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BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this to eventually replace the massive gaming tower I currently have. It has enough room to maneuver and manipulate your rig. BitFenix support was effective, but I wouldn't say fast. See more in Other thoughts

Cons: I had one panel with a bad paint job that could (not WOULD) cut your hands as you work with the tower and/or panel. I had to contact BitFenix for a replacement. The flexible "arms" on top and bottom seem soft, and I can't really tell if they're fragile. I'm not going to test them.

Other Thoughts: BitFenix support wasn't exactly rushing me a replacement panel, and I'm OK with the delay since I am not yet using the case. From time of support ticket to replacement was about 3-4 weeks, a 1-week vagueness is because I was out-of-state when the package arrived. BitFenix was not interested in having the faulty panel back.

Since I'm slowly piecing the system together, I can only review individual products. I think this will be a great case, just waiting on sales for all the rest of it.

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ZyXEL PLA4225 4-Port 500 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Switch Up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The 4-port embedded gigabit switch is a major reason why I picked this model over other powerlines for my small PC groups. The unit sits properly on the low half of an outlet that permits the plug above it to be used. Good design, solid. Plenty of LEDs that give you an answer on its status. If you can prevent it from going to sleep/standby, a very nice product.

Cons: Not sure if others are experiencing this grief as much as I am. It's standby mode is driving me crazy. Either side could go to sleep. Waking the *OTHER* side seems to be sluggish and (almost) impossible. I've set, and verified multiple times that I've disabled the sleep/standby mode with their latest software utility. Streaming youtube will buffer, then the network stream stops - these units go into standby, and cause youtube playback to error - FREQUENTLY. I have to ping something constantly, 24/7 on the other side of the powerline to keep a stable connection. It's bitrate varies, but seems to suffer especially when standby is being activated on either side

Other Thoughts: For the cost and time, I don't want the headache of an RMA. For the frustrating experience, I do want an RMA. These frustrate me greatly. This is the second ZyXEL device I've had the chance to work with. And both devices had some flaw. I'm no fan of ZyXEL and probably won't buy another..ever again.

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Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: See Other

Cons: I wasn't able to get the achieved performance because this drive lasted about 5 days before it failed. Had a Windows bluescreen, but couldn't catch why, and a complete lockup today. Power cycle PC and the HDD is not detected.

Other Thoughts: Been a long time fan of Seagate disks; and to have this quick of failure is an inconvenience. I'm going to start with NewEgg to fix this because it's still within their return policy.

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TIMOTHY J.'s Profile

Display Name: TIMOTHY J.

Date Joined: 01/26/04

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/07/11
  • Last Review: 01/05/15
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