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KINGWIN FPX-004 Multi-Function LCD Fan Controller Panel w/ Card Reader & USB 3.0 Hub
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Make sure you have a extiguisher ready 12/21/2013

This review is from: KINGWIN FPX-004 Multi-Function LCD Fan Controller Panel w/ Card Reader & USB 3.0 Hub

Pros: Great concept, I originally had two bays occupied to do both of what this can do. I had a Fan controller and a milti-card reader. I purchased this because my card reader failed and i figured i can kill two birds with one stone.
If you dont use one of the functions, you can remove two screws and get to the insides where you can remove cables you dont use. I didnt need the Sata or USB 3.0, so was able to remove them and not have dead end cables cluttering up my CPU.

Cons: I wired everything up as per the instructions. When i power my CPU up, i saw smoke and noticed a burnt rubber smell. When i secured my CPU i saw the power wire of this unit melted. I unloaded all the connections (USB, Sata, Fans etc...everything but power) and still the unit was getting hot and melting the coating of the power cable.

Other Thoughts: I made the mistake of dressing up everything on the computer prior to plugging in and testing the componet first. As an ET, i should have known better, just had to cut all the zip ties and unwire everything to remove this for RMA. I am getting a replacement because I like the concept of this thing and hope i got a lemon.

*Make sure your MoBo has a USB 3.0 plug in. My MoBo was purchased just as USB 3.0 was starting to be popular and mine only has built in USB 3.0. So I was not able to take advantage of this units USB connectors.
The Temp probs are only external connections. You cannot plug into the MoBo, so it is wrong for the company to label this CPU/System. It really is wherever you decide to tape the prob to.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (59359560) Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: everything everyone else has said about this laptop is true. Love this thing, i has handled the below list of games at high/ultra high settings:
GW2, METRO 2033, The Witcher 1&2, Dead Island, Crysis 2.

Win-8 is not bad. If you do your research, you can default to a classic Win-7 look. There are 1000's of tutorials on you tube.

Cons: The mouse pad sucks! The mouse pad sucks!
This had to be said twice to emphasis the suckyness of the mouse pad. (gaming I use as mouse {DUH}, but I also use this as a laptop, in my lap, topping with it) It does not have webpage scroll option (where you drag you finger on the edge of the mouse pad to scroll up and down on web pages) The left and right mouse button area is used as part of the mousepad. So if you are trying to click on stuff, the pointer moves. I have all my settings on small to fit more stuff on the screen, so this is a problem when my [X] box is small and the pointer moves away from it when i try to click.

Oh My Stars... the fingerprints - this is tests my patients to the max with fingerprints!!! I might just spray paint the lid of this thing to keep me sane.

Other Thoughts: i have yet to need a CD drive, i use origin and steam for my games, and most everything you can download online now. I predict in 2-3 years, laptops will do away with the CD Drive. If you are torn between giving up your CD drive or not, For gaming (as what this was designed for) you dont need one.

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Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler CLN0015
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Perfect Design, poor execution 07/01/2013

This review is from: Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler CLN0015

Pros: I bought this for my LENOVO Y500 gaming laptop.Great design.
Does it work? yes, i have had 6-7hr gaming sessions with little problems. A few times i had to Alt+tab to go to desktop and let the laptop cool down for a few minutes.
As a everyday internet use laptop, this will do just fine.

Cons: It does not push enough air for a gaming laptop. The LENOVO Y500 has a huge air intake and enough stock cooling to handle itself. But any gamer would invest in a $30-$40 cooler for their $1000+ laptop for extra insurance.

Other Thoughts: Some of the reviews says it pushes air, and some doesn't. Some said it works for gaming laptops and some didn't. It was hard to get a solid answer in the reviews.
I love the design of the cooler, but that fan sucks. I am going to take it apart and install a beefier fan in it. I think the stock fan might push enough air with more voltage to it. 5VDC from the USB just might not be enough. I am going to mess around with voltage and a different fan.

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Shawn S.'s Profile

Display Name: Shawn S.

Date Joined: 10/07/07

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  • First Review: 12/06/07
  • Last Review: 12/21/13
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