Date Joined: 09/21/11
Pros: The best thing I can say about this case is that I am satisfied with it, and it hasn't given me any problems, especially for a low-end case. It isn't particularly loaded with features, but it's got just about everything you could ask for in a computer case: tool-free entry, plenty of fan slots, lots of space inside even for fairly large graphics cards and moderately-sized CPU heatsinks, a nice blue LED fan included in the front, bottom-mounted power supply slot, plenty of external 5" bays (and two 3.5" if you still use a floppy drive or card reader), and plenty of internal 5" bays as well. It also feels pretty sturdy, and it's got a side window to boot, so you can see all your sexy components. It also has plenty of expansion slots, much more than I would ever use, and even has lots of removable, easy-to-clean dust filters in every fan slot (including the bottom). All of the drive bays (including the external ones) have a nice locking mechanism to keep your hard drives and CD drives etc. in place nicely. Both sides open up as well, which is handy for cable management and getting into the drive bays.
Cons: The biggest pet-peeve I have with this case is the expansion slot covers in the back. You just break them off when you need to open up a slot, and there's no way to put them back on short of taping them. So, if you're a dunce like me and the first thing you do is break off the wrong expansion slot for where you thought your graphics card would go, you're out of luck.
This case is also pretty light on features, case fan slots and side window notwithstanding. You're pretty much on your own for cable management, and the drive bays face the front of the case rather than the side, which makes getting drives in and out once you have your components in is a frustrating mess of a job.
There's also no USB 3.0 port on the front, which isn't a problem for me, but may be a deal-breaker for some. It is also a bit thinner than many other cases on the market, so it may not have room for some larger aftermarket CPU heatsinks, but I just use the stock one, so that isn't an issue for me.
Overall Review: Overall, this isn't a case I'd spend more than $50-60 on (which I didn't). It does its job perfectly fine, especially if you don't need to mess around inside the case very much. It's a good case if, like me, you're mostly just going to leave it sitting around your work/gaming setup. I have all the fan slots filled up, so airflow is managed quite well with this case.
However, if you're a LAN party person or spend a lot of time inside the machine, you'll want to look elsewhere for something even more durable and transportable or something that has much better cable management and, possibly, side-facing drive bays.
For all the little annoyances, though, it is a good little case, especially for budget builds or if you don't care for a super fancy expensive case. For $50-60, it's quite good. If you're looking for a performance case, however, look elsewhere.
Pros: I've had this keyboard for nearly a year and a half (and, in fact, am typing on it now), and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at how incredible it has been. I bought it for my gaming build and, especially considering the price (I bought it on sale for $12.99), it turned out to be a fantastic keyboard for that job. The tactile feel is incredible; the keys all feel extremely soft to the touch but also feel quite durable.
Cons: The cable is a bit shorter than I would like it to be, so if your setup is extremely widespread, then you may want to look elsewhere. It's also not the quietest keyboard I've used, but it isn't distracting at all.
Overall Review: I've used better keyboards before, but they've all been extremely fancy and expensive ones. As far as I've experienced, this is one of the best keyboards I've ever used. I've had no issues with dying buttons yet, the feel is fantastic, and the traditional layout of the keys serves my interest well.
If you're looking for a fancy performance keyboard loaded with gizmos and gadgets, definitely look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a good quality basic keyboard for a budget price, you will not be disappointed by this one.
Pros: This card is handling everything I throw at it quite nicely when working properly. I'm having virtually no framerate issues and, jumping from an Inspiron 1525's terrible card to this boggles my mind. I am able to run just about everything at max or near max settings. The Dirt 3 coupon was redeemed through Steam within 5 minutes, and it really showcases this card's abilities very well (everything is at max, and my lowest framerate has been around 47 fps).
Cons: It could be me and something I did, but I am having some strange issues with this card. Non-flash intricate elements on screen cause noise and random minor pixel scrambling, which doesn't seem to go away over time (on Firefox, at least). I also experience artifacting and the same noise issues on menus and textures when first booting up certain games (such as Bioshock, Borderlands, Sonic Generations, Minecraft, or Sins of a Solar Empire, to name a few), but it goes away within a few minutes and once I go through a second loading zone. It doesn't appear on others (such as Dirt 3, Painkiller, Crazy Taxi, or CoD4). I'm considering an RMA but would like to inquire more into the issue before doing that. Drivers are up to date, and the issue has not changed. The few people I've talked to are also unsure of the cause of the problem.
Overall Review: The graphics issues are not intrusive while gaming, especially since they go away after a few minutes when a game has been running, Firefox notwithstanding. Overall performance of this card is fantastic, and this is a great card for the price, but I seem to be an odd one out with these issues. An RMA may fix this, but I don't know enough about graphics hardware to really make an opinion yet. I would appreciate help on this issue.
Pros: This little guy has performed better than I would have expected. My current living situation does not allow me to use a wired LAN connection, so I had to get a wireless adapter to even use internet. It has performed beautifully, keeps connection speeds way up.
Cons: Twice so far, it has told me upon booting up Windows that the device drivers failed to install. I simply unplugged it and plugged it in again, and it worked fine both times. Also, if used on the back of a tower (at least in my case with my motherboard), the antenna was on the wrong side (pointing down). However....
Overall Review: Pleasant surprise, it comes with a USB extension cord! I wasn't expecting that. That allows me to put it on my dresser, so it isn't hidden as much.
Overall, fantastic device, especially for the price. I had originally wanted to get a PCI internal adapter, but it's difficult to find those with over 4 eggs, so I looked elsewhere. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good WLAN adapter.
Pros: These omnidirectional speakers have very good sound quality for their size and considering it's only a 2.0 setup. Does surround surprisingly well, I swear I could hear stuff behind me when I using them. Bass sounds come out fairly nicely. Suitable for moderately heavy gaming.
Cons: No separate bass volume knob. Quite expensive for what they are. I only bought these because my girlfriend has them and I was surprised by how good they were. They don't feel that powerful, so I don't blast the volume.
Overall Review: I probably could have gotten equivalent or better speakers for a cheaper price, but I had heard this model before and was satisfied. I only bought these because my girlfriend has them and I was surprised by how good they were. Overall, these speakers are very versatile and handle music quite well. I am a big classical/jazz nerd, and while these don't have the horsepower to absolutely blast, they are good enough for my usage. I knew that I liked these before I bought them, so I was willing to put down the money for them, but if you're looking for budget speakers your money might be better spent elsewhere.
Pros: It's an Xbox 360 controller, only without wireless capabilities. It's a fantastic controller--durable, ergonomic, easy-to-use, with excellent, stable driver software included. Apparently useable on an actual Xbox, but I don't have one, so I can't test that.
Cons: Not wireless. Sometimes the fact that the triggers are axes can make them difficult to program as buttons, particularly when they'd be used together, but there are fixes for that (like Xpadder).
Overall Review: You cannot go wrong with this controller. It is perfect for all your gaming needs. I would still prefer a mouse and keyboard for shooters, but for platformers, driving games, or anything else where a keyboard can be awkward or unconventional, it does the job as well as you could ask.