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This review is from: BYTECC BRACKET-100 Rare Panel 2.5"HDD/SSD Bracket Fit into PCI or PCI-E Slot
Pros: Simple to install, fits Samsung SSD 2.5" drives perfectly. Seemed pretty sturdy to me, and fit the case and setup just as expected. Price is nice too. All around good deal!
Cons: Its plastic? Aside from that, none that I could see. This worked well with a screwless slot setup, but if you use a screw to fasten it down, you may not want to over tighten, as its plastic. Same with mounting the drive. Don't over tighten.
Other Thoughts: I used this to install an SSD into a Dell Precision T5600 tower, as they have NO options for 2.5" drive mounts in those cases. Worked perfectly and when used in that tower's top most PCIe slot, the spare SATA power connector near the front actually could reach the drive just right. Worked great. Excellent problem solver for that setup. Going to order more of these to have on hand for similar issues since the price was right.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Simple, lightweight, works. I have now bought several of these the past year or so. They hold up and work well. And they look nice.
Comes with the basics, perfect for use for traveling, internet browsing, even working with documents and such. Cheap to upgrade a few things and end with a better system than you could pay more money for to get the same features. (see other)
So far none that I have bought have died. They have been working without issues or problems whatsoever.
Cons: Not a gaming laptop. Light powered, comes with a mechanical HDD so can be a bit slow to boot, but that can be fixed easily enough. Windows 7, so if you want windows 10 on it, be sure to upgrade by July 29th 2016 if you want that for free.
Glossy smooth finish, so fingerprints if you have issues with that. Touchpad is large, buttons are integrated, makes typing on documents difficult unless you want to use external mouse and disable the touchpad.
Other Thoughts: For many of my setups, I would often go ahead and buy a second memory chip.
Since NO WHERE either on Acer's site, here or even other places, its hard to find exactly what memory these come with, I will provide that for you.
They have installed DDR3 12800 (1600) 1.35v, CAS 11 memory. Usually these are Kingston ACR16D3LS1KFG/4G. I have used these modules below with no problems:
And the last couple I have upgraded to SSD drives from Samsung. Able to use the Samsung software to copy the drive onto the SSD (using an external USB adapter, such as a drive docking station) then install that SSD into the laptop with immediate gains in performance.
Between upgrading the memory and installing an SSD it turns it from a mediocre laptop into a pretty fast machine that gets the job done well. Turning the laptop into something that you could spend twice as much to get performance like that out of for only a little over an extra $100.
Hope it helps.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V358B Black Aluminum Computer Case
Pros: Space! Glorious Space! This is a pretty good size case to be honest. Well crafted, sturdy aluminum case. Tons of 3.5" drive room. Motherboard being mounted towards the top of the case makes for plenty of breathing room for drives and PSU below.
The 3 included fans are fairly quiet, and seem to move plenty of air. Has lots of ventilation openings.
Was able to mount all my hardware and the system worked out perfectly!
Cons: For me, it was a big issue. This case is listed as supporting mounts for 6 x 3.5" drives and 4 x 2.5" drives. Well that's not exactly the case. There are places where you can physically mount 4 x 2.5" drives, but Lian Li only includes enough hardware for 2! Even listed as so in the included instruction guide. Not only that, I spent a couple hours looking to buy the correct hardware, only to not find it on Lian Li's website, or any other website.
But that was corrected by mounting all 4 drives on the top front inner panel (where you would normally mount 2 flat) by using 2 screws each on the edge of the drive and snapping them in vertically. It also made cable routing for 4 drives a ton easier. (SSD RAID 10) They aren't as secure as using 4 screws each, but its not like the system is going to move around or be subject to issues, and they are SSDs, not mechanical drives. So, it works. But it would have been nice to have gotten all the hardware, not half of it.
The hinge open front is nice, but be careful. My biggest issue was the mini-sata connection for the optical drive. Had to connect that last, and have to disconnect it to open, but that's fairly painless. They could have prevented issues with the cabling for the front panel if they simply had routed the front wiring to have enough and be pinned near the hinge point.
And yeah, on the side panels, open them straight out. I didn't have an issue, but you definitely want to be careful with them.
Other Thoughts: Overall, case works fine, looks great and my customer is pleased. And with the system being a RAID 10 SSD, its hilariously fast.
Gigabyte 1150 mATX board.
Intel i5 3.2GHz
Corsair 16GB DDR 1600 (2 x 8GB)
4 x Samsung 250GB SSD
1 x WD 1TB HDD
Corsair 600W modular PSU
Samsung slimline optical drive
Windows 7 Pro x64