Joined on 04/26/08
Not bad at all
Pros: It has a very nice screen, good graphics and plenty of speed. Very functional design with a good number of USB ports and logical layout. Comfortable on your lap without burning your legs, and the AC adapter even has a cord long enough for just about anyone.
Cons: As others have said, it's buried in bloatware, some of which actually poses security questions and concerns, such as the game package from Wild Tangent. You'll also need to burn your own restore/recovery discs, and print the manual, as no discs are shipped with the unit and the "manual" shows little more than how to turn it on. The default graphics settings will need a bit of tweaking, unless you like the washed out pastel look. The account login screen will just about burn your retinas out if you boot up in a dark room. Also, as others have said, this thing seems to reach out and gather fingerprints from anyone who even looks at it from across the room. It even had paw prints from my cat on it. Another thing is the battery capacity... The unit ships with a six cell battery, while most others use an eight cell. Newegg does not carry any batteries for this, yet, but I've seen eight cell batteries for it on a popular auction site already.
Overall Review: Would it kill manufacturers to actually include the recovery/restore discs, and save you 30-45 minutes of time burning them? And manuals... if they're on the machine then they really aren't going to be much help if you have trouble booting, will they? The one included here feels like a cheap newspaper, doesn't tell you much, and refers you to the manual on the machine for anything detailed. And really, let's drop the bloatware and save buyers the trouble of removing it, and hoping they got it all. If you must include it, burn it on a CD and let us decide if we want it.
Lasted 3 years
Pros: While it worked this worked well. Maybe not the fastest but fast enough, and it freed up a drive bay I needed for something else.
Cons: Does not support locking SATA connectors and cables will sometimes fall out. For the price, I expected to get more than 3 years of use out of it though. I purchased it in 04/14 and it started showing signs of imminent failure in 06/17, at which time it was replaced with a WD Blue SSD. It failed completely within the week after being replaced.
Overall Review: Given the price I paid for it I'm not at all happy about it failing so soon. Yes, all drives eventually fail but 3 years is just too soon.
Can't get it working
Pros: This would be the perfect solution to my need for a 19 pin USB 3.0 connection to feed a front panel USB 3.0 jack, while also providing two rear panel USB 3.0 jacks.
Cons: It simply will not work.
Overall Review: The driver disk that came with this had directories but no files (at least none that showed up when looking for drivers under XP Pro SP3) so I went to their website and downloaded them from there. The installation went smooth, and it shows up in Device Manager, but the ports both on the card and connected to the 19 pin header are completely dead. I even confirmed that the card is getting power through the 4 pin connection by checking voltages on the connector solder joints with a DMM. It has power, and device manager sees it and says it's working, but nothing is passing through the ports.
Pros: Probably the smallest wi-fi adapter on the planet, and it works quite well. Easy to forget about and lose though, if you don't keep it in a USB port.
Cons: Gets quite hot in use (you're warned about this in the manual and told it's normal) and would be very easy to forget or misplace. I looked all over my messy desk for it today, and forgot I left it plugged in the back of a computer I'm working on.
Overall Review: Took off one egg for how hot this gets. Even though the manufacturer says this is normal it still worries me about this causing possible damage to the port, or burning my fingers taking it out.
Not everything is as it seems...
Pros: A sharp looking case with good bay capacity at a very fair price. Build quality on mine appears to be very high and overall I'm pleased with my choice.
Cons: Looks can be deceiving. The one thing I didn't like about this case was the front ports for audio and USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. For one thing it made no sense to me to have both USB versions when 3.0 is backwards compatible, not to mention that you've now used up the header and if you want more 3.0 ports you'll have to add a card. Make them both 3.0 and get full capability from the 20 pin header you have to connect to. And that ties in to the second thing that bugged me about that setup, which is that if you wanted to put a multifunction panel on that included audio or USB 3.0 ports you were going to wind up with some that weren't connected and which wouldn't work. Fortunately, looking at the photos, it seemed you could remove those ports and just slip a different device in that slot. As I said though, looks can be deceiving. While taking off the front allows you access to remove the port hardware and cables (just attached with screws), turning over the face gives you the nasty surprise that the upper bay cover isn't actually a removable cover, it's molded into the face to look like one but is actually non-removable. Bummer! I bought the case, and a multifunction card reader with audio jacks and USB 3.0 and eSATA ports intending to just remove the stock unit and replace it with the card reader. Yes, I can put the card reader below it, that cover is indeed removable, but both devices need a 20 pin header, which means one of them is going to be non-functional. I really wish Thermaltake would read this and redesign this portion of the case because it really limits what you can do with it and that has to be hurting sales of it. I know that if I had known this ahead of time I would have bought a different case, and I'm sure others have thought the same way. It should also be noted that the case does not come with the nice black knurled case screws as shown in the photo of the Kensington security slot (I wish it did), just regular shiney hex screws.
Overall Review: Since I already popped out sheet metal covers for two of the 5.25 bays to mount my 2 bay high fan controller I can't return the case, so instead I'm going to try a little front panel surgery with my Dremel and a saw blade to remove that upper false cover and still mount my card reader. Since it's all plastic it shouldn't be difficult, and will look just fine when I'm done if I'm careful and take my time. I really don't understand why the manufacturer made the case this way when having that as a removable module would have resulted in a much more versatile and user friendly product. I took off an egg for this, otherwise this would be a 5 egg case IMHO.
I think she'll love it!
Pros: This is a very nice piece of workmanship, much better, and larger, than I expected from the photos. The pendant itself is 1/2" square, and about 1/4" deep, with the stone very well mounted and nicely faceted. The chain is much finer than you'd expect, looking at the photo.
Cons: The photos of this item don't do it justice, and lack any sense of scale.
Overall Review: This is a well-made item, easily worth the price, but needs better packaging during shipment. It's sent double boxed, with the necklace and pendant in a fairly large (for the size of the item) white box, wrapped in tissue, then placed inside a sturdy cardboard box for shipping. Unfortunately, there's no padding inside the white box, so the pendant just rattles around on the chain, and I think with rough handling the chain could easily get tangled or broken in shipment. They need to add a little square of cotton over the pendant to cushion it and keep it still during shipment.
Needs better packaging
Normally, the service I got from this seller would rate 5 eggs. They shipped quick, the item (a silver necklace w/pendant) was exactly as described, and the ordering process was painless. However, while the necklace was nicely boxed for shipment, and the inner box was even wrapped in tissue paper, the necklace and pendant were loose inside the box, and could very easily have been damaged in shipping. Thankfully it wasn't, but if they had only put a small bit of cotton padding inside with the necklace to keep it from rattling around they'd have gotten 5 eggs.