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Pros: Beautiful design, perfect for a HTPC which is what I use it for.

Very easy to build in with a great layout and mounting for watercooling. If you chose a shorter GPU the RES and Pump will be easy to mount with plenty of room. You can mount everything with a 12" GPU it's just a bit tighter. Good RAD mounting options.

Very sturdy but not too heavy.

Great cable management options especially because ITX boards has most connections at the top and there are 2 holes with grommets for this although a slightly bigger one for the 24 pin cable would have been perfect and made it almost invisible.

Good SSD and HDD mounting options to keep them hidden.

Pretty quiet, although the solid side panel version will mute the sound even more.

Fits long GPU's, depending on what you use for cooling.

Fits up to 160mm Air cooling towers (yes it fit's a Hyper 212 evo for those who care but only by 1mm).

Overall just a very clean and well thought out design. Very pleased with my build and it blends so well with the other components in my home theater set up.

Cons: I would really have liked to seen a fan controller for at least 3 or 4 fans due to the fact that it's an ITX case and the mostly come with only 1 extra fan connection. With it's watercooling capabilities I would have payed $10 more just for this to be built in to the case with a switch that has 3 settings.

Other Thoughts: My system includes a Z97 Mini ITX, a Pentium 3.7 Ghz CPU, 8 Gigs of DDR3, Corsair H60, 5 fans, Corsair CX450M PSU, 240 GB SSD. I will be adding more to it later but for streaming it's cheap, quiet and beautiful.

I have also just built a system in the Core 500 form Fractal which is there even smaller ITX case and that turned out just as good for me. Kudo's to Fractal Design for giving builders great options to build in with pleasing aesthetics and quiet operation.

EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
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Pros: It's Wifi so no hassling with running wires.
Very secure, (this causes some issues though, see cons)
Not hard to mount with the mounting hardware that is OK
Easy set-up (On PC)Video quality is OK
Voice is OK, not great but OK
Seems to have solid build quality
Very nice looking.
Cloud storage with playback, not overly complicated to use.

Cons: I could not for the life of me get this to work with the app for my phone. I believe it has to do with being overly cautious about security but not 100% sure.
It asked me for my phones password in order to try and change the device password which bothered me beyond belief and I was not able to change the password to one of my choosing because I kept getting told I entered the wrong password (the password that was given with the device) no matter how many times I entered it, hence I was unable to get the App for wireless devices to work. I did get it to work perfectly on my PC which is just fine but EZVIZ really needs to get on top of the mobile App or for a lot of people this will be useless.

It gets hot very fast, this could be a problem with longevity, I will have to see.

Other Thoughts: This could have been a 5 Egg product if the mobile App was at all usable. It's a shame but this could be solved with some work on the App and may be in the future.

Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Good speeds for a budget oriented drive - $100 for a 480 gb drive is very nice.
I saw over 500 MB/s random read and write throughout testing and the 4K sequential was better than expected.
No issues installing windows 10 with a USB drive (updated drivers easily).
Trim support which is almost standard now but nice to see even in a budget drive.
Backwards compatible for Sata II systems.
Built in smart monitoring.
Raid ready and uses EEC.

Cons: Just the hard to deal with packaging but for the $ you can't complain too much.

Other Thoughts: It has all of the features normal users need or want. I have not had it long enough to give it any marks for longevity but no issues yet and it's most definitely fast enough for 99% of users and at the price it's a good deal.
Remember to check to make sure your drive has the latest firmware updated as with any hardware for the best overall performance.


Bart H.'s Profile

Display Name: Bart H.

Date Joined: 06/23/11


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  • First Review: 08/03/12
  • Last Review: 09/19/16
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