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Jason W.

Jason W.

Joined on 05/05/06

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Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Quiet, especially at lower voltage. I've had 5 mounted as casefans for 10 months, running at about 900rpm

Cons: Of the 5, one is mounted behind the CPU heatsink and I occasionally have it set to run faster than the others. At the nine month mark, it no longer starts reliably, even with full voltage. After a nudge from a pencil it spins, but it will need to be replaced.

Overall Review: Probably best to get the faster spinning version (the F) and feed it a lower voltage. The faster models are apparently more reliable at starting with low voltage. Will likely replace my failing E with an F

Most Critical Review

half dead

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Single platter, thin. Very fast (over 100mb/sec), when it works

Cons: Ordered two for RAID 1. One is not recognized by my RAID card. It is usable when attached directly to my mobo, but HDtune shows degraded performance next to the working drive, with severe dips in speed.

Overall Review: one of two unusable immediately out of the box :(

fragile

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UN-WS51T Ultra-Slim Laptop 13.3" FHD WideView Touch Display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 8GB LPDDR3, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA MX150, Windows 10, Backlit keyboard, Fingerprint
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UN-WS51T Ultra-Slim Laptop 13.3" FHD WideView Touch Display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 8GB LPDDR3, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA MX150, Windows 10, Backlit keyboard, Fingerprint

Pros: nice specs for the price. Discrete GFX card

Cons: needless glass coating on the lid. Came chipped out of the box. It's a minor cosmetic thing, but cosmetics is what they had in mind when they made it all shiny and glass, which is counterproductive top say the least when it can't even survive the shipping process. If they're going to make a big deal out of it so will I

Overall Review: can't get a version without a touchscreen, as you can in overseas markets. Also can't get a version with higher RAM and storage, as you can in overseas markets. Weak outing

USB3 speeds, in write too

SanDisk 64GB Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 245MB/s (SDCZ80-064G-GAM46)
SanDisk 64GB Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 245MB/s (SDCZ80-064G-GAM46)

Pros: can be written to at much faster than USB2 speeds, unlike cheaper "USB 3" drives that only exceed USB2 speed on reads. OK price for capacity

Cons: Connector when extended isn't locked into place with full extension, but can retract a bit still. Makes for a weird feeling trying to insert it into a USB port, but it works

did what it needed to no problem

Syba SY-ACC65067 Multi-Function Smart Phones Tablet PC Electronic Devices Disassembly Repair Tool Kit
Syba SY-ACC65067 Multi-Function Smart Phones Tablet PC Electronic Devices Disassembly Repair Tool Kit

Pros: everything needed to get into my iphone 5s, all worked as expected

Cons: suction cup crimped a bit at the edge, slightly reduced the area that could form a seal with the screen

horrible keyboard

ASUS ZenBook UX31E-DH52 Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2557M (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 13.3" 1600 x 900 Ultrabook Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
ASUS ZenBook UX31E-DH52 Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2557M (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 13.3" 1600 x 900 Ultrabook Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: I love everything about this, with one glaring exception. It looks great, is light, runs cool and is quiet. Touchpad works pretty well for me (it's an Elan). I like how it comes with ethernet and CGA dongles. Stylish case (and box for what that's worth)

Cons: The keyboard is the worst I have ever used. Pressing off center feels and sounds like the key has depressed all the way, but frequently nothing is registered. It's inconsistent too. Pressing the same place can register a stroke on one press, but not on the next.

Overall Review: Without a usable keyboard, using this machine is torture. It's easier for me to type on my eee 900. Not getting another Zenbook until I hear it's been fixed, and am able to confirm it myself. Too few reviews said anything about it (though having tried it, it's pretty easy to find people complaining about it on the web now)