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Rosewill FBM-02 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Rosewill FBM-02 Mini Tower Case 11/09/2014

This review is from: Rosewill FBM-02 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: For a budget HTPC build, this is a great economic Mini Tower
For its price, the construction/aluminum casing is fine
Has 2 built in fans that comes with tower
Love the big power button!
2x USB 3.0 ports on the front
Fits full ITX power supplies
Can be used upside up or on put on its side

Cons: The cables that connect to the MoBo (pwr, reset, HDD, USB's) could ALWAYS be longer
CAUTION - the aluminum on the outsides are VERY sharp, I cut my finger while trying to lift it from the ground onto the table...USE GLOVES!
Fans are a little loud but for the price, can't really complain

Other Thoughts: For its price, you can't go wrong as long as you don't need a fancy, full of LED lighting Mini Case.

I'm using it for my HTPC build in the living room and the black finish goes great with my other electronics (PS4, Yamaha AV Receiver).

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Rosewill RNX-N250PCe, Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, Up to 300Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, PCI E interface
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great price at under $15
Small footprint
PCI Express x1 compatible
Covers a lot of wireless protocols (b/g/n)
64/128 - bit encryption
Does HD streaming ok without any stuttering

Cons: Single band, only supports 2.4Ghz channel

Not plug and play...needs Rosewill driver (CD included though)

Even with dual antennae, I'm only getting 3-4 bars and the HTPC is just literally 5 feet away from the Router and Modem. I have the LInksys EA6900 (which is a very high end router because I do a lot of HD streaming). I've beenplaying with the router settings but still only 4 bars at the MAX. I'm not sure what's going on here?

Other Thoughts: I want to like this wireless card...i really do. For the price, you really can't go wrong still...it's a single channel (2.4Ghz) with b/g/n support. Most these days, everyone's going with the fast connection meaning wireless-n support all the way!

My advice: if you have the dual channel router (2.4Ghz & 5 Ghz), go with the Rosewill RNX version that supports dual channels as well. This specific wireless cards range is too short.

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Logitech K400 (920-003070) Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Refurb Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard & Mousepad 11/09/2014

This review is from: Logitech K400 (920-003070) Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard

Pros: Great price at $20
Solid plastic design and feel
I like that it has an ON/OFF switch
Very light in weight, which is great if you need it your lap for typing
integrated track pad is awesome, especially when you're trying to cut down on the number of equipment
Great layout of keys, almost like a standard keyboard
Super long battery life
Pairing was easy too

it's funny that others were complaining about NOT having the dongle..but I did manage to find mine. It was cleverly tucked in the slot where it's supposed to be by where you install the batteries. MAKE SURE TO CHECK THERE FIRST!

Cons: The range was very limited and short in my opinion. This keyboard resides in living room and the sofas/chairs are only 6-7 feet away and yet there are times when I'm using the coffee table to type and it doesn't respond, neither does the track pad at times. -1 egg for this.

Other Thoughts: Overall, build quality and aesthetics are pleasing to the eye and feel. The track pad is an added bonus for HTPC users.

The only issue is that the range was way too short. I know it comes with an extender, but what's the point if the dongle needs to be extended and placed somewhere visible in order for the keyboard to work further away?

I still ended up using it with my HTPC, it's just that I leave it on the coffee table (about 5ft away). Plus it's easier to type it on the coffee table than on my lap.

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Display Name: VANA M.

Date Joined: 09/28/04

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