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Dell OptiPlex Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-2500S 2.70 GHz - Ultra Small
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs respectable computer for small size 01/29/2013

This review is from: Dell OptiPlex Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-2500S 2.70 GHz - Ultra Small

Pros: This went into a area that had little space. Because the user would need to interact with product CDs from time to time, having access to the drives were important, but at the same time, the work area was originally a hallway counter, so space is cramped. Hanging this on the a wall bracket, and mounting the monitor under the upper cabinet allows the user a "normal" work area.
It does seem strong enough to handle the workload of my office worker, no stuttering or hesitation beyond normal expected interactions.
I am also pleased that despite being used it doesn't have to cycle the fan up when it is being used, which I thought it would given its small size. While not ITX sized, it is very compact and has a good layout.

Cons: none- i5 is great platform for middle ground users

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SABRENT USB-2011 USB 2.0 to DVI/HDMI/SVGA Display Adapter (2048x1152)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great for easy second monitor for old computers 07/23/2012

This review is from: SABRENT USB-2011 USB 2.0 to DVI/HDMI/SVGA Display Adapter (2048x1152)

Pros: The main thing is the installation. I really do like these for the simple usb connection. Since I would use this for older machines where people want a second monitor, I do not have to guess if it has PCI, PCIe, AGP, whatever, nor do I have to open it up to either find out or install. don't have to deal with half height, or anything else, just available USB port.
Handles a lot of resolutions
Didn't have any problem with installing on an old XP box.

Cons: none, other than price, but it is worth it to me.

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APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Solid case, but does have some minor issues 07/17/2012

This review is from: APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

Pros: The case itself has a good layout. The power supply comes out easily, as a lip to rest it on while you are unscrewing it or back on. Once this is out, the drive bays are easily accessed as is the motherboard area.
There is good room in there for air circulation.

Most of the sheet metal seems to be fairly solid

A lot of power connectors for drives and such, which is odd for itx cases, usually, they have just enough for 1 HD and 1 5.25 drive.

Cons: The unit seems to want to be set sideways, since the orientation of the power button and writing is sideways, but if you do that, 1/2 the air flow gets blocked up. You could put the rubber feet on the side that will be facing down, to keep them open, but it seems odd to do that.

The power button is really stiff

All those power connectors, are also on unusually long wires. In my case, I don't plan on running any optical or standard sized 5.25 drives, but if I had, it would be tough to stuff everything under the drive, as now the wires would be pushing on the heatsinks and such on the mobo.

I am also not a fan of the drive fonts where the cd door pushes it open. If I wanted to mount something like fan controls, 5 in one card readers, that sort, I would have to do it in the 3.5 drive bay, and forcing me to mount a hard drive in the 5.25 optical.

Other Thoughts: In the scheme of things, it seems to be a solid case for ITX motherboards. Most of them are not expected to do too much, so expect a similar thing for the case.

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Display Name: Edward T.

Date Joined: 02/19/06

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  • Last Review: 01/29/13
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