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This review is from: Fellowes Powershred PS-12CS Light-Duty Cross-Cut Shredder, 12 Sheet Capacity
Pros: looks better than most.
Cons: From the day I bought it, it has sounded like it was straining to do any more than five or six sheets at a time. After some negative experiences with some (much) cheaper shredders, I thought I was buying something more serious with this one, and that was a mistake.
Please look at what NewEgg says: LIGHT DUTY. Believe it. There was no sign that said LIGHT DUTY where I bought it.
The bin holds almost nothing and you have to pull it out when it's half full if you don't want paper pieces all over the place. This piece of equipment was obviously designed for looks rather than utility.
Other Thoughts: I am thinking I'm going to have to spend much more for a decent shredder with an acceptable life span, but I can't justify going that deep for a stupid shredder. This is my third shredder and each one has been significantly more expensive than the one before, and I'm very disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Pros: Very nicely made, packaged, and most of all, shockingly, DOCUMENTED, in English! motherboard. The documentation shows where everything of importance on the board is, with well drawn maps so you can't get lost, unlike so many I have seen. Has IDE on board so you can use an old drive that got too small for your main system. The documentation even patiently explains the bios settings, in a printed manual, not 'available for download.'
Cons: None. There are two somewhat mysterious blue SATA headers on the board, in addition to the two labeled SATA. The manual, I think explains them, but since I didn't use any SATA devices, I didn't look into it. If you put the system together with no knowledge and didn't bother reading anything you might use these by mistake.. whether or not that would cause problems, I know not.
Other Thoughts: I used this board to make the least expensive sensibly powered computer I have ever built. Two gigs of memory, an old 120 gig hard drive, a tiny case with power supply. Installed Ubuntu 10. from a thumb drive, and voila! A fully equipped computer ready to perform virtually all common tasks for $180. Boots to usable screen in about 60 seconds, shuts down in about 10, with an old 5200 rpm drive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
Pros: Very nice looking case, especially considering the price. I prefer it to the 100 model that has the mirror front, but I still think a plain flat black front panel would be better still. The hard drive goes in sideways next to the mb, very easy to get at. Lots of empty space in the front of the case to tie off loose cables and such. Has IDE so you can use an old drive you have hanging around.
Cons: It's obviously going to be a little harder to work on than a big ATX case. Takes some forethought about cable management. But, once you've built a system or two on this type of case, you'll be able to put them together in no time.. It's a little on the tinny side when open, can be bent easily, but locks nice and solid when all put together.
Other Thoughts: I used this case to put together about the cheapest sensible computer humanly possible. Atom 510, 2g DDR2 800, old 120 gig PATA from my old system. No need for optical drive, installed ubuntu from a thumb drive. Total system price approximately $180!!READ FULL REVIEW