Joined on 07/30/01
Big enough for my Monster
Pros: I needed a carry bag/case big enough for my 17" Asus laptop. This laptop is great. Love the screen size. But many of the carry cases are not big enough for this Monster. My ASUS G71GX measures 16"x11.5"x2.3" and fits into this carry bag/brief case with room to spare. Nice shoulder strap cushion that curves towards your body which helps it not slip off when carrying it. There is also plenty of room for a small cooling fan table and the monster power brick (6"x3"x1.5"). Good strong and good looking material and design.
Cons: Not much of a con, but it will not stand up on its own with the laptop inside. The bottom is curved rather than flat and the case tends to fall over or slide on hardwood floors. Necessitating leaning it up against a wall, or chair.
PC Power & Cooling 610W
Pros: I always buy PC Power & Cooling power supplies. Never had one fail on me. Well made with tight line voltage regulation. Quiet.
Cons: This is the first time anything was every wrong with a PCP&C power supply. Several of the molex power connectors had the yellow wire come loose. Without any stress more than moving it around to plug into a couple hard drives.
NZXT - The Best
Pros: For Esthetics, design and functionality NZXT makes the best cases. IMO I recently built a new system using the H710 case, but chose this case for my next build. The only advantage to the 710 is more room for water cooling and 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 front ports instead of only the one on the 510. Both have a USB C port as well.
Overall Review: Recommended.
good read speeds, not so good write
Pros: tested at 391 MB/s Read speed in a USB 3.1 Gen 2 type C port
Cons: But only 117 MB/s Write. Also the drive itself feels cheap
Overall Review: Nice to have both type C and type A plugs. However, when using the type C plug, the cap has no way to attach to the drive, leaving it orphaned and easy to misplace. It comes with holes that could be used to tether the pieces together, but doesn't include anything to tie them with. Hopefully it is a work in progress. A metal body with a cable tying the pieces together would improve it a lot.
Pros: USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 & USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, including a header on the motherboard for a front USB C port. Mature and reliable platform. Everything works out of the box. Compatible with all DDR4 memory. 2 M.2 slots running at full PCIe 3 x 4 speeds.
Overall Review: Excellent. Buy this board. You won't be disappointed.
slow to ship
This seller is slow to ship, and they do not respond to inquiries. It has been 4 days and they supposedly only sent a shipping label to FedEx. Hopefully it is on its way, but I wonder. More later when things develop further. Update - Monitor finally did arrive. It took them 3 days to send a shipping label to FedEx, but the monitor didn't actually ship until 6 days later. It took them 9 days to ship it. Then another week for delivery. Unacceptably slow, 16 days total from order to delivery. When I tried to contact them by email - no response. And on top of all this I had to be here to sign for the package, which is unnecessary in my neighborhood. All that being said, the monitor is a fine monitor with no problems. It was packed well and delivered safely by FedEx. But BidDeal did not make me a happy customer. I wondered the whole time if they were legit. I wouldn't buy from them again. They could have avoided this by just communicating once. Being responsive goes a long way. Being unresponsive results in no future business.
Great SSD - shipping problems
While I think that Platinum Micro is a fine company. Selling exactly what they say and shipping within the normal time. However this item was shipped through UPS Mail Innovations where they ship it part way and then hand it off to the US Postal Service. This NewEgg Marketplace process involved 4 companies, Newegg, Platinum Micro, UPS & the USPS. Package ended up in the wrong city!!! No admission by anyone if it was correctly addressed or just mis-shipped due to idiocy. Bottom line is I finally convinced Platinum Micro to ship me another one overnight instead of waiting for the original one to be sent back to them. A 4-7 day shipping promise turned out to be 10 days when all was said and done. From now on I will make sure that the seller is newegg. They always ship quicker than they promise, and I have never had this kind of a delay. That being said I think it was not Platinum Micros' fault. My guess is the USPS was the weak link. However, over the years I have noticed the USPS has slowly improved. Just maybe not in this case. This all happened within 3 weeks of it happening on another shipment. Again a pass-off to the USPS (from DHL) that ended up in the wrong city.