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This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: great looking case, very precision (I loved the rolled steel edges), runs cool (I installed and extra fan up front), and pretty quiet even with three 140mm fans running. They really have this set up to feed cables behind the mobo. So many aspects of this case appear to be so well thought out. Oh yeah, the price. An amazing price given the quality of this.
Cons: None really at this point. A little difficulty getting the non-windowed side panel closed, but there are a lot of wires.
Other Thoughts: I've read how a number of people have had problems with the fan switch causing their system to crash. I have not experienced that.
Finally, I had not purchased a case for a while, so I had never heard of these guys before. Great company, great attention to detail, down to organizing the screws used for the case. Amazing.
Pros: There are four ports. I plugged in my mouse and keyboard (USB 1 or 2), an external hdd (USB 3.0) and a USB 3.0 external DVD/blu-ray burner, filling all four ports simultaneously. Everything worked just fine for a good 30 minutes. There is a small blue light that lights up when you plug this into your computer. Not annoying at all, nice actually. All in all, works as advertised. It appears to be pretty well made. Time will tell.
Cons: none yet. If I was going to carry this around a lot (I don't plan on doing so), I probably would buy a small carrying case for it to prevent damage. It doesn't look impervious to wear and tear.
Other Thoughts: There is a tiny hole in this thing. I wondered if it was a defect, but it looked manufactured. So I looked very closely at the picture as posted here at Newegg, and if you look closely, you will see a tiny little hole, and in the exact same location. I am guessing it is for ventilation. Whatever it is, it does not appear to be a defect.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LG USB 3.0 Super Multi Blue External 14x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter Model BE14NU40
Pros: Immediately recognized by Win 8.1 on two different computers. It is much more quiet than I thought it would be, though it can spin up and be loud for brief periods. It is extremely attractive. Someone reported that the main body of it is cheap plastic. I'm sure it's some form of composite, but it does not look cheap at all IMHO, but rather elegant. It seems very well built. So far, I am very pleased with the software suite that came with it despite being dated. The Cyberlink PowerDVD works well without issue. For those not wanting to use the software, there is a way to get VLC to play Blu-Ray, I've been successful on two computers. It takes a little work, but it does work quite well.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: The price is a tad steep, but it appears to be a well-built gadget and the software is really a plus. You get what you pay for, and I suspect I will not be getting too many more burners as these seem to be a fading technology. I hope this lasts for while. It looks like it should.READ FULL REVIEW