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Magnasonic Portable 8 Can Mini Fridge Cooler & Warmer, 5L Capacity, 110V & 12V AC/DC Power for Home, Office, Car & Boat
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Relatively Cheap
Includes 120VAC to 12VDC Adapter (12V at 5 Amps = 60 Watts)
Fair sized (for what it is)
Gets warm or cool
Has seal around inside of door

Cons: Impeller style fan is too cheap
Seal around door seems to leak a little
Even though power supply is rated for 60 Watts, and cooler is rated at 40 Watts (cooling), power supply gets quite warm.
Condensation collects on inside bottom - needs to be wiped out regularly if used for cooling long term

Other Thoughts: Design is cheap but adequate:
Inside has bare face of Peltier plate, while outside back has power connection, Hot/Off/Cool switch, operating LEDs, and ventilated plastic cover. Inside cover are largish metal heatsink (connected to external side of Peltier device) and flattish 12V DC impeller style fan.
Door latch / hinges are functional.
Can't complain about amount of heat/cold - purely function of components.
Can complain about the impeller fan - loudly, so as to be heard over it:
Have used cooler in a fixed location, on floor of office - never move it while it's running
Bearing of fan seems pre-failed: very first time unit was run, soft grinding sound was heard from fan
Have since been running it continuously for about 1 month:
Fan grumbles / growls / grinds ranging from medium to loud
Fan bearing is incredibly sensitive to vibration (likely from slightly imbalanced impeller blades)
Fan bearing very sensitive to motion or change of attitude (position)
Good thing cooler wasn't intended for use in car or boat - totally unsuitable for rocking or vibrations

Have since opened back of unit (voiding warranty, no doubt) and inserted rubber grommets between back of fan mounts and the plastic retaining screw holes - this has helped reduce noise level greatly, but fan will need to be replaced eventually.

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BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP 120mm PWM Case Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs "Long Life" ? 05/24/2016

This review is from: BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP 120mm PWM Case Fan

Pros: Relatively quiet (i.e. not the loudest)
Moved a good amount of air (not the most)

Cons: Relatively expensive
Did not have a long life as the specifications suggested

Other Thoughts: Use: Case fan in "always on" home server
Lifetime: about 16,000 hours (22 months)
Mode of Failure: Fan stuck, case overheated, power supply sacrificed itself so that the rest of the build might live
Remarks: Fan stuck "hard" -- could not move with finger - did not hear fan "going bad", it died silently (the one time you want a loud fan!)
Thumb rule violation: should get at least 1,000 operational hours per dollar spent on fan. This fan didn't make it.
Suggestion to (other) Owners: If you use this fan in a server, and it's getting on in years, you might want to power down and try spinning by hand to measure resistance. Am not sure how long my fan had been "going," as last maintenance period (during which all fans are spun by hand) was 4 months ago, and things seemed fine, then.

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Newsync 27R Real 144Hz 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Anyone got an ICC profile for this thing? 05/02/2016

This review is from: Newsync 27R Real 144Hz 27" LED 1960x1080 1ms DP HDMI DVI VGA FPS PC Computer Monitor

Pros:
Cheap (when on sale)
144 Hz
Power button does NOT have to be held in for at least 1/2 a second to turn on (Booo! Acer)
Dedicated Source Input Select button (doesn't share an alternate function)
Multiple sync frequencies supported (1/2 an egg off for not supporting 120 Hz via DP)
OSD buttons are good sized
Menus were in English
No dead pixels
3 day shipping (direct from Korea)
Input Sources other than DisplayPort support 120 Hz

Cons:
Blue Power On LED is too bright (duct tape dimmer applied)
OSD Menu system is fairly primitive
Power cable between wall and brick (with funky prong adapter) looks suspicious (am using my own cable)
DC cable from power brick to barrel plug could be longer
Anti-Reflective coating not evenly applied to screen (missed a spot near the bottom)
"Screen Door" effect noticeable with some sources (limitation of design dpi - not really a bug)
DisplayPort had initial issue (see Other for details)
120 Hz refresh rate not supported on DP(maybe a real ICC profile would help?)
Glossy black bezel could be matte and thinner
Resolution (on this web page) is listed incorrectly - of course, it's 1920, not "1960" - typo
Last item, and this one is subtle: Does anyone remember Sony Trinitron CRT monitors? Remember the twin horizontal "shadows" running across the screen at about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way down the screen? Well, it looks like the back-lighting of this Newsync monitor has a similar artifact:
There's a thin (about 1/8 inch) vertical "seam" that runs down the center of the screen from top to bottom. Like the Sony wire shadows, it's hard to see. The brightness of the color being displayed can't be too bright or dim, or else you won't see it. However, once you notice it, it's subliminally there all the time, like a stain on a movie theater screen. The pixels are OK, but the backlight is just a bit dimmer. Am guessing the screen uses two separate edge lit light guide panels, which meet in the middle. Rather annoying, as you start seeing it all the time. Am taking a second egg off for this.

Other Thoughts: Speakers not tested (am pretending they're not there)
Firmware update to support Freesync would be great! (not holding my breath)
Need an ICC Profile for Windows (you'd've thunk 120 Hz would be supported via DP)
DisplayPort difficulty: Out of the box, I connected DP first. Input wasn't recognized/seen, even after manually cycling the Source button to DP mode. Not sure whether issue was video card or monitor, but HDMI and DVI-DL worked fine. Eventually, with all three inputs connected, and a reboot or two, DisplayPort started working. Since then, it's worked OK.

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Display Name: Edward B.

Date Joined: 03/12/03

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  • First Review: 09/28/07
  • Last Review: 09/02/16
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