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QNAP TS-269L-US Diskless System High-performance 2-bay NAS Server for SMBs
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Memory difficult to expand 03/16/2015

This review is from: QNAP TS-269L-US Diskless System High-performance 2-bay NAS Server for SMBs

Pros: It's a decent NAS and has good apps.

Cons: I thought it would be a straight forward thing to expand the memory. QNAP doesn't provide any info about qualified memory vendors. Did some research about what the stock RAM was and ordered something similar, but the unit wouldn't boot. Then I discovered that lots of people have the same problem. Conclusion -- this isn't really an expandable memory unit.

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great case with a few exceptions 02/17/2014

This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Very elegant styling. So many cases look so .... juvenile. But this case is very professional looking. Add some subtle LED effects and it is very impressive.

All cases should have this type of side latch mechanism. The side doors are easy to remove and there are no small screw threads to strip. Love the removable filters. I really like the drive bay and have used it many times.

Cons: Corsair has not sent me my rebate after 3 months. This is not the first time Corsair has acknowledged receipt of my rebate but failed to deliver. Never take a mail-in rebate into account in a buying decision for a Corsair part.

No 20-pin USB 3 cable. After all these years you'd thing they would have fixed this. I refuse to route cabels thru the case and out the back to an external I\O plate USB connection.

Barely adequate cable room in the back. If they had only moved the mobo tray a little bit over it would have been a wonderful case.

Only 1 intake fan to 2 exhaust fans.

Lots of gromets, except right in front of the typical SATA connections on the mobo. Seriously? Even though I'd appreciate having an appropriately placed cable hole in front of the SATA ports, I made due by looping the extra length of cables and going thru a different hole.

The front panel is very difficult to remove. Most Corsair cases have front panels that come off fairly easily but you need to carefully pry this one off. Why do they hate me?

I'm only taking off 1 egg, even for all of these shortcomings. I think because beauty, while only skin deep, affects my judgement. :-)

Other Thoughts: To compensate for the negative pressure design, I removed the grill in front of the 200mm intake and replaced the stock 200mm fan with a Bitfenix 200mm. Then I also cut out a part of the bottom for a 140mm Bitfenix intake fan. I kept the stock 200mm exhaust fan and the CPU exhaust fan. She now runs very quietly and has a posative case pressure.

If you like black, you will love this case. However, it can be a dark cave inside this beast. Upon receipt, I gutted the case of all removable parts and sprayed the interior with gun-metal gray. Now I can see the parts I added like cables, gromets, and such.

Sony BDP-S790 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player w/ Built-in Wi-Fi
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sony BDP-S790 player 02/17/2014

This review is from: Sony BDP-S790 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player w/ Built-in Wi-Fi

Pros: Responsive unit. My 6 year old Sony BD player took about 30 seconds to open, the 790 opens up immediately.

Cons: Text input for searches\etc is slow and old fashioned. It would be nice if it could predict the word you are typing.

Other Thoughts: The network update can be confusing. I performed the update the first thing and it progressed to about 30 percent and then went blank. The instructions say to not turn off the player during the update, but after 1 hr I had to do something not knowing if the unit was hung or not. I power cycled the unit and it came up fine and apparently the update was successful. Would have been nice if the progress bar went to 100 pct and there was some acknowledgement.


Gordon M.'s Profile

Display Name: Gordon M.

Date Joined: 06/11/06

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 05/28/13
  • Last Review: 03/16/15
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