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hec HP585DB 585W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Cord Included
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good value 07/24/2013

This review is from: hec HP585DB 585W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Cord Included

Pros: Price!! Common sense cabling.

Cons: Looks very plain... I like black cases with decorative fans.... even lights!

Other Thoughts: I have been using these hec brand power supplied for years in all my builds. DOZENS of machines... Can't beat them for reliability. Not a single issue so far. They possess a heft that inspires confidence unlike many other budget power supplies. The folks at the "TD" web site have started selling a dressed up black hec branded PS at under $10 after rebate. Mediocre reviews so far. Just purchased my first one. Wish me luck! Maybe in the future New Egg will start selling more than just the currently listed three hec models?

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Thermaltake ST0021U Steel Mesh & Ruggedized Plastic 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: EASY setup. For DirecTV DVR expander use, just unplug your DVR, install your big hard drive into the case, attach ENCLOSED ESata cable, spin it up, plug in DVR and WAIT... and WAIT... and WAIT. Your patience will be greatly rewarded! I do not notice ANY fan noise. Unit appears to run cool with the internal electronics being cooled as well as the hard drive itself. The bright blue LED's are not a distraction for me. A visually stunning well crafted device! I've owned none better.... EVER!

Cons: A little bit expensive compared to similar units. I'd feel a little better about an all metal design. Mounting base could stand to be a little broader at the base. Still... if I needed to manufacture another DVR expander... or obtain an external case for use with music/video storage... I'd definitely buy another one of these gems. WELL DONE overall! Kind of a pain losing temporary access to all my old hard drive's recorded shows. I can simply unplug this device and return my DTV DVR to stock. Kind of a pain keying in all my season passes. Best to make a list before installing external storage drive..

Other Thoughts: I am using my ST0021U as a DVR expander with a DirecTV HR20-700 and a 2 TB Western Digital Green hard drive. The original DTV hard drive worked fine for three years. But, it was getting noisier by the day making odd grinding noises... not the clicking noises as one would expect a failing hard drive to do. After this DVR expander replacement my noisy original hard drive is bypassed and the system is now QUIET! This is a LOT cheaper alternative than buying a preconfigured DVR expander a la Western Digital... or dealing with the good folks at Weaknees! I previously owned a couple Western Digital "MY DVR" units. When they ultimately failed, I could not open their cases and was left with a couple door stops! Thermaltake did this one right!

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HAWKING HA12W 2.4GHz Hi-Gain 12dBi Directional Window Antenna
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Working fine 01/25/2011

This review is from: HAWKING HA12W 2.4GHz Hi-Gain 12dBi Directional Window Antenna

Pros: Antenna works fine beaming my home wifi to my neighbor 200' across the street. White cable at 4' is just the right length to reach my Buffalo dd-wrt enabled router. My iPhone and Tivo devices connect easily with this WAP even well off axis and up to 100' away! This device is most likely not as directional as the similarly priced Hawking corner reflector antenna.

Cons: I question the use of the two relatively small clear suction cups for window mounting. Also, the long term durabiliry of their two plastic mounts/brackets. I've already broken one. However, it was easy reattaching the gimpy mount in a MUCH more secure fashion with a carefully chosen screw and washer.

Other Thoughts: I've never tried anything but window mounting this device. I have taken a MUCH larger clear suction cup of 3" diameter and wired it through the HA12W's top mount bracket for cheap insurance. With THREE suction cups holding the device in the window, I now have confidence in it staying PUT long term!

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Date Joined: 01/25/04

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  • First Review: 03/08/10
  • Last Review: 07/24/13
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