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Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Enjoy it while it lasts 08/25/2014

This review is from: Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone

Pros: For a $70 phone, it's got a good screen and decent speed. Camera takes pretty good quality photos.Those are pretty much the only pros.

Cons: Where do I begin? My volume-up button stopped working after about a month and a half, the lock-button is now failing, and the OS alone is almost 3GB. Windows 8 OS is badly buggy in so many ways:
-Frequently when I press the lock button, I'll see my lock screen, then it'll flash to black and I'll have to lock and relock the phone to get into it. Annoying when the lock button only works 10% of the time.
-At the beginning and end of every song, there's a loud skip/crackle noise
-Skipping forward or backward in video or audio playback produces an even louder crackle noise that's nearly deafening
-Phone frequently crashes completely and reboots itself
-Freezes almost daily, have to remove the battery to fix the problem
-Next to no modern app support. Spotify won't even open without a premium subscription, and most social network apps (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Kik, and Twitter to name a few) are all unofficial 3rd party apps with little support.
-I have the $30 UL Data and Texting package from T-Mobile. I don't know if it's just where I live or what, but at (very frequent) times, I'll show as having 4-5 bars, but nothing will load and texts won't send. Often triggered by opening Facebook or other internet-drawing apps on data. Only fix is to either wait it out (2-3 hours usually) or reboot the phone.
-It has bursts of incredible slowness. While sometimes it is fast, about 80% of the time it crawls if you have more than 2 or 3 apps open in the background.
-Battery life is mediocre and gets worse over a short time
-Headphone jack is shoddy and has already failed on one of my friends' phones
-Charging port is awkward and some chargers don't work with it
-Battery gets incredibly hot when charging
-The sloped backside of the phone makes it really easy to slip out of your hand and drop it, and that's not helped by how smooth the back surface is
-Very few good cases for the phone that aren't shipping from China, but that's common among cheaper phones
-No front camera

Other Thoughts: Overall, for me personally, this phone started out well and became a nightmare. I abhor using it now and I can NOT wait to replace it. For moderate use, like texting and calling infrequently, this phone is probably perfect, but if you're expecting something better than an equally priced Android phone, prepare to be disappointed. I "upgraded" from a Huawei Prism II (got it for $80 right before its price dropped to $50), and the Prism II was miles better. Still a mid-range phone by all means, lacking some great characteristics, but at least it wasn't plagued by the Windows Phone 8 OS.

Again, if you're expecting anything par to Android, stay far away from this phone.

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NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent lighting 08/18/2014

This review is from: NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller

Pros: -Lots of different settings
-Good long cable (enough to go all the way around an NZXT Source 210 with a little to spare)
-Good color range
-Brightness and toggle are useful for use in a dark room

Cons: The knobs stick out about a half-inch from the panel, so if your 5.25 bays are covered by a door or something you may have to mount this a little pushed in.

Other Thoughts: A lot of people I build PCs for ask if it's possible to do something "like Alienware, where the lights can be any color." Up until I found this, I always had to tell them no. Since then I've used this in a couple of builds, and to much success. It's simple and doesn't take up much space at all.

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CORSAIR CXM series CX600M 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Modular
-Great price to feature ratio
-Dead silent fan
-Nice matte-black color

Cons: Well I asked it to bake me some cookies and it just sat there, so...

Other Thoughts: I am in love with the flat-cable design, and this PSU rocks it beautifully. Routing cables was a breeze, it powered on easily, fit perfectly into an NZXT Source 210 without any fitting issues at all. This PSU is basically the lord and savior of power supplies.

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Display Name: Brendan L.

Date Joined: 04/18/12

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  • First Review: 10/29/13
  • Last Review: 08/25/14
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