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Peter R.

Peter R.

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Most Favorable Review

So-so until you make a slight modification...

Rosewill RX81-MP-US- BLK 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure (Black)
Rosewill RX81-MP-US- BLK 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure (Black)

Pros: Looks good. Sturdy, all-aluminum construction.

Cons: Too many screws...I think there are 16...takes a good 10 minutes to disassemble, install drive, and reassemble. More ventilation would be good...drive runs a bit hot. I wish they made a 2-drive version with better ventilation?

Overall Review: I had the same intermittent connection on the eSata port as the previous reviewer and just about sent the drive case back. However, looking at the case, there is a rear aluminum "plate" on the back that labels all of the I/O ports. This plate is held on with 4 screws. I removed the plate, and have not had any issues with the drive since. I think the thickness of the I/O plate kept the eSata port from making a good connection.

Most Critical Review

Avoid at any costs

Foxconn 6150BK8MC-KRSH / C51PVM06N2-6KRSH 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150B(PV) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn 6150BK8MC-KRSH / C51PVM06N2-6KRSH 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150B(PV) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Didn't take any other components with it when it died.

Cons: Bad aerodynamics; won't fly very far when thrown.

Overall Review: This is an update of an earlier review where I mentioned that this board was very finicky with RAM and gave me some other troubles. Well, after running mroe or less OK for a month, it died. No video, no post, no beep codes. Just death. It is unfortunate that Foxconn is still making MicroATX Socket 939 motherboards while other quality manufacturers like Asus are not. I'm beyond the RMA period, so I'm not even going to try to return it, I'll just chalk it up to a life lesson to not get conned by Foxconn ever again.

Nice, but flawed

Fractal Design Core 1100, Black, Micro ATX, Mini Tower, Computer Case
Fractal Design Core 1100, Black, Micro ATX, Mini Tower, Computer Case

Pros: Looks good Compact

Cons: Flimsy Poor design for >1 hard drive

Overall Review: Helped a friend build his first basic PC. Used this case as the foundation for the build because I have experience with higher end Fractal Design cases, plus this one was on sale with free shipping. My main issue with this case is the layout for hard drives. He was going to have an SSD plus use his old 1TB hard drive for storage. The side by side layout of the hard drive mounts, combined with the power connector layout on the 430w Corsair power supply that he bought was a bad combination. Space between SATA power wasn't long enough to provide power to both drives in the side by side layout. A more traditional over/under drive cage would work much better. Additionally, with the 3.5" drive installed in the top drive position, it came in contact with the case fan...it was a very close fit. If you have a single hard drive, this won't be a big deal, but if you want to mount multiple hard drives, I'd look at a different case or be prepared to use velcro or rubber bands to mount the second drive.

12/14/2015

Good so far...

Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless N300 Router / Range Extender (3 Minute Setup)
Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless N300 Router / Range Extender (3 Minute Setup)

Pros: Compact, unobtrusive, and doesn't require a computer to configure.

Cons: Took a bit to get it up and running, had to figure out how to get the software to update because it wasn't connecting to my existing wireless network as a range extender. Had to add it as a client to my wired network in order to accomplish that. The two easy to find options are range extender and wireless router, but I wanted to set it up as an access point; for some reason, they put the AP configuration on the very last screen which was counterintuitive. The touch screen workflow and UI could definitely use a lot of work.

Overall Review: Screen shuts off when not in use, which is good.

Does the job

ICY DOCK Enterprise 2.5" to 3.5" SATA SSD & HDD Converter / Mounting Kit - EZConvert PRO MB982SP-1S
ICY DOCK Enterprise 2.5" to 3.5" SATA SSD & HDD Converter / Mounting Kit - EZConvert PRO MB982SP-1S

Pros: Has exact dimensions of a standard 3.5" drive. Drive installation is tool-free Has ventilation slots Works fine with a Crucial M4 SATA SSD in a Chenbro hot-swap cage

Cons: Make sure you don't try to put your 2.5" drive the wrong way Maybe the tool-free design makes it too easy to install the 2.5" drive upside-down?

Overall Review: Wanted to add an SSD to my system. Problem is, I have a Chenbro case with a Chenbro hot-swap bay, so it needs 3.5" drives. Found this converter, and it does the trick. Dimensions of the converter are identical to 1 3.5" hard drive, including location of SATA ports, so all I had to do was slide in the SSD, mount the adapter into my hot-swap sled, and go. Does the trick, which is all I can ask.

Nice basic case

Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply
Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply

Pros: Nice case. Looks good, well finished, sturdy enough. Damped hard drive mounts. Good ventilation. 380w PSU is good enough for most of the systems you'd put in this case. Front panel control cables are sufficiently long. 120mm fan gives good ventilation.

Cons: As others have mentioned, fitting a standard ATX motherboard is tight and planning your build will help. Hard drive mounting screws are difficult but not impossible to mount on the "bottom" of the case. Pay attention to where you mount your hardd rives if you're using a full-size video card.