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This review is from: Cloer 5218NA 12-Cup Bitterness Eliminating Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel/Black
Pros: Gets very hot, has controls that are pretty easy to understand right off the bat. Fits normal v shaped metal filter baskets (cheap machines then to use a flatter version). Has a space for a charcoal water filter (big one), which is handy if you have bad tap water like me.
Cons: I'm used to keeping a pot of coffee hot while I work, so I wanted to keep it turned on longer than 2 hours. I have never encountered a coffee maker that lacked an manual "ON" function in order to keep a pot hot (I buy several a year). This coffee maker breaks the norm.
The instructions said that one can turn it on manually if the water reservoir is removed or the "regulating float is not working properly" But the kicker is, you can't just turn it on; you still have to add enough water to brew coffee--reservoir or no reservoir. Even then, it didn't always work with the unit I received. I had to unplug it and plug it back in to get it to respond on several occasions (oh, I used this thing a lot for the first couple of days.)
On top of that, this gets so hot that MOST of the water used for brewing the coffee frequently escapes via the steam vent, leaving the pot only 1/3 full, if that much!. This happened almost every time I used it. I even tried filling it with ICE WATER to start, but it still turned most of it into vapor that never passed through the coffee grounds.
This is a very strange machine. I'm glad some people got a working unit, but mine is just dysfunctional and I cannot use it. But see below! :)
Other Thoughts: I bought this from DealYard. When I called them and told them what was going on (there was another problem as well, but I don't have time to get into it) they immediately offered me a refund, no hesitation. Unfortunately, they don't carry any other full-sized coffee makers (they just have a couple Mr. Coffee Latte makers), otherwise I would have used the money to buy something else from them. But I'll keep an eye out for their other items for sale n the future.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The 5 stars are for the product, not EVGA. Very good cables, fully modular, was able to snake them all behind my motherboard. It's also bigger than my 600CT is, was worried I wouldn't be able to fit it in the case slot. The price was pretty decent, but see below!
Cons: Rebate offer is false. I ran across an IT guy who handles a lot of customers who refuses to deal with EVGA because of this specific behavior, but I didn't take him seriously. Wish I had.
If only I had a screenshot of the product page the day I ordered it! It was the 7th of May when I ordered it (I have that in black and white, both on the Newegg invoice and my bank statement) and the rebate was at the time of my purchase proudly displayed on the product page. Their rebate form states that the rebate eligibility period ran from the 7th to the 10th of May (I have a copy of it). Well, I bought it on the 7th, so what's the problem?
Their rebate info also plainly states that I had 30 days from the date of purchase to submit the paper documentation. Yet EVGA says I was outside of the rebate period. I bought it on the 7th, I submitted the claim online on the 9th. I mailed the documentation on the 12th. EVGA now says I'm not eligible to even resubmit the rebate, of course, because it was, they claim, outside of the rebate period. NO IT WASN'T!
Other Thoughts: Hope Newegg doesn't reject this review, because I stand by what I say here.
I have to save up for 2 months to buy stuff in this price range (I make less than 9,000 a year, so I try to make every dollar count). I've been buying their products for almost 7 years (brick & mortar stores mostly). I don't care that they provide some of THE best hardware with great warranty offers, I will never buy one of their products ever again. This attempt to save money by denying legitimate rebates to people turns my stomach.
Pros: Seems stable. Able to overclock to 4.3Ghz, but unable to figure out the steps to hit 5Ghz or even 4.5 without overheating my cores. We'll see if Google is still my friend. :) Lot of nice features, most of which have NO real descriptions other than "enable" or "disable" (many of which I have to Google even when the descriptions attempt to convey some meaning LOL).
Cons: As usual their manufacturing quality is sub par. Last motherboard I had (Crosshair IV Extreme) the plastic that is essential for holding the sata connectors in place snapped off EASILY as if the plastic housing had sat in the desert for months. One of the jumpers was labeled completely wrong (in reverse). That's all I'm willing to get into concerning that older model.
Looks like this board also has some flaws, too. The header for the front USB had a RADICALLY misaligned pin, so I had to bend the pin to get it to even come close to going into the pin hole (what a blind luck required). Also, the connector I use from my case (Corsair Carbide 200R) kept slipping out because of the misalignment. Now it's impossible to use it at all because the pin is now busted from struggling to get it on repeatedly (came off repeatedly just sitting idle in my computer!) And to think I've only had this less than 2 months. What a waste because I need my extra USB ports. Bunch of monkeys work on their boards, I swear!
Had to disable 2 cores on my 8350 because this board can't handle the heat generated by a mild 4.4Ghz overclock.
The memOK button is actually the CPR button to reset the Bios settings to default, not reset the memory timings, but you wouldn't know that by reading the manual. Also, they should have placed it in the back of the computer so you don't have to open the case each time you have an OC failure. Seems typical of Asus to give a convenient function but make it a chore to use, not to mention describe it somewhat inaccurately.
Even though I have it enabled in the Bios, the USB 3.0 ports do not charge my phone! Also, if the computer is off or even in sleep mode the USB 2.0 ports don't have any power to charge it either--my other much older computers (Gigabyte and Zotac) can still charge it even while they are shutdown. Glad I didn't spend money on one of Asus's expensive Intel boards.
Other Thoughts: Asus needs to use noob friendly explanations for every setting in the bios for a change. MSI does it, so does ASRock when it comes to their gaming boards..
Shame you have to buy one of their expensive Crosshair boards to properly utilize the 8350's potential (if I'd known I'd have bought and 8320 instead). This board cannot handle even a med overclock (over 4.3) of an 8 core processor without overheating the cores even with a water cooler running, whereas the Crosshair boards can handle over 5GHZ. As does the Sabertooth I hear.
Submitted my review over a week ago, didn't hear back from Newegg about acceptance or rejection. Did it again, same result. That's a first for me. What the heck, Newegg?