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This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Pros: I really like the white color and just the overall clean look of the exterior. I've had two cases before this one, both black and bulky. This is one is actually smaller than my last one, but feels like I can fit the same amount of hardware inside. The tool-less design is easy with the exception of the knockouts for the 5.25" drive bays. Th white led goes great with the white exterior. A big fan on the side will surely help cool the MB and GPU.
Cons: I'm going to start with the small things first. There's no cooling fans on top of the case. I know it gives you the option of adding fans or even a radiator, but the lack of an exhaust on top is a little disappointing. On the right side of the case, with all the cables tucked behind everything, I had a challenge of putting the side panel on after installing everything. You can see the raised part taper off as it reaches the front, but I think it does that too soon where it could have given you more cable room.
You have to remove the mesh 5.25" drive covers from the inside, which is a hassle. At the very top of the case, there's like a spring or something where you can remove the top cover. If you press on the front end just slightly, it springs up and it won't lay flush with the case. It's not as easy to press it back down and set it back to position.
Now for the not so fun experience. When I went to put in my PSU, I found it impossible to line up two screw holes. After some looking, I found that two rivets on the case were sticking up just above the small padded feet the PSU was supposed to sit on, which meant that it raised the end of my power supply just enough so I couldn't like up the hole to screw them secure. With some help from my dad, we cut the rivets down just enough to give me the clearance I needed so my power supply could be placed above the and flush with the back of the case.
Other Thoughts: I never had any trouble like this with a case before. I didn't want to send the case back for such a small detail, but I also had a little trouble finding a solution that didn't involve removing the rivets completely. It's not some glaring flaw, but I imagine quality control would have picked up on it if it went through inspection. This is my first day with the case having everything installed inside and I don't see any troubles. It's a good price and a great size and I think I'll enjoy it more than I did my Thermaltake. Despite my setback, I can't really give Corsair poor marks for an otherwise clean, slick case.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: KitchenAid KSM150PSCV Artisan Tilt-Head 5-Quart Stand Mixer Caviar
Pros: About a year ago, I was conflicted with buying something this expensive for a Christmas present. Turns out, I bought it anyway the last day it was on sale, the day after Christmas. 11 months later, my Mom doesn't have a mixer and she's in need of one for Thanksgiving and Christmas cookies. I surprised her after having it tucked away in my closet for nearly a year.
I didn't realize that she always wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer. As it turns, it really does the job well. It goes through thick dough and mashed potatoes with ease. She really loves the thing. Best part is...I get to enjoy some of her cookies.
The picture on the box is of a white mixer and it kinda confused me just before I gave it to my Mom because I thought I bought the black one. Turns out, it was black. It's got a nice shine to it. I'm sure which ever color you choose, it's gonna look great on your counter top.
A small book was also in the box. I think it had recipes and also mentioned different attachments you could use (besides the three that came with the mixer)
The mail in rebate wasn't hard and they sent a check instead of a perpaid card, which is what I prefer.
Even at full price, it would be a good purchase. I can't imagine a better mixer out there.
Cons: I dunno...it's heavy. But then again, that's a more sign that it's built well and not some cheap plastic mixer. I hope it lasts for my Mom a long time.
Other Thoughts: I think this is the best gift I've ever given my Mom...or anyone for that matter. She totally deserves it, but now I gotta think of a gift for my Dad that can compare to it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Assassin's Creed Triple Pack (1 + 2 + 3) [Online Game Codes]
Pros: I assume it's a fun game to play.
Cons: I use the word "assume" because my AC is working with my logitech game controller (310). Even though the game has a specific configuration for the controller, all the various buttons are scrambled to control something different to a point where the game is not playable. The first time with this problem (which was my first time playing the game), I somehow managed to get the controller setup to work properly. I thought that was it and I was done with the problem. I was wrong. The next time I tried to play the game, the same issue sprang up. I tried to fix it again and I couldn't. I don't even remember what I did to fix it the first time. So that's the end of my story. I have attempted to play it again since then. It's not that I don't want to play the game, it's just I don't want to go through the hassles and headaches again so I can play the game, so I'm avoiding it until I have the patience to deal with all of it for now. I don't blame Newegg for this, but rather Ubisoft. If you're going to support a controller, then do it.
Other Thoughts: Yes, I know I can play the game using my keyboard and mouse, but I bought my controller for these sorts of games.READ FULL REVIEW