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This review is from: Rosewill RHB-330 7 Ports USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter
Pros: Sleek, works, USB 2.
Cons: The main issues I have with this unit are:
1- AC adapter is huge and will block two or three outlets if plugged into a power strip. Then, the power cord itself comes off the same bulky end. It's cost effective but just horrible to still see that these days.
2- USB cable is only 3'. For a non powered usb hub you typically get a 6 footer and this company gives it's powered hub a whopping 3'.
3- There's a power switch on it. This most certainly is a con because in all my years of computing I have never used or seen a hub like this sit on a desk where it would make some sort of sense to put a switch on it. It sits on the ground and get's tugged, flipped, etc. Having a switch on it makes it easy to have it go off. Keep that in mind when you're trouble shooting future issues. I will however say that the switch isn't incredibly easy to shut off, but it has no purpose being on such a hub. If you don't want a cheap hub powered, you unplug it, as always. So easy to see what companies use the types of products they make and design vs those who don't.
Other Thoughts: I gave it two eggs because at least it works and is cheap, but not cheap enough to justify all it's short comings. In the picture the AC unit is slightly angled but it just burns me up to see anyone make things these days that take up the space of more outlets than the one it should occupy.
Save yourself a headache later when you soon see you have no outlets available and buy a better unit. Powered hubs are the way to go, especially if you're buying it for non powered hardware, like gaming controllers, USB being powered by the system bus is fine for most people that don't use a computer often, but as most of you know, when you have lots of USB devices and start windows, at least one device will need to be unplugged and plugged back in. Controllers with LED's especially.
This review is from: ARK IPC-4570 Black Steel 4U Rackmount Server Chassis 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
Pros: Great case. Was scared like most gamers out there that the video card wouldn't fit, but it had tons of room left over. Same slight concern was with my particular PSU, the 1000w Corsair, but it fit with the only issue being a hole that I had to squeeze the case to align (most cases have that issue at some point). I never took my dremel out of the case which is also a rarity these days. My video card is a GTX480 and I had 3" to spare and then some (see the video). Solid case all around with holes for mounting a set of sliding rails which is fantastic.
So I made an unboxing video and captured all the things I know people would want to know about any case, including footage the during and after of my swap over from Large Tower to it,,, but Newegg still has ancient "guidelines". They have a Size Limit: 10 minutes / 100MB. The video is 7 minutes from start to finish but a 100mb limit? In this day and age from a company that sells computer electronics? Haha. Anywho, search the tube for Ark IPC 4570. There are no other videos of it that I've ever seen so you can't miss it.
Cons: Fans are noisier than I imagine most studio fanatics will like. I'm building a rack for my studio gear but I have much less care with the fans. I'm rarely recording over mic and plugged in via ele piano or synth most of the time. People recording guitars and vocals might find it loud. I will say this though. You don't discard a case over $10 fans you can replace, and you can buy quite a few fans before you find something better. I happen to love these fans because they need to push and pull much more air now that the comp is in a tight quarters case. I'm also a gamer, so cooling is priority to me over noise. See my video but note that the room I recorded it in is nearly empty. Nothing at all on the walls and very little inside so the room dynamics/echo is being heard more than the fans.
Other Thoughts: Like any case swap over, buy a couple cans of canned air and some heatsink grease when you buy a new case. You seldom have the guts exposed for you to do some good, needed maintenance so do it now. You'll be glad you did.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great board for the price and loads of overclocking options. Runs great.
Cons: A heatsink for the memory controller was broken off and missing the stem when I received this. I wasn't about to go through the long dumb process of waiting for another one so fixed it myself. I've ordered mostly ASUS since 1998. Mostly, but was once ONLY. That is because quality control and support. Once #1, now horrible in comparison. Rude on the phone and what I got (the broken stem) should have been caught and never shipped that way.
Rebate - What a joke. Don't expect it anytime soon. I chose the online option to expedite it. I ordered this Dec 2012. They said the rebate would ship 1 week after they received my paperwork. Also maile out Dec 2012. I just got my rebate card last week and it is now 3-21-2013. The card is bogus and no you cannot do anything online with it, including tag it to your paypal. It's an American express "Reward" card. Junk.
Other Thoughts: I'll still buy ASUS, but once again, not nearly as much. I buy about a dozen MB's a year for custom builds for business, and in 1998 it would have been 12\12, now it's more like 3\12. If I can find better or equal to from someone else, I will go that route.
Inspect your ASUS boards before wasting the time to install it.
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