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NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For appearance: 5 eggs. The thing I like most about this case is the outward appearance. It's simple, elegant yet functional. It's unencumbered by bling and flash. Included are awesomely quiet fans (although I wish the blades were black). The case is quite open to the ambient air from the eight fan openings. It's not likely to get too warm inside the case. Interior layout is very good, although I would have liked another centimeter or two width behind the motherboard to hide sleeved 24-conductor power cables. End result looks OK and there is easily sufficient air flow. Cabling supplied for the USB 3.0, front panel and fans is solid. Four eggs overall.

Cons: "If you want it bad, you'll get it bad." or "cut shipping costs by reducing weight." The case arrived with a slight bend in the bottom of the power supply mount. This was easily remedied but obviously happened before the unit was painted because the shipping carton was cosmetically perfect and so was the paint. Two screws holding the slot covers were stripped and the sheet metal of the case is soft steel - don't sit on it! The case is light due to the type of the steel and the numerous fan cut-outs. Would have liked heavier SECC or SGCC steel. Case is painted black and so is the hardware, so screws and stand-offs bind in the holes. Slot covers are completely perforated and rather flimsy due to the soft steel. Screws are smaller than usual to save costs and shipping. Thumb screws for sides are so small as to be challenging to the thumbs. Fan filters are not supplied and although small flanges for them are on the bottom, only thin-framed screens will fit. Fit is very good. Paint is nearly flawless, Plastic front bezel is robust, but finish is inconsistent. Hardware (screws, stand-offs) and assembly (stripped screw holes) are flawed and material (soft steel) is disappointing. Minus two eggs for me, others may be more tolerant.

Other Thoughts: Just me: I like conservative cases that I might safely use as a stool, roomy mid-towers around 16-18lbs bare or more or full towers proportionally heavier, galvanized and tempered. Cases like the Antec 300 or 302 (no, I'm not going to spell those numbers out.) This case is rated at 14.4lbs but even with the complete computer installed, this case with contents weighs just under 26lbs with drives, extra fans and a strong video card. Good for the price, but I'll be looking for heavier cases requiring tools (toolless can mean cheap materials) providing at least the possibility of shock-resisting mounts for the hard drives. I like the black but I don't want the bling of plastic windows and colored LED lights. For most buyers this might be a 4 egg case, but for me, my next case will be one I can plan on keeping and reusing contently for a long time. And I'm not goint to give it more eggs just because it's inexpensive. It is what it is. Quality is free. Read W. Edwards Deming.

Asus VE248H Black 24
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: After three years, I still don't see any dead pixels on the VE248H monitors (we have three). and they are just as bright and nice after cleaning the front with pure water and a clean, soft cotton cloth.

I really appreciate the LED "backlight".

This monitor may not be perfect, but it was and still is hard to beat for the money. That's why I still give it 5 eggs.

Cons: it's just a pain to change from the speakers to the headphones (as well as the monitor data cable and the power cord.) The plugs are not easily accessible and about as convenient as removing or replacing the HDMI cable. All the connectors are at the back, on the bottom, requiring me to hold the monitor upside down so I can see the plug holes. Speaker and headphones could be more conveniently located and a menu option to switch from speakers to headphones would be appreciated.

The menu labels on the front of the monitor are illegible (this may have changed) with the monitor on normal brightness. I have to use a flashlight to read them.

Also, the plastic case is nice but attracts and shows dust easily. Can hard, glossy plastic be made anti-static?

Other Thoughts: If there are dead pixels on yours, this may be a handling problem. My ASUS 19" was perfect until I dropped it on the floor. Dead pixels may be caused by rough handling during shipping. I suggest paying newegg for express/special shipping-handling whenever possible for critical items, e.g. drives, monitors, motherboards, etc. When appropriate, I will also ship overnight which I believe reduces the amount of handling. (Things like computer cases, on the other hand, I ship economically.)

I left the shipping plastic on for about two years but it started to peel off so I ended up removing it all last year. Yes, it is on almost every black surface.

I know I have already entered another review or two for this product, probably after buying and possibly another after a year or so of use.

About me: I generally build my own computers and computers for friends and relatives since 2000. I have years of experience writing and maintaining software. I use Windows, Mac OS and linux operating systems. I can generally fix most hardware and software problems and I love to shop for computer stuff.


Jon K.'s Profile

Display Name: Jon K.

Date Joined: 09/10/01

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 01/08/14
  • Last Review: 01/14/14
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