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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good changes made to this case over the original 06/25/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support

Pros: I read through all the reviews on this case. I was at first concerned about some of the issues like the hot swap bays frying hard drives. This was due to a Molex power connector that some people were forcing plugged in the wrong direction. This connection has been changed to a Sata power connection, and there is no longer a possibility of plugging it in backwards. This is a good improvement.

I like that they've changed the 4-bay 2.5" drive bay to a dual-bay 3.5" drive bay. You can get adapters to put two 2.5" drives in each bay, so people with a lot of SSD drives can still do that, but people like me who have only one or 2 SSD drives still have plenty of room for large data storage drives.

This case gives me plenty of airflow where I need it. The case was well thought out and well designed.

Quality of build is excellent. The PCB back plane for the hot swap bays is actually done quite well this time around.

Customer Service is top notch. My case actually came missing 2 anti-vibration retainer pins for one of the hot-swap bays, and they are sending me a whole new bay for it. I guess I'll have a spare if one ever breaks.

Cons: Bill Gates still hasn't sent me that check for 50 Billion US Dollars I asked him for. It was for a good cause, too! "Cause I wanted it!"

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have your build well planned before you start. If you have a large, heavy CPU Cooler or if you have water cooling, then you'll want to make sure you get the bottom installed properly before you put in the motherboard tray. Otherwise, you'll have a more difficult time removing it with the cooling hoses and all when you have to access something on the bottom that can only be reached by removing that tray again. Lots of things can be reached from the sides, but you better have your SATA cables plugged into the hot swap bay PCB before you put that motherboard tray down, etc.

This case should be standard issue for anyone that opens their case to tinker on a regular or even semi-regular basis.

Just waiting for my new 200mm Blue LED fan to arrive so I can light it up.

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ViewSonic VX2270Smh-LED Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Picture quality is better than any I've seen. Blacks are truly black. I don't know why Michael G. says otherwise unless he got one that was dropped before he received it. It truly has 100% sRGB color, which means it matches the source. I've never seen better image quality for what the image is INTENDED to be. I have seen monitors that try to intensify the color to make it look better, but it makes it something other than what it should be when they do that.

If you see it on this monitor, then that's the way the camera saw it, and that's the way it will look when you send it for prints. No surprises. True WYSIWYG color editing with this monitor.

No adjustments needed to make this monitor look great.

Can't beat it for the price when it's on sale!

Cons: It makes my old monitor look bad. I will probably have to buy a second one to pair with it instead of using my old monitor to pair with it.

Other Thoughts: Once the controls are set the first time, I don't need them. Monitor goes into standby mode when I power off the computer, so I don't even need to reach the power switch. It will power itself on again when needed.

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PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast (I mean really fast), small, large storage capacity.
I didn't get as fast of writes as some others, but got 192MB/s reads and 94MB/s writes using CrystalDiskMark.

I've been able to transfer a lot of large files very quickly with this drive. It's actually faster than 2 of my system drives, so if I copy drives between one of those 2 instead of my SSD, it actually slows down because of the limitation of the slower hard drives. I can live with that.

Tried it on a USB 2.0 port for kicks, and got 30MB/s read ad 20MB/s write. I suppose not bad for a 2.0 connection, considering my other flash drives are 2.0 only drives, and get between 2MB/s and 10MB/s.

Got mine for 45% off with a special promo code. I'm happy on so many levels I just can't say.

Cons: Didn't come in Titanium with gold trim. Would have paid an extra $0.02 for that. ;)

Other Thoughts: I got this to replace a USB2 HDD that I carried while traveling. I kept a lot of portable apps on it, and all my data, that I would synchronize regularly with my desktop. The HDD failed, and this is a much better replacement. Faster, smaller (now I can carry it in my pocket with my keys), and only slightly less space than I had on my 6 year old portable hard drive.

While this flash drive is made of plastic, and many people consider that to be a con, I don't think that's a con. The plastic is very sturdy. Not sturdy enough to break up a brick wall, but if you try that you deserve what you get.

The plastic will be less likely to absorb heat from outside sources. It will also be less likely to get water condensation on the inside if it gets cold. Think about that next time you complain about a plastic, cheap feeling. It's called protection of an expensive item.

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Date Joined: 04/23/13

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