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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Such a nice design 03/25/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The design is one of the better one's I've seen. I replaced a antec 1200 with this and it's noticeably more quite. The best features are the front and bottom filters you can take off and clean without having to take the computer apart. The hard drive bays that point to the side are quite nice too. Removable drive holders with rubber mounts for the phicical hd's and you can also mount a 2.5 inch drive in any of the bays, if you fill up the two spots behind the mb. Also the power supply pulls in air from the underside of the pc and then blows the hot air out the back, so most of the ps heat isn't adding to the heat in the case.

I also have one with the windows on the side, either one works.

Cons: With a standar ATX board it is a little tight, but only a mild anoyance when putting it together.

Other Thoughts: Not a single scrape from a sharp edge, always a plus when they keep the sharp edges down.

SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought two of these to have a pair for doing work when at home. I got them for the higher resolution, but was very surprised at the clear picture and how bright the screens were. I also play games and when I set the speed to fastest, games play without any blur or lag...which was almost as important as screen space.

Cons: I have a four monitor stand, and the two monitors I have above these too look bad in comparison. might have to replace them at some point.

Other Thoughts: I'm not a photographer or graphics artist or anything else that has to do with pictures. The only graphics I car about are the kind that tend to shoot at me. If you want a very nice monitor for games and having more real estate for working, this is a great monitor.

Thecus N5550 Diskless System NAS Server | Enterprise - Tower
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good while it lasts 10/20/2013

This review is from: Thecus N5550 Diskless System NAS Server | Enterprise - Tower

Pros: The unit looks nice, and the initial setup was pretty easy. I put 5x3TB drives in it as a raid six. Set up an ftp so I could access it remotely and in the first year I would have given it five eggs over two.

Cons: Several weeks ago I had the raid say a drive was bad. No big deal, I took the spare and put it in it's place and let it start rebuilding. After about halfway through the building of the replacement drive the unit locked up and dropped 2 more drives out of the raid. I managed to get one to be recognized and worked hard to get all the things not backed up off of it. Then after reading an post on the forums I updated the firmware and it picked up the other drive that had been dropped. After several weeks of trying various things, I came to the conclusion the raid controller had an issue and would crash whenever streaming video or music off of it to a local machine. The part I'm really annoyed with is the lack of rma process. Take it to a local repair center..which has no link on the site to repair centers. The eticket I opened was ignored, and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to get it fixed. I might if I pay shipping both ways to where it is that they make them.

One of the things not listed on the specs is that the raid is an SIIG, which if I would have known I would have not gotten it. I've been burned by SIIG every time I've used one of their products....this is no exception.

Other Thoughts: I've since build my own nas and using all the drives I took out of the unit have tested to be 100% ok by the hd tools from the manufacturer, and they've been running like a dream for several weeks. So that pretty much verifies the controller has a problem. I guess Thecus goes on the never again list.


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Display Name: Tim H.

Date Joined: 11/05/03

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  • Last Review: 03/25/14
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