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APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Case Grounded Speaker Causes Smoke 05/16/2014

This review is from: APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply

Pros: The case is small, or as small as I think is reasonable for a Micro ATX case. The slide out Mainboard tray is clever and makes component access fairly easy. The case looks pretty snazzy from the front.

Cons: The unit I got had a case ground fault. I don't believe anything on the mainboard was damaged, but you can imagine the panic when you first turn on a system and see smoke come out of it. Wires were melted, too, before the system could be powered off. The mother board tray, while a fantastic idea, is secured by only two screws and does not sit flush with the case with my graphics card installed. There is a handle in front of the case, but it does not seem very secure with only 4 plastic tabs and a few screws into the plastic holding a decently heavy system to that handle.

Other Thoughts: The power supply lacks an 8 pin connector for the CPU, and with only three 4-pin molex connectors for your HDDs, you won't be using it to power any higher end video cards, though those cards do fit. If your video card requires external power connections and those connections are not on the back of the card, they may be blocked by the case structure in some instances, but those are not unreasonable trade-offs for a case of this size. Build quality is iffy, but solid enough to get the job done.

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ARK IPC-4U600 Black 1.2mm SECC Zinc-Coated Steel 4U Rackmount Server Chassis 3 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Inexpensive: The price is hard to beat, though I only shopped Newegg rather than browse the entire internet. *Lots of room: I'll run out of places to hook stuff up on my mainboard before I run out of places to put them.
*Solid basic chassis: It's probably not going to fall apart any time soon.
*Plenty of screws and standoffs included. Rubber feet, too, if that's your thing.
*Looks good.

Cons: *Cheap Accessories: One of the standoffs for the mainboard broke under light torque when being installed. Needless to say, removing a screw with no top is rather difficult. The included hardware for making certain your add in cards do not vibrate out of their slots was missing some rubber pads, others were peeling off. Front mounted USB ports, while welcome, were not lined up with the case holes making them impossible to make use of. This was correctable to a useable, but obviously not aligned state.

*Space above processor is obstructed: The stock cooler that came with my CPU is almost flush with the mid mounted hard drive cage. (There are two cages, one really big one in front, and a smaller two seater in the middle). You can remove this cage easily, but you'd lose the add in card retention, too.

Other Thoughts: This case is good for people who are poor, but relish in hard work. It's basically solid, but it will probably require some work to get it up to your standards. I would suggest using accessories from another source if possible to spare yourself potential trouble later on.

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CISCO AIR-ANT4941 2.4 Ghz Articulated Dipole Antenna
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs What can I say? 08/29/2006

This review is from: CISCO AIR-ANT4941 2.4 Ghz Articulated Dipole Antenna

Pros: They work, but I have no means to compare them to any other products like them.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is one of those simple devices that seem to either work great or not work at all. Since an antenna's job is only to focus radio energy, I can't test its capability by citing range, which would more depend on transmit power. The only thing I can say in this respect is that I can still get a signal outside the antenna's coverage arc, but then radio waves aren't like laser beams, so that's to be expected at close range. I can't test at farther ranges since "outside the antenna's arc" means above or below it.

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Display Name: Dale W.

Date Joined: 03/28/04

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  • First Review: 08/29/06
  • Last Review: 05/16/14
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