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Calen W.

Calen W.

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Elegant incarnate.

Antec P380 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec P380 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cases are such a personal choice. Some people like very simple cases, while others like all out wacky show stopper cases. I like the very understated and elegant cases and the P380 has that in spades. The aluminum sheet that covers the top and the front of the this case just look beautiful to me. The glossy black metal side panels just tie everything together. This is a full tower case so know that before jumping into one. These things are massive. They can hold dang near anything you can throw at it. Mounted my h100i radiator with push pull fans to boot just fine at the top of the case with room to spare. Loads of hard drive trays too. Wire management is also a cake walk due to the size and how everything is laid out nearly perfectly. If you want a very elegant full tower case then this is the one for you in my opinion.

Cons: No front optical drives. Well sort of. There is a slot behind the front sheet of aluminum for a slim laptop drive sort of thing to sit if you absolutely have to have one but no full size drive spots. Knew this while buying just reiterating to some people that need to have them. If you strip away the Aluminum sheets the whole case just feels alright construction wise. Nothing standing out for the whole premium price of the case. The built in fan controller is cheap. Just toggle switches no PWM ability built in on it and even though no one will ever see it after the case is buttoned up it's built on a green PCB whereas black really really would've been the better choice. And lastly and this is just a personal nitpick and maybe won't apply to most people but I wish it didn't come with a windowed side panel and instead just a whole blank side panel without the Plexiglas for looks wise.

Overall Review: To me the hardest thing about computer builds is the computer case. There are so many choices out there. You either like the look of something or not and everyone has their own tastes and needs from their computer cases. For me this was everything I was expecting and more. Just looks awesome fully built out sitting next to my desk the windowed side panel notwithstanding.

Great for my needs!

ASUS VivoTab RT TF600T-C1-GR 2GB DDR3 -64GB- 10.1" Windows 8 RT Tablet - Gray
ASUS VivoTab RT TF600T-C1-GR 2GB DDR3 -64GB- 10.1" Windows 8 RT Tablet - Gray

Pros: I'll admit I did not buy this tablet at Newegg I was browsing my local BB when I ran across this and after using it for a good 20 minutes I was hooked. I looked up Newegg's price for it and they matched it instore when they verified Newegg's price so that was a plus. The tablet itself is nice. The build quality is really good. Some people state the textured plastic strip on the back is a downside but I actually like it because it serves a purpose. Makes it easier to undock the tablet from the keyboard. Without it just gripping smooth aluminum when the hinge is closed would be a bit of a challenge. I have no problems with Windows RT I knew what I was in for before even walking into BB when it comes to RT. The display is nice though it doesn't pack that many pixels in as some other high end tablets but it gets the job done. I don't stare into my tablet from less than an inch away like apparently some people to make the pixels out so I don't mind the resolution. The screen is fairly bright though you gotta hunt around to turn the stupid auto brightness off in the Windows Setting to truly turn the screen up. Performance is rather good. Can't believe I'm saying this but navigating the main menu seems smoother than doing it on any Android device I've had including 4.2 devices. Where the tablet starts to stumble a bit performance wise is when it's in desktop mode. Rendering can take a bit longer but it's not like I'm waiting ages when it lags out and it doesn't do it all the time so I'm fine with that. The keyboard dock is brilliant. It's what swinged me away from the Surface RT. It has more feedback than that TouchCover thing and about the same as the Typing Cover for the Surface BUT the Vivotab Dock has a battery. I was able to eek out about 17 hours on the tablet with the dock before it shut down. Can't say I'd trust the Surface RT to do that. Some people say the keyboard is cramped though and I can see that but all 6ft 4in of me and my hands can work it just fine after only a couple hours of usage so YMMV when it comes to just how "cramped" the keyboard really is.

Cons: Windows RT is................. limited........ to say the least. If you go to Windows RT expecting a full blown desktop that can run any EXE you throw at it you will be disappointed. Only Windows Store apps. It has your Office Pre-Installed and does come with an "almost" full version of Internet Explorer 10 but parts of me wish there was a different video player you can get from the store and a different web browser but alas so far nothing. This is still an evolving platform and it is just in it's very early stages. Android and IOS weren't exactly when they were launched but they got better and that's my hope with Windows RT. Tocuhpad on the keyboard dock can be easily hit by mistake while typing but Function + F9 solves that seeing as you have a touch screen anyway. Sound is a tad too quiet but there are two speakers though they are facing the wrong way. Come on Asus let me crank those two speakers up some more!!! Lastly the latch to release the tablet from the keyboard dock comes un-done all the time in my backpack especially when the latch is facing the ground so the tablet is sort of half way out and I'm super paranoid it will get scratched up. Hasn't yet thankfully. Wish I could sort of have a lock switch I had to hit before pushing the release latch.

Overall Review: Some may be weirded out that you can't connect this to your desktop/laptop and mount it as an external drive but you can always load your music/videos/whatever up on a MicroSD Card and or USB Drive for that matter and transfer them over. Have read on some forums that the "cheap" plastic strip on the back may be to solve wifi/cellular antenna issues other Transformer Tablets that this is clearly based on has. My Wifi Performance was always stellar with this but my friend's Transformer Infinity has a bit of a hard time connecting to my Wifi sometimes.

Makes racing games a lot more fun.

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

Pros: Came promptly in 3 days and is easy enough to set up at first. Connect everything to the steering wheel and connect the USB to your PC or PS3 and you are off. Lots of games support this even if on the basic level like just the wheel and maybe paddle shifters the ones that support the clutch and 6 speed shifter is a tad smaller. I mainly play Gran Turismo 5 and DiRT 3 and both games support everything and it's a blast to play. Build quality is excellent even for a refurbished product I couldn't really tell. The steering still feels tight and doesn't go off center yet.

Cons: Packaging or lack there of. All the components were just thrown in a box loosely with just a plastic bag around them to protect them during shipping which luckily nothing was damaged when it arrived but the plastic protecting some of the brushed aluminum was scratched badly but luckily it was just that plastic and not on the aluminum itself. It didn't come with either a manual or DVD which part of me was expecting it to come with because it was shown in the picture but the other part of me wasn't surprised because it is a refurbished.

Overall Review: All I really gotta say is think if 40$ saving is worth it compared to a new set. I decided to try my luck and I suppose I got lucky but maybe you won't.

4 months in update.

OCZ Synapse Cache 2.5" 128GB (64GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SYN-25SAT3-128G
OCZ Synapse Cache 2.5" 128GB (64GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SYN-25SAT3-128G

Pros: Still stand by my original review love this drive to death. Boot times are still just as fast as when very 1st cached and game load times are just staggering after you load and quit them a few times to get Dataplex to cache the data onto the SSD. There was a recent update like 2-3 weeks ago that addressed the improper shut down and drastically cut the time the drive took to "rebuild" itself from an improper shut down and got a slight performance boost out of the drive. Only time will tell when this drive will fail but so far I really enjoy the lightning fast boot and load times.

Cons: Beware of trying Windows 8 preview as OCZ still doesn't officially support it and according to Microsoft Support the Cache Drive is what actually corrupted my boot drive when trying to upgrade to Windows 8 preview costing me all my data everywhere and having to get in touch with OCZ Customer Service to get a new license because I was forced to reformat my entire 2tb Boot Drive. I'd hold off trying Windows 8 until retail / OCZ supports it.

Overall Review: Minus the whole Windows 8 Upgrade fiasco I went threw I still highly recommend this for speeding up your system AS long as you are running Windows 7 until OCZ supports Windows 8 and of course when Windows 8 is out in retail form so you won't run into any major bugs like I have. Slight suggestion if anyone from OCZ is actually reading this it's nothing major but I would like a tool to see how much space is left on the SSD from time to time because I get curious maybe perhaps in the future.

Great Cooler

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (6-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 - Retail
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (6-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 - Retail

Pros: Does it's job brilliantly. Never had a problem hitting 4ghz stable on my 1100t. Had no issues fitting in my case or onto my motherboard and it's is held on very securely. CPU doesn't creep over 45 degrees even under full load for a couple hours. It looks decent and isn't that exspensive. Also is fairly quiet if you don't have the fans cranked up.

Cons: It's huge so I can see people having a problem making it fit inside a smaller case. I have an NZXT Phantom full tower case so it wasn't that big of problem for me BUT it did mean I couldn't install a 200mm side fan because it is so tall. Can be a tad noisy if you turn the fans up to 100% but I never do I did once just to hear how loud it can get. It's no a 4 pin connector so you are basically forced to use the fan dials which once again isn't that big of a deal for me but could be for someone else who wants to use the mobo's built in CPU Fan Controller.

Overall Review: Throw away your junk CPU Cooler and get an aftermarket you won't regret it even if you don't overclock your CPU it will be cooler and prolly quieter than the stock heatsink.

12/13/2011

It's a Fan!!

NZXT FS-200RB-BLED 200mm SILENT Blue LED Fan with ON/OFF Switch
NZXT FS-200RB-BLED 200mm SILENT Blue LED Fan with ON/OFF Switch

Pros: I bought 2 of these along with my NZXT Phantom case because after reading reviews of the case fans I thought I better buy replacements and sure enough the case fan bearings started to wear in less than 2 months of owning the case. They screw into the stock holes just fine. Even on the highest settings I can barely hear the fans unlike the stock ones that started clicking after a few months. The wires are in this nice plastic braiding making it easy to route them threw the case.

Cons: From what I've read they wont work with other cases. Not that big of a deal for me because I bought them for my NZXT Case because shame on NZXT for using funky size fans that are not universal on their cases. Not exactly cheap at 30$ a piece when I bought them. Also not sure if it was just DOA or not but the LED's flat out refuse to light on one of my fans. I don't run with them on just it seemed odd but nothing I'm gonna work up an RMA over because the LED's would've been turned off anyway.

Overall Review: I've had these replacement fans in for over 5 months now with my PC on 24/7 and haven't had a single problem with them cept the whole one doesn't have LED's that work thing. I'm glad they are a better quality than the ones that came in my case.

12/12/2011