Date Joined: 04/13/12
Pros: Works on all Micro SD formats (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
Cons: Not built with longevity in mind.
Overall Review: would say it's just built for the purpose of normally including with a micro SD for use on a larger pc so you can set it up for use in another device, it gets the job done and all i needed it for was to test a 200gb micro SD for legitimate capacity. won't likely use it again until i have to do so once more. it does the job but i would definitely not rely on something of this construction to use on a daily basis with numerous card insertions over a short period of time. then again most sd micro to usb devices seem to be built that way, so kudos for being relatively inexpensive.
Pros: good quality fans
reasonably quiet at low to moderate speeds.
lighting is pleasing to look at.
Cons: fan controller pretty much needs to be somewhere visible and accessible, it resets settings if the psu is powered down.
fan controller unneccessarily bulky and hard to hide, but since you need to be able to access the buttons on it... unwise to hide anyway.
limited to 3 fans per controller
if you need more than 3 fans, prepare for awkward wiring.
pretty sure the 5 pin fans are a proprietary port to the fan controllers.
Overall Review: good for smaller builds or open-air cases that need directed airflow in specific places.
may want to keep some degree of easy access to the fan controller.
included velcro pads for controller tore off the adhesive, leaving the glue behind on the device, maybe buy something with more permanent placement in mind.
Pros: excellent card
reasonable power consumption for performance
backplate quite solid
Cons: heats up pretty crazy in my room despite good airflow and a large floor fan pointed from the floor to my pc's intake.
Overall Review: "Free installed backplate" but costs more than the Non-backplate version of same model.
Pros: hasn't overheated yet
simple install, but had to move video card.
Cons: pretty much paying for the brand name and a quarter worth of aluminum, because it can't possibly warrant the 40$+ markup for the next best thing without a heat sink on it... but i did want it for the heat sink.
Overall Review: if you're like me and you just want a pretty solid wireless adapter that doesn't take up a USB slot, then it fits the bill. it's a little expensive for what it is, but if that's the price i pay not to disconnect because the wireless device overheated again, that's the price i'll pay. you could probably do just as well making your own heat sink out of a piece of formed copper on any 30$ wireless card with similar features, but if you don't have the time or inclination to do it... here's your answer.
Pros: ~ easy to set up, just plug in and use
~ Fast as it needs to be
~ looks pretty cool in the dark with that lit-up X
Cons: ~ had to find a particularly difficult to find driver to make the 5ghz frequency work
~ has been overheating a lot lately, the air-tight plastic case may have something to do with that.
Overall Review: would recommend for light duty use, but constant gaming on a usb device, probably not the best idea like i've been doing.
will likely soon be just picking up an internal device for my tower that's got at least a heat sink on it.
Pros: unremarkable, but it does what i needed it for. reasonably priced, can't complain.
Cons: nothing yet