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Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-850M 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This would be a decent modular supply but the non-working fan circuit renders it unsatisfactory.

Cons: The fan spins at full speed under no load with the ambient air temperature at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20C). The inlet and outlet air temperatures are both at 68 degrees, but the fan does not slow down. On the bright side, the 140mm fan is pretty quiet at full speed compared to a 120mm fan...

Other Thoughts: This unit is powering an i3 4150 system with integrated graphics, so it is not being stressed in any way.

The assemblers could exercise a bit more care when inserting the wires into the motherboard plug, as they are badly tangled. This makes it hard to create a neat bundle. I realize this is a trivial problem but for those who care about the neatness of the final build it is slightly annoying.

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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very well built, high quality case. The fan controller works well, the fans are reasonably quiet, and the sound dampening is very effective. Plenty of room for cables on the back side and the holes are located right where they should be for neat cable management. Plenty of room for hard drives and optical drives.

Cons: The case allows mounting two SSDs flat against the back side by providing eight holes under the motherboard. This makes for a neat installation, but you have to remove the motherboard if you need to swap out a drive later. They could include two brackets to hold the drives.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a Silverstone Fortress FT02 with this case because the FT02 was too large for the space I had available. I was surprised at the amount of room in the R4, even in comparison with the cavernous FT02. The R4 has a smart layout that makes good use of the available space. The FT02 cools a bit better but the FT04 is more compact and is an excellent case for almost any build. You can add extra fans and the case has plenty of room for a radiator at the top.

My case arrived with a little scratch on the door. The Fractal Design support team answered my email the very next day, asked for a photo, and shipped a replacement without any fuss. I'm usually not very impressed with tech support but their team is on the ball.

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Luxa2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger LHA0060
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Decent Battery, Horrible Rebate Process 09/27/2013

This review is from: Luxa2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger LHA0060

Pros: Seems to be a decent enough battery with adequate capacity. Will just need to see if it maintains a charge and if it lasts.

Cons: Contrary to somewhat confusing product listing, this battery does NOT come with its own charger. It acts as a charger for other devices, but you need to use your existing USB charger or a USB port on a computer to charge this battery.

Charging takes a very long time using a standard 500mA USB charger or PC port.

Other Thoughts: Purchasers should understand that high-capacity means that you can get more charging time out of this, but not more charging current. The maximum charging current per port is 1A.

The rebate process is ridiculously nit-picky and leaves grave doubts that a purchaser will actually get the rebate. They even go so far as to insist that you cut out and attach a tiny, almost-unreadable, printed address label to your envelope. Follow the rebate instructions to the letter and copy your forms and envelope before mailing.



Ridiculous rebate requirements are apparently designed to deter purchasers from applying for the rebates. In addition, they promise to expedite your rebate if you give them a dollar of it back.

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Display Name: Robert A.

Date Joined: 10/31/08

  • Reviews: 29
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 12/20/08
  • Last Review: 12/30/14
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