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DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (WHITE) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX +120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC (ABS)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I'm used to huge full size towers and oversized "mid" towers as I needed the larger cases to run my overkill liquid loops. I'm amazed at how much thought went into this little case and just how much you can cram into this thing! It comes with great fans and a very slick fan controller that also controls the color of the lights up top and best yet, it can be turned off if the light show isn't your cup of tea. If you're running a liquid loop, there is a good amount of space to run an oversized/thick 120 rad and/or a 240 on the top of the case. If you really wanted to get crazy, you could add another 120 rad under the case below the PSU.
The case is extremely easy to built into and has a nice tool-less design for the HDD bays where you can easily fit 2 standard HDDs or SSDs with an adapter plate. There is massive fan blowing directly over/through the HDD case and over the horizontally mounted motherboard. This really helps with cooling and the stock fans are virtually silent. Even when cranked to 11 they're not annoying or distracting. The horizontally mounted motherboard tray has ample cutouts for clean installs (hidden wires/cables) and the rear fan is setup perfect to pull hot air away from your cpu cooler/HSF. This little case will also allow for the super "high rise" cpu coolers which means if you're an overclocker, cooling is fantastic with this case and should allow for plenty of head room.
Small form factor builds seem to be all the rage right now and after building into this case, I'm starting to see why. You can fit nearly as much firepower into this case as you would with a full size tower and have a fraction of the footprint and just as good (or better) cooling as the big boys.

Cons: Love it or hate it looks and the fake screw look on the top and face of the case is tacky.
Comes with a funky mSata cable attached to the case and one of the pins on the outer edge used to secure the cable when plugged in was broken off. I also don't see why they would use this type of connection when they could have just used any regular form of power or tapped into a spare USB port as most motherboards have several. Very few boards have a plug for mSata yet, so most won't even be able to use it.
The top 4 "turbo-type LEDs" each have their own 4 pin male power plugs, not the standard molex type. This is a design flaw IMO as they should have been wired together with a single 4 pin molex power connector to run them all directly off the PSU. Instead, you need several adapters (not included) to run them all. The silly mSata cable (which was broken) and ridiculous need to run power to each individual "turbo-type LED" (whatever that is) and the fact no adapter(s) is included will cost this case an egg.
Final thoughts regarding potential space constraints; you may have issues if you're trying to run dual 780s or 290X's. I was able to fit an older gpu in with no issue (9800GTX+) and even a 680GTX fit ok, but trying to cram a 290X in there took some serious messaging and I don't know that two would fit. While it's roomy for what it is, double and triple slot coolers with long GPUs present possible problems. Another potential issue to keep in mind is the size of your PSU. I was able to fit a smallish 1k watt Silverstone PSU and a standard size 600w PSU with no issue. There is a bracket in the bottom PSU bay that can be removed to to give a bit more room but you're stuck with the orientation of the PSU. If you have a larger/longer PSU, it may not fit (there is no way a 1500i or EVGA 1600 would fit). However, this is a common problem for ALL cases of this size. There are trade-offs to the smaller form factor, as one would expect and I'm not docking anything for that...after all, if there were no issues with space, it wouldn't be a mini.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a high quality case with a lot of thought put into the design yet it's not perfect and has room for improvement. The looks are subjective, but overall people I've shown the case to seem to dig it. As a whole, I highly recommend this case to anyone looking for something of this size!

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Nyrius Aries NPCS549 Prime Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver for HD 1080p 3D Video Streaming
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Can't see much of a need for this but.... 07/20/2014

This review is from: Nyrius Aries NPCS549 Prime Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver for HD 1080p 3D Video Streaming

Pros: It does work and can be easy to use. You need to understand the product, use it as it's intended and have realistic expectations. With that, you'll be very happy with this product if you have a need for wireless HDMI.

Works with any device that has an HDMI out and if you only want to pass video (no audio) you can run this through a VGA or DVI to HDMI adapter. That can be good for slide shows, surfing the web on the big screen or in business, showing powerpoint/briefings where no audio is needed.

Cons: "Plug and play" depends on the device you're hooking it up to. If you're connecting it to a laptop, you will most likely need to go into your video/audio settings to get it to work properly. While not difficult, not everyone will have the know-how to do this and they'll just assume it's not working properly.

If you have several wireless devices around the transmitter, you will get interference and the range is drastically reduced. Line of sight is the key to getting the most out of this device. If it's not in direct line of sight with no interference, you won't get anywhere near the advertised 30ft range. In a "normal" environment however, there should be no issues.

No "legacy" support....meaning if you don't have an HDMI out on your device, you're out of luck. Would be FAR more useful if there was an audio adapter tied into the device (see other thoughts below).

Other Thoughts: I have 3 laptops in my household ranging from 6+yrs old to less than a year. While the transmitter that connects to your laptop comes with a USB power adapter, it would be great if there was an audio (SPDIF or headphone jack) adapter as well as a VGA/DVI to HDMI adapter. This would make the product much more useful for older laptops that don't have HDMI and take care of the issue of not being able to pass audio over VGA/DVI. Whie we're talking adapters, it would be nice if there was a min-HDMI adapter for phones and tablets.

There is potential in this device and it does meet a very niche market with a specific need. With work, I would recommend this product but as it stands I just couldn't justify it for the cost.

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TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT AV2 600 Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, Up to 600Mbps, Gigabit Ports, Plug and Play, Power Saving
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Extremely easy to setup and install. Connects to other brands powerline connectors (worked with my existing Netgear setup at least). Marked improvement over AV200. Never dropped a connection. Power saving feature is a nice touch for when not in use and smaller footprint over existing AV200 and other brands AV600 powerline models. Excellent connection range through home wiring…much better than my prior setup! Handedly beats all other powerline setups in terms of overall speed, range through wiring and a trusted company/warranty behind to stand behind their product should something go awry.

Cons: None! I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a “con” and the only possible complaint would be the price depending on what it’s currently listed for. At under $70 it’s an absolute steal but at $99 it’s a fair bit higher than AV500 and generic AV600 models. However, you get what you pay for here. This rendered my old Netgear equipment obsolete. Con…now I feel obligated to replace the other 2 AV200s I still have in my home…..

Other Thoughts: I originally had my 3 story home wired with a Netgear AV200 setup in every room along with a solid router (Nighthawk) that covers all wireless devices. I’m paying for 50Mb download speed and with the AV200 the FASTEST connection I could manage was 34Mb with only a few feet away from the “source”. The SLOWEST connection I had with the TP-Link was 46Mb and I was hitting nearly 60Mb (over my advertised speed) at times. All tests performed through Speedtest.net for consistency. If you can get this kit for under $99, jump on it and enjoy your new found speed and range (if in large home or have shady wiring)!

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