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Pros: Use my phone to open garage door Easy install Adequate install hardware Attractive overall package

Cons: Door status never works Initial network connection was spotty App requires location data, even when geo fencing settings are turned off.

Overall Review: Overall I'm fairly pleased with this unit. Install was really pretty easy. It may be because I have a degree in engineering, but who knows. I literally had zero issues with hooking everything up. The only thing that was challenging for initial setup was connecting it to my network, but I don't fault the unit for it because my house is notorious for having weak wifi signal in my garage. I just held it close to the house with my house door open until it got connected and haven't had connectivity issues since. I would say, though, the indicator LEDs on it are really bright. They light up my entire 2-car garage at night. I'm thinking of just putting a strip of masking tape over them to dim them a little. The door sensor is a good idea and it was very easy to setup and test. The issue I have though is that the app never gives a status of whether the door is open or not. I'll activate the door with the app and it will assume that the door is opening regardless of whether I'm opening or closing it. Then, within 3 seconds, it will go back to "status unknown" on the app. It's not a big deal I guess given that I am just aware of the status, but it's a bit of a nuisance that something doesn't work fully. I could check to see if the battery arrived dead, but it's a less common battery size and I really only keep AA and AAA on hand, so I'd have to go buy a battery special to troubleshoot it. The other thing that's a bit of a nuisance is the geofencing setting of the app. I don't really trust geofencing so I just have it turned off but for some reason the app keeps pushing me to activate location data for the app on my phone. Once, it even locked up my phone while it got stuck into a loop where it was requesting location data from android and android kept telling it no at like 100 cycles a second. It just kept pulling up the little window on screen and immediately closing out of it incredibly quickly like my phone was having a seizure at a light rave. I had to restart my phone to make it snap out of it. I finally just settled on changing the setting every time I open the app and then changing the setting back each time I'm finished with the app. It's incredibly cumbersome to say the least but it's still better than my old clicker. Overall, it's not a bad unit, but it still has some polishing to do. As far as the functioning of the actual unit, I've had no issues since it was installed. Would I recommend it? Not sure. They'd have to fix the app issues and then I'd be ok with recommending to a friend.

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good unit, but beware2/18/2017 1:41:40 PM

Pros: There's a lot to love about his metal box. Phanteks went through a lot of trouble to make it so that any wiring that could be hidden would be. I very much like the versatility when it comes to the fan placement and what types and quantities of fans it can accommodate. the provided dust screens are not only life savers, but a very welcome surprise. the buttons up front are phenomenal. The size and aesthetics of this case is just right and even exceeding its price-point. The case is easy to work with and every other component fit just right into it without any significant effort needed. The motherboard was a tight fit, but i suppose that's a good thing so that its nice and snug. Although the provided fans are pretty quiet, I went ahead and replaced them with some ultra quiet cougar units that seem to do well. The sound attenuating pads on the external panels help significantly with sound damping and provide a lot of added value. The built in lighting control is a nice feature but I don't know of anyone who regularly changes the color of their internal lighting so this probably could have been made into an internal button of some kind, although my kid loves pushing it to see the colors change. So maybe it was a good design decision after all.

Cons: -It would have been nice to have an option to not route the case fans to the button but have them managed by the motherboard. This is one feature that is kind of a no-brainer but there's no way to do it with this case without some modification. I certainly would have paid a little bit more to have this option present rather than cutting it out to save a couple bucks. No one likes having to manually operate the fan speed of their case fans, especially if they can't be there all the time to watch the internal temp readings. - The captive fasteners that hold the back panel on are a little bit off so they are really difficult to thread in and out if the alignment isn't absolutely perfect. the only way to achieve such alignment perfection is to flex the panel in just such a way so that it fits. it takes a bit of effort but it can be done. -There's no place to put an optical drive...yeah. so I totally should have noticed this from all my looking and researching but it totally slipped past me. If you plan on installing anything via disk, make sure you have an external optical drive to plug in otherwise you're just out of luck.

Overall Review: This case works really well with the larger CPU heat sinks and even gives plenty of viewing area to watch your build work. So many other boxes have a marginal or dinky window but Phanteks did well to have such a large viewing window incorporated. there's a lot of attention to detail with this unit, which makes it that much more pleasing to build with. Build: MB: GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BW Silent Edition Black/White Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower case CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor Video: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 CG DirectX 12 VCGGTX10606PB-CG 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform SSD: Crucial MX300 1TB M.2 (2280) Internal Solid State Drive - CT1050MX300SSD4 Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD Toshiba X300 4TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper D92 - CPU Air Cooler with Dual 92mm Offset Push-Pull Fans and Accelerated Cooling System PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 220-P2-1000-XR 80+ PLATINUM 1000W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode

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No issues yet2/18/2017 1:09:07 PM

Pros: This unit is quick and snappy. I haven't been able to significantly bog it down yet. The lower power consumption helps with cooling significantly. I haven't seen it over 41 deg C with the large air cooler I have mounted to it. Water cooling can probably be used but I don't think its necessary, especially with only using a max of 91 watts without overclocking. I haven't tried to overclock it, but that is on the agenda in the near future. It was a little surprising though that this was the most expensive Kaby Lake unit instead of finding the usual "Extreme" version for some ludicrous amount of money

Cons: none yet.

Overall Review: Build: MB: GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BW Silent Edition Black/White Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower case CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor Video: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 CG DirectX 12 VCGGTX10606PB-CG 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform SSD: Crucial MX300 1TB M.2 (2280) Internal Solid State Drive - CT1050MX300SSD4 Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD Toshiba X300 4TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper D92 - CPU Air Cooler with Dual 92mm Offset Push-Pull Fans and Accelerated Cooling System PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 220-P2-1000-XR 80+ PLATINUM 1000W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode

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Good unit2/18/2017 1:01:05 PM

Pros: This rating should actually be 4.5 eggs instead of 5, but I round up. The fans on this unit are nice and quiet. the copper tubing helps significantly with heat transfer from the CPU due to its higher thermal conductivity. By all means, read the instructions for installation and install the necessary bracket on the motherboard BEFORE you mount the motherboard. I suppose I was just excited to get the thing built and I ended up pulling things apart and putting them together several times instead of just slowing down and reading the instructions. The size of the unit is manageable if you're case can handle the extra head room needed. This unit is very large and will probably impede other components if you don't plan out your build carefully. The unit isn't just tall, it has a rather large volume consumption so plan carefully. One of the best features for this unit was the low price tag for what you get. It's surprisingly low priced for what you get. I was wary at first, due to its size, of the large bending moment this unit would create on the motherboard due to the fact that it just hangs out there into space and its not a very light unit. Things seem to be ok so far though. It keeps the CPU at a ripe 39-41 deg C even when I put significant load on the processor.

Cons: It was very unclear which way was push and which way was pull for the fans. they can be mounted in either direction just by switching sides (front to back and vice versa). It would have been much better if this was indicated somehow on the fan housing, even with a sticker. As it was I had to power on the machine to check for air flow direction. Luckily I got it right the first time, but be wary of that aspect.

Overall Review: Build: MB: GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BW Silent Edition Black/White Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower case CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor Video: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 CG DirectX 12 VCGGTX10606PB-CG 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform SSD: Crucial MX300 1TB M.2 (2280) Internal Solid State Drive - CT1050MX300SSD4 Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD Toshiba X300 4TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper D92 - CPU Air Cooler with Dual 92mm Offset Push-Pull Fans and Accelerated Cooling System PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 220-P2-1000-XR 80+ PLATINUM 1000W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode

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seems pretty good so far2/18/2017 12:46:19 PM

Pros: First, I would say this was a 4.5 egg instead of 5 egg, but I round up. All the built in features are a definite plus for this product. The M.2 interface is easy to work with. all the components fit just right and there wasn't really any fiddling or forcing needed to get things into place. The motherboard built in lighting was really a cherry on top. All of the fan header connection points scattered about the board is also super helpful for cleaning up cable routing. I'm not an avid builder, this was only my second build ever but this build was much easier than my last. I doubt that I'll ever use the wide array of features that this MOBO sports, such as the dual bios and so forth. The biggest selling point for me was the fact that it had such a wide range of capability. The bios was also very interesting. This was the first time I've been able to use a mouse cursor in a bios menu. The bios it came with was rather intuitive, although some of the things needing changing to make my build cooperate were a little less visible. Whether that's my unfamiliarity with some of the terminology or not, who knows. As far as skill level needed to work with this unit, I would say that even a beginner can do it, as long as they have no issue with reading the manual and searching the internet if they have a question. If you can do that, then you should be ok.

Cons: -The motherboard exhibited some odd behavior when trying to boot for the first, and several subsequent times. It took a bit to get it to finally recognize that my boot drive (a Crucial 256GB SSD) was even connected. It wanted to first boot from my 4TB HDD for some reason any time it was plugged into any of the SATA ports. It would even take the M.2 SSD over the SATA SSD for a bit (meaning it would only recognize the M.2 SSD after I would disconnect the HDD and attempt to boot). I tried moving the M.2 SSD down to the lower M.2 port and that's when it would only see the M.2 SSD. I'm sure there's some form of heirarchy built into this thing from the get-go that's never divulged. I finally got it to work when I set all the SATA ports to Hot-swappable and booted machine with M.2 SSD in the port closest to the CPU and the HDD unplugged. It finally recognized the SATA SSD at which point I plugged in the HDD and chose to have it boot from the SATA SSD. I haven't had an issue since.

Overall Review: Overall, this seems to be a good unit. I haven't had any issues past the initial setup and everything has worked flawlessly other than what was previously noted. There's a plethora of avenues and tools to overclock this machine and maybe I'll dabble a little in that in the near future. Build: MB: GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BW Silent Edition Black/White Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower case CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor Video: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 CG DirectX 12 VCGGTX10606PB-CG 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform SSD: Crucial MX300 1TB M.2 (2280) Internal Solid State Drive - CT1050MX300SSD4 Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD Toshiba X300 4TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper D92 - CPU Air Cooler with Dual 92mm Offset Push-Pull Fans and Accelerated Cooling System PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 220-P2-1000-XR 80+ PLATINUM 1000W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode

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Very pleased2/18/2017 12:12:00 PM

Pros: the packaging alone sells this unit. EVGA put a lot of thought into the packaging for this thing. there's an extra velcro pouch to keep all the extra cables tidied up instead of a mangled mess out somewhere. the coating is a nice black wrinkle powder coating. everything is very cleanly labelled for easy installation. Installation was very easy and quick. all the cables were plenty long but not too long. they had a couple of choices for cables so you weren't stuck with a single one that may be too long. all the cables had a plastic mesh shielding that was tacked in place by heat shrink tubing at each end, which made for a very clean look. The sound coming from the power supply is inaudible compared to the case fans that are installed (which clock in at about 12dB). As far as durability, only time will tell. The installation instructions weren't really needed but from what I could tell they were easy enough to understand.

Cons: -it was easy to get confused as to which way was up for installation. i had to think about it and remember my heat flow theory to get it right. I suppose it didn't matter with the case i got but needless to say it was a little confusing at that moment.

Overall Review: I am very pleased and even impressed with EVGA's presentation of their product. From the moment I handled the box to the moment I put the empty box away, every time I interacted with their product it felt like they cared about providing a quality unit. Whether that is actually the case, who knows. Needless to say, their presentation of their product was beyond impressive. I'm even a little wary to throw away the packaging just because of how much of a work of art it is. Even the power supply came in its own fabric protective sleeve. I've bought plenty of power supplies and I've never seen so much attention to detail in packaging, except from maybe my micro$oft bluetooth keyboard.

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pretty good2/18/2017 11:56:00 AM

Pros: First off, I don't usually write reviews until after I've had the unit for a while but these units are pretty simple so I figured I'd be safe in writing a review so soon. Fans are very quiet, just as advertised. the orange sections on the outer frame are rubberized pads that help with damping oscillations in the motor. The package comes with the fan, an adapter to change to standard molex if needed, screws and some rubber stud looking things that I couldn't figure what they were for. The wires have some fabric shielding that makes it look a little better than just wires. I can't even hear them running other than what sounds like my own breathing. The fan sound I hear from my case is from my CPU cooler and not my case fans. Did a sound measurement and the overall sound coming from my computer is about 12dB above the the computer being off. Of course there's not any way to determine from my simplistic measurement what was contributed by these fans, but in all it illustrates that they are pretty quiet.

Cons: -the power cable is just a little too short to do really clean wire routing. its only about 8 or 10 inches long so plan for it in your cable routing. -no instructions to speak of, but i suppose there's not much they would need to convey to you anyway in order to install these

Overall Review: Overall, this product is exactly what i wanted to purchase. I'm very pleased.

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i guess it works....8/6/2013 4:15:44 PM

Pros: it turns on, it sees things, its easy to set up the first time, it has wifi, it has a little flashy light on the front, the cord is pretty long, the sim card slot is cool, can save to a NAS

Cons: doesn't see the color blue....yeah kinda weird so everything is in shades of red and brown, its not so easy to set up a second time,

Overall Review: you'd think that being one of the most high end of baby monitors that it would be able to see all the visible colors. so, when it comes to blacks it see them in pink-ish; greens come off as pink-ish; blues come off as...pink-ish. the silly thing is that when i noticed the color deficiency that i first thought it was a defect, so i went to their website and the screen shots they show the exact same spectrum of red and brown and i didn't even realize it until i got the product. the image is clear, but the colors throw me totally off and were not as i expected, especially for this price. also, when i first got it, it was pretty easy to set up. i set it up on my home network without having to access my router settings or my modem settings. everything worked on the mobile app i downloaded. did the whole unplug thing and plugged it back in to make sure it still worked good, then put it in a cabinet for two weeks until we actually needed it. pulled it out and now i can't access it from outside my network. nothing changed in my network, but somehow it can't be accessed from outside anymore. checked my router and modem settings and everything was exactly the same as before. so, i'm stuck (for now until i can tear into the issue) with it not really being an accessible IP camera, just a network one. i guess that 's ok, but it really defeats the reason why i spent the outrageous amount of money in the first place, because it was supposed to be easy. other than those two items (1 egg each) the camera is ok, by most standards, but not stellar, but the sd card slot is a plus.

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