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AZZA CSAZ-103 Black SECC Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Awesome concept, needs a Rev.2 with some tweaks 04/20/2016

This review is from: AZZA CSAZ-103 Black SECC Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: - ATX power supply support out of the box - this was basically THE reason I chose this over the Silverstone RVZ01B.
- Mini ITX sized system able to (kind of) fit even my MSI R9 380 into it.
- I was able to fit all the hardware from my NZXT M59 into it save for the motherboard, cpu cooler, and dvd drive.
- Enough room that a bulky, non-modular Corsair GS600 fit and still managed to make everything breathe.
- Awesome balance of performance and aesthetics - Not too much where things become irritating, but enough to know this isn't an MS Office computer.

Cons: I really like this case, and I'm going to say that now before going onto the cons, as there are a handful. Azza, I hope you're reading this, because this case could be a lot better with just a few minor fixes.

- First thing's first. This thing needs to be taller. Not by much, perhaps another .5" will do, I know most cards fit, but I have the MSI R9 380 and it is an obnoxiously huge card, and I had to bend it in very unnerving and unnatural ways to get it to fit. An extra half inch in height would allow this card to fit in without bending at all.
- The rear cutout for the CPU needs to be raised or widened - in every review I've seen of this just about, the CPU bracket was covered at least a little, and always enough to prevent this cut-out's intended function.
- The rear cutout for the GPU air intake needs to be made larger, half of my GPU's fans are covered by a useless sheet of metal, and would breathe much better if this cutout was maybe another 1" larger.
- The PSU cable needs some work on both ends. It's in an awkward spot in the back, and for PSU's like mine that have the main power plug on the 'right' assuming the fan is flipped up, there is cringe-worthy amounts of pressure put on this cable to bend it enough to fit. A simple fix to both of these, is to lower the rear plug hole down to the bottom of the case and out of the center, and then simply make a cut-out for the wire to pass through on the PSU side up front where the other wires pass through.
- There is room for another hard drive in the HDD cage, but no holes are drilled for this - I'd like to see this cage be allowed to hold all three rows of hard drives for those of us who run several HDDs/SSDs.
- Why only one USB 2.0 on the front? There's clearly room for another for 4 USBs on the front, why not add a 2nd? Or just have 2 USB 3.0's and one USB 2.0?

Other Thoughts: I know this may seem like an overall negative review, but it's not. I really like this case, and the single biggest fault it's got for me is due to my own selection of the GPU. This case is clearly meant for reference design cards and ones that aren't quite as wide as MSI's R9 series cards.

If Azza came out with a Rev.2 with most/all of these changes, and even made an option that came with the front bezel like on the CyberPower Zeus Mini's that use this case, I'd be swiping my card buying at least 2 more for other builds the day they became available.

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Western Digital WD Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 1.5Tb, respectably quick, stored everything I ever threw at it and never went over 1Tb used up.

Cons: - Started slowing down ~4.5 years into use, kept getting slower until entire folders stopped reading correctly.
- Games stopped installing due to drive write errors - that's when I backed up the important data.
- Came home last week to a Drive Read Error message on my computer, within 30 days of the 5-year mark.
- Booted up the computer yesterday and computer wouldn't go past post, kept giving me a S.M.A.R.T. error until I disconnected it.

Other Thoughts: I've still got an old 500Gb WD drive that this replaced that has no problems and is getting upwards of 10 years old. Pretty surprised that this one died a handful of years sooner than the older one. Pretty disappointed but then again, it lasted 5 years. I can only hope I get the rest of it backed up onto another disk before it completely dies.

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ADATA DashDrive Series UV128 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Black/Blue (AUV128-32G-RBE)
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5 out of 5 eggs Simple, Reliable, Good Price for Size When I Bought it 01/09/2016

This review is from: ADATA DashDrive Series UV128 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Black/Blue (AUV128-32G-RBE)

Pros: - Got it for pretty cheap during Black Friday last year.
- Great price for its size back then, still pretty good now
- Reliable, hasn't failed me yet, and I don't see it failing any time soon either.
- Great for combining a little file storage + Win7 installer

Cons: None, it works exactly as intended and has given me no issues from day one.

Other Thoughts: Backing up some of my most important smaller files off my secondary hard drive onto this after the mechanical began having issues with access times and a ChkDisk wasn't able to complete for 15+ hours. I'd rather keep those files on non-mechanical memory until I get a new HDD in my computer and this is perfectly suited for that.

Going to get the 128Gb version with my next order to keep most of my personal files on it as a backup to my backup in case of major catastrophic failure of the drive.

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