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Dell Black 11
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Good quality, but not ideal. 04/11/2011

This review is from: Dell Black 11" Alienware M11x Laptop Neoprene Sleeve Model AWP01

Pros: Very well made. Lots of interior pockets, holds laptop securely and feels like it provides a good amount of protection from bumps and drops. Though I don't own an M11x I had a very hard time finding any nice cases for my 11.6" HP dm1z, so I ignored the branding (which is thankfully subdued, aside from the shiny alien head on the front).

Cons: One of my primary reasons for buying a laptop case is to have some degree of weather-sealing, and the rectangular area for ventilation ruins this. My fault for not noticing this before purchasing. The outer mesh pocket is really the only place to hold your power supply, as the depth of the case makes it difficult to stuff the adapter into an interior pocket. This might not seem like a big deal, but it either A) makes it awkward to carry on your shoulder, or B) announces to everyone that you have a laptop inside.

Other Thoughts: Admittedly, my complaints are all directed towards decisions made about the overall design of the case rather than the quality of the case itself. There was the potential for this to look like a regular binder were the power supply able to fit inside the case, though that would necessitate it being wider/taller.

In Win BK644. SFF mATX Computer Case with 300W Haswell Ready power supply, PPCT, USB2.0 x 4, HD audio, Air Filter
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Frankly stunning for the price. It's very small - probably the smallest mATX case you can buy with full-size expansion slots - and the glossy finish and huge power button are subtle and classy. The CPU cooling duct is clever, and while it only really works for the stock Intel cooler there's just enough room with the duct removed to install a 100mm Scythe Shuriken. I've used two cases with this design and both power supplies have been reliable and quiet. Internally speaking it's very well built, and only a slightly more complicated install than a standard case.

Cons: The hinges on the front panel don't feel that durable. I haven't owned the case long enough to know whether they'll actually break, but it's not a stretch to imagine. Nor do the doors swing open far enough, and as a result there's some awkwardness in accessing the optical drive and using the front USB ports. The strength/size of the magnets keeping the doors closed (stronger than they need to be) doesn't help in this regard. I'd have preferred a case without doors for ease-of-access, but apparently most case manufacturers haven't found a way to make a nice-looking front bezel without completely covering everything. That said, the "Pull" label on everything is just silly, and bordering on offensive to my intelligence. Trust me In-Win, I can figure out how to get to my drives and ports.

RiDATA Lightning Series 8GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model RDCF8G-233X-LIG
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Decent write speeds in camera, good price for the capacity.

Cons: Atrocious read speeds, particularly with external CF readers. Caused various computers to lock up entirely in an attempt to read photos off the drive, which occurred with 2 different CF readers. Transferring photos from camera USB (Canon 20D) works, but is still very slow. Transferring files to CF from computer is nigh impossible.

Other Thoughts: I decided to purchase another brand of CF card locally, which works just fine (and a bit faster writing photos to boot).


Evan C.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan C.

Date Joined: 07/12/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/01/07
  • Last Review: 04/11/11
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