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This review is from: ASUS USB-BT400 USB 2.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
Pros: + Low price if you catch a rebate or promo code deal on it
+ Low profile
+ Asus brand, one of the better PC component manufacturers.
+ Simple to install
+ BT 4.0 spec, slightly future proof
Cons: - Retail asking price is high
- Nowhere near the 10 meter (32 feet) range
- Not good for laptops, IMO, unless it is a really old laptop w/o mPCIe
Other Thoughts: I bought this BT adapter last year for a desktop PC. It was heavily discounted with a $5 promo code and a $10 mail in rebate. The rebate arrived a few months later in the form of a check making this 75% cheaper than retail. It is best suited for someone looking to add BT capabilities to a desktop. For a laptop, I suggest upgrading your mini-PCIe wifi network interface controller card with one that has bluetooth integrated into it such as the Intel 7260 HMW-BN which can be had for around $10. If your laptop didn't already have BT, chances are something like a 7260 would not only be upgrading to BT, but it would also be a huge upgrade to your wifi speed. On my laptop, it more than doubled my wifi download speed. If you have an older laptop that lacks mPCIe, then this would be one of your only options for BT 4.0. Back to the BT400 itself, this is not worth the retail price IMO. At 75% off, though, it is worth it and you kind of get what you pay for. I tried it out on an HTPC in my living room paired with a portable speaker. The advertised range is 10 meters which is around 32 feet. The speaker started cutting out at around 10-12 feet. I think it would have benefited from a small antenna since most people will be using these on desktops and a larger profile would not be much of a problem plus the PC will not always be right next to the user. You could increase the range on this by getting a USB extension cable. Basically, this is not ideal for laptops and because of that, I would only recommend one if you want BT on a desktop PC.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech K120 Wired Standard USB Keyboard - Black
Pros: + Low price
+ Standard layout
+ Caps and Num lock LEDs
Cons: - No multimedia or shortcuts
- USB cable is pretty flimsy and kind of short
Other Thoughts: I've owned and used many keyboards since the very first IBM AT Model M including Apples in the 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's on desktops and laptops from PS/2 to USB to wireless to bluetooth. This one is replacing a relatively expensive Logitech K750 solar powered. The K750 still works and charges but it was so thin and poorly made that the keys started popping off starting with the spacebar then a few others. I decided to buy a cheap USB and this one was the right price. The keys are quiet and it does everything i expect from a keyboard in this price range. The sound of the keys is almost on par with a chiclet style keyboard but the spacebar is a significantly louder click than the smaller keys. One thing that i know is going to happen eventually is the decals on the keys will start to wear or fall off. If that doesn't happen on this one I'd be surprised. Other than that, as long as it can survive the occasional drop (using on an HTPC so it will be moved a lot) and as long as all the keys stay in place, I'll be very happy. Another concern is the USB cable. it is very thin and from experience, cables this thin tend to damage easy. It is also pretty short but I had an extension laying around that solved that. I like that it is the standard US layout and that they didn't mess with the size or location of any of the important keys such as the enter, backspace, shift, tab and caps. Everything is where it should be.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: + Very thin, low profile design, about half as thick as a typical 120mm case or CPU fan
+ high blade count
+ PWM, perfect for CPU cooler application
+ Works well on a radiator
+ Very quiet up to around 50% speed
+ Was a great price when I got them on sale
+ sleeved cables
+ Comes with mounting screws
Cons: - If used on a radiator, they will need washers since the fan side just barely touches the radiator surface
- Over 50% speed, they are quite audible but move a lot of air
Other Thoughts: I needed a set of thin PWM fans for my Corsair H60 CPU cooler that is installed in a Bitfenix Prodigy M case. Since I was already using the rear fan mount for an H90 radiator that is cooling my GPU, I had to mount the H60 radiator on the top of the case blowing out. Since the GPU is also near the top, it is a very tight fit. Due to the H60's design, there has to be a fan mounted in between the case and the radiator or else the mounting bolts will not hold it properly (without cutting or some huge washers). Since only one regular size fan could fit in this space, I had to mount that one fan as a pull fan which brought temps up compared to if it was push.
I narrowed it down to a pair of these Rosewills or the Scythe Slipstream which are not PWM but come in a few different set speeds. The Scythe got generally favorable reviews while it appears that the Rosewills are new or nobody buys them? There is very little info or reviews on these fans. The Scythe Slip Streams are also in the same price range. Once these Rosewills went on sale, I jumped on them.
Compared to a single pull fan (I was using the stock Corsair but it was too loud so I switched to a Hyper 212 Evo stock fan), two of these are relatively quiet. I am using an Asus H77 motherboard and have set the fan profile to silent. They still ramp up and get audible, so in Windows I installed the Asus AI Suite and set a custom fan profile up. Now, they only ramp up to around 40% under load and are almost dead silent. They are able to keep my CPU (Xeon E3-1230 v2) just below 70c when under 100% load with the fans at only 35-40% while running the CPU stress test in OCCT. If I tried to do this with a single pull fan, it would easily go past 80c after 5 minutes on OCCT.
Overall, I am happy I took a chance on these fans despite the lack of info on the web about them. On paper, they are definitely better than the Scythe Slip Streams. There are other fans like it such as the Cooler Master XtraFlo and I am sure many others that I don't know about but these were the right price at the right time. I also have a pair of Rosewill 140mm Hyperboreas in the same PC cooling the H90 which was another reason I went ahead with this purchase. Rosewill sells decent products and from my experience, their case fans, or at least the 'non-budget' ones, are quite good. If you are tight on space and need a good case fan or CPU fan, this should be high up on your list.
Display Name: James M.
Date Joined: 09/24/12
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