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Thermaltake BlacX 5G ST0019U ABS Plastic 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Plug and play (no setup required), incredible speeds with USB 3.0 and SATA III, great industrial design

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: After dealing with some HDD issues, I bought the BlacX 5G to copy my existing hard drives to a new RAID array. The transfer rate topped 120 MB/sec. on an old, failing SATA II drive. So far, I've used it to copy around 2 TB of data without any problems. I can't comment on long-term use, but the data transfer has been flawless.

On a related note, I think it is important to address some of the older negative reviews. Many of us were having problems with USB 3.0 drivers as recently as a few months ago. It's a shame that so many people dismissed the product without considering the wider implications of new technologies and new drivers. Now that USB 3.0 is stable, this product really shines. Some people had legitimate issues, but too many unfairly criticized Thermaltake for what was ultimately unstable drivers and hardware.

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Zoom 4314 USB 1.1 Thumbnail-sized Class 1 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Adapter
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Requires additional software purchase for full feature set 07/26/2010

This review is from: Zoom 4314 USB 1.1 Thumbnail-sized Class 1 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Adapter

Pros: This product has a decent range, and is very easy to install; however, you will not get the full feature set out of the box.

Cons: After searching Google endlessly to no avail, I ended up having to spend an additional $30 dollars on a piece of software called Blue Soleil 6 in order to get my Bluetooth headset working properly. Don't get me wrong - BS6 is a great piece of software, but Zoom misleads you into thinking that everything will work OOTB, which I don't think is ethical.

Other Thoughts: OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64

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COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Quality construction & design, great price 11/22/2009

This review is from: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: + Well-constructed & built with quality in mind
+ Beautiful.
+ CPU cooler can be replaced w/o taking motherboard out (hole in back)
+ Quiet fans with a lot of air flow and spots for two 120mm side-mount fans
+ Fantastic wire management... plenty of room inside for wires, cards, etc. Easy to hide most of it, and comes with ties to keep wires bundled and in place
+ Plenty of ports on top/front - (4) USB ports, (1) eSATA, (1) mic input, (1) headphones output
+ Power/reset buttons are well-placed, not easy to hit accidentally
+ Sturdy handle for easy movement
+ Switch for LED lights
+ No tools required to install DVD-ROM, floppy drive, hard drives, etc. Everything fit perfectly!
+ Front dust filters (this is why LEDs are dim)
+ StormGuard to protect peripherals
+ Bought for only $59.99 (down from over $100)

Cons: - All three fans on one fan controller
- Directions are not clear (only pictures)
- Hard to see red LEDs through the case, but this is the least of my concerns
- Plastic pieces that hold in cards are easy to break if you don't know how to unlock them. I actually broke one off on a display model. *Read the directions!*

Other Thoughts: - Make sure hard drive connectors are facing the *right* side of the case, otherwise you'll be scratching your head wondering why they would sell a case you can only use L-shaped SATA/power connectors for. Put them in the right way, and you'll have PLENTY of room.
- I installed a side-mount 120mm fan in addition to the three it comes with... hooked up to system fan controller, the other three fans are on the same controller.
- Before I got this case, I had an entry-level Gigabyte case, and I could barely see the motherboard with all the wires.

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Christopher S.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher S.

Date Joined: 09/06/09

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 10/12/09
  • Last Review: 03/14/13
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