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ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent value 05/17/2014

This review is from: ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7" 32 GB Android Wi-Fi Tablet

Pros: -After rebate, probably the best value for a tablet you can find
-Reasonably snappy as long as you don't flip between several applications too fast
-Great compromise between screen space and hand-holdability. I can palm this device
-Great build quality
-OTA update for Android 4.4, nice and clean

Cons: -Can chug with some applications, a result of the fact that it's using 2 year old technology
-No expandable memory slot. 32 gb is sufficient for most things however
-Perhaps not entirely fair, but battery life is nowhere as good as it is with the iPad Mini. Of course, considering the price...

Other Thoughts: Honestly, I don't have many complaints about this device. I've been looking for a tablet, but since I don't really intend to use one very often other than occasional browsing in bed, at a coffee shop, on the toilet ;) and on trips, I didn't really want to shell out any substantial amount of money on one.

I have a laptop as a "command center" of sorts on trips for multitasking and photo editing, and of course desktop computers for real work at home. But I wanted something that was simple and lightweight to to pick up, and while my Nexus 4 is good for quick glances for data, the screen is too small for longer term video and article viewing. Again, a tablet would be useful for me but fits into a specific niche. Therefore, not worth shelling out big bucks for.

When newegg had this one on shellshocker with a hefty rebate, it was basically a no brainer for me- coming straight from Asus and Google, this is a "reference class" proven Android tablet with Android 4.4 (after update) and 32 gb of internal memory. I'm not sure you can do any better at this price. Sure, the newest models have better screens, are more powerful, and possibly have better battery life... but if you need a tablet to do very basic tasks.

Even though this is a refurb, it looks completely brand new to me, and it updated and downloaded all of my apps wit zero issues. I have no choice other than to give this thing 5 stars.

BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight Black Steel/ Plastic Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Update on my original review 05/17/2014

This review is from: BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight Black Steel/ Plastic Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: -My original thoughts on the case have not changed as it's mostly positive, however, see below

Cons: My original thoughts have not changed as it's mostly positive, however about a week since I received the case, one of the included fans started to make a ticking sound. I started an RMA process with bitfenix on the fan, but after they gave me some initial feedback, they stopped responding altogether. It has been a month now, and recently the fan completely froze so I had to replace it with one of my own. While the case is awesome, the customer service was extremely poor, and since it's been a month I don't expect to ever hear back from them. This has been by far the worst customer service I've ever had from any vendor on newegg (the fan on my cooler master hyper 212 evo froze in similar fashion and Cooler Master sent me a new fan, no questions asked).

If you're buying this case, this is something to be aware of- if you have any issues with the case, go with newegg's return policy and don't trust Bitfenix to take care of your issue.

BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight Black Steel/ Plastic Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Very unique exterior design
-Comes with two 120mm fans
-Solid metal construction
-Versatile design: add more cooling, or add more hard drives. Lots of fan and drive mounting options (though you're forced to tradeoff between neat cabling vs. crammability). You also have the option of a dual-GPU setup, one of the big pluses to this case.
-Great value overall (shellshocker and MIR)

Cons: -Can be difficult for cable management. Case layout gets messier the more hard drives you need to add. A regular-sized modular PSU with flat cabling really benefits here
-Inverted layout makes cooling layout funky; not sure why a normal layout couldn't be used
-one of the included fans had to be RMAd (making a ticking noise in horizontal orientation at top)
-Handles are interesting but ultimately quite flimsy
-Side doors need to be flipped for cabling
-SSD tray needs to be better thought out

Other Thoughts: This was probably one of the most interesting cases I ever had the chance to build in. Not only is it one of the craziest looking mATX cases around, but it also has a inverted motherboard setup.

Unfortunately, from my perspective, the inverted setup made for a less flexible case than the famed mini-ITX version. Heat travels upwards, but in this case the intention is to use the top fans to blow cool air down (towards the GPU card) and through the bottom. You can't easily reverse this because there is no bottom dust filter, there is a PSU that's also blowing air out the bottom, and reversing the top fans would pull air away from the GPU. In all honesty, this case would work best if you flip it upside down... except that the bottom is pretty ugly without custom meshing.

Putting that aside, with the case fully outfitted with fans (including the enormous 230mm fan option on the bottom) it does a really good job of cooling.

The case doesn't really have many provisions for cable management, although because all the included cables are black, it's fairly easy to tuck them out of the way and not have them be an eyesore. One thing that you might want to consider for this case is to use a short modular PSU- there's not a lot of space to cram all of the unused leads except behind the PSU, so it gets pretty tight. You don't want to use a longer PSU either if you have a big graphics card because the leads coming out of the PSU will interfere with it (also take out the 5.25" bracket if you're not using it).

I would recommend flipping the doors left and right. As you'll notice, the power button/LED/USB 3.0 cables in the as-shipped configuration would lead to a ton of wires hanging around if you were to ever take the door off. I'm not sure why Bitfenix thought this was a good idea but reversing the doors solves this as all the cables are now on the other side behind the motherboard tray where you're less likely to access them. This also frees you up to use a windowed panel should you wish (yes, the Mini-ITX Prodigy door can fit).

While you can fit 4 3.5" drives as well as 2 2.5" SSDs in the door, in reality you would want to keep it at a max of 2 3.5" drives on the floor of the case, because you'd have to use the screw-in bracket/tray which makes access to your components and cable management more difficult. The door-mounted SSD tray need to be better thought out because if you don't have a PSU with flat cabling (i.e. you have sleeved round cabling) it can be difficult to make a connection since the SDD sits almost flush against the door. For me personally, I have a modular PSU with flat cabling, so I simply installed a 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" SDD in the door tray to keep the case clean and free up the bottom for a 230mm fan.

Overall, the case isn't without its problems and I feel that the inverted setup wasn't necessary. However, it was a lot of fun to build, offers lots of versatility and it looks awesome. Great buy for the price!


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Display Name: Christopher Y.

Date Joined: 07/11/10

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