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SILVERSTONE Milo series ML05B Black Acrylic Front Panel, 0.8mm SECC body Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs The case is fine, if you don't want to use an optical drive 10/16/2013

This review is from: SILVERSTONE Milo series ML05B Black Acrylic Front Panel, 0.8mm SECC body Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: It's a very nice-looking case, with good provision for cooling and very flexible storage options. Finding a case this small that allows even a low profile video card is remarkable.

Cons: Where this case really falls down are the allowances for power supply and the optical drive. If you want an optical drive, absolutely do NOT buy this case. The tiny slot in the front doesn't allow you to expose the eject button. Even worse, the mounting tray is drilled such that there's a full 1/2" gap between the front of the drive and the interior of the case. That means you can't insert a disc without using some sort of tool to push it the rest of the way inside the case. Once the disc is in there, it's not coming back out at all unless you open the case, unscrew the drive tray, and lift it up. I've never seen such a poorly planned mounting system before.

If you're planning to use the drive cage, be prepared to put a great deal of stress on the power cables coming out of the power supply, or plan to use a PS that's smaller than the SFX size standard, such as a Pico PSU. I chose to toss out the drive cage and stick the SSD to the inside of the case. If you plan to have multiple hard drives, an optical drive, and a video card, you're going to have a very bad time with this case.

Other Thoughts: I would not buy this again and may yet return it. I'm building an HTPC and would like to be able to play and/or rip discs without too much hassle.

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Rosewill RSD-CR102 USB 2.0 SD/MMC Card Reader
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Does the job, but physically flawed 04/11/2007

This review is from: Rosewill RSD-CR102 USB 2.0 SD/MMC Card Reader

Pros: It's a very inexpensive, very compact SDHC-compatible SD card reader. It does that very well.

Cons: The card fits VERY tightly in the reader. There's a "card slide" that's supposed to eject the card, but it doesn't do it. It just slides over the top of the card, doing nothing. I have to use pliers to get the card out of the reader.

Other Thoughts: Maybe mine's defective?

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Acronis True Image 9.0 Home
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Saved my bacon 02/08/2006

This review is from: Acronis True Image 9.0 Home

Pros: It just *works* (now)

Cons: Doesn't do real-time backups, only point-in-time.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this product for a very long time, and I've upgraded to every major version. When I first bought it, it did have troubles with corrupting backups. That was quickly patched, and I've been relying on it ever since. My flaky Compaq laptop, which keeps killing hard drives, has caused me to do full restores on three different occasions. It always works, though it's not a super-fast restore. When I need to pluck a single file out of an old backup, that works, too. I love this product!

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Display Name: Robert C.

Date Joined: 05/15/03

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 02/08/06
  • Last Review: 10/16/13
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