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Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011083-WW White/Red SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice case if it's what your looking for. 07/15/2016

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011083-WW White/Red SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case

Pros: This is a nice compact case with just enough features to be a workable case. The design lends itself to good airflow and since there isn't a need for the DVD writer taking up room in the front you have a lot of options for fans and cooling including installing a radiator in the front versus on the top. Note: there's no room for a radiator above the motherboard. I wasn't sure about the case design but it's grown on me and I actually like it. There are "feet" at the base of the case which actually raises the case up a bit allowing for better airflow. The feet seemed weird to me at first but they work great. There's a lot of plastic on the case which makes the unit very light but steel is used where needed to keep the case rigid. The case comes with 3 fans. The rear fan is the standard non-lighted fan. The two front fans are lit with red LEDs and look great. The front fans are controlled by a switch on the front panel that allows for low-medium-high speeds.

Cons: There are a few items that I really don't understand. For one, I really hate the way Corsair does there harddrive installations. The drives must be installed backwards and the sata and power cables must be plugged in from the opposite side (unless I'm missing something because the manual was really no help). This means that if you want to pull a harddrive you need to take both side panels off which just doesn't make sense. The is my second Corsair case that's like this and it drives me nuts. I guess the idea is that once the harddrives are installed they won't be removed. The second issue is with the plastic density. I grew to love the case when the lights are on but once I turn the light off I can see the fan LEDs shinning through the red plastic. That just screams "cheap" to me. The white plastic sections don't pass any light so I assume the white has been painted on. Either Corsair needs to use a denser plastic or place some kind of frame behind the red plastic sections. Lastly, the "feet" on the unit seem very flimsy to me. I feel like if I set the case down too hard one of them is going to break off. They may be able to handle the abuse but I don't have a lot of confidence in them.

Other Thoughts: All in all it's not a bad case. It's not something I'd choose for a build but if you're looking for a 70's style design or possibly a Star Trek theme maybe it would be perfect. I don't understand why someone wouldn't want a DVD drive in their build. I understand that they aren't used much anymore but they're so cheap you might as well throw one in. Again, if the design is what you're looking for then the lack of a DVD slot may be fine.

Corsair needs to redesign the harddrive slots and I would like it a lot more.

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Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH2000101 Gold
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Pros: Comes with some great software to set up automatic back ups when plugged into the USB.
Really small and portable. It's about half the size of a normal notebook hard drive.
Very stylish and build quality is nice.
USB 3.0 so transfer speeds were very fast.
2TB size is HUGE!

Cons: None so far. I haven't been a fan of Seagate hard drives but this one and the two I've been using before this one have changed my mind. So far no complaints.

Other Thoughts: I've ran a few speed test on this drive and for a very small drive this thing is fast. Transfer speeds have been fine. As I said in the cons, I haven't been a fan of seagate but this drive has changed my mind. Top quality software and so far it's been a great portable backup drive. I would recommend this drive to anyone who needs a reliable backup.

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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Okay, I typed a nice long review and Newegg says I took too long to write it and I lost it all. Here's my abbreviated version.

The drive is working fine with no issues.

Using CrystalDiskMark 64-bit showed that the drive was working twice as fast as my standard hard drive but my SSD was four times faster than the Seagate.

4TB of space is awesome and just like a few years back when 500GB was considered huge, I'm betting I'll have a hard time filling this drive up.

Cons: The biggest con is Seagate's reputation. I can't think of ever hearing anything good about Seagate and the only drive I've had that was made by Seagate came in a notebook. I ended up replacing it because it went bad a month after I started using it.

Other Thoughts: Seagate needs to do a better job explaining what the extra 8GB does. It that what make the drive faster? What logic decides which files are stored on the SSD and which files are stored on the HDD?

I'm hoping this drive will last since I love having the extra storage space. If it fails...I'll post a revised review.

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