Joined on 09/08/05
Pros: -Beautiful aesthetic -Multiple large, quiet fans supported/included -Easy installation -Full size PSU supported -Tool-less HDD and PSU screws -Plenty of room for drives and a large card
Cons: -Wiring can get tight, but it's manageable -Sata cables get pushed into drive cage from mobo side -Power and sata cables get pushed against cover from front -5.25" bay may be needed just for stuffing excess PSU wiring -Finish can be scratched, but not to easily or badly
Overall Review: I bought this for my home NAS and it's served well for over 2 years. I've had 2 different mobo/CPU combination in it; it fit a stock Intel heatsink/fan just fine. I have 6 3.5" drive installed; they stay nice and cool from the large front fan. This has been the only Mini ITX case I've owed (I've had many full ATX). I'm surprised at it's usefulness as a form factor and am considering another of this specific case for my main desktop.
Good for the price if you've got time
Pros: -Price! -All sorts of RAID configurations possible -Compact and stylish -Bundled port multiplier (with included small form-factor bracket!)
Cons: -No USB (but I knew that going in) -Compatibility issues (see below) -Poor documentation -You need a free PCI slot for the bundled card (unless you already have a eSATA with port multiplier)
Overall Review: -My configuration is a 9TB RAID 5 with 4 3TB Seagates (no, not the kind that is know to be bad in RAIDs) -It's been a while since I set this up, so I don't remember every step I went through; it was far from plug-and-play. The biggest issue was that Windows 7 didn't handle the drivers it came with very well, causing my entire RAID 5 to drop. I should know by now to ignore bundled software and immediately go for the newest version online. Even after uninstalling these and installing newer ones, I continued to have problems. After a month of constantly resetting, crossing my fingers for the RAID to come back on properly, and resetting again, I finally reinstalled Windows and went straight for the newest drivers. It works a charm, now! -tl;dr: Works best with clean Windows install and newest drivers from Internet
Could have been great.
Pros: Nice, professional, compact design. Fn key and media keys and well-layed-out. I love Cherry MX Browns. Individual LEDs for each key.
Cons: Backspace key rattles as if the guides are misaligned. In less than a day, one of the LED back lights went out. I may be picky, but I'm unwilling to deal with these since this is in less than a day and more issues are sure to come up; at this price, even these are unacceptable.
Overall Review: I should have known from other reviews that this would be a problem, but thought I'd give it a try. RMA'd.
Pros: -Quiet! The two large fans really do their jobs, making this quieter than the last 4 cards I've owned. I'm never going back to single fan or turbine style. -Fast! But that's what I figured when I shelled out this kind of money. -Cool! At least pretty cool for the power.
Cons: -Big! But then, what card isn't these days? My card scrapes the front of my case--I thought it might not fit. Check depth if you can before you buy!
Overall Review: The XFX logo lights up on the card. Neat if you're into that sort of thing, I guess. When I bought this it was the best card in its price range. I would still highly recommend it.
Pros: -Full-HD screen -Touchscreen -$510 when I bought it -Intel HD 4400 (good for this price range) -i5 -Sleek design
Cons: -Windows 8 (but we can't really blame the laptop for this) -No SSD (but in this price range that'd be crazy) -Some WiFi problems, but nothing to write home about -No optical drive, but I knew that going in
Overall Review: This is the nicest laptop I've owned. It has the sleek sophistication that Mac users pay an extra thousand for. I don't see the point in owning a powerhouse laptop, since extreme components, graphic especially, drive the prices really high. I'll save that money for my nice desktop; this laptop is really useful for what laptops are good for.
Pros: Great range and easy to use. I have mine in my basement and it is strong on the second floor. I could move it to the first floor but have no need to. I don't use a lot of its features, but port forwarding is easy to set up (once you find it). This is the best router I've ever used, never needing to be power-cycled (which I've had to do a lot on slower models of different brands).
Cons: Web setup is a maze. Runs a little hot, but it's doing a lot. Can't handle wirelessly streaming HD to several computers while Skyping and transferring files via remote desktop... but that seems reasonable.
Overall Review: Like so many other products, it's really amazing how many people list their tech knowledge as "high" then say something really dumb.