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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Shiny.

Some fans are included, and they're decent quality. This signifigantly increases the value of this case. One of them is shiny blue, if you're into the sparkly thing.

A big window is included, if you're into the whole "looking inside your case to watch the PC gnomes doing their thing" thing.

Lots of mounting spots for maximum fannage. You can fit 4 comfortably using a Micro ATX board. (bottom fan near PSU can be a little tight).

I got this case while it was on some ridonkulous sale in 10/2013. If you want it to be yours on the cheap, I am pretty sure they'll discount this again.

Cons: One word -- flimsy. You have been warned.

I would be willing to bet that if a gnat farted near this case, it'd probably dent it.

Take off the side panel, and this case twists like a leaf on the wind. And not in that cool "Serenity"-type twisting, I mean like, "I tightened a standoff and felt the case torquing under the pressure"-type twisting. Seriously, this is the flimsiest case I have ever worked with. Most OEM cases are far sturdier than this, and even the cheapest budget crapbox OEMs are moderately less flexy than this one.

The side panel was a bit out of true, and didn't want to lay flat. Unfortunately, the material is a little more sturdy than the rest of the case. I couldn't get it to cooperate, except by re-bending the case to fit the stubborn panel. (LOL?)

The cable management in this case, quite frankly, is non-existant. Seriously? If you're gonna put a giant window on the case....

Also, don't gloss finish the front panel, where the greasy fingers go to smoosh buttons and plug in their latest iDonkey.

Other Thoughts: Personal note: I love Cooler Master's other cases. The HAF 912 is easily my favorite $50-$80 case. I kept my main gaming rig in one for several years. I recommend that case to almost anyone. And I really like the other HAF cases as well. I've built in a HAF 932, and an Elite 311. I keep coming back to CM for cases when it's feasible.

This case is the opposite of why I usually love CM's cases. It's a poorly-designed product that doesn't know what it wants to be. I mean, it's got a big plexi window, and nowhere to hide cables. It's a jungle in there! If I installed a big video card in here, I wouldn't have been able to get the front panel connectors plugged in. Why not take the window off and spend that cost on better structural integrity or mobo backplate?

Another personal note: I used this for a server case, intended to stay on 24/7. (Removed the sparkly fan, though.)

I would not recommend putting a gaming rig in here. It'll make you want to punch babies. That is all.

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ADATA S102 Pro Advanced 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model AS102P-64G-RGY
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: + The construction of this flash drive is pretty nice, it feels quite sturdy and solid.
+ File transfer rates using USB 3.0 ports are noticeably faster than USB 2.0.
+ The 64 gig version (which I purchased) has plenty of room for your portable needs. There's enough space on here to use this drive as a backup for photos and such.
+ Got this drive with a healthy rebate, which AData honored. Hooray!

Cons: - You can lose the cap. ( I knew this going in, the rebate made this part worth it.)
- Lanyard hole is quite small; I had to thread the lanyard loop with a piece of unwaxed dental floss.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm quite happy with the price and functionality of this drive. Would purchase again.

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Wireless Handcrafted Eco-Friendly Bamboo Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Happy! 03/06/2014

This review is from: Wireless Handcrafted Eco-Friendly Bamboo Keyboard

Pros: Build quality seems nice, not cheap or chintzy. It looks sharp and like it was assembled well.

Cons: Inside of packaging smelled horrible, like factory chemicals with sulfur. Thankfully, this did not stick to the keyboard. The packaging was cheap and Engrishy, although this doesn't really matter unless you're giving it as a gift.

Other Thoughts: Purchased this item as a gift. I reboxed it.

Please note this is a compact keyboard, not a full-size. It's great for someone who is used to a laptop keyboard.

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Display Name: Gregory J.

Date Joined: 03/19/08

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 09/06/11
  • Last Review: 04/16/14
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