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Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice little case. about medium size for micro-ATX. Black finish inside and out is classy, as are the knurled-knobs just about everywhere. The mesh screen front looks upscale also. Pleasure to build. Beautiful to own.

Cons: Getting a full sized micro-ATX mobo in here is a VERY close fit, but can be done best in an empty case. The blue case light is a beacon coming out the side of the case, really now... The beautiful mesh front also lets all the inside sounds out, making this a study in purchasing quiet components. Oh, did I mention there were NO instructions other than a spec sheet. Good luck if this is your first build.

Other Thoughts: Having built dozens of cases in all price ranges, I was pleasantly surprised by this gem. The build is of good quality and the steel sides are thicker than most at this price range. Make sure to pick quiet components as the mesh front lets every inside sound out. I had to change the power supply and remove the fan from the video card (no, it doesn't get hot) to finally get the level of quiet I could live with. The vertical mounting of the hard drives (two max by default) is interesting.

Logitech H600 USB Connector Supra-aural Wireless Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Dongle died 05/19/2014

This review is from: Logitech H600 USB Connector Supra-aural Wireless Headset

Pros: Sound quality is fine. Not like high end audio ones, but quite good for a headset.

Cons: After three days the dongle was no longer recognized by any of my several linux and Windows computers. Once I fugured out how to pair the headset to a bluetooth dongle, I was back in business. Note: Hold mic mute and up volume buttons down until light flashes quickly to start pairing.

Other Thoughts: I was surprised when the receiver died, but the AZIO bluetooth dongle I am now using has better range. I can now walk anywhere in my three bedroom house and listen to music or chat. As to comfort, I have worn less comfortable ones. I consider these good for smaller heads as there is a strong headband. That same headband does a good job of insuring they do not fall off during normal movements.

DELL Notebook (no Optical) Latitude XT2 Intel Core 2 Duo 1.60GHz 2GB Memory 120GB HDD 12.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unit was like new, I could hardly tell it had been used. It had a couple of tiny dings in the bottom cover, but I love the way it looks.

Cons: Win7 did not work 100% out of the box. The cursor disappeared and finger gestures would not work amongst several other small details. A system restore from the hidden partition displayed the same symptoms, so I put Win7 Home Premium from the DVD on a USB stick and installed from scratch. After installing minimal drivers from the Dell support page and doing updates, all was right with the world. Note: the N-trig drivers will need to be installed a couple of times to get the touch screen running right.

Other Thoughts: This unit came from the factory with Vista and was refurbished and released with Win7, so I'm not too surprised there were some problems. If you are capable and patient, this is a very nice laptop for the price. Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora) will run fine also, but you will have to give up gestures and the disappearing onscreen keyboard. I deducted the egg because of the extra work needed to get it working 100%.


Eugene J.'s Profile

Display Name: Eugene J.

Date Joined: 06/12/06

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 09/03/07
  • Last Review: 09/09/15
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