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NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader  w. Dual USB 3.0
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Ordered and waiting for the week end to go by...
Nice aperture and black, exactly what I need for a R5 Rosewill

Cons: USB ports look flimsy; no USB adapter, read "Other thoughts"

Other Thoughts: Since my internal USB 3.0 19 pin port is already occupied by the chassis's front I/O ports, I'm looking for an adapter USB 3.0 19 pin male to USB type A male, which would allowme to plug it in a chassis back port to the motherboard.

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Nippon Labs TST-MM6162L Pocket Size Digital Multimeter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Functional 09/21/2014

This review is from: Nippon Labs TST-MM6162L Pocket Size Digital Multimeter

Pros: - The exterior cover is sturdy, non-slippery and can be handled well, the back leg stands solidly when on a table
- The interface is user friendly with different colors for distinguishing between unit measurements we wish to test for (V, A, Holm)
- Audible buzzer for fast testing of circuitry continuity
- Back-light for dimer areas
- Allows for : DC voltage, DC current, AC voltage, and resistance measurements; Diode test, transistor test and continuity test (audible)

Cons: The enclosure itself (without the cover) feels really cheap. With the one I've received, when I move it around even "softly", I can feel and hear moving parts inside. Hopefully it will last for more than a couple of builds.. -1 egg. Also there's supposed to be a temperature measurement function as per the manual, but actually it's not there (maybe for another model but it's not mentioned as such). Since I wasn't looking for measuring temperatures, I don't mind, no real con.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a way to make precise measurements and testing of power supplies, as well as basic electronics circuitry testing for motherboards, and this multimeter fulfills all my needs. Too bad it feels so cheap though.. Please secure the moving parts inside. I fear that if it ever falls from a table it will break.

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MSI H97 GAMING 3 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs GREAT, until BIOS update... 09/10/2014

This review is from: MSI H97 GAMING 3 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 1- Looks nice.
2- Works flawlessly out of the box.
3- H97 Intel chipset with enhanced features (it has M.2 unlike most other branded H97 motherboards).

Cons: 1-BIOS update to 1.0 from 1.4 breaks the motherboard (using the BIOS M-Flash function, and making sure the system was on during the process showing a red stripe which stated to not remove the flash memory or power off the computer)!! I can't see anything on-screen anymore, although the motherboard seems to work (fans are turning, no blinking error led, I can see the LED of the Audio EMI isolation on the mobo). Everything was working smoothly until I decided to make that BIOS update, now the PC is blind and unusable. I called MSI, they only told me to try again (while directing me to the BIOS download page which I've alredy done), but it doesn't work . Tracking number TS091014022419.

2- Impossible to read DVD/BD movies, either from PowerDVD Ultra 11 (bought and legit) or from Shark007's codecs, while using the i5-4690 CPU with its integrated Intel HD4600 GPU (no discrete graphics card). It says that there's some kind of incompatibility between the graphics drivers and the DVD reader, however the Intel drivers are up to date. After reading many forums this doesn't seem to be related to the Intel i5-4690 CPU/GPU-HD4600, as all those reports don't mention any problem with playing DVD movies.

Other Thoughts: I made a friend buy this motherboard (from his Newegg account of which I don't have the credentials of course) for building his new PC.

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Display Name: FREDERIC J.

Date Joined: 06/09/09

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  • First Review: 03/08/11
  • Last Review: 09/10/14
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