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Palo Alto Audio Design SA110B 2.0 Musik Speaker System - Silver, White
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Lovely speakers with nice featues 01/18/2013

This review is from: Palo Alto Audio Design SA110B 2.0 Musik Speaker System - Silver, White

Pros: I got these speakers as a gift for Christmas, and I don’t think I could have picked out a better pair, myself! They’re a very sick, modern design in white and silver, and they complement my (almost Mac-like) keyboard and computer case very well. The Volume controls blend beautifully into the design, although this is at the cost of a knob (see Cons for more info).

These speakers are USB powered, so it means you only have one cord running to the back of your computer and no cord to run to a power outlet. This is great news for those that hate cord clutter, are using laptops, or don’t have a lot of outlets nearby.

As for sound… I’m not an audiophile, just a casual user, but these sound good to me! The volume can be whisper silent, or louder than I can stand.

Cons: One thing I had to adjust to was that the volume controls are buttons on the side instead of a knob on the front, and there is no Power button (there is, instead, a Bass button). After having these a little while, I’m now used to controlling the volume and mute with my keyboard shortcuts, as it’s a little unwieldy trying to press the buttons on the speaker without moving the speaker, with one hand. However, the lack of knob is what adds to the stylish, clean lines of the design, so it’s an acceptable trade-off for me.

USB power may be a downside for those that don’t have a lot of USB ports to spare.

Other Thoughts: Good for laptop users, Mac users, or Windows & Linux users with stylish setups ;)

BitFenix BFC-SNB-150-ODDW-RP   Shinobi 5.25 Drive Cover White
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Color matters when you're using a Drive Cover 01/18/2013

This review is from: BitFenix BFC-SNB-150-ODDW-RP Shinobi 5.25 Drive Cover White

Pros: This drive bay cover does what it was designed to: camouflage drives to better match the Shinobi case. Installation is easy and the price point is low. If you need it after building your box (cover up that black drive!), you should get it...

Cons: ...However, to my irritation, this cover’s color does not perfectly match the case it is specifically designed for! It is a much brighter white than the Bitfenix Shinobi White case, though it does have the same nice finish.

Other Thoughts: If you’re still putting your parts list together, you might want to consider trying to just get a white or silver drive to match the case, since this cover isn’t a perfect color match, either.

BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Would've paid twice as much 01/18/2013

This review is from: BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: When picking out my case, I chose it based on looks first, features second, and price third. I decided on the Shinobi because it was a great balance of these things.

The first thing that I about the Shinobi was the color options: Black or White. They’re both lovely, but I was brawn to the white since it’s a less common case color, without sticking out in a bad way. The case has a very sleek form factor, with clean lines, a soft power finish (no fingerprints!), and some added texture from the mesh details. The Shinobi comes in Window and non-window versions to see the inside of the case; the Window seems to have slightly better features (tool-less install, etc) and a place on the Window for a fan allows even more ventilation.

While at first I liked the blue strips that come with a white case, I decided to switch them out for another color. Luckily, Bitfenix offers replacement mesh strips (and logos for the front of the case!) in many colors at various online retailers. If you want to make your own custom color (I wanted silver), the strips can be removed from the case relatively easily and spray-painted. Bitfenix also offers Drive Bay covers to camouflage your drives to match the case; I found the hue of my cover did not perfectly match the case. You can read more about that in my review on the cover’s product page.

Size wise, it’s middle of the line for a Mid Tower. I didn’t want anything too bulky to fit comfortably under my desk, but still large enough to fit my GPU (~10.5 in) and allow good air flow. This was the perfect size for me, although you should check the dimensions of your components to make sure this case can accommodate your needs.

The Shinobi is a really lovely case that was a very easy build for my first time (with help ;) ). It offers the right amount of features, is a good size, and the pricing is VERY competitive. I might’ve paid twice as much, if I had to!

Cons: The Power indicator light is a VERY bright blue LED. Like, light-up-a-dark-room bright. It’s impossible not to see in my periphery constantly if I don’t keep it covered. If you plan to bedazzle this thing with a ton of LEDs this might not be an issue for you.

Like another reviewer said, the manual is a bit unhelpful. The case isn’t super complicated, though, so trying a step a couple different ways is usually enough to figure out the right approach

Other Thoughts: As of the time this review was submitted, this item is not currently being offered in White by Newegg. It is still available on other sites if you browse, or you could try inquiring with Newegg if they plan to restock..


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Display Name: Christina C.

Date Joined: 02/03/09

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  • Last Review: 01/18/13
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