Joined on 04/06/11
basic design is great but has some pretty stupid design details/layout
Pros: cheap. 2x 5.25 bays in front standard ATX PSU micro ATX motherboard
Cons: accessing the front fans requires disassembling the entire front of the case has one USB 2 and one USB 3 on the front...but some idiot tied the headers together so they cant be used at the same time if the motherboard headers are more than an inch apart (edit: OK, plugged in just the USB3 and both ports work, so the weird plug must do both somehow - would have been nice if there was some kind of advanced way for a company to provide information to the end user in a simple printout to tell you things like this.....) there is no way for an ATX PSU to breath if it isn't a back fan style fits a standard ATX PSU, but completely blocks ventilation, not even perforated panels; the motherboard is on the wrong side for an SFX PSU and so the cables are too short. simply putting the 5.25 and PSU on the other side seems like it would have completely eliminated this problem. the FANs are insane. they aren't just loud, loud i could handle. these things sound like they are trying to make the case fly, wanting to grow up into their big brothers, Helicopter blades. they sound like they are going to rattle themselves right out of the case. I unplugged them before they pop out of the housing and eat their power cables like Kirby the Vacuum Cleaner....probably going try and remove the entire front fan structure and put some fans that arent pure junk in no manual that I can find
Overall Review: has a mount for a full height single slot PCI card above the CPU. doesnt seem to be in the description the FAN power cables are literally long enough to go out the PCI slots...
cheaper, but after maybe 4 uses the laptop isn't working
Pros: more RAM, good price
Cons: system turned on 4 times fine, now doesn't work. unsure if cause is RAM, but that's the most recent change. have to tear the whole laptop apart (again) to get at 2 of the 4 sticks to even test anything. kind of annoying that I can't be sure it's not the RAM.
Overall Review: eh. bought cheap, might be the reason the laptop is now a brick.
rails for a servers
Pros: ball bearing rails
Cons: provided washers are laughably to small for the L brackets, go right through the slots...i added some bigger ones I had the L bracket needs lots of space outside the mounting holes, had to bend the edges to get it to fit, kind of S rails now ______|¯ edit: mounted hardware is 5mm too low, doesn't sit in the U space
Overall Review: lining up the rails isn't the smoothest ever quality feels a little weak but seems to hold. smooth glide does not lock in extended position
strong rails, feel like quality build
Pros: strong rails, feel like quality build pre assembled, no screwing around to mount L brackets entension locking
Cons: the silly "quick mount" system is incompatible with threaded rack. ( I missed this when ordering so while not norco's fault, it's a huge shame since the rails themselves are nice)
Overall Review: a little tight, so pushing the server into the rack is fairly stiff just regular mount holes would have been nicer, or some way to switch out the quick mount for standard holes I removed parts of the quick mount, which leaves a square hole I can put a threaded screw through, but the size is wrong so it doesnt sit quite right. need to either find a square space or drill out the dumb clips the rails are nice enough that I might order more despite having to modify