A little extension goes a long way10/29/2013 5:22:29 PM

Pros: Finding something positive to say beyond the accolade already provided is a challenge. Being late to review something has the benefit of examining other comments but also the burden of trying to be original. So, here goes: This is a sub $4 extension which is very well made, very good value and will add 10". Umm - best not read that out of context! 6>6 or 6>8 pins which is handy if connecting an older but still trustworthy power supply to a new monster graphics card.

Cons: No pre-rip edge on packaging - you'll need scissors or a knife to get at it.

Overall Review: Initially I thought the individual braided wrapping of the cables wasteful - making it bulky. However, when comparing it with other extension cables which are bundled into a thick single sleeve I have decided that the multiple strands make for a more flexible cable able to bend around corners with ease where my other cable extension fail.

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Nice idea but uncertain results5/7/2013 9:15:13 AM

Pros: Retractable Came with three stylus that in colors my wife likes

Cons: Frequent signal delivery problems makes the cable almost useless. Larger than I expected

Overall Review: It could simply be the one I got was faulty but the damage is done, my confidence in the cable is shot.

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Good choice for novice networkers3/20/2013 2:12:51 PM

Pros: Very Easy Setup – My impression of the setup process and quick-start documentation is very positive. The device and firmware behaved as described and the initial setup process was not overly mired in “netspeak”. Defaulted to 192.168.0.1 – and thus didn’t conflict with my existing 192.168.1/24 network. Not sure if the device will normally use 192.168.1.1 but if it adjusted because it detected conflict then that’s pretty cool. Mydlink.com – I hadn’t looked at this before and think dlink have done a nice job of providing anywhere/anytime simple remote status. (Firefox users may struggle – try IE). OK Wireless Range. Considering the 828L uses internal antennas I found the range acceptable and as expected however the device seemed more affected by its surroundings than other access points I tested. Once positioned somewhat above other electro-magnetic sources I found it worked quite well. I suspect other reviewers who struggled with range were constrained in their placement of the device and perhaps had to tuck it away in a cabinet perhaps parked near a large receiver or amplifier. Pretty comprehensive feature set with beginner or advanced setup options.

Cons: Not USB-3. I haven’t done the math and it might be that there is no practical value to having USB 3 support for attached storage but my emotional reaction to seeing the lack of USB-3 support was to immediately discount the device as a media or storage server. Never-the-less, I did set up media and storage and played with it for a little but was uninspired. Weak Wireless Performance. In comparison with my existing wireless access points I found the through-put via the 836L adequate but slower than I expected. No DD-WRT support. For those who are a fan of DD-WRT firmware alternative to OEM this router is not for you.

Overall Review: Footprint/Shape - I’m torn on the design. The small footprint is a plus and it’s not just another ugly box however it lacks the base weight to stand up when cables are attached and there is no way to add an external antenna for range extension. Stable? – I haven’t noticed any instability but I plan to be away for a while soon so we’ll see if it’s still running when I return. If the device proves to be unstable then it will not be suitable for a beginner and without that market its entire existence is called into question. Test Environment: My network setup is a little unusual - My router is a custom PC which runs Untangle and I use a commercial grade 24x1gb unmanaged switch. For the purpose of testing the 826L I simply connected it to my switch and allowed it to lease an IP (192.168.1.115) from my DHCP service provided by untangle. The intended application for the 826L is for direct connection to the internet modem but I have way too much traffic passing through my network to make that a reasonable test.

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Using DD-WRT to connect media devices to network via wireless Client Bridge12/4/2012 9:58:36 PM

Pros: In my application (Client Bridge) this was overkill but is working well. * Seems feature rich but I am not using the advanced features. * Attractive - Will have to see if the shinny black plastic collects dust. * Quiet - I once had a Cisco device with a fan which whined horribly. * Gigabit switch is nice - allowed me to remove a switch. * Actual On/Off Switch

Cons: Quite large footprint (when compared with other offerings) – the three significant antenna add significantly to the space requirements. * Large - the 3 x antennas don't help * Atheros Chip – Not compatible for Repeater Bridge use against a central Broadcom Access Point. Ideally I wanted to use this device as a wireless repeater bridge allowing it to act as both a means of connecting my media equipment and as a secondary wireless access point to extend the range of my wireless network. However, trying to make this work between a Broadcom device and an Atheros device (while theoretically possible) isn't considered good for your sanity.

Overall Review: Unlike most of the other reviews I didn't even attempt to make use of the TP-Link firmware. I moved directly to replacing the factory firmware with DD-WRT. DD-WRT firmware located here: ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2012/10-12-12-r20119-testing/tplink_tl-wdr4300v1/ Using the TL-WDR4300 as a client bridge wasn't my initial plan but my Netgear WNDR3300 corrupted it's own firmware (not sure why yet) and I drafted this TL-WDR4300 as an emergency replacement. I use it to connect my media area with the rest of my network. Basically my media devices (TV, Receiver, DVD Player and Home Theater PC) connect to the TL-WDR4300 switch using Cat 6 cables and bridge them with the rest of the network via a wireless connection to my main access point (wireless bridge). Next time I see these on sale will may pick up a second one to replace my current Cisco (Broadcom) central access point - I expect a setup using a pair of TL-WDR4300's will work well and provide a performance boost of my current mixed setup.

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Product Documentation Link11/8/2012 4:06:41 PM

Pros: I'm still testing the unit but I found the Logitech Product information at the link below.

Cons: * No documentation with refurbished unit * Not easy to locate product on Logitech Site (see link)

Overall Review: Product Info Link: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support/tablet-accessories/8452 If this link doesn't work or is removed the key information is the device number "8452" - use this in logitech search bar and you should find a match.

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Ultrabook with SSD - Soon we'll wonder why we ever used something else11/6/2012 4:55:25 PM

Pros: A very fast (to boot) really good looking Ultrabook with great specs for under $700. * SSD makes this ultrabook fast to boot and the 128GB drive provdes ample space for applications and short-term data. * i5 processor a good choice for a workman ultrabook - powerful enough for minor video processing and frugal enough on the battery to yeild reasonable disconnected use. * USB3 port provides the means to connect a small fast portable HDD (like seagate expansion or WD passport). * Generally high specification for other components including audio, bluetooth, wifi and so-on. I purchased one for a client (see review below) and I liked it so much I bought a second for myself. This one came with the 1.6GHz processor and I can't see any real difference between it and the 1.7GHz version.

Cons: Be ready to install new firmware (v214 as of this writing) and lots of driver updates. * Keyboard system is prone to lost strokes - especially first keystroke when on battery power. I found I needed to coax the keyboard along. I usually pack a small bluetooth keyboard for use with my iPad - I think I'll be using it for this ultrabook also. Really the keyboard is the only major complaint with this system.

Overall Review: A solid little performer with good features and extensible enough (bluetooth & USB3) to meet most needs. I test transfer and file handling I placed a 30+gb .MKV file (a blu-ray movie) onto a portable drive and attempted to play it form a portable drive connected on the USB 3.0 port. The video was shakey. After I thought about it for a while I copied the file to the SSD and tried again - it played perfectly and looked stunning.

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Seagate 500 or WD 750 (WD is winner by narrow margin)11/1/2012 3:04:57 PM

Pros: A small light weight portable USB 3.0 drive – ideal for chunky media transport. * Good performance * Quiet * Establish “Name Brand” maker with mature support procedures * Drivers automatically installed by Windows 7 * Bundled Backup software and tools (Untested) * Drive light located on top (towards rear) If you’re on the lookout for a fast portable storage beyond the capacity of a large flash drive then a portable USB 3.0 drive is your best option. At less than 14c per GB small drives of this type are inexpensive and combine plug and play convenience (USB 2 or 3) with pretty high speed.

Cons: *Short USB 3.0 cable (both drives use the same type of cable) Initially I considered the short cable an asset (thinking of travel) but when working with a laptop actually in my lap each time I moved I would enviably pull the drive by its cable – I fear failure is only a couple of hundred such pulls away.

Overall Review: I recently tested and reviewed a WD 750gb USB 3.0 Passport portable drive compared the two side by side with the following results. * Price per GB (inc shipping): WD = 12.6c S = 13.9c * Performance (Ave transfer rate MB/sec) WD = 84.7 S = 86.2 * Size: S > WD * Weight: S > WD >>>Conclusions<<<< These drives are very close but I favor the WD over the Seagate. While both have the drive mounted in ridged plastic boxes I found it easier to press the outer casing of the Seagate into the inner drive than with the WD. Why is this important? When packed in a tight bag I think the thicker WD with the rounded edges will survive better than the Seagate with the pointy corners. Otherwise there isn’t much between them. >>>Troubleshooting Tip<<< If the drivers aren't automatically detected on your windows 7 system then look for updated USB 3.0 drivers. I found this to be necessary on a refurbished laptop I picked up for a client. I plugged the drive into the laptop’s USB 3.0 port and it failed to load device drivers - I found new USB 3.0 drivers on the laptop manufactures website which corrected the problem.

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Seagate 500 or WD 750 (WD is winner by very narrow margin)11/1/2012 2:55:15 PM

Pros: A small light weight portable drive which is fast when connected via USB 3.0 * Good performance * Quiet * Establish “Name Brand” maker with mature support procedures * Drivers automatically installed by Windows 7 * Bundled Backup software and tools (Untested) * Drive light located on top (towards rear) If you’re on the lookout for a fast portable storage beyond the capacity of a large flash drive then a portable USB 3.0 drive is your best option. At less than 14c per GB small drives of this type are inexpensive and combine plug and play convenience (USB 2 or 3) with pretty high speed.

Cons: *Short USB 3.0 cable (both drives use the same type of cable) Initially I considered the short cable an asset (thinking of travel) but when working with a laptop actually in my lap each time I moved I would enviably pull the drive by its cable – I fear failure may only be a few such pulls away.

Overall Review: I recently reviewed a WD 750gb USB 3.0 Passport portable drive and compared the two side by side with the following results. * Price per GB (inc shipping): WD = 12.6c S = 13.9c * Performance (Ave transfer rate MB/sec) WD = 84.7 S = 86.2 * Size: S > WD * Weight: S > WD >>>Conclusion<<<< These drives are very close but I favor the WD over the Seagate. While both have the drive mounted in ridged plastic boxes I found it easier to press the outer casing of the Seagate into the inner drive than with the WD. Why is this important? When packed in a tight bag I think the thicker WD with the rounded edges will survive better than the thinner Seagate with the pointy corners. Otherwise there isn’t much between them. >>>Troubleshooting Tip<<< If the drivers aren't automatically detected on your Windows 7 system then look for updated USB 3.0 drivers. I found this to be necessary on a refurbished laptop I picked up for a client. I plugged the drive into the laptop’s USB 3.0 port and it failed to load device drivers - I found new USB 3.0 drivers on the laptop manufactures website which corrected the problem.

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A convenience winner10/30/2012 3:14:32 PM

Pros: All the convenience of a portable drive and faster than a typical SATA II Mechanical drive. Pros List: * USB 3.0 * Quicker than a typical SATA II mechanical drive. * Quiet * Good drive housing construction – doesn’t feel like it will fall apart while also remaining light. * Drivers installed automatically by Windows 7 – Shows up as a HDD. * Established “Name Brand” maker with mature support procedures. * Bundled backup software (untested) In general I was surprised how much I liked this little drive. I found this drive very suitable for transporting fairly large media, backups and or install images from location to location while also taking advantage of USB3 speeds where available and using USB2 where not.

Cons: Only minor issues: * Priced slightly more than competitive offerings but at 12c per GB still very reasonable. * Apt to get a bit warm (not a surprise) – I tried to come up with a way to use it as a hot drink warmer but the rounded edges make this unadvisable. * A bit too large and heavy to be carried in a pocket but certainly light enough to toss into the laptop bag without concern. I would have liked to have seen a light to indicate USB3 connection. However, in retrospect simply touching the drive will probably tell me. When connected via USB2 the drive didn’t get very warm but when connected via USB3 I became concerned enough lean it up against the edge of my monitor stand to ensure good airflow. More than twice the speed also means much more heat.

Overall Review: >> HD Tune Benchmark Results << USB3 Connected: Transfer Rate (Min 60.2 MB/Sec, Max 104.6 MB/Sec, Ave 84.5 MB/Sec) – Access Time 15.6 ms, - Burst Rate 137.0 MB/Sec USB2 Connected: Transfer Rate (Min 21.7 MB/Sec, Max 33.2 MB/Sec, Ave 32.4 MB/Sec) – Access Time 15.9 ms, - Burst Rate 27.7 MB/Sec >> Test system specifics << CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (@ 3.4GHz) = Stock clock. MB: ASRock Fatal1ty P67

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A convenience winner.10/25/2012 4:09:43 PM

Pros: All the convenience of a portable drive and faster than a typical SATA II Mechanical drive. Pros List: * USB 3.0 * Quicker than a typical SATA II mechanical drive. * Quiet * Good drive housing construction – doesn’t feel like it will fall apart while also remaining light. * Drivers installed automatically by Windows 7 – Shows up as a HDD. * Established “Name Brand” maker with mature support procedures. * Bundled backup software (untested) In general I was surprised how much I liked this little drive. I found this drive very suitable for transporting fairly large media, backups and or install images from location to location while also taking advantage of USB3 speeds where available and using USB2 where not.

Cons: Only minor issues: * Priced slightly more than competitive offerings but at 12c per GB still very reasonable. * Apt to get a bit warm (not a surprise) – I tried to come up with a way to use it as a hot drink warmer but the rounded edges make this unadvisable. * A bit too large and heavy to be carried in a pocket but certainly light enough to toss into the laptop bag without concern. I would have liked to have seen a light to indicate USB3 connection. However, in retrospect simply touching the drive will probably tell me. When connected via USB2 the drive didn’t get very warm but when connected via USB3 I became concerned enough lean it up against the edge of my monitor stand to ensure good airflow. More than twice the speed also means much more heat.

Overall Review: >> HD Tune Benchmark Results << USB3 Connected: Transfer Rate (Min 60.2 MB/Sec, Max 104.6 MB/Sec, Ave 84.5 MB/Sec) – Access Time 15.6 ms, - Burst Rate 137.0 MB/Sec USB2 Connected: Transfer Rate (Min 21.7 MB/Sec, Max 33.2 MB/Sec, Ave 32.4 MB/Sec) – Access Time 15.9 ms, - Burst Rate 27.7 MB/Sec >> Test system specifics << CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (@ 3.4GHz) = Stock clock. MB: ASRock Fatal1ty P67

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9 month Update9/13/2012 11:47:59 AM

Pros: Please see my first post as that contains a good deal of useful information including advanced LCD button functions. This is an update to highlight excellent customer support. Additional Positive: Customer Support. New LCD & Fan sent as failure replacement (no fee).

Cons: Case is apt to run a little warm. I fashioned an additional 60mm fan at bottom front and may add a couple of 40mm fans to the rear. It's also noteworthy that temp sensor placement is important. Stuff the sensor under the processor cooler heatsink and you will see much higher temps than almost anywhere else.

Overall Review: It should be noted that this is not an expensive case for Sentey to replace the LCD display/fan controller and associated Fan at their expense and without much hoop jumping speaks well for the company.

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August rebate code is OCZ2-115309/7/2012 12:12:14 AM

Pros: If you purchases in August 2012 then your rebate code is OCZ2-11530

Cons: .-.

Overall Review: Cables seem fine to me. Three primary cables are not modular but of normal length. MB 24 pin, MB 8 ping (2x4) and a Graphics Card 6+2 pin. Modular cables all seem of typical length. If you have a full size case you might need extension power cords - this is not uncommon. I was able to use cables as is in a Corsair Carbide 500R by routing behind and without extensions. Would have been even cooler looking had my case been the white model instead of the black but it looks good all the same.

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No support response - Returning as faulty8/6/2012 4:07:52 PM

Pros: ** Update on Prior report. **

Cons: Faulty - Would not correctly read SSD drives. No response from SYBA support.

Overall Review: Recommend readers avoid this product - too many reports of problems. Will be seeking RMA for mine.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer, This enclosure is more than capable of reading Solid state Drives, we have performed numerous tests using this configuration. If it is not, please make sure the SSD has been formated correctly, and set to its appropiate mode. When Contacting us, we highly suggest checking your Junk mail folder. Various e-mail providers have strict Junk settings which might mark our replies as Junk. Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your feedback. We value all positive and negative feedback. Feel free to contact us anytime at support@sybausa.com Regards Syba CST 08172012
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Used for home Untangle router build12/23/2011 12:46:45 AM

Pros: * Inexpensive (after rebate) * Good feature set * Good Legacy Device support (IDE, Serial Port, PS2 Nouse and Keyboard) * PCI-E x16 & PCI x1 & 2 x PCI - more than most Micro ATX * DVI out

Cons: * Plastic clips used to hold CPU cooler bracket to board (prefer the plate/bolt solution) * BIOS looks like it's from 1995 not 2010 * No BIOS update since June 2010 - suggests product considered at end of life. * Only 2 fan headers (CPU 4 pin and Chassis 3 pin) I would have liked to have seen one more 3 pin header. * DSUB connection lacks proper support - feels like if you push a VGA connector in too hard you might break it off.

Overall Review: My application for this board is quite specific - I'm using it to build a home router using the Untangle product. I replaced the CPU cooler bracket with at one which uses a backing plate and bolts (spare parts left over from another build where the cooler came with it's own mounting system.

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Untangle Compatible12/23/2011 12:29:31 AM

Pros: Bought and installed as cheap 1gb card to server as internal network interface in computer built as Untangle Router. Untangle recognized the card during install without drama.

Cons: -

Overall Review: -

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300Mbps possible only with WPA/2 + AES + External Antenna10/19/2011 5:57:33 PM

Pros: This is addendum/correction/update of earlier 1 star report. 300Mbps possible if you can/will change your wireless security model to WPA or WPA2 with AES. Anything else will produce only 54Mbps.

Cons: * Stage 1 technical support is weak and apt to provide false information. Example I was advices to try TKIP which is wrong - must set as WPA with AES to get more than 54Mbps. * Weak signal without $10 Rosewill RNX-A2-EX antenna extender (you'll want to buy that)

Overall Review: From Rosewill Web Site: * The IEEE 802.11n Draft prohibits using High Throughput with WEP or TKIP as the unicast cipher. If you use these encryption methods (e.g. WEP, WPA-TKIP), your data rate will drop to 54 Mbps. Rosewill recommend setting your router’s wireless encryption as WPA-AES or WPA2-AES or update the latest firmware, in order to keep your wireless transfer rate at N speed.

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Great Keyboard - Poor Execution10/18/2011 10:59:38 PM

Pros: * Nice size (Full size keyboard) * I like the position of the mouse key buttons * Rounded edges and rubber bumpers mean you can hold this keyboard with it digging into your flesh or the wife's furniture.

Cons: * Terrible support material and non-existent trouble shooting guide. * Mouse tracking continues to creep after you stop. * Trackball sensitivity is poor (Might be possible to improve in OS). * Frequent loss of connection with receiver - I find I need to pull the USB receiver out and replace to reconnect. Mine now lives in front USB port rather than rear. * USB charge cable should double as wired connection - it doesn't.

Overall Review: * I think the connection losses are due to 2.4GHz co-existence problems. * Rapid fire button came set "On" caused me to think the keyboard faulty until I discovered it - Rapid fire sends 4 clicks for each left mouse click. * Beware the numlock key - if you find your trying to tell someone to F4c2 6ff and you got numbers instead of letters you have the numlock on. Bought this keyboard from another provider on special.

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Manufacturer Response:
First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. I will forward your comments to the product manager for his review. The Rapid fire button should not be in the Rapid fire position when this keyboard is shipped. The Rapid fire is placed in the normal position when this keyboard is packaged. I will have this forwarded to product manager for his review. The cable supplied is only used for charging the rechargeable batteries but your suggestion will be noted. . Since the unit is backed by IOGEAR's 3 year warranty feel free to contact our customer support at 1-866-946-4327 or email us: support@iogear.com. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.
Works fine10/14/2011 4:13:56 PM

Pros: - Inexpensive - No Fans (silent) - Good LED indications - Solid External Construction - 24 gigabit ports for price of 8

Cons: None from my prospective - using this in home setup with only 11 ports in use. I have not bothered to open this up to look at the internal construction or component quality and probably won't unless it demonstrates a problem.

Overall Review: Having had the misfortune to debug networking problems more frequently that I care to admit I find errors fall as follows: 1st - Cables (poor spec, old, crimped or otherwise damaged) 2nd - Client Network Cards (poor spec, or miss-configured) 3rd - Spurious network device (typically some cheap switch or hub downstream creating mayhem) So, check the cables first. Make new ones for testing. Do not always buy your cables from the same provider. Disconnect every thing non-critical to your test and add things back in slowly allowing time for each new device to start screwing up prior to adding the next (avoid wrongly accusing the latest device connected when it's actually the previous one you added which started screwing up). Validate your results by repeating. Good Luck

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Update: PCI-E slot died8/31/2011 4:17:45 PM

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Inexplicable death of PCI-E x 16 slot. (Typically used for Graphics Card).

Overall Review: On-Board graphics still work as do other functions but if video card is inserted into PCI-E slot then the Motherboard behaves as if it is present but nothing is output.

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Good price/performance8/25/2011 9:33:37 AM

Pros: Price Features

Cons: None

Overall Review: This is not a high end board - I bought this as an inexpensive replacement for a failed board. Install was easy and everything works well. I have not used any of the advanced features - only one graphics card in my install.

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Big - Lot's of cooling fins - needs airflow8/18/2011 6:25:20 PM

Pros: After a squeezed this into my mid-sized tower it performs well.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I did something unathodox. I mounted a 120mm quiet case fan to the side of this card and used cable ties to hold it in place. I have the fan connected to my variable fan controller and adjusted the fan run at the lowest speed required to hold the card a lot temps. I mounted the fan so I could use this card to run DCNET GPU based grid jobs - that's 98% use 24 hours a day - it runs at 58c loaded and 38c idle. The machine is in my bedroom and near silent.

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Bought 6 all worked and still working8/18/2011 6:11:10 PM

Pros: All 6 checked out - no DOA here and when you buy 6 you expect one to be bad.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: I have these in computer which acts as a host for several Virtual Machines. The drives are configured as: 2 Drives - Raid 1 (Mirror) 3 Drives - Matrix Raid - 1/2 space as Raid 5 (Parity) - 1/2 space as Raid 0 (Stripe) 1 Drive - Spare Raid drive (installed and ready to be automatically inserted upon failure).

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A winner8/18/2011 6:04:32 PM

Pros: Very attractive – wife loves it. Was a joy to work on – which was a shock given my previous NZXT experiences. Removing the front fans (while they’re on) is so much fun. Excellent cable routing. Quiet – spends it life on low speed with no problem – CPU cooling not impacted by switch. I will use this case again.

Cons: Wish there was a white front door option – but the silver is OK. Should come with a power extension cord - See item N82E16812200124 ($1.99) or similar – get one that works for your build. Shoprunner shipping unavailable for this item (almost a deal breaker)

Overall Review: I used an 8” Power Extension Cable which I routed to behind prior to mounting the Antec Kuhler to the rear – Think about it and you’ll understand why. Installed Antec Kuhler H20 620 – I now prefer this over the Corsair H50 (smaller CPU footprint) and easier to bend cables – also seems a bit quieter. I moved the dismounted rear exhaust fan to bottom of case. I installed a 140mm fan in the top.

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Born July 2009 - Died August 20117/26/2011 2:37:59 PM

Pros: Good feature set (for it's day) Well priced

Cons: Always gave little indications of problems. Several behavioral bugs.

Overall Review: This morning I awoke to discover that whole set motherboard features had died including SATA controller and LAN. I was able to shove a PCI-E SATA Controller in to restore disk access and a PCI Lan card for network access. Windows 7 predictably required I re-activate - fortunately that worked without the drama of calling into their telephone punishment line. ASUS makes generally good products but I think their M4(anything) line is suspect - this was not my first problem with a board of this series.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer, Sorry to hear about the issues. You are eligible for an RMA if the board no longer works. Regards ASUS Customer Support
Can’t do better for under $1005/13/2011 6:03:04 PM

Pros: - Handle makes movement easy - Top/Forward access ports (4 USB) - Roomy – it’s big for a mid-tower. - No sharp edges. - Pretty quiet stock fans. - Good airflow mechanics. - Button to turn off fan LED’s - BIG hole to allow access to CPU back-plate without removing MB. - Ample cable routing holes and tie off points. - Good hardware

Cons: - Molex fan connectors – see other thoughts - HDD mounts pretty much force connection from rear – thus you must remove rear cover to replace a drive – is why it has thumb screws. - Could use a cable “bulge” in rear case panel – given the use of Molex connectors for fans more room is needed at rear to accommodate cabling. - Don’t really care for the tool-less card “clips” – they break easily – fortunately there is a spare provided and there are screw holes to use when you run out of spares.

Overall Review: I have built three machines using this case – I don’t think you can do better with a $100 case budget. Molex connectors are an interesting choice – on the one hand they remove the power draw from the MB (think heat) and make use of those fast becoming obsolete Molex connectors for the power supply. OHOH you can’t use bios based fan speed controls. Unlike others I have not found the power supply mount position constrained. There are more fan mount points in this case than I can ever imagine needed.

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