Date Joined: 10/15/11
Pros: Gorgeous appearance<br>Good Cable management options<br>USB 3.0 front panel<br>no static from front panel audio
Cons: everything else in the box was total garbage (manual, screws, standoffs, etc)
Overall Review: First off, this case looks just as sharp (if not sharper) than the pictures make it out to be. The plastic + steel look is really sleek and pulled off very well. I bought this basically for its aesthetics, and in that area it doesn't disappoint.<br><br>I found the manual is total garbage. Had to consult Google twice while installing drives to clarify what the manual leaves out. There are extra pieces of metal that need to be snapped out before installing the 5.25" drives (manual makes no mention at all of these, so I thought at first they might somehow be part of the case, since they don't just pop right out). Also, to remove the 5.25" to 2.5" converter, you need to pop the plastic piece off from the front, then slide the entire bracket out through the back (the manual has some vague B.S. like "slide the bracket out."). It's not that big a deal, but it was frustrating to deal with.<br><br>The screws and mainboard standoffs included didn't seem to fit each other very well. The standoffs wouldn't fit into the holes in the case (too wide maybe? They wouldn't thumb tighten, I had to use pliers to fasten all the way), then the other end of the standoff was too narrow for the screws. I couldn't get them all the way in, and when I tried unscrewing them, they pulled the standoffs out with them! I ended up using leftover standoffs I had lying around because the ones included were so oddly sized.<br><br>Inside the case, everything was great, lots of routes for cables (including a great corner cut out for the 8pin CPU cable that my old case was sorely lacking.) The back panel has plenty of clearance to shut even with a shamefully large nest of cables bundled beneath it. The tool-less and screw-less drive securing mechanisms seem to work really well and are easy to deal with. Longer GPUs might be a tight fit, but you can make it work (especially with the help of 90 degree SATA cables.)<br><br>The front panel works great too, no static through the headphone port and it's great to see those blue USB3.0 ports.<br><br>Overall, it's a pretty nice case. For the price you pay, I really don't think it should suffer from the problems it does. For a eighty dollars (EDIT: Wow, the price even went up since I wrote this), you really should get some decently machined screws and a properly thought out manual. But even with these issues, I can't say that I don't love it. It really is a beautiful case.
Pros: Hasn't died yet
Cons: general fear/skepticism of Seagate products
Overall Review: Bought this just about two years ago as an upgrade from a 1TB drive and it's still going strong. Popped it into the case, connected everything, Clonezilla-ed the files from the old over to it, and it was up and spinning no sweat. It's being used it as a storage drive in an always-on Linux box for files served over the network (mostly audio/video files). No complaints with speed, noises, etc. So far, it's done exactly what I want a HDD to do. Knock on wood for more years of survival.
On a side note, I have mixed feelings about the fact that the price is still exactly the same today as it was when I bought it.
Pros: very competitively priced
all necessary accessories included
Cons: Possible QC issues (dead pixel)
Colors not very nice (washed out, limited options to correct)
Overall Review: I bought this because it was the cheapest 24" 1080p monitor I could find that had lots of 5 star reviews. I have two other monitors I can compare this monitor with: ASUS VS248H-P, and a 24" AOC monitor (I don't know the model number, but it's about a year old).
Came with a power cable (small 'brick' type), DVI cable, VGA cable, Drivers CD and stand.
This monitor has the nicest stand of the three (I would rank them: AOC, Asus, Acer). You have a small degree of adjustability and the stand holds the monitor pretty steady, even amidst light jostling of the desk it's sitting on. However, it's still a cheap-feeling plastic stand and the adjustment was pretty hard to do at first (a lot friction in the mechanism--I had to double check the specs listed here to make sure it was adjustable and that I wasn't going to break it.)
The stand comes in two pieces and is very easy to assemble and disassemble (two screws--one philips, one flat head).
The monitor itself is a matte panel with a decent (not good or great) picture. The colors are pretty washed out (image quality is on par with the AOC monitor, and a little worse than the Asus.) The adjustments in the menu don't seem to do much for it. I also found a dead pixel in the upper right quarter of the monitor. So, overall, not a terribly impressive panel--but if you just need a productivity monitor (and don't care about perfect colors or the odd missing pixel) this fits the bill pretty well.
Don't expect to be blown away by this monitor. It's cheap, it's practical but that's about it. It's by no means a 'hidden gem' or a 'steal of a value' for the price (as all the five star reviews might lead you to think.) As long as your expectations are realistic, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Decent Looks
Cons: Cable Management
Front Panel (static in audio, USB 2.0 instead of 3.0, and I didn't find eSata very useful.)
Overall Review: I paid $25 for this case and felt that at that price, it was a pretty good deal. For $50, it starts to really come up short of other cases in its price range. Cable management options are limited on this case (I couldn't snake the 8 pin CPU connector behind the back panel, though with cable extension, I probably could have rigged something up.) The front panel audio had static coming through it (interference from mouse/keyboard, so I could basically forget about using headphones hooked up through it.) And no USB 3.0 is a bit of a drag too.
Overall, this is a decent case with no 'deal-breaking' flaws, but nothing to rave about either. At the current price, however, you can actually probably do better.
Pros: Comfortable, good build quality, nice looking
Cons: Wireless connection seems very poorly implemented:
Overall Review: I bought this because it looked like a step up from the model I happily use at work everyday (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126192)
However, unlike the set I have at work, using this set is a nightmare. The mouse is constantly stuttering and the keyboard lag is horrendous. I've tried sticking their stupid dongle in every USB port on my machine as well as using the USB extension cable to move it away from any metals or other sources of interference. I've tried with Windows default drivers and the Logitech SetPoint drivers, nothing seems to make a difference. Needless to say, this keyboard and mouse set is going back and I'm done with wireless Logitech products.
Pros: Nice Mouse, comfortable, sharp looking, lots of settings, good buttons/layout etc.
Cons: Synapse 2.0 Software
Overall Review: I bought this mouse thinking I was paying a rather large premium for a high quality product that would work well. As far as the hardware and build quality goes, I'm not let down by the mouse, it has been very nice to use in that respect.However, the Synapse drivers and software have caused nothing but headaches.
About every other time I reboot, the software doesn't recognize the mouse is plugged in (Windows can still control it like any other mouse, but I lose all the Razer goodies/configuration). I've un/re-installed and repaired the software several times already (and I've only owned the thing for two days!) I thought I was paying the premium price so I didn't have to put up with this. Overall not terribly impressed.
Pros: works great
Cons: Fan is way louder than expected
Overall Review: Bought this for use in an HTPC build for its low power consumption hoping it would be a quiet choice. For this it works great and runs cool, but the fan makes a lot more noise than I was anticipating.
Pros: Great appearance
Decent cable management
Cons: No option for a top venting PSU fan
Tight fit for lots of components
Overall Review: Bought this case (surprise!) as a HTPC case. It really strikes a great profile on the shelf. It's not as small as I was expecting, but still looks great.
Like other reviews have said, it's a tight fit between the optical drive bay and the PSU. I managed to fit a SeaSonic SS-350ET and an LG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive with just enough room to plug the cables in.
One bummer was the vents for a 12cm PSU fan are all bottom facing. Not sure why they didn't put top vents on both sides (CPU fan is top venting)
The holes on both sides of the case give good ventilation, but not a whole lot of noise insulation. I'm a little disappointed in how loud the machine is (if it weren't an HTCP this would be a non-issue).
Overall it's a pretty nice case for the money as long as you don't expect to be putting lots of stuff in it. A basic build with a single HDD/Optical Drive easily fit though.
Pros: Quiet fan
Plenty of cables
Cons: No power cord
Overall Review: Works great so far. I forgot OEM = no power cord, so don't forget to throw one of those into your order if you need one!
Pros: Very fast
Cons: none yet.
Overall Review: Very fast little drive. I'm getting boot times of around 10 seconds, very impressed and satisfied with the initial performance.