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This review is from: Motorola Nexus 6 XT1103 32GB 4G LTE Unlocked GSM Android v5.0 Smartphone - Blue
Nexus Phone - You get all of the Android updates fast
Lovely build / display size.
It is quite large. Probably the largest phone I have ever touched.
Cons: Large Display = less battery life
Back of the phone is a fingerprint magnet (Though it really feels nice to the touch)
After holding this giant phone, all other phones will feel tiny to you.
I have no idea what to do with the old HTC One S now...
Other Thoughts: I was pretty worried about this phone (I can't say I really trust the seller at the time). I was hoping I wasn't getting a defective / used phone or something.
When the product came in, the packaging had been opened (the ribbon around the Nexus box was already cut / resealed by scotch tape). It raised some alarms for me, but after getting the box open, I saw everything was untouched and the screen's factory protector was not removed.
After getting the phone on, I went through a really strict eye test to look for any dead pixels, even to the point of scanning the phone on my scanner. Everything checked out.
All in all, a great phone. For $288, you can't beat it. Sure it doesn't have AMOLED like the S6 or Note, but this is like 1/3-1/2 less. Snapdragon processor is very responsive. Great replacement phone for my mom's old HTC One S.
Do note that this phone needs a Nano SIM. If you're coming from a older phone, like my mom's HTC One S, which uses a Micro SIM, you will need to go get a Nano SIM from your carrier.
Ah, for laughs, while at the T-Mobile store getting the SIM, I went up to all of the phones on display...this phone is the largest phone there. The Note 5 fits inside of it. So does the S6 Edge +. The G4 as well. My brother's ZenPhone 2 is the size of the screen. Make no mistake, this phone is large. After holding it, all other phones feel small.
Fun to stack in different ways
It can be powered by USB
Larger than expected
Cons: Build quality leaves much to be desired. Would never buy this at the original price. I got it for $22.
There are no magnets or something to attach the blocks together secured. They literally are gloss surfaced and held together by nothing. It's really easy to knock over the stack if you decide to stack it higher.
The light connection system leaves much to be desired as well. As you get further from the power block, it gets harder to have the blocks make a reliable connection. The lights get weaker as you place them further away from the power block.
The lights aren't all that bright. Don't expect it to light up your room or anything.
Not all of the blocks are completely square, thus when you stack them, you'll see gaps and angles that aren't supposed to be there.
Other Thoughts: I bought this as a gift for my cousin for Christmas. I had to open it to make sure that it actually worked considering the distance it traveled to get here / the product does look kind of sketchy. The retail box does look really sketchy, but the light itself is legit, and it does work to an extent.
I really was curious on how this thing actually lights up, and it turns out the chrome edges on the pieces actually carry the power (So you do have to stack these in a flat orientation only...I'd imagine trying to stack the blocks in a 3D manner (like a pyramid) would cause a short).
Unfortunately, the blocks themselves aren't made of the best plastic (You'll see lines / variations of color in the plastic and it's pretty weak feeling when tapped on). They aren't perfectly square, so stacking them gets to be kind of a pain (Since the blocks need to have solid contact to light up).
I think what would help the blocks a lot is if they were completely flat surfaced (Right now the chrome edges stick out from the block about 1/16" of an inch). That would improve the contact, make the product far sturdier to stack, and have better surface contact for power.
I wish they could put magnets to lock the blocks together, but they can't because if you were to change the orientation, you'd get opposing side of the magnets on the same pretty easily. It still needs some kind of system to hold the blocks together. It's very easy to knock over as is.
All in all, it's a decent stocking stuffer. I was honestly expecting far worse, but it works and does what it says it does. The build quality is decent, but not great though.
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRA-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 2011 Intel C612
Pros: High quality
Comes with all cables needed
Cons: This model does not have IPMI support
The motherboard fan speed only does (50%, 75%, or 100%), making it pretty unsuitable for low noise places unless you have low RPM fans.
I wish we could override the fans to run at a lower speed, because my server would be able to run far quieter. My solution was to not use the stock fans in my SuperMicro chassis and to buy BeQuiet fans to run inside of the server.
Other Thoughts: It works with SuperMicro's proprietary chassis power switch header.
Also has a debug display.
Do note that you can't really have the fans run below 50%.
Also, please be sure to change the BIOS from dual mode to just UEFI only if you're installing a new Windows OS.