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CORSAIR HXi HX1000i (CP-9020074) 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Corsair CP-9020074 Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Solid Construction (Mostly Metal, Stylish Coated Cables)
-Modular Cabling w/ Large Varity of Options
-Low Noise (Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan)
-Dual CPU Support (8 Pin Power x2)
-Quad GPU Support (6+2 Pin Power x4)
-Above Industry Standard Warranty (7 Yr Vs. 5 Yr)
-High Efficiency (92%) & 80 PLUS Platinum Certified

The power supply is protected very well, inside of a foam bag and then surrounded by foam buffers. The cables get their own bag which is nice since if you store the unused cables in this bag the chances of losing them overtime go down.
The construction of the PSU is pretty solid. It is mostly made out of metal, weighs like a proper quality power supply should without being a boat anchor, and comes with sturdy modular ports/cables.
The system I used to test this unit out with is an older Skulltrail Motherboard (Dual CPU Socket, Quad Core Intel Xeon CPU’s). The power supply comes with 2 cpu power rails for dual socket support so it was as if it was made for just this kind of system. The board can also support up to 4 graphic units (as well as the power supply). My rig used just a dual SLI (GTX580 x2) setup however it was maxed out at 16 GB ram and used a solid state & 2 HDDs. The Power Supply held up extremely well under full load with the dual cpu / dual graphics cards. The fan remained relatively quiet during testing under stress.
Like most high end PSUs this unit comes with Active PFC which guards against fluctuating power changes that could damage the internal components of the computer. It also utilizes solid capacitors for extra durability.

Cons: -Weak Packaging Design (super thin box over cardboard, easy to rip as it snags on the cardboard)
-Modular Connections = Stiff & Hard to Plug In
-Flat Style Cabling looks nice however it is awkward to route around a case for management.
-24 Pin Power Connector Resists being plugged into motherboards

The initial experience opening the power supply was less than desirable, the outside box is very thin and since the length of the box is a lot longer than it is wide it caused the box to snag when trying to slide the main container out. This also caused the outer box to rip and create bends. After struggling with the box for a few minutes the experience inside the container made up a bit for the outside.
I found that the cabling choice, while stylish, was rather awkward to work with, as another reviewer was stating the cabling is overly rigid and the cables for the 24 pin connect cross and look a tad unpleasant. The main frustration with this power supply is with the 24 pin connector itself. It is EXTREMELY difficult to get this connector to seat properly in the socket, it resists being pushed into the socket and causes the board to flex which made me very uncomfortable during the process, I’ve never had this much trouble connecting that part before and I’m not the only one who brought that up. It was also hard to connect cables to the psu once installed on the psu end. (I have a giant case made for E-ATX boards as well and it was still difficult to connect the connectors). There is just about no wiggle room to plug the ends into the psu because of the way they were designed (you could look at this as a positive or negative thing depending on the situation).

Other Thoughts: If the 24 pin connector issue is a rare defect with the manufacturing process of the cable then I would recommend this item to anyone looking for a premium & solid PSU. However at this price range and with the low amount of reviews vs people having the connector issue I would maybe wait to see how common the issue is before buying because for this price range it shouldn’t be having that issue regardless of whether or not corsair is willing to replace the cable.

DEEPCOOL N6000 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Not for some newer styled laptops 09/10/2014

This review is from: DEEPCOOL N6000 Laptop Cooling Pad 17" Metal Mesh Panel 200mm Fan with Blue LED

Pros: Lightweight
Large Quiet Fan
Aluminum Top/Bottom
Supports up to 17" Laptops
Props the laptop up to a nice viewing angle
Keeps your legs cool as well

I couldn't really provide much more indepth pro's on the performance because my model laptop has a hinge intake/exhaust system and not a bottom or side system that would better utilize this mat. It seems like it would do a great job for laptops with other cooling options though due to the angle/size of the fan in relation to the laptop support.

Cons: Fan system does not cool every type of laptop
The plastic parts in between the metal top/bottom are very cheap feeling and if dropped seems like it would break.
This cooling pad is very thick and cumbersome

I have a laptop model in which the intake and output are located in the hinge of the laptop but still has some vent holes in the bottom of the laptop. This hinge style vent system on the laptop is incompatible with the cooling fan style. Newer, thinner, & more powerful laptops are adopting this new design so consider that before buying this mat. Evga X & Fallout New Vegas were played on the laptop on and off the mat for an hour each and it did not make any cooling difference the entire time. Just about the same temperatures on/off (45 degrees low and 66 degrees high). The only thing it did for me was keep my legs cool when it was on my lap.

Other Thoughts: Please make sure that your laptops cooling system is compatible with this model cooling pad before purchase.

FREMO P130 13000mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Sleek Design
-2 USB ports for Charging
- Free Car Adapter for USB
-13000 mAh & 5.1V/2.0A output
-Gives numerous charges to devices on full battery

The product itself is not cheap feeling, It uses mostly a metal casing with plastic ends. It feels pretty durable and solid due to the metal. I really do appreciate when things use real materials like this.

Off of a fully charged unit I was able to charge my Nokia Lumia 1520 smart phone from dead to full 2.5 times. An Ipad Mini w/ Retina will recharge fully twice off of this unit as well.

Because of the output of the battery it charges my devices at a fairly quick speed. I really like that.

Cons: -Takes about 7 hours to fully charge this unit from a fully depleted state (I used my Lumia 1520's wall charger unit to do this, it's a high yield charger)

-As sleek as the design is, it is clearly styled to match Apple devices. So it will not match anything else.

-The 4 LED Design can be misleading at times when trying to figure out how charged the battery is. I'd much prefer some kind of bar meter or at least more LED's to more effectively gauge the charge (6-10). Judging how much charge is left in quarters is a big window.

-The manual says the batteries only last about 500 charges which is very disappointing.

-I wish the charging cable itself was longer, it is really small (6")

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very handy product. For those who like to live off the grid for multiple days at a time or those who just travel a lot in general this will come in handy. I really hope they change the aesthetical design to be more non-apple specific so it appeals to broader audience.


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Display Name: Nicholas T.

Date Joined: 09/20/06

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