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Arctic Coooling S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker-White
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Performance & Small Size 08/03/2015

This review is from: Arctic Coooling S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker-White

Pros: Paired easily, aptX Support, BT 4.0, seems like decent manufacturing quality, attention to detail befits a much higher product that I paid in Mid 2015 (around a Jackson), rubber outer casing should be drop tolerant, little touches like an included bag. Sound quality is excellent, on par with my friend's expensive Jawbone Jambox Mini which was over $100 a couple of years ago to my knowledge.

Cons: Not enough time to comment on longterm durability or battery life. Decent volume and reasonable bass for a tiny device but don't expect to shatter your eardrums. Not waterproof but for the price, who cares?

Other Thoughts: I'm an audio nut from way back. My expectations for Jackson's worth of product were not all that high even with the BT 4.0 & aptX support but I was duly impressed with this little box. It's so very close in performance, though not general aesthetics, to my friend's unit that cost more than 5X what I paid that I'm really thrilled if it lasts for a year or more while battery life continues to be more than a couple of hours. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive BT box. For reference, I also just bought my 75 year old father a box (Ematic) for a few dollars cheaper at the local west coast electronics chain and this just blows it's doors off for sound quality and volume while being physically smaller. I haven't used an SPL meter but by ear it sounds like it's normative output down to around 150Hz or so and it actually still makes some output at around 100Hz which is really good for a box the size of a 12oz. soda bottle. Really, for anything less than $40, this is a steal.

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ASRock FM2A78 PRO3+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 FCH (Bolton-D3) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has been very stable through stress testing (ran a few days of memtest86 and then went for a solid shot at mprime for a few days). The VRMs get a bit hot if you're using a pillar style cooler like the CM Hyper series, so a fan to blow on the medium adequate heatsink by the CPU socket might be in order. The physical layout is less than perfect but it's not terrible. 4 RAM slots are nice in this price range and the hardware does not seem to be low quality. Full ATX layout makes it easier to fit everything needed for future expansion including PCI and PCIe slots, memory, lots of fan connectors, etc. BIOS is reasonably well documented and logically laid out.

Cons: I'd trade one of the X1 slots at the top to the bottom very quickly, even for a PCI slot, all to gain clearance for a two slot card in the bottom slot (for a retired primary to do PhysX). The PCB is a bit thin and flexible but that's to be expected in this price range, tread carefully.

Other Thoughts: This is replacing a nearly 10 year old ASRock NVidia based AM2 board that has seen a lot of hard use (temps, overclocking, lots of hardware connected & disconnected, etc.), so I've got reasonably high expectations of this board. That said, it looks to meet them. I'll update if I have any major problems inside the first year but I'd recommend this if you are looking at a tight budget build for a FULL ATX case (Full/Mid/Mini Tower or Desktop) and want lots of expansion at a very reasonable price. I'm running a 760K on it for reference and will be connecting lots of drives and a 550TI as well as an eventual 4 sticks of RAM.

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Rosewill REPA-12001 - Black, 3.1A (2.1A + 1A) Dual USB Car Adapter / Fast Charger - Charges Your iPad, iPhone, iPod, Smartphone & MP3/4 Player
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Between the two ports, you have both "charger" configurations for the data port requirements (some phones are picky about whether the data cables are open or shorted), so you can charge just about brand of device. Works great for my Nexus 4, my wife's LG L90, her old Samsung, my HP Touchpad, and everything else I've ever plugged in.

Cons: The back is large and sticks out a bit. A smaller tail configuration would be nice but I'm not really that pick about it.

Other Thoughts: I've got two and bought a few for friends. Everyone's happy and I'm looking at another for a new project. For the price, you can't go wrong.

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Display Name: SCOTT T.

Date Joined: 04/05/04

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 05/16/08
  • Last Review: 08/03/15
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