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KAI L.

KAI L.

Joined on 10/13/15

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Most Favorable Review

Great Price to Performance at $300CAD

Axon Pro Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5" Blue Color, 32GB Storage 4GB RAM (North America Warranty)
Axon Pro Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5" Blue Color, 32GB Storage 4GB RAM (North America Warranty)

Pros: - The Snapdragon 810 is a powerful flagship-grade SoC out of 2015. The overheating issue seems to have been fixed. - Plenty of RAM. Displays 3,631.64MB Total memory. The OS reserves the remainder. - Camera takes very good quality pictures. Dual-tone LEDs are extremely bright. - Display is excellent. 1440P May be unnecessary, but the high pixel density means you will never see pixelated content that supports 1440P. - Metal center body gives a premium feel and helps dissipate heat better than plastic. - With moderate usage, the battery lasts me all day. - Android 6.0 out of the box. ZTE has a very clean and light skin on the OS, never ran into an issue. - Above average earbuds (JBL) out of the box. Not as good as proper JBL products, but these are still better than your standard fare.

Cons: - No fingerprint scanner. ZTE has an Asia-only version of this phone with a fingerprint scanner. Would be convenient. - The only preinstalled app that can not be removed or disabled is "Rock My Run". Would be nice if it could be disabled. - I do not think this phone will receive updates for the remainder of its life. ZTE appears to have abandoned it, but to be fair it is in quite a stable state currently. Would be nice to receive security updates. - No secondary SIM or MicroSD slot. Would be helpful. - Near impossible to root the device or even unlock the bootloader.

Overall Review: For reference, my device is the North American version, specifically Canada. At the "sale" price of $300CAD, this phone is an excellent buy. It has been on "sale" for months now so I'm assuming this is now the regular price. I consider myself a moderate user of their phone, I use it as a flashlight regularly throughout the day, use the camera regularly as part of my job, browse social media sites a few times a day and make a couple phone calls and texts. I usually end the day with over 50% battery remaining. People on their phone constantly texting or browsing Twitter/Facebook/etc. I'd consider heavy users. WiFi and LTE Data take a lot of power. A side note, the included charger supports Quick Charge 2.0, like the phone. It charges extremely fast at lower battery life. Storage space is entirely user-specific. If you don't like to use cloud-based services and take tons of pictures at 4K then yes, you will run out of space. I like to move pictures I'd like to save to something that isn't so likely to get run over by a car or dropped.

They aren't joking about the flexible cables

Fractal Design Ion SFX 650G 80 PLUS Gold Certified 650W Full Modular SFX-L Power Supply with UltraFlex Cables
Fractal Design Ion SFX 650G 80 PLUS Gold Certified 650W Full Modular SFX-L Power Supply with UltraFlex Cables

Pros: -Easily the most flexible power cables I've ever used -120mm fan in such a small unit -Seasonic is the OEM

Cons: -EPS 12V cable is a little short but can easily be fixed with a third party extension

Overall Review: Never cheap out on a power supply for an expensive system! This unit has been great so far and with such a long warranty I trust that it'll serve well for many years. A lot of SFX-L units will still use a smaller 92mm fan so seeing a 120mm in this is a welcome surprise, should keep noise down while having better cooling potential. All of the cables are an appropriate length for most ITX cases but depending on where the PSU is mounted the EPS cable might have difficulty reaching the top left of the motherboard. Fortunately the cables are very flexible which helps a lot with routing and cable management. Highly recommended.

Surprisingly High Quality

SAMA IM01 Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
SAMA IM01 Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Easy to work in -Wide range of compatibility -Almost all panels have dust filters

Cons: -Airflow could be better -No front fan mount

Overall Review: Surprisingly high quality, very sturdy case made almost entirely out of metal. Being able to use a mATX motherboard and ATX in such a small case is fantastic, but you have to deal with some tradeoffs should you use either. An ATX power supply will prevent you from using the top front fan mount. If you use a mATX board you won't be able to side mount a radiator due to the power supply mount and any bottom mounted fans will interfere with headers located on the bottom of the board. There's a cutout for front panel wires and front mounted SSDs that could be repurposed as an intake if the case had a few mounting holes drilled in it, which would be a nice addition. Every panel has holes for airflow but it would be nice if they extended a little bit further towards the edges of the panels. These are really minor complaints though, overall it's a wonderful SFF/MFF case and I'd highly recommend it to anyone considering a small PC but not willing to pay the ITX and SFX tax.