stand. I would like to have seen a vertical adjustment to raise the monitor up. I already had a platform I used to raise up my previous monitor so I used they on this monitor as well.

Other Thoughts: When you get this monitor, I highly recommend you lower the brightness. Factory default was something like 80%, I lowered it to 60% which is still plenty bright for my environment.

I'm usually not a fan of capacitive-touch buttons like this monitor uses for the power and menu controls. But I find that these buttons work really well.

Newer monitors like this are definitely light for their size. This 27" monitors weighs less than the 19" LCD it replaced.

LIAN LI PC-Q07B USB3.0 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case is the same high quality I've come to expect from Lian Li. Very well machined aluminum with professionally tapped threads. Great sound/vibration isolation for the hard drive. No sharp edges to cut yourself on.

Cons: My only real complaint is the front panel USB connector. The cable is too thick and rigid. Because of the tight space inside a mini ITX case you need to squeeze everything in, but the front panel USB cables are hard to bend and flex. They should have made them thinner and more flexible.

Other Thoughts: The side panels do not come off with thumb screws from the back like most computers. Instead there are about half a dozen phillips screws holding each side panel on. Not a detractor, just not what I was expecting. This is my first mini ITX build. Wow, that can be a tight squeeze getting everything to fit. This isn't a fault of the case.

Oh, be sure and mount the CD/DVD drive BEFORE screwing the motherboard panel in place. The only way to access the second mounting screw for the CD/DVD is with the side panel removed, and since the motherboard mounts to the side panel, mount the drive before installing the motherboard. Instructions didn't say to do this.


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Display Name: Brian F.

Date Joined: 12/29/03

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  • Last Review: 08/27/14
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