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This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Pros: - Excellent airflow and fan placement
- Tons of space for modern hardware
- Easy access bays and nice carrying handle
- Heavy duty, solid
- USB 3.0 ports accessible from front
Cons: - Minimalist design, a bit plain (which I actually prefer)
- No side window
Other Thoughts: After years of reusing the same heat box, I decided I was long overdue for a new case. My top concerns were airflow and real-estate, without breaking the bank. Enter the Corsair Carbide 400R. If you're looking for a solid, modern case that is heavy on the things you need but light on the fluff (cosmetics), this will definitely fit the bill! There is plenty of space, it is well designed and has quick access to USB 3.0, headphone, mic and FIreWire ports on the front. The airflow is outstanding, featuring two front fans, space for side fans, and 140MM top fans and rear exhaust fan. My temperatures dropped over 20C with this case!! That says it all.
As far as the design goes, it is nice and sleek looking but nothing fancy and more of a "blend-in" design. It does have LED fans in the front, which is a pretty neat feature. I can say, If you're looking for something to show off your hardware with a nice big window or flashy design, you may want to look elsewhere. Other than that, all things considered, I got this thing at a great price and it offers everything I need and more. Highly recommended.
This review is from: SilenX IXP-76-18 120mm Case Fan
Pros: - Great airflow and very quiet (initially anyway)
- Thick enclosure brings it closer to your CPU or components for better cooling
Cons: - Begins to fail and rattle like crazy after around 6mo or so
- Short lifespan
- Overpriced and unreliable for the long haul
Other Thoughts: I was on the lookout for a good case fan that provided a high airflow, with minimum noise. I decided to pick this one up and loved it (at first). Around half a year or so later, the fan began to have issues reaching maximum RPM upon start-up. It would spin very slowly, struggle to gain speed and take its time performing at expectations. Finally, it would reach its speed and then rattle like crazy - now the loudest fan in my case. This thing just doesn't last and begins to fail in all respects. Starts strong, and finishes like garbage. You'll be lucky to get one years use out of it without these issues. I do not recommend.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Quality build and components, awesome click feel/feedback
- Highly accurate sensor
- Lightweight at <90g (mouse only)
- Simple, easy to use software with customizable buttons
Cons: - Very odd and uncomfortable shape / ergonomics
- Only 6 buttons
- Blue is the only LED color available
Other Thoughts: After using a CM Storm Spawn for a couple of years, I decided I wanted something with a bit more customization in the DPI department. I am also a claw-grip style user, so I needed something that would fit the bill for that as I believe comfort in a gaming mouse is key! After doing some research and asking around on tech forums, I settled on the Logitech G302. That is, until I decided to return it (I'll explain later). To start, this mouse definitely has a quality feel and solid build construction. The metal spring loaded switches they boast on the packaging feel very nice and have an outstanding feedback. The sensor also tracks very well, and is rated as one of the best optical sensors on the market. I found the software to be very simple to use and intuitive, allowing you to individually set the DPI to whatever you want (up to five individual steps), as well as set the function of each individual button. There are only 6 programmable buttons, which may be a bit low by todays standards, but this was enough for me as I am not into MMO's or games that could benefit from macros. All buttons felt of a high quality and provided a good feedback.
With all of the positive talk, why would I return this mouse and only give it 3-stars? The shape and design of it. To start, it is pretty small and I believe it may only suit someone with smaller hands, not to mention, the shape is just overall strange. It bulges out to points in the middle, creating somewhat of a diamond shape which I found to be very unnatural feeling. I thought I would get used to it but after a week of non-stop use, it felt as foreign as when I first took it out of the box. I noticed some negative talk about the shape online but thought I would give it a try myself, as I generally don't like to exclusively go on someone elses word. Unfortunately in this case, the criticism of the shape is dead on.
Ultimately, I decided to return this mouse and continue my search for the successor to my CM Storm Spawn. Logitech really needs to do a bit more market research before they implement such an odd shape for a mouse. Given their stellar history, it was a very strange move for them. It's a shame with the G302, as Logitech has built a high quality mouse with top end components here. I can only recommend this mouse if you have smaller hands (or are E.T. or some other space alien) but even then, the shape is just something you'll have to try for yourself!