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Transcend 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Should be rugged, unlike the last two disks it replaces in my automotive application.

Cons: While copying my music collection to this disk, the highest speed I have seen is about 600 kBps. It is taking 10-15 seconds per file for <5MB files.

Other Thoughts: The computer boots quickly and seems to operate with generally low latency, indicating that this disk has a problem primarily with write speed. I'm hoping that there is a way to tweak this setup to get better performance, but it isn't looking promising.

3Dconnexion 3DX-700026 Gray/Black 15 Buttons USB Optical SpaceExplorer
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent functionality, very ergonomic.

Cons: I have liked it alot, save for a few durability issues:

After the first 3 months or so, the soft rubber coating covering the black surfaces started to peel off. Not a big deal since I finished the job and just scraped the rest off, but it was somewhat nicer with the coating.

After the first 6 months, the unit started to loose it's calibration periodically. Now, about once daily I have to open the control panel and press "calibrate" to stop it from rotating my view continuosly. Another minor annoyance.

Other than that, I like the functionality of this little guy.

Athenatech A100SC.200 Black/ Silver Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 200W Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: If you want to build a miniature gaming tower with full functionality, this is about as small as you can get. I am running core2duo E6550 and an 8800GT, two hard disks, PCI sound card, etc. If you don't need more than one optical drive this case rocks. The side vent is perfectly placed for both aesthetics and functionality, as are the slide out drive trays and folding 5.25" tray.

Cons: All of the metal components of this case are perfect, however the plastic bits on the front panel are quite flimsey. The clear bezel cracked and promptly fell off, followed quickly by the silver overlay and lower accessory door. Parts are glued on loosely and you can expect them to fall off. Also, the power LED was so amazingly bright that I had to unplug it to fall asleep with this unit in my bedroom. The black paint scratches easily revealing white primer underneath.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the stock power supply with a very nice name brand 350W unit. I have had no power or cooling problems with this case, even with the components listed above. The Cons I have listed are not particularly significant, since I have seen basically 0 competition for this case. I would say this case is a strong BUY.


Michael R.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael R.

Date Joined: 10/15/05

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 03/13/08
  • Last Review: 01/22/09
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