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This review is from: Startech USBAMB50CMU 0.5m Mini USB Cable - A to Up Angle Mini B
Pros: The cord is nice and the length is perfect for my use; hooking my laptop to my cooling pad. The angle connectors works perfectly for this use.
Cons: None that I can think of.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Installed easily, no problems whatsoever. The Lightscribe function works well, and the burner hasn't had any real issues.
The trial software isn't that impressive, but it's functional if you don't have any burning programs at all.
The firmware update utility is nice, although running it all the time seems a bit excessive, so I only run it occasionally.
I've burned to DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, CD-RW, and CD-R without problems.
No issues with playback, either.
The speed can be quite fast, which is nice, although not entirely smart, so I usually burn things at a slower rate regardless--however, it is as fast as it claims.
Cons: It's a bit loud, but so is my other DVD burner, so it could partly be how they're fixed in my case. Or it could just be loud.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Although the fan is much larger than the fan on the OEM PSU this replaced, it isn't noticeably louder.
I had no trouble at all mounting it in my system (tower with top mount), and I had less extraneous cable length than previously (see cons).
The modular design is, of course, very handy. No problems with the power connectors. The nylon netting around the cable bundles is a nice touch.
I have a fairly old processor (Core 2 Duo Conroe), so I can't attest to how well it powers a newer system. I do have three HDDs (two SATA, one IDE), two SATA DVD drives, a PCI slot fan, and a newer NVidia graphics card (Fermi) running, and I've never had any power issues with this PSU.
I was somewhat concerned about heat since the intake fan is in a different place than the OEM PSU. However, after installation, my temps were actually a little lower. This probably had more to do with the replacement of the graphics card than the PSU, but I haven't had any detrimental heat issues since I installed it, so I know it isn't running too hot, at least.
Cons: As I'm sure other reviewers have mentioned and as can also be seen in the picture, the motherboard power cable is not modular, making this PSU more semi-modular. I personally didn't care (I have to power my motherboard, after all), although admittedly it would have been less awkward to maneuver into place if the motherboard power cable had be removable.
Although the modular design allows for better airflow and better placement of cables, I did find that the cables were markedly stiffer than the OEM cables, making them more difficult to adjust properly. They're visibly larger in diameter, which is probably more important than pliability anyway.
As aforementioned, I had no trouble fitting it into my top mount tower. However, depending on the positioning of the motherboard in relation to the PSU, I can see that the length of the cables (the motherboard power cable especially) might not be adequate. Since I didn't want the cables taking up extra room, the fact that it was only a little longer than I needed wasn't a problem, but it is something to consider.
Other Thoughts: The zippered case for the unused cables is a nice touch.
When I bought this, there was a rebate offered, and I personally had no issues with the rebate process. It went quite smoothly. However, I'm not sure if they tell you ahead of time that they pay with a prepaid card rather than a check.
Display Name: Liz K.
Date Joined: 07/08/10
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