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Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Product Key Card - 1 PC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs A turn for the worse 11/15/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Product Key Card - 1 PC

Pros: - Ability to edit PDF files in Microsoft Word

Cons: - Requires you to register it to a Windows Live account
- Difficult to transfer ownership to another Windows Live account
- No offline install available
- Default user interface lacks color contrast; makes it more difficult to navigate
- Lack of major improvements over Office 2010

Other Thoughts: Office 2013 follows in the footsteps of Windows 8 in becoming less user friendly and attempting to force you to use a Windows Live account.

There are few major feature changes in Office 2013 - basically it's Office 2010 clothed in a lackluster color scheme, with SkyDrive integration. Office 2007 and 2010 both introduced major changes, but Office 2013 is coasting along on its predecessors.

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Fractal Design Core 3000 FD-CA-CORE-3000-USB3-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs This case has quality issues 11/06/2013

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 3000 FD-CA-CORE-3000-USB3-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Made out of high-quality materials.
- Four USB ports on the front
- Comes with two 140mm fans and one 120mm fan

Cons: No user manual available. What is called a "manual" is in fact a spec sheet. No instructions whatsoever.

It was very, very difficult to remove the plates covering the 5.25" drive bays. For most cases, you just remove the front of the case, but this one requires the plate to be pulled in, and bent (with risk of breaking) to get out. Even if you get one of them out, it's still hard to get the other one out. In the process, I cut my thumb on the case.

Too much of the case is riveted. The front is riveted and won't come off. Only the top 3.5" drive bay comes out - the bottom bay is riveted. This means that it's extremely difficult to install a fan in the front of the case below the stock fan. The space there was clearly designed for a fan, but it's very hard to get to.

- Only two 5.25" drive bays. Means you can't install two optical drives plus a card reader.

- The stands for mounting the motherboard were not installed. I had to do this myself.

Other Thoughts: I expected a better designed product from Fractal Design. I would not buy this case again.

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Adaptec RAID 6805 2270100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 8 internal ports w/ 512MB cache memory Controller Card, Single
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1 out of 5 eggs Incompatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 08/27/2012

This review is from: Adaptec RAID 6805 2270100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 8 internal ports w/ 512MB cache memory Controller Card, Single

Pros: none

Cons: Incompatible with my Windows Server 2008 R2 install media. Windows installer does not recognize the driver for the RAID card. Adaptec's website states that "some of the Microsoft supplied installation medias contain a faulty script. The script recognizes the signature but the installation does not continue." They recommend that I contact Microsoft for a workaround. This was posted in 2008.

I also tried installing Server 2003 x64 and upgrading; however, I got a BSOD on the install after loading the drivers.

Also, I noticed that when I insert the RAID card into my PC, the PC only boots some of the time. The rest of the time, when I press the power button, the display will not light up. Neither the RAID controller BIOS nor the motherboard BIOS display on the screen. After pressing the reset button or powering off and back on, the computer boots as normal. Motherboard is MSI Z77A-G45.

Other Thoughts: Returning the card and the expander cables for a refund.

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Display Name: Jeffrey M.

Date Joined: 07/29/09

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  • Last Review: 11/15/13
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