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Curtis H.

Curtis H.

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Most Favorable Review

Quite possibly best mid ATX tower

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case has pretty good cable management. No grommets mean you don't have to spend 5 minutes pushing all your cables through a hole. What's provided is simple, yet very effective. Airflow is nice. The stock fans move plenty of air, and are very quite. Quieter than the stock Antec fans. The tooless design works VERY well. This is the first case I've owned where I haven't torn out the tooless system. The PCI slot secure method works VERY well, and the hard drive rack works very well as well. I build my whole computer, including motherboard installation, without any tools just to see if I could. I did.

Cons: On problem with the case is that the hold for the CPU power connector is hidden behind the mounting edge for the side panel, and you can't get the connector through. Not a huge problem as you can route it through the backplate hole and behind the motherboard, but it would be nice to avoid that. Also, there's room for only 4 hard drives and 5 5.25" bays. It would have been nice to see a bigger hard drive rack and a smaller 5.25" bay, like on the CM690.

Overall Review: There's a few things that could be changed, but this is the best mid ATX tower money can buy. It's very easy to work with. It has nice aesthetics, and its VERY functional.

Most Critical Review

Solid Ultrabook with one blaring flaw

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum

Pros: This ultrabook packs an AMAZING screen in a lightweight package with a great keyboard and solid specs. It's not the fasted on the block, but it was never designed to be. It's great for light gaming: just don't expect max specs on the latest games. The battery life seems to top out at about 5-6 hours, which is quite acceptable for a laptop this size.

Cons: The external ports ARE EXTREMELY FRAGILE. I had it hooked up to my TV via the micro HDMI jack, and it wore out after a MONTH!!. It no longer works unless you position the cable exactly right, and it's extremely annoying. I looked up some pictures online of the internals, and the jacks aren't supported in the least. They're just some razor thin sheet metal hanging off the edge of the PCB. The USB and SD slots look like they're sturdy enough to stand up to every day use, but the Micro HDMI port and VGA port are far too thin and fragile to stand up to any use.

Overall Review: If you don't need the VGA or HDMI outs, then this ultrabook is a great buy. But if you plan on occasionally hooking this up to a TV or monitor, it would be better to pass this one up.

Follow up review

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum

Pros: Gorgeous display, lightweight, nice keyboard.

Cons: Asus's engineers must really not realize what their products go through. I sent my zenbook back for repair of the micro HDMI port, got it back, and it's intermittent. At least it kind of works now. Come on, guys. Get the with the program. If you're going to provide ports, PLEASE make sure that they are sturdy enough to stand up to use. If you can't do that, then don't bother putting them on. Motorola managed to find a way to make a micro port that doesn't fail. Why can't you, Asus?

Overall Review: As long as you, the user, don't plan on using the Micro HDMI or Micro VGA ports on this, it's a nice ultrabook. However, definitely pass on this one if you ever plan on using the micro ports.

ADATA 16GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model ASDH16GCL10-R
ADATA 16GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model ASDH16GCL10-R

Pros: It's relatively cheap, does the job. I have two for my T2i and both work flawlessly.

Cons: None.

ADATA 16GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model ASDH16GCL10-R
ADATA 16GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model ASDH16GCL10-R

Pros: Works like it should.

Cons: Doesn't take awesome video for me.

Overall Review: Ordered 2 of these for my T2i. Both work great, for photo and video. Haven't had any corrupted data.

Great ram

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996782
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996782

Pros: It's a very solid set of RAM. I haven't tried overclocking the, but they are rock solid at stock speeds. The heat spreaders are nice and low, but still effective. They're not flashy, like the G.Skill Tridents. They are simple, effective, and awesome.

Cons: A little loose on the timings, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall Review: You will not be disappointed by these Mushkins.

11/22/2010