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XION XON-720P mATX/ ITX Slim Desktop Case, USB 3.0, 5 in 1 Card-reader, 300W PSU, White_Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great form factor, bad power supply 07/20/2013

This review is from: XION XON-720P mATX/ ITX Slim Desktop Case, USB 3.0, 5 in 1 Card-reader, 300W PSU, White_Retail

Pros: I really like the design of the case -- it's basically impossible for mATX to be any smaller. Installing a hard drive is a bit confusing, but otherwise, everything is pretty well laid out and easy to work with. Cable management and airflow are not a problem at all. Very attractive.

Cons: Power supply only worked right for a day. I'm using a 65w CPU and a 150w GPU (with a molex to PCI-E adapter), so I can imagine that with the other components factored in, my total power draw is probably just under 250w. I guess this was too much for it, despite being rated 300w, as by the second day, 3D applications would lock up the whole machine after a minute or so. Disappointing, but it appears to be replaceable, and I still feel like the case was a good value.

Other Thoughts: Basically met my expectations. Still a really good bit of design for the price.

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LG PB63U WXGA 1280x800 Built-In WiFi & TV Tuner 500 ANSI Lumens (100” Display Size) 3D Portable LED Projector
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Super long-lived, tiny, almost-silent LED projectors are a fairly new niche, and while they don't get a lot of attention due to being thought of as low-end products, it's hard to say no to <60w 720p for less than $500. On a purely technical level, this is very, very impressive, and when my old PJ-TX1000 (2004 MSRP: $3000) died and I decided I still didn't need any more than 720p, I was glad that this new tech had matured enough for me to justify a somewhat horizontal upgrade. Has a coax jack, speakers, and a sleep timer -- very TV-like. Refresh rate is really, really good.

Cons: Fixed zoom (if this is an issue for you I'd recommend getting a ceiling mount, they're very cheap and will likely solve any positioning problems). Colours aren't as deep as I'd gotten used to, and I wasn't crazy about the display presets, but it's plenty tweakable.

Other Thoughts: Smaller and better than you think. Nicer display quality can be had, but not for less than 3x the price (and a tenth of the lifespan).

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SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-450-USB3.0 ALL Black Plastic / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case with SFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply with 2 x USB3.0 ports (Black)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is the smallest (and best-priced!) case available that still supports a full-sized mainstream video card in the $150-300 range. The cooling is exceptional -- I'm running a 2500k at 4.4ghz with no heat issues using the stock cooler, which is amazing -- and you sacrifice almost nothing with mITX these days (can't do dual GPUs, but two memory slots is enough for 16GB of DDR3, and virtually all PCI cards can be replaced by USB devices).

Cons: Cable management is initially intimidating; it's certainly not the easiest case to work in, but once you've taken it apart a couple of times it actually becomes pretty easy to tuck excess SATA cables / USB headers / ATX plugs into the front and the top without obstructing the main fan.

Other Thoughts: Really terrific. Given that Intel's current development efforts are focused on iGPUs and power consumption, this case + Sandy Bridge + a Kepler GPU will likely remain a high watermark for powerful, compact desktops through 2015.

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Display Name: Alexander G.

Date Joined: 01/09/09

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  • First Review: 05/11/09
  • Last Review: 07/20/13
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