Date Joined: 01/19/02
Pros: Very well made case, lots of room to build in.
The top and bottom filters are easy to get to and clean...see cons.
Fantastic air flow. I put the included 3 140mm fans in the front (yes, you can fit 3 140s in the front) and stuck an Arctic F140 on the back. My idle temps dropped about 5-6C from my old case (Fractal Design Focus G) and my peak temps dropped about 3C.
I'm very happy with my purchase.
Cons: There's no HDD LED so I connected the power LED to the HDD connection. I'd rather have the HDD light than a power light. The entire case is the power light, why do I need a dedicated power light?
You have to remove the front case panel to get to the front air filter. Maybe it should slide out of the bottom like the bottom filter does? I would have to tilt the case to get it out but I wouldn't have to rip the front off. At least make the front easier to remove and feel a bit sturdier. I'm afraid after a couple of years of ripping the front off the little weak looking plastic pegs might break or loosen up. Just a thought.
Overall Review: I would not hesitate to recommend this case. Make sure your motherboard has the correct connector for the front USB C port. Mine does but quite a few boards do not.
Pros: Looks good, nice paint job
Easy to build out, lots of space
Includes all hardware in black to match the interior
Room for full size graphics card
Plenty of drive space
Good cooling ability and filters
Will accommodate a water cooling system easily
Cons: Metal is very thin in some places
Audio in/out cable was not long enough (Asus MB)
Window is plastic so easily scratched
Went on sale right after I purchased it
Threads aren't cut well due to cheap sheet metal and you need to use a screwdriver on the thumb screws, so not toolless
Front frame is plastic with plastic pegs holding it on
Overall Review: Overall I'm very happy with the case. It has typical cheap case feel but high end case features. I have used lots of cases in my life and it feels like a budget case but they did a good job of sprucing it up. The paint is nice and it has plenty of room inside. I did not need the lower hard drive bay and it is easily removed and not riveted on. I still have an optical drive for ripping so I needed the 5.25 bays. They are implemented nicely and you can still mount 2 140mm fans in the front. The audio cable would not reach the header on my MB so I didn't use it since I never use the headphone/mic plugs anyway. All of the other cables reached fine and were able to be run behind the tray out of site. All in all I'm happy with it. It needed to be done, the case I had was an old Antec and this was the third build using it. It was time to replace it. Upgraded the fans that came with it with RGB and added a rear fan. Be careful with the window, if you scratch it you'll see that forever since it's just plastic.
If you're on a budget and want a case with good cooling possibilities that's ascetically pleasing with 5.25" bays, this one is worth taking a hard look at.
Pros: Good wired router.
Never had to reboot during the week I had it.
Software is good and it was easy to setup.
It matched my Motorola modem.
Cons: Horrible wireless range. I got this to replace an old Dlink router and was very disappointed. I have a small house and the Dlink covered all of it, the TN would drop around the perimeter. My phone was constantly dropping off in my bedroom or the signal was so low it wouldn't work and I would have to shut off the wireless and use 4G. I reconnected the Dlink and even with it's age it solved the problem.
Overall Review: I own a few TN products, 2 wireless cameras at home and 2 APs at work. The 2 TEW-638AP access points at work have great range and are rock solid never needing rebooting. I'm not sure how TN dropped the ball on this product so badly.
I rarely do reviews on here and I buy a lot of products for a consulting business, so believe me when I say steer clear.
Pros: Fast start up and scanning.
Works well with slides, negatives and film.
Allows scanning of multiple photos at one time creating a separate file for each.
Optical resolution up to 6400 dpi.
Automatic color restoration and dust elimination work OK for most scans.
Software works well once you figure out how to use it.
Cons: Took 6 days for my 3 day shipping. I don't think it was actually in stock yet.
Price dropped after I purchased it.
Front panel buttons don't work but that is probably because I installed just the basic scanning software and drivers from the Epson website and didn't load all the other software that came on the CD.
Overall Review: I haven't had this scanner long but I have scanned over 500 photos since I received it. The automatic picture detection is hit or miss and sometimes detects multiple photos correctly and other times it needs to be done manually, but is easy to do in the scanning software. I tested negatives, slides and one film negative that I had and it worked great with all the formats.
I didn't install what is on the CD, I downloaded the latest driver and scanning interface software from Epson and used only that to install it. It installed easily and I haven't had any issues with the software or hardware on my system. I am running Windows 7 64 bit.
I experimented with different scan settings and found that 600dpi works well for most old photos. I did scan some smaller ones at 1200 to bring out some detail. Many of the photos I scanned were very old and ranged from extremely damaged to mildly faded. It worked well fixing some of the faded photos, either grey scale or color. If you have a lot of old photos to scan I would recommend this scanner, for the price I don't think you can beat it. Being able to scan multiple photos at once helps speed up the process. I've done up to 9 at one time with no issues.
Pros: Good amp.
Cons: HDMI board is still fragile just like the older Onkyo line. I originally gave this 5 eggs, but it doesn't deserve it in the long run.
Overall Review: I still like the thought of this receiver, but I don't trust it anymore. I have had to get the HDMI ports repaired twice under warranty. I bought a low cost Samsung receiver to use while this one was being repaired the first time. I'm glad I still had the Samsung since the Onkyo went out again. The Samsung has never had an issue with the same components hooked up to it. I used it for a few months before I sent the Onkyo back the second time since when it broke again I just left it in a corner for a while. I am selling the Onkyo and Samsung and I have purchased a Yamaha RX-A700 as a permanent replacement since the Onkyo will not be put back into service at my house. I hate even looking it.
Pros: Got this to match my MTX powered sub and full range amp to my factory unit. For its intended purpose it works great. My unit has no sub out so I have the left and right channels hooked up and am using the xover in the re-Q and by passing the ones in the amps. xover is set at 80~90Hz and system sounds great. It includes a sub-sonic filter as well as low pass xover and gains on all channels. I have the remote wire going to the re-Q and it turns on the amps. So far I am extremely happy with it. And Newegg had it for 1/2 the price of another online retailer.
Cons: Inputs are speaker level only, no line level inputs, so if I do change my head unit I will may have to buy a new xover.
Overall Review: If you have a factory unit that does all it needs to do but lacks power, this unit and some good speakers and amps will fix that.
Pros: Does what it was meant to do. Don't know why some reviewers found it slow; my readings are fast and take only a second or two. Got it on special for $10 off.
Cons: Doesn't store the temp but that's minor. If you need to keep track, write it down.
Overall Review: If you need one of these and don't need high-end features this is worth getting.
Pros: Works great with Windows 7 Pro 64bit. Plug and play and does exactly what it is supposed to do. Light weight, easy to handle and the button layout is not bad once you get used to it. I'm glad I made the purchase, especially since I got it on special with $10 off.
Cons: None worth mentioning. For the price you can't expect a whole lot more then the remote itself. Not the remotes fault, but when I use it to shut down the PC I still have to get up to turn off the UPS to shut everything else off.
Overall Review: If you use MC it is worth the purchase. I use MC for live TV and Netflix and this was a much needed tool.
Pros: It looks good.
Sound comes out of the speakers.
Newegg's price was cheap (got $220.00 off the price) and the shipping was free.
Cons: Setup and features are a joke compared to receivers that don't cost much more.
Not many adjustments...you get what you get and if you don't like it then tough.
No on-screen menu; even my old Pioneer had an on-screen menu. It sets up like a fax machine.
Some text (menu maps) in the manual are printed in black on dark-gray. My old eyes did not like that.
The amp does not have much headroom. It may be rated at higher power then some more expensive receivers, but it lacks the kick that a real amp has.
Overall Review: I got this thing ridiculously cheap (a guerrilla deal and a promotional gift card made it tolerable). It is a secondary receiver. My main receiver is an Onkyo 608 and there is absolutely no comparison. The Onkyo may average 100-150 more but the difference is night and day; they aren't even close to being in the same league. The Samsung is almost a joke when you compare features and setup. This would be a good receiver for children since it would be no big loss if they spilled something on it, but for a serious home theater it just doesn't have what it takes. I am not kidding here; the difference between this and a real HT receiver is so vast I can't describe it with words.
Pros: Worked well for my application. Using it to feed my Onkyo TX608 receiver from my HTPC with a GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2H motherboard. Picture and sound work perfectly.
Cons: None that I can think of other then it wasn't free.
Overall Review: Not sure why some people have issues with this cable. My experience was good and I would buy this cable again.
Pros: Good power output yet runs cooler then earlier Onkyo models.
Good OSD setup; very configurable.
Tons of connections.
High end features for a mid range price.
Powered Zone 2.
Cons: The Audyssey auto setup did not work right for me. It did set the speaker distances correctly, but it messed up my crossover point. I have Polk Monitor 60s and PSW505 subs (2 of them) and the perfect crossover point is 80Hz. Because the Audyssey setup detected the Monitor 60s could play some bass, it set the crossover to 40Hz. I readjusted it manually and everything is fine now. Your results may vary.
Overall Review: I have my HTPC connected using a DVI to HDMI cable and digital sound with a coax cable and it works perfectly. If you have a PC and your only choice is to use the VGA connector, upgrade your video.
It does work with older HDMI cable with no issues at all. Not sure what problem another reviewer ran into.
I have it connected to 2 Polk PSW505 subs, 2 Monitor 60s, a CS1 center and 8" JBL ceiling speakers. I have the Zone 2 sent to 2 Yamahas on the patio. The sound is crystal clear with plenty of punch. I'm sure my neighbors hate me.
Pros: Great looking case for HTPC. Blends well with my audio equipment.
Plenty of room.
Uses standard ATX style power supply.
Good air flow with quiet fans.
Better then average packaging for shipping.
Easy access to components.
Cons: Fans use standard 2 wire molex connector.
1 of the 2 I have used had a problem with the optical drive button getting stuck behind a piece of the plastic on the inside of the faceplate. I had to trim the corner of the plastic so the button could move freely instead of getting caught behind it when you pushed it in. The other case I used for a separate build didn't have this problem.
Stamped steel with sharp edges on the inside. All attention and detail went to the front of the case, the inside is no better then a budget case, but it is functional.
Drive mounting is kind of weird, but it works and once you see how it works it is easy to deal with.
Overall Review: I bought 2 of these over the last couple of months for HTPCs and I would buy one again. Like I stated above, 1 did have an issue but it was easily rectified, but I could see someone that was an inexperienced PC builder getting flustered and stumped by the problem. I had to partly disassemble the front to remedy it. They both look great and function perfectly. I will definitely use this case for future HTPC builds.
Pros: For the price you will not find a better sub. Anything that you can compare to it will cost you a few hundred more easily.
It sounds great with movies and music.
Overall Review: This is my second review of this sub and my second purchase. I got one of these about 8 months ago and I am adding a second one. I just watched Avatar and I am very happy with this sub and glad I am getting a second. You will not be disappointed with this product.
Pros: Good price for a combo pair of cables. Great for connecting an HTPC to an old receiver with no HDMI in and HDMI to the TV.
Cons: Only received the toslink cable, no HDMI. Contacted NewEgg and they sent a duplicate order free of charge. Got the second order and guess what? No HDMI cable, only the toslink cable. Contacted NewEgg and told them someone pulling orders doesn't undertand that this is a combo order. Got a response that made little sense like it was a grab bag and you might receive one or the other cable. I pointed out that it was a "combo pack" and the description said AND not OR. Got a couple more gibberish responses and decided it wasn't worth the trouble. I ordered an HDMI cable separately so they can't mess up the order. I at least have a spare toslink cable as a consolation prize.
Overall Review: Hmmmm... Many, but let's not go there.
Pros: Compliments my Monitor 60 front speakers perfectly.
Has good tonal balance for voices and doesn't sound harsh.
Well built and very attractive.
Cons: Like others said, a little large.
At this price there really isn't any cons.
Overall Review: This speaker is discontinued by Polk, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. At the current price you cannot go wrong. It compliments my Monitor 60s and PSW505 sub (both discontinued and high;y discounted, as well) perfectly in looks and sound. This is one deal you really need to consider since this quality for this price doesn't come around all the time. I had to do some creative swapping of components to get it to fit, but it actually came out better then where my last center speaker was.
Pros: Attractive and solid cabinet.
Very clear sound, even at high volumes.
Mids and highs are not harsh.
Can't beat the price right now.
Cons: Don't expect ground shaking bass.
Could use adjustable feet.
Overall Review: These are quality speakers that give a good listening experience. Pair these up with the Polk PSW505 sub (also discontinued and highly discounted), set the crossover at 80Hz and you will rock the house. At the current price you can't go wrong.
Pros: High powered amp with 12" driver.
Moves massive amounts of air.
Full compliment of inputs and controls.
Great sonic quality. Works well with movies and music. Subtle when required to be but thunderous when needed.
Cons: Walks on my hardwood floor.
Makes my house vibrate.
Overall Review: If you are shopping for a sub and are on a budget, get one of these while supplies last; you won't be sorry. It's not often that you can get a sub of this quality this cheap. Check out the reviews on Polk's website as well.
Comments: If your looking for an AGP card before going to PCI-E, this is a sweet buy. I was running an old GF3 TI-500 and scoring 8200 in 3dMark01 and 1200 in 3dMark03. After dropping in this puppy and unlocking all the pipelines and shaders and overclocking to 400/800 I'm getting over 15000 in 3dMark01, over 10000 in 3dMark03 and 4500 in 3dMark05 (running all with their default settings). I have no artifacts or heat problems at all and Doom3 looks and plays awesome at 1024x768 with 4xAA. UT2K4 runs silky smooth with everything cranked to max at 1280x1024. I am extremely satisfied and don't think you can beat the price/performance ratio of this card.
My system specs:
AMD Barton 2500+, 333FSB
1GB DDR400 at 333MHz
Antec True Blue 480 Watt Power Supply
Comments: A solid copper heat sink with a 7000 rpm delta for 18 bucks, you can't beat that. Running a 1700+ (1.47GHz) at 1900+ (1.61GHz) and is running cooler than my 1GHz T-Bird. Fan is a little loud, but I've heard worse. Good reveiws, right up there with 40-50 dollar units.
Shipped on time and arrived promptly, goo price, too. Weird though that I ordered a CPU and HS/fan and they were shipped in different packages, could of saved me 6.95 by putting the cpu in the same box. But I am happy with the products.
Comments: With reference drivers (23.11) card runs default at 200/450 out of the box. Pushed it to 240/500 (Ti500 speed) with no problems at all. Heat sinks were cool to the touch. Scored #6 in 3DMark2001 when compared to systems with same specs as mine on MadOnion. Using CoolBits to o/c. Was delivered quickly, too.