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Pros: Lot’s to like about this particular case. The price is great for what it offers. Installed my ATX board and gear in this case which was a breeze with all the wire management options!
The frame where you mount your board is clearly stamped with locations for board stand-offs depending on the type of board you plan on mounting. A knockout opening on the frame, under where the CPU would mount on your board allows you to easily change out your CPU cooler/fan down the road without having to remove the motherboard; this is a really nice feature. This will also make it much easier for CPU fan removal for cleaning or mods.
Plenty of openings for routing wires from the power supply at the bottom and keeping them well organized and out of the way of things, allowing for much better airflow throughout the case, across the board and drive cages. This gives your build a really clean look with all the wires tucked out of the way!
On the back side of where the motherboard mounts there is a nice ¾ inch space for routing your wires where they need to go, and lots of metal loops for using plastic wire ties to secure all your wires!
Top and front mesh panels remove very easy for cleaning or replacing fans. The front fan that is pre-installed can be removed from the front with no problems; they also supply a second set of screws for mounting a second fan from the front, another nice feature. The lower drive cages have slide out caddies for installing up to six drives. If you do not plan on having that many, you can easily remove the upper/middle drive cage by simply un-snapping it, and this will allow for even more airflow throughout the case.
The included instructions show which direction for airflow when installing the fans if you are unsure of which direction they should be blowing throughout the case.
Cons: The top mounting fans must be mounted with screws from inside the case just above the CPU cooler, these will not be very easy to replace down the road without removing your CPU cooler just to get to the screws. Would have been nice if they mounted with long screws from the top down like the front fans do.
Other Thoughts: If you are into tricking out this case a bit more, the corner mesh pieces on the top and front can be easily removed with some minor dis-assembly, and colored strip lights or LED’s can be installed behind/under them to add some really cool light effects to your case! I did this with mine with self-sticking 12 volt strip lights and it looks really cool, but that is just my preference ;)
Fingerprints can be easily buffed out with the same type of soft cloth you would use for tablet or phone screens!
If you prefer to use stock CPU fans/coolers then mounting a side fan on the plastic window will not interfere with the CPU fan/cooler.
This review is from: SteelSeries 62250 SENSEI Wireless Professional Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: The base charging unit is solid and appears to be well built. Love the option of being able to connect a cable and use it wired. This would come in very handy for those uber long gaming sessions when you run low on battery power, simply unplug the USB cable from the base unit, and attach to the front of mouse and you are back in the game, while also charging the mouse at the same time. There is a quick disconnect button on the bottom side that you need to press for releasing the cable when it is plugged in to the mouse.
I have not experienced any latency issues, but I do have the base located fairly close to the mouse. The USB cable is long measuring just over 6 feet, so you should have plenty of options for locating the base unit nearby, or more than enough cable if you prefer to use it wired.
Another nice feature is that the SteelSeries Engine 3 interface is independent from the background processes. So when you are done making configuration changes, close the interface window to free up your computer’s operating resources for other games and applications.
Configurations can be set to deploy automatically whenever you use a specific game or application. Add any number of applications to your library and SteelSeries Engine 3 will seamlessly change the configurations of your devices as you switch between them.
Another great feature is Angle Snapping which corrects minor imperfections when you try to move your mouse in straight horizontal or vertical paths. This can increase precision if you are simultaneously turning and shooting in a first person shooter or drawing lines in a graphics editing application.
This mouse also has a sensor built in that will turn off the logo when your hand covers it to save power; this has to be enabled within the software for it to work properly.
Sleep mode can be customized from 1 minute to 20 minutes. To wake up, simply click any button once.
Cons: This mouse may not be very comfortable for people with small hands as it is a bit large.
Other Thoughts: A new version of the SteelSeries engine 3 was released on July 17, 2014, version # 3.2.5 for 32/64 bit windows OS.
Software download also available for MAC users!
This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay 4TB (2 x 2TB) NAS(STBN4000100)
Pros: Worked like a champ with no issues for 8 months!
Cons: After my second follow-up review back in November, the NAS started dropping out on the network. While watching movies streaming to any device, it would cut out randomly. It would then have to re-index all the files. The unit was not re-booting, just dropping out. It would also happen while running backups at random times, which became very frustrating! I also tried resetting the unit several times at this point and it would not reset!
After running tests from the administration control panel, both drives showed no errors and were passing the tests with no problems. Eventually the NAS stopped working, and when trying to log into the administration settings, only one page would come up stating that drives needed to be cleaned and set-up, yet there were no visible drives to select.
At this point I removed the drives, and tested them with Seagate Seatools. I tested both drives with the DOS version and the Windows version. One drive was completely dead, and the other was showing bad LBA blocks. At this point all data is lost. I am very disappointed with the reliability of this model STBN4000100.
After running this NAS in a climate controlled environment for only 15 months it has become useless, and all data has been lost.
Other Thoughts: A new firmware update was released in March, version 2014.00319. While it installed fine prior to the drives failing, it did not resolve any of the dropping off the network problems I mentioned above. I suspect the dropping off the network and re-indexing of files was due to the hard drives starting to fail.
Also on the specific page where you download the firmware, there is a PDF release notes file called Version 2014.00319 release notes which has not been updated with any information as to what the new firmware fixed or improved. It only lists previous firmware versions and fixes.