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Noctua A-Series NF-A6x25 60mm Blades with AAO Frame, SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Installed as CPU Fan 08/24/2014

This review is from: Noctua A-Series NF-A6x25 60mm Blades with AAO Frame, SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan

Pros: Good fan with good airflow. The LNA adapters are nice. I'm running mine at 1600rpm with the RC12 adapter and I put the RC10 adapter on my case fan.

Cons: I took away 1 egg because mine makes a ticking noise. It seems like the blades are barely hitting something. I checked and it's not the wires. Didn't try without the LNA adapter.

Other Thoughts: Good quiet fan except for the ticking noise. It's still quieter than my old CPU fan. Also note, this fan is 25mm thick. My old CPU fan was 10mm thick.

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Nextbook 7
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1gb of RAM, 8gb of Storage. Plays games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds just fine.

Cons: 8gb of storage, but only 512mb allocated for Apps. It appears Google imposed this limit for DRM reasons. You can try to delete the included apps like B&N Nook. But, when you turn the tablet back on, it runs an update and they all come back. About 300mb is used by the included apps, so you don't have much room for installing other apps. Then, if you have other apps installed, you get error messages saying 'insufficient storage' and it runs very slow. I found a workaround for this. See 'Other Thoughts' below.

Other Thoughts: I added an 8gb Micro SDHC card to the tablet. In Settings, you can move installed apps to the SD card. I moved the B&N Nook app and Candy Crush apps to the SD card and they worked just fine. Then I reinstalled Angry Birds and other apps one at a time, moving them to the SD card once they were installed. I no longer get the 'insufficient storage' error message, the updates run and the slowness problem is gone. Problem solved. This is the only way I could install more than 200mb of apps. It's a good workaround for techies, but non-techies like my mom may be confused and return the tablet for this reason. This tablet works for me, but I took away 2 stars because non-techies may have problems.

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Nextbook 7
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Better specs than other cheap tablets in this price range. This one has 1gb of RAM and 8gb of storage, compared to 512mb RAM and 4gb of storage like the other cheap tablets. Works great for Angry Birds, Candy Crush and most simple games. Wifi was easy to setup. Battery life is about the same as other cheap tablets. Touch screen works well.

Cons: Screen is not high res. Viewing angle not great, but acceptable. My only real complaint is the 7 inch screen is smaller than I expected. An 8 inch screen would be better for an adult that needs reading glasses. I did not order mine from Newegg, but I should have. Neweggs price is $10 cheaper.

Other Thoughts: My kid broke the screen on my iPad Mini. It was under Apple 1 year factory warranty, but the screen was not covered. Apple wanted $219 to repair the screen. No way, Man! Instead of fixing the iPad Mini, I ordered a Nextbook 7. It plays all the same games my kid likes, Angry Birds, Plants vs Zombies, Candy Crush, etc. The brand new Nextbook 7 cost 1/3 the price of paying Apple to fix the iPad Mini.

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Display Name: Paul B.

Date Joined: 09/19/09

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  • First Review: 10/03/09
  • Last Review: 08/24/14
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