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Matthew R.

Matthew R.

Joined on 10/10/07

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Most Favorable Review

Brilliantly Simple

XIGMATEK CCA-EMFCB-U01 4 in 3 HDD Cage Extra Hard Drive Bay
XIGMATEK CCA-EMFCB-U01 4 in 3 HDD Cage Extra Hard Drive Bay

Pros: I make custom computer cases. Rugged and traveling cases. These hard drive cages are perfect additions my designs, and have kept my hard drives working cool.

Cons: The screws are somewhat difficult to insert.

Most Critical Review

Garbage

Tek Republic TUH-3700 USB 3.0 7 Port Hub with 2 x 2.1A Fast Charging & Sync Port and 5A Power Adapter
Tek Republic TUH-3700 USB 3.0 7 Port Hub with 2 x 2.1A Fast Charging & Sync Port and 5A Power Adapter

Pros: When it works, it's great. Wait, no. It's a slower hub. So really, it's barely kind of okay.

Cons: It will break shortly after you get it. The power supply crapped out on mine within 2 months. It cannot power two portable drives and a card reader, even if plugged in the wall. The 2.1amp charging ports died within a month as well. Really, just trash it before you buy it.

Overall Review: I'd like my money back.

12/17/2014

Good, but not grear

iStarUSA E-20 Black Steel 2U Rackmount Rugged 15" Compact Chassis 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
iStarUSA E-20 Black Steel 2U Rackmount Rugged 15" Compact Chassis 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: I purchased this for a portable system I use on film sets. The case it was placed in gets shipped all over. Outside of tightening the screws up once a month, it's a solid case. I replaced the stock fans with quieter ones, and the CPU cooler is a water cooled fan that sits outside the case. I have few temperature issues as a result. I wish that the interior had a few more millimeters of space vertically for a full sized PSU, but they opted against that. Much like a micro sized version of football, the case and having it fit your needs is a game of inches... or, rather, millimeters and microns. In the end, it's a solid case with lots of options and for the price I am very happy.

Cons: I wish it was easier to access the interior of the case from the front, but really, physics being what they are, I doubt anyone could make a case at this price point and have that ability.

12/17/2014

Simple. Effective.

StarTech.com 6 ft Black SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Extension Cable A to A - M/F
StarTech.com 6 ft Black SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Extension Cable A to A - M/F

Pros: No noticeable speed difference.

Cons: It isn't free?

12/17/2014

Pretty Happy About Buying This

Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (2014 Model) - Certified Refurbished
Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (2014 Model) - Certified Refurbished

Pros: Small. Turns on and off with a TV with a USB port. Can toss it onto an HDMI enabled monitor. Remote and, while not as fast as the Roku 3 that is a full sized device, it's perfect for what it is.

Cons: It is a little slow on the boot up, but because I share this with other people, I'd prefer it turns off with the TV. This ensures no one accidentally messes with someone else Netflix Profile, which is an odd thing to have to bring up with a roommate.

12/17/2014

Eh. Not worth it.

WD WD25EZRS 2.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD WD25EZRS 2.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Failed within 2 months of ownership. RMA'd. Better off buying another drive.