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TOSHIBA Canvio Basics 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works.
Help keep Toshiba in the HD business to preserve some slight trace of competition for WD & Seagate.
Original packaging works better as a cushion/carrying-case than some competition.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: In testing another application on another PC last year, a different model Toshiba completely stomped comparably-priced 1T USB3 drives from WD & Seagate -- literally twice as fast. Result may not apply to this model and anyway, it was a specialized test that probably didn't reflect overall performance of the drives -- if it did, how could WD & Seagate hold on to their market share? But anyway, Toshiba gets the benefit of the doubt and remains my choice for external drives until/unless they mess up somehow.

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LEPA VORTEX 14 PWM (LPVX14P) 140mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs go 07/28/2012

This review is from: LEPA VORTEX 14 PWM (LPVX14P) 140mm Case Fan

Pros: Works.
Not too loud even at max speed.
Cable is sleeved and reasonably long (about 18 inches, iirc).
Comes with a molex power adapter.
No non-detachable cables to cause clutter supporting features I don't need (of course, if you need extra features, that's a con).
No silly LEDs (also might be a con for you).

Cons: Specs don't mention the bearing type. I guess I'd better assume the worst.
The label is a bit off-center and will make you sea-sick if you look at it too long while it spins.

Other Thoughts: When I ordered it this was literally the only fan on Newegg that met all my requirements, and 2 other vendors had nothing. I have a case that supports 2 120mm or 140mm front input fans and I decided I wanted 2 140mm fans with pwm. That might not seem like much but it narrows the choice down to just this one.
Most of the 140mm pwm fans on Newegg use 120mm mounting screws (you can tell from the pictures where the round rim sticks out a bit past the mounting screw holes. Those won't fit at all in the lower front spot on my case, and if you put one in the upper front it will block the lower spot and limit you to one input fan :(
The only other qualifying fan had a short cable -- just one foot :(

It would be nice if the specs would mention cable length.

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SilverStone SST-PS07B Black Steel / Plastic with Aluminum Accent MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small. Positive pressure design. Has easy-to-remove filters on the inputs.

Cons: Too small.
Mobo tray is hard to put back in; best not take out.
Had to install PSU fan-side down -- and only 3 of the screw-holes fit; with fan up, only two would have been even close to fitting. So the top psu vent & filter were useless.
Fan cables are not sleeved or even twisted. Each gives 3 loose wires to get tangled up.
3 1/2 inch drive cage goes over the main mobo power connector; the power cable from my PSU was stiff -- had to bend it more than I like to just-barely get the drive cage back in. Big problem with my mobo & psu (Asus P8Z77-M mobo & Seasonic SS560KM) might not matter with a different layout of less-stiff cable.
2 of drive bays could not be used because the usb3 header cable was in the way. Again, not recommended with the Asus mobo.

Other Thoughts: Not much room between the back of the HDs and the aftermarket cooler fan; would have been better to install the cooler fan in front as a "pull" fan.
Had 7 of the 8 standoffs installed, had to insert the 8th standoff manually.
Needed to remove both 2 1/2 & 3 1/2 drive cages to install mobo.
Need to remove 3 1/2 inch bay to access memory, mobo power plug, one of my fan headers, etc, etc. Prepare for a long-term close relationship with the two drive cage mounting screws.
Case really needs to be an inch or two longer. Width & height are ok.
Got it up and running with 1 hd and optical drive; then thought about the stuff I wanted to add (2nd hd, TV tuner card, maybe a graphics card) and concluded that it just wouldn't work. The devices would fit but then there would not be room for the cables. Gave up and ordered a mid-tower.

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Display Name: David P.

Date Joined: 04/26/07

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  • First Review: 07/01/07
  • Last Review: 07/28/12
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