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brother P-touch PT-2030AD Desktop
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Prints labels, just as it should. A number of cardriges is available that contain the adhesive strip and the thermal transfer ribbon. Different sizes and colors make this device quite flexible. Also, the label printer allows to flexibly tweak the font (size, width, multiline) and allows to auto-fit the text on a given label size. A well-designed preview function gives a good idea how the final label is going to look like. Battery operation is possible. The generously sized keyboard is easy to operate. Navigation is straightforward, in most of the cases.

Cons: *Labels look OK, but no mre than that. Print quality is about that of a 1990's inkjet printer

* To achieve a uniform look of labels with same size and different amount of text, some tweaking is necessary. It cannot optimize text over two lines

* The package comes with a "starter cartridge" only, and additional cartridges are relatively expensive.

* Each label is preceded by about 1" of waste (for easier cutting). It takes several menu steps to "chain" labels where this waste does not occur. However, with chained labels, manual cutting with scissors is required.

Other Thoughts: I got this printer on sale for a steep discount even over Newegg's regular low price. The cartridge is a solid solution, but if the purchase price of the printer is less than the price of two cartridges, we see the usual scheme where the manufacturers make their money with the supplies.

The printer has no PC connectivity. This is OK for me as the software that comes with some other label printers is usually not helpful.

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BitCrane T-110S 1 Th/s Ultra-Silent BitCoin Mining System
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Return of the People's Bitcoin 01/04/2015

This review is from: BitCrane T-110S 1 Th/s Ultra-Silent BitCoin Mining System

Pros: Several new BTC mining ASIC solutions begin to appear from Asia. Bitcrane has teamed up with Newegg to offer affordable solutions for private individuals and home miners while reducing the insane shipping costs. This is a good step.

The device was shipped in rugged packaging with form-fit foam. This sort of packaging deserves extra kudos. In fact, despite it being shipped from China, the packaging showed no signs of damage. Shipping took 8 days, right in the middle of the promised 5-15 day shipping period.

Bitcrane got in touch early on and kept me up to date on the shipping process. This is a huge plus, especially considering the long shipping time. Overall, Bitcrane has been very responsive to e-mails.

Device set-up was straightforward. A big label on the device points out that it has a pre-set IP address of 192.168.1.140. A few home network tweaks made the device visible, after which the network settings were rapidly changed through a web browser. Overall set-up time probably less than 30 minutes.

The T-110S works as advertised, with slightly above 1 TH/s and a power consumption of approximately 950W. It offers rock stable operation with 100% uptime since day 1. The device is solidly built and offers an attractive look. If you want it to double as space heater, it certainly looks better than many heaters (yes, in winter, some of the electricity costs will be offset by by lower heating bills). But -- see Cons.

For its price, especially with Newegg free shipping, the T-110S is a highly attractive choice.

Cons: The biggest problem I can see is the noise. Bitcrane advertises this machine as "silent". Obviously, "silent'" is a matter of perception, and as the builder of zero-emission PCs (truly silent with less than 10dB), I'd call these miners screaming loud. Of course, if you live near a highway or run a window A/C, you won't hear much. In any case, I have verified Bitcrane's claim of ~60dB as true (62dB at 1ft distance, Cirrhus CR:303 sound level meter). Although I don't think Bitcrane makes false promises, I would not use the T-110S in my living room.

Shipment did not include a set-up guide. Although set-up is straightforward and the set-up guide PDF can be found on the Web with a quick search ("bitcrane T110S setup guide"), I don't see why a few pages shipped with the machine would hurt the bottom line.

Bitcrane advertises the T-110 family as stackable. True. However, they draw close to 10A. Most residential circuits have 15A breakers, and two miners would trip them. For two miners, a dedicated 20A circuit is necessary, or the have to be run on different cirtcuits.

None of these cons are major, and none warrant taking off one egg.

Other Thoughts: With the recent mining power race getting closer to the exahash range, bitcoin mining has become more and more concentrated in the hands of large mining companies. For the bitcoin ideal, this is not a good development. With the T-110 family, a balance of price and hashing power has been found that makes bitcoin mining attractive again for individuals and thus broadens the mining base.

One question likely to be asked is: Is it profitable? Well, if you are looking for a quick ROI, probably not. At present prices of ~$300/Btc, you can expect earnings of roughly $0.75 per day after electricity. On the other hand, if you are in the game because you believe in the future of cryptocurrencies, this consideration may matter less to you. In any case, the T-110S is much more profitable at this time than Scrypt ASICs. The T-110S is truly the return of the People's Bitcoin.

Would I buy it again? Definitely yes.

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Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid and well-built case, but silent? 12/10/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This is a computer case of serioulsy high quality. Solid material, no sharp corners to cut your fingers, many options (hooks for organizing cables, cutout for top-mounted radiator etc). The case came with ample mounting material (screws, cable ties, ...). Can be easily disassembled and reassembled.

This case is HUGE. It is about one inch wider than most mid-towers and thus allows for oversize CPU coolers. Plenty of space for water tubing, for example. Moreover, this case looks GREAT. It just exudes an air of quality.

Most of the cabling can be routed behind the motherboard tray, and the resulting build is very clean, allowing easy access to the main board components without cables getting in the way.

The case comes with several extras, which make it very attractive:

* Dust filters for PSU and front fans (don't forget to clean them regularly!)
* Voltage regulator module for two fans, which allows fairly quiet fan operation
* Comes with two 140mm fans that run fairly quiet
* Removable HDD cage for 2.5" SSDs. i didn't count them, but at least 5 or 6 HHDs would fit.
* Thick foam cladding that supposedly abosrbs sound

Cons: I purchased the solid black case, no windows. Therefore, I have an all-round layer of the sound-absorber coating. Yet it does not appear to absorb a whole lot. I use a SSD, so maybe some HDD whine would ge attenuated; in my case, I heard no difference between the open and closed case with the fans in normal operation. However, YMMV, and the absorbing material might do its job with a turbo CPU fan and dual GPUs with madly spinning fans.

Silent? Not for me.

Other Thoughts: I am hesitant to take one egg off for the apparent lack of sound attenuation. However, I'd expect to hear at least *some* effect when the case is fully closed. Perhaps the sound-absorbing foam is not the right material. No doubt, this is a great case, and this is my only gripe.

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Date Joined: 06/04/05

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