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Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011085-WW Black/Red Steel ATX Mid Tower SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply
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Pros: >Stylish
>Mostly tool-less
>Water cooling holes
>Excellent airflow
>Included 120mm fans
>Expandability to add additional 120mm fans
>Good cable management
>Beveled panels help with cable management
>Dedicated SSD holders
>Side window that hides platter drives
>Front USB 3.0, audio & Fan speed control
>Bottom-mounted PSU
>(4) 2.5 drive bays and (3) 3.5 drive bays

Cons: >No 5.25" bay for optical drives
>No slim bay for optical drives
>No 3.5" bay for card readers
>No integrated card reader
>Wasted space since the above are missing
>No cooling for HDD bays

Other Thoughts: The sharp angular design is something like I've never seen in a computer case before, and I really like it. It reminds me of the sharp angular designs of the Combine from Half-Life 2. The biggest con is the complete lack of external bays for optical drives, along with the exclusion of a card reader when a bay for one was omitted. I hope to see corsair come out with an external 5.25 case with a built-in card reader for an optical drive that matches this design. Shopping for external cases for a blue-ray burner and card reader turns up nothing that even remotely matches the style of this case. -1 star for not being able to mount my Bluray burner, and -1 star for not being able to mount my card reader. Both things that I use weekly, if not daily - that I have to resort to my laptop for use.

Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Marketed towards a main HDD for gaming, but only really good for offline storage 05/19/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet
64MB Cache
5-year warranty
Faster than a HDD

Cons: Only 8GB SSD
High failure rate (It's a Seagate)
Slower than a SSD

Other Thoughts: It's good secondary/storage drive for a PC with a primary SSD.

This drive is not fast enough to replace my main SSD drive. It works well for my huge steam game collection, which has always been stored on a large secondary drive in my gaming PC.

Biggest con is that It's a Seagate. For anyone in the PC repair industry, they know it'll fail in short order. Their customer service is horrid, and not worth dealing with. Many times I've RMA'd a drive, just to get a dead one back in return. I'm only going to use this for offline storage, because I've been burned too many times with Seagate drives failing in the past. If you read the reviews, you'll see these have an extremely high failure rate, which is worrisome.

Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router
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1 out of 5 eggs I have never hated a router, as much as I hate this router. 03/28/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Pros: None

Cons: No power/status lights
Non-removable antennas
No current 3rd party firmware support
HORRIBLE customer service

Other Thoughts: I'm an IT specialist with over 20 years in the field.
I can program most enterprise routers, Layer 3 Cisco switches, Netgear switches, HP switches, etc.
I, by myself, have upgraded facility networks from 1990's hardware to current-gen hardware with VLANs, trunks, etc.
I've built multiple enterprise linux & windows servers, housing terabytes and terabytes of data, from scratch.

I could not for the life of me, get this router to complete it's setup process and actually work properly. I spent two hours troubleshooting and trying to get the router configured, both manually and through the wizard with no success. I then broke down and talked to Linksys "technical support" (in HEAVY quotations) and spent an additional FIVE HOURS trying to get the router configured. We did the same steps in their flip books over, and over, and over, and over, and over and over again - until the "tech" gave up and told me to power cycle my entire network and then load the newest firmware on the router (which shipped with the newest firmware, soooo...)

Anyway, after SEVEN HOURS this router still does not work, and when I ask for an RMA since it's obviously a hardware or firmware bug, I get ignored.

If this wasn't for an eggsxpert review, and it was on billable time - someone would owe me $700 to configure an $88 router.

Linksys by Cicso was good hardware, Linksys by Belkin is typical Belkin quality - complete garbage.


Chris M.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris M.

Date Joined: 11/14/05

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  • First Review: 05/19/16
  • Last Review: 07/23/16
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