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Pros: * Awesome looks. It's a very professional-looking case without a lot of "bling" but it still allows for tons of flexibility when it comes to interior lighting and showing off your build.
* Solid construction -- doesn't flex much at all during building.
* Good airflow, specifically this high-airflow variant. Lots of spots for fans, including the ability to replace one or both drive cages with 120mm fans.
* Real standoffs that can be removed -- this allows you to accommodate multiple motherboard sizes without shorting anything out.
* Perfect size -- it's big enough to fit my EATX motherboard (with caveats, see "other thoughts") and yet is just small enough to fit under my desk.
Cons: * The front panel looks aluminum, but is in fact plastic. This is not what I was expecting for a product at this price point. My $50 Sigma case had a more premium-feeling front panel.
* The power button feels very cheap. The reset button is recessed and is thus rather useless for its intended purpose.
* The drive cage design requires both side panels to be removed in order to swap out drives. This sort of defeats the purpose of the otherwise easy-to-access drive bays.
Other Thoughts: I'm running a dual-socket EATX motherboard (since this is a workstation build) and the right edge of the motherboard covers up 3 of the cable management grommets. This is not a ding against the product, just something to keep in mind if you're looking to install larger boards.
The build looks professional/conservative enough for bringing into the office but still retains the "cool factor" of gaming PCs with fancy lighting.
Supermicro X8DT3-LN4F / dual Xeon W5670 / 96GB RAM / 8TB storage / RM1000i PSU
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
Pros: Very intuitive user interface for a tablet -- swipe from the edges to reveal menus. Nice apps. Ability to occasionally run full Windows programs on my Iconia W500 tablet makes it an iPad killer in my book. Usable on a desktop too (but with issues). Improved boot performance.
Cons: Retail price for an upgrade is way too high -- all you're really getting is some minor tweaks, a bunch of removed features (DVD playback + Media Center), and a new revenue-generating model for Microsoft (they get 30% of the purchase price for an app). It was worth the $40 promotional price but I refuse to pay any more than that.
The Media Center pack (I got it free during the promo but now it's $10) gives you the exact same version of Media Center you already own if you have Windows 7. Considering that it's a paid upgrade they could have at least given it a more "Metro" theme.
Won't run Modern apps on more than one monitor (my desktop has 3). Somewhat awkward to use on a desktop -- yes, you can "get used to it", but it really doesn't offer much more than Windows 7 in that area.
Other Thoughts: I've been using it since the Developer Preview released last year.
I highly encourage it if you have a touchscreen. If you have an older Windows 7 computer with no touchscreen, it's not worth the upgrade.
Pros: Decent price after the recession. Large capacity.
Cons: The drive worked great at first, but a week later, it started developing bad sectors to the point of failing to boot Windows.
Slow to begin with (but that's understandable considering it's a Green drive).
Other Thoughts: I don't recommend using it as a boot drive regardless of reliability issues, as it's a bit on the slow side. I got 90MB/s reads in CrystalDiskMark and a WEI of 5.4.READ FULL REVIEW