Date Joined: 03/10/09
Pros: Watched blu-ray and DVD discs, no problem.
Overall Review: Nice blu-ray/dvd player for the cost.
Pros: Quick delivery, even though I think this is an Asian company
Picks up voices from across the room
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: I've only tested it so far. I will be using for orhal (had to spell it that way because newegg flagged the word, which is lame, really lame) history interviews. I'll add further review comments if needed after I've used it for a couple of interviews.
Holds two 2.5" HDDs/SSDs
See through so you can read the drive label
Pros: Slim but protective
Overall Review: I like these better than jewel cases because they are easier to open and don't break as easily.
Pros: Installed easily in Windows 7
Overall Review: I needed this for an older HP Laserjet 1100 printer. Getting the card functional was no problem. Installing the printer driver was a bit tricky. There is no driver to download for Win7, the driver is included with the OS. But the installation didn't work the first time (got random characters printing). I just uninstalled the device and reinstalled and it eventually worked.
Pros: Goes both ways. It was recognized by my Kubuntu and Windows 7 computers and Moto G phone.
Very fast delivery.
I like the feel of it.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I've only had it for a couple of hours. The first thing I did was copy the files off of it - there's a security application that works on Windows and Mac (download). Then I partitioned it with gparted - 100 gb fat32 and 15 gb ntfs. It comes formatted fat32 at about 115 gb. My dilemma is how to get the most from this drive. Fat32 is the most recognized file system there is but it only supports up to 4 gb file size. The problem is Windows will only recognize the first partition of a flash drive.
What I'm going to use this thumb drive for is backing up my phone, transferring large and small files, and portable apps.
I will try and update my review if my opinion changes after using it for awhile.
Pros: Lots of space inside, quiet even with 3 fans, blue LED in front looks cool, 2x 3.5" slots in front, easy to install both 3.5" and 2.5" HDDs and SSDs.
Cons: No USB 3.0 in front but with the 3.5" expansion slots it's easy to install them with an addon.
Overall Review: I would definitely buy more of these in the future. One thing that threw me off was that the hard drive connections should be facing in the opposite direction. Using the tool-less brackets, the hdd and/or ssd should be connected to the back side. Hope that's clear.
Pros: It's small and 2.0, which is what I needed to install FreeNAS 9.3 on.
Pros: Looks good sitting on the floor in the corner of the living room.
Plenty of space.
All five sides (not the back) are easy to take off. Taking the bottom off helped when installing the atx power supply.
Cons: I'm using this case for a NAS/media server that runs 24/7. The 200mm fan on the front is quiet but I don't need it to run 24/7 as well. Not sure if it's because the fan has a 3-pin connection or if it's the motherboard/BIOS, but I can't get the fan to not run full blast all of the time.
Overall Review: This case isn't ideal for a NAS with more than two 3.5" HDDs. But you could mount two more on one of the side grills.
Pros: I put this in a headless NAS/media server running FreeNAS. There was no need to do any configuration.
Pros: Delivered quickly - 2 days and free. Can't comment on the quality of the discs but Verbatim is a reliable brand.
Pros: It looks great at 2560x1440, very crisp. I had a slight problem (in Other thoughts section) and had to set it to1920x1080 sometimes, which looked pretty bad after the higher resolution.
Cons: None, just make sure your computer can handle the 2560x1440 resolution. If not, I would NOT recommend buying this monitor.
Overall Review: At 2560x1440 I was getting a blue flickering line on the bottom of the screen and areas of blue flickering speckles occasionally (in Win7 AND Linux Mint 17.1). I built a system using an inexpensive AMD cpu (A6-5400K), which along with the mobo can theoretically handle 2560 using DVI, but not HDMI, VGA or DisplayPort. I figured the monitor was fine but that my system was just barely good enough for the higher resolution so I got an inexpensive video card...no problem now. Make sure your system can handle 2560x1440.
A6-5400K (Radeon HD 7540D graphics)
8GB Corsair DDR3 1600
120GB Silicon Power SDD
HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5
Linux Mint 17.2
Pros: great inexpensive apu, running linux mint with an ssd and the computer is very fast, able to run a win7 virtual machine with no problem.
Overall Review: I'm using a 27" hd monitor and this cpu seems to be causing some flickering at 2560x1440 resolution. I think that can be expected and am not entirely sure the cpu/gpu is the problem. I put a system together for $250, that includes an ssd, a mobo with usb 3.0 and sata III, and 8 gb ram.
Pros: Inexpensive, stylish, usb 3.0 on the front panel, roomy inside for a smaller case
Pros: Very useful. In fact they are so useful I'm not sure how I managed without them.
Cons: You have to buy a 100...think 20 or 30 would have done it. I've been giving them to people. They kind of look at me funny, but I smile inside knowing that they will have that "I see" moment.
Pros: I think this adaptor would work in the right situation. I'm sure it will come in handy at some point and it's one of the few vga male to dvi female adaptors I've seen.
Cons: I wanted to connect my new monitor (Acer K272HUL) to my old laptop (2004) so I could use it while I build a new system over a few months. The problem is the monitor only accepts digital input (DVI-D, HDMI and Display Port). This adaptor would work with a monitor that has a DVI-I port.
Pros: Plenty of tools, nice case, compact
Overall Review: I repair computers and have built a couple and the only tool I've really ever needed was a Philips-head screwdriver. Being a repair technician, I think Bobby Knight's advice is quite appropriate: Be in position to be in position - meaning have the tool when you need it.
One small suggestion: keep the ant-static wrist wrap in the bag after you open it because it's easier to put back under the elastic strap holder.
A small flashlight is also very handy.
Pros: been using for a couple of months and no problems; wanted sata III (for ssd mostly) and wanted usb 3.0, which is why I got the A75 as opposed to the A-55 (had to add a hyphen because of inappropriateness)
Cons: making sure the APU and cooler/fan are working as they should has been a bit mystifying running Windows 7 and Xubuntu 13.10, but not sure if this is because of the motherboard or AMD or my ignorance, so no egg dropping
Overall Review: APU - A8-5600K
Windows 7 professional
The system runs well but I wanted to benchmark it. Windows Experience Index was 4.8 for graphics. Cinebench OpenGL test was low - 18.23. After doing a BIOS update from version 2.2 to 2.3 the scores went up - 6.7 WEI and 29.60 Cinebench. Don't really notice any difference in everyday use, but I recommend flashing the BIOS, at least with the A8-5600K APU.
Pros: Looks nice, solid feel, usb 3.0 on front panel, blue led light on front fan
Cons: Small complaint - could not use the ssd bracket because my power supply couldn't connect to the drive.
Pros: Small profile, plenty of room for RAM (G.Skill F3 8GB), easy to install - AMD A8-5600k, MSI FM2-A75MA. I did have the mobo outside of the case so I imagine it would have been a little more difficult inside.
Cons: Fan speed is constant no matter how hard cpu is pushed. This may not be the cooler's fault, maybe it's a problem with the mobo. Tried many smart fan control settings in BIOS but the fan always runs at the same speed from idle to benchmarking. HWMonitor showed high cpu temps - 89 degrees when running Cinebench and fans at 50%, 86 degrees with fans at 100%. Something is wrong but I don't know what so I took an egg off (maybe unfairly)
Pros: Quiet, looks nice, no problems, good rebate
Pros: Worked on new machine while installing Xubuntu - no driver needed. The base that comes with it is nice. Received one day after I ordered.
Pros: solid feel, stylish, usb 3.0 on front panel, comes with 2 fans but can accommodate up to 8, no bracket need for 2.5" drives, good price
Overall Review: One reason I got this case was because of the usb 3.0 in the front, many of the less expensive cases don't have this yet. It's larger than I expected but there's lots of room for expansion - I may set up a RAID as it holds 5 3.5" hard drives on top of the 3 2.5" drives. Some people commented that their cases were damaged when they got them, but mine was packed well and arrived safely.
Pros: Cheap and small and works. It's great to have this adapter so I don't have to open up a desktop to access hard drives.