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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body Lascala Series LC16B-M ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Ignore Chip below, he doesn't own one of these 01/11/2010

This review is from: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body Lascala Series LC16B-M ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Best looking case on the market. Can hold many hard drives. Imon software can give you MCE functionality even though you're running a basic home version of Windows. Imon remote is nice looking, has mouse functionality. Takes an ATX MB.

Cons: Does not fit LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray combo drive - the open button does not align properly and the drive is nearly impossible to install so that the drawer does not stick or get blocked on the edge of the facia instead of pushing the faceplate slot out. The VFD digital display has very squirrely connections and can disconnect if you aren't very careful installing the optical drive above it. Imon remote does not control all functions. Won't take a gaming-sized video card - a Radeon 4650/4670 is as powerful of a card as you can install in this case until they come out with a more powerful replacement for it.

Other Thoughts: Chip above does not actually own one of these cases and is lying about it. My LG combo drive does not fit in the case properly and it is not a question of installation error but rather design of the case. I can just barely fit a PowerColor Radeon HD 4650 fanless video card into the case - there is no way on earth that he has a 4870 in this case. In my gaming/HTPC rig I have a 4850, which is 2" longer than my 4650 and it is too long by about 1.5" to fit in this Silverstone case. Overally, the functionality of this case is a big letdown, given how sharp it is and how

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Logitech QuickCam Communication MP for Business
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding, better than any VGA webcam 05/20/2009

This review is from: Logitech QuickCam Communication MP for Business

Pros: Very sharp video resolution (true 1.3mp video resolution, not 1.3 interpolated or still photo resolution like most similarly priced webcams), easy to use, decent microphone. Included software isn't filled with bloatware like with Microsoft's webcams and has a few fun features like altered color or distorted images.

Cons: Microphone isn't as sensitive as that of the similarly priced Microsoft VX5000; default setting on the low light setting results in very blurred motion video

Other Thoughts: Originally I was going to return this because of the blurry motion video with very slow frame rates, but by going into the utilities program and shutting off the low light setting, it suddenly gave me smooth video at very good resolution. Aside from the microphone sensitivity, this is a vastly superior webcam to the popular Microsoft VX3000 and VX5000 models. Note, though, that the microphone does work just fine. This is probably one of, if not the best, under-$50 webcam on the market

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brother MFC Series MFC-7420 MFC / All-In-One Up to 20 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Much better choices out there, notwithstanding the cheap price on this one 02/17/2009

This review is from: brother MFC Series MFC-7420 MFC / All-In-One Up to 20 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Print quality is good, toner refills can be had cheap (about the cost of a case of decent beer for a 2-pack refill) via the big online auction site, although you'll need to buy a part - a flag gear - to use to refill the starter toner cartridge that comes with the printer. Pretty quick sheet feeder. Copy function works well, better than my old HP inkjet AIO.

Cons: Horrible at handling envelopes - the guides don't hold them in place very well and unless you carefully manually guide it into the manual feed slot, you'll end up with a crooked address and a return address that is so crooked, part of it will be cut off the edge of your envelope. My unit has started malfunctioning, with "Paper jam" messages popping up every other time I try to print, when there is no paper jam at all. Front cover won't close all of the way - it's 5mm ajar on one side and won't snap all of the way closed. Mine has also started having problems where it simply won't print until I cancel all documents in the print queue, shut the machine off and then turn it back on.

Other Thoughts: It's really economical, but considering the headaches I've had with mine, I'm kind of regretting buying this. I'd go with a different brand unless you only use it occasionally and won't use it to print envelopes.

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Brett B.'s Profile

Display Name: Brett B.

Date Joined: 11/13/06

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 02/23/07
  • Last Review: 01/11/10
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