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Pros: Uses the fewest cubic inches needed to make a fully featured case for a mini-ITX motherboard. I was thinking about going smaller with an Antec ISK300 but I wanted more disk drive room. This fit the bill perfectly. A full 5 1/2 slot plus room for two 3 1/4.
- Power supply is a standard TFX form factor so if the power supply ever gives out, replacements are easy to find.
- Mechanicals on the case are really well done. Steel is the right gauge for the case size. Not flimsy but not heavy. All edges are rolled or burnished. A lot of fine metal work in clips along the cover edges to form a tight fit when closed. Front panel drops off easily. Nice little cutout in the flange near the back of the case so a long screwdriver does not need to be angled to reach the rear motherboard mounting screw.
Cons: - The drive cage has holes drilled to mount a 3 1/2 drive UPSIDE DOWN! Aack! I would never recommend that for a mechanical drive. If you stand the case vertically, then the drive would be on its edge and that would be ok. But if you use the case horizontally, an upside down drive is not recommended.
- No built in place to mount an SSD. A drive adapter or some tape can fix this though.
Other Thoughts: - Case uses two different screw sizes to mount the motherboard. Can't figure out the reasoning for that.
- The entire front "bar" (light tube) is lit in blue for the power on light. It is long and very bright. Too much for my taste. But the front panel opens easily so it is easy to add a dropping resistor or just put tape over the LED.
- A lot of ventilation holes right over the CPU fan so don't expect any sound dampening. The case fan for me was quiet. It is wired to plug into a 3 pin motherboard fan connector. According to my motherboard, it was only spinning at about 1500 rpm.
- InWin uses the same chassis with different front panels. Go to the InWin website to see the options. I picked this model because it looked the cleanest.
This review is from: DIAMOND TVW750USB ATI Theater HD 750 USB
Pros: Simple plug in interface works with Win7 Media Center. Device is very reliable when using Media Center as the tuner program.
Clear QAM worked before Comcast encrypted their channels
Cons: Wish USB extension cable fit a little tighter. Accidently tugged on the device under my desk and the USB connectors fell out.
Tuner program supplied for WinXP is flaky and not reliable. It is made by ArcSoft and has never been updated. All TV Tuner manufacturers use it (including Hauppage) and everyone has problems. Go to the ArcSoft support boards and you can see all the TV Tuner owners complaining. Only solution ArcSoft offers is to BUY the latest tuner software version from them.
Other Thoughts: I've had my 750 USB for over three years using an external antenna and really like the ability to pop up a TV program on my desktop and continue working without missing my TV program. Since the switch to Win7 Media Player, the tuner has been very reliable. I'm now looking to buy an internal PCI version so I can free up my USB version for use with my laptop.
Haven't tried analog video conversion yet but I have some old 8mm video that I will try converting eventually.
To those having problems, make sure your system meets the minimum requirements (and hopefully more) and that you have up to date video card drivers. Playing video uses a bunch of CPU horsepower and the video card actually uses a special overlay mode to display the video.
Pros: Won't know how good the drive is until several years from now. But this is the SMART info I was able to pull off the drive using using Linux disk program:
- Power on time: 9mo, 30 days (7300 hrs)
- Start-stop cycles: 78
- Power cycles: 39
- No reallocated sectors
Ran SeaTools long generic test and no errors found.
This drive appears to be in relatively good shape. From the hours total, I would guess this drive has only used up about 1/3 of its life. The low number of start/stop cycles has kept the mechanical stress on the drive low.
Cons: - Not a factory refurb. In my past experience, Seagate slaps a new label on the drives they refurbish, clearly indicating the drive is refurbished. This drive had no such label. My oldest factory refurbished drive has been running for over 6 years now so I have confidence in factory refurbs. This drive is probably just a plain old used drive.
Other Thoughts: Ran the drive serial number through Seagate's warranty check. It indicated the drive was sold through an OEM (like Dell or HP) so Seagate provided no warranty support for the drive.
For the probable amount of life left in the drive, this drive is reasonable deal at $24. On the basis of storage capacity, it is a terrible deal. Currently, you can get a new Seagate 500 GB 7200.14 for $55 from Newegg.
I will be using the drive for running extra copies of OSs so I will be reimaging often and will not be using the entire capacity of the drive. So for me, the drive works