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BitFenix Ronin Series BFC-RON-300-KKWSK-RP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great case, some minor QA issues 01/22/2015

This review is from: BitFenix Ronin Series BFC-RON-300-KKWSK-RP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Tactile and good looking finish
-Usability. Things are in the right spot, and there's loads of room for things.
-Good tool-less features.
-Good cable control
-Looks :)
-Solid construction (mostly, see cons)

Cons: -QA issues?

I bought this case for a custom loop water cooled system. It shipped last night, and I gave it the once over, tore things apart, and inspected everything. The case should do pretty nicely, but there were some issues. The bottom right side panel was dented in, and the screw will not go straight into the case, it goes in at an angle due to the metal damage. It looks like someone dropped it on the thumb screw before shipping. Not the biggest deal, as I can probably pound it straight with cloth and a hammer, but that was frustrating to see it sitting lopsided and dented.

Another con was the cheap plastic on the push-in fasteners on the shroud. They're designed to be reversible, so push in, pull out. However, when I pulled one of them out it immediately snapped half of it off. The plastic seemed too brittle for a fastener of that type (I suppose getting knocked too hard in shipping could have weakened or already broke it). Again, not enough for me to RMA it since I won't be using the shroud anyway.

There were also a few scratches on the finish in the metal parts, specifically the upper rear portion of the mobo-side panel, and the rear of the chassis. These were small scratches, but they could not have happened in shipping, as they were underneath the foam packaging. Again, not a big deal since this will be a personal system.

Most of these are fairly nit-picky, but definitely enough to knock an egg off. The scratch and fasteners were only annoying, but the damage to the screw area is unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm excited to get this (my personal gaming) system inside this case and running on a custom loop. The case is beautiful and well built, and has plenty of room (although I think the radiator up top will be a *wee* bit cramped). The soft finish is gorgeous and feels great to tough, although I'm hesitant to touch it without gloves, as the grease on bare skin will probably mark it.

I was disappointed with some of the minor damage to the case, and the shroud fastener brittleness. Assuming you get a case that wasn't damaged like mine, and you're lucky enough to not have a fastener snap off, this case would be near flawless. I've read other reviews about the fans being weak, but I threw those out first thing, so I couldn't say...

All in all, fantastic case. I would have had to RMA the one I got if it were a show build or for someone not close to me, but it's just my personal system so it's not worth the hassle.

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GUNNAR Gaming Eyewear - PPK Cobalt/Snow Frame
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome 01/04/2013

This review is from: GUNNAR Gaming Eyewear - PPK Cobalt/Snow Frame

Pros: Reduce eye strain.

Look awesome.

Swanky packaging.

Can't feel them under headset. I didn't believe this was possible before I wore them but really, they pretty much disappear next to your head under the ear cushions.

I spend 8 hours a day staring at a command line (Linux system admin), and then I go home and spend 8 more on a computer (usually gaming). Usually by the end of the workday I have trouble focusing on high-contrast text on my command line and my eyes are tired and I feel like I've been staring at a screen too long (I have). These have reduced that effect SIGNIFICANTLY. I get annoyed every time I forget to take them to work (I don't normally wear glasses, not used to toting them around). I'm forgetful enough that I'm considering picking up a second pair just for work.

The subconscious squinting when reading on screen is greatly reduced and sometimes completely eliminated, further reducing eye muscle strain.

Cons: Not much wrong with these. Here's some stuff that isn't PERFECT (for me):

The frames are very thin and flexible (could be considered a pro), but it causes me to handle them very gently, as I don't want to smash them like a caveman.

Lenses smudge very easily.

The awesome little carrier bag gets dirty easily and doesn't clean easily.

Considering the pros, these cons are negligible.

Other Thoughts: Had these for 2 months so far. I have good vision (20/13 in one eye, 20/17 in the other). These glasses are not optically correct. They have a slight magnification (this is a good thing for computer glasses) and slight distortion at the extreme edges of the lenses. This causes things further than about 20 feet away to be considerably blurrier, and hard peripheral vision to become slightly distorted. Reading book spines on the bookshelf across the room is something I can do w/o the glasses but can't with them on. They are designed to be used with a computer screen where it is between 1' and 6' from you and not clear out in lala land of your peripheral vision. These glasses perform superbly when used at a computer.

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Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT180A3K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast. Reliable. Comes with all sorts of goodies in the box.

Cons: Honestly, none so far.

Other Thoughts: Isn't the fastest drive around, but if you are going from a spinning drive to this, it will probably blow your mind in half. I have it running on SATA II and it is quite quick.

Also, gotta hand it to Intel on this one. I'm a pretty hard AMD fanboy, and I really don't like Intel as a company but they do make solid products. The quality REALLY shines through on this SSD.

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Display Name: Cuyler S.

Date Joined: 06/12/07

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  • First Review: 01/19/09
  • Last Review: 01/22/15
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