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Rosewill RNX-N180UBE - Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / 11g / 11n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small and compact device, fits into a laptop USB port with ease but is wide so it may block adjacent ports. The dongle also has an indicator light to show connectivity. Installation on Windows 8 was a simply matter of plugging it in to the laptop. Drivers automatically installed and the laptop automatically switched over to using the dongle. Wireless connections managed through the standard Windows 8 wireless control panel. Nothing needed to be installed manually for it to work.

Cons: A little wide so it may block adjacent USB ports on a laptop.

Other Thoughts: For the price I am extremely happy with this purchase. I went from getting 3-4 bars of signal strength to getting a full 5 bars constant. Installation on Win8 was a breeze (literally just plug it in). It also works with the EULA authorization my work's guest Wi-Fi requires before a connection establishes (kind of like when you go to a hotel and a webpage loads first that you have to accept an agreement on before the Internet access works).

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RAIDMAX Seiran ATX-902WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 1.) 9 5.25" bays
2.) Handle on the top of the case
3.) Integrated feet that raise the case up
4.) Plenty of room for hiding cables
5.) Easy tool-less 5.25" bay installation
6.) Low cost for a lot of case

Cons: 1.) No cable management holes below the motherboard
2.) No cable management holes above the motherboard
3.) Needs more places to run zip-tie cables
4.) Side panel fan can't be used with some CPU coolers

Other Thoughts: I bought the red version of this case over a year ago for my home file server. Filled it with 2 iStarUSA 4x3 5.25" hard drive raid enclosures, 1 Blu-Ray drive, 1 DVD drive, and 1 5.25" hard drive bay for a removable SSD caddy. I just rebuilt the system with a new motherboard and changed the CPU cooler from a regular fan/heatsink, to a Corsair H60 watercooler. My experience over the year has been that this is a gorgeous case for very little money and one of the few cases with 9 fully usable 5.25" drive bays. As I mentioned in the cons, the only real issue with this case is a lack of more cable management holes, everything ends up getting crowded with the few holes provided. The biggest problem is of course the side panel fan. It sticks into the case and hits cables and gets in the way of any tall CPU coolers. It was completely unusable with a Corsair H60 watercooler mounted at the back of the case. There is no way to keep the hoses clear of the fully exposed fan blades. Thankfully, Raidmax included fan mounts on the side panel for a 120MM fan, so removing the larger fan and reusing the screws with a 120MM worked perfectly and had all the clearance necessary for the watercooler hoses. I would highly recommend this case for a file server if you want to fill the 5.25" bays with hard drive caddies. Also, checkout the iStarUSA caddies to go with it.

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ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Tons of connections: 8 SATA3, 6 USB 3.0, 10 USB 2.0. The audio header is out of the way of the video card slots. I am using this to replace a faulty MSI board and the adapter that MSI includes for making motherboard header connections easier (HD LED, PW LED, etc...) worked perfectly with this board as well (all the pins were in the same orientation). Also, I love the night time LED mode ASRock provides that turns off the power LED after the system has booted, less light pollution is a good thing.

Cons: I really hate the connector used for the internal USB 3.0 connection, but that's not ASRock's fault, that's the USB organization's fault. They need to come up with something that locks in place.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace an MSI FM2-A85XA-G65. The MSI board was only seeing half of the memory installed, tried re-seating the CPU twice and tried all the different memory slots, just a defective board. Installed the same components in this board and have zero issues. Everything worked from the first boot. Using this for a home file server: AMD A4-5300, 2 G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 memory, PCIe 4x 8-SATA controller card, 8 hard drives, 1 SSD, 1 Blu-Ray, 1 DVD, running Ubuntu 14.04.

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Display Name: Patrick J.

Date Joined: 10/17/05

  • Reviews: 35
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 03/01/06
  • Last Review: 07/31/14
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