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Eric S.

Eric S.

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Most Favorable Review

Great portable drive

WD 2TB White My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0020BWT-NESN
WD 2TB White My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0020BWT-NESN

Pros: The drive is very small - about the size of a laptop hard drive - which is probably the base component inside. No unusual heat was produced while copying 100 GB of data to it. It was just slightly warm. Also, it was very quiet. Could not hear anything from it. The included cord is USB 3.0 compatible, with the micro USB connection that is the same as the Samsung S5 phone that I have. That's a plus, for me.

Cons: Hard drive activity light is on the side with the plug. Might be better if it was on the front. Nothing else to complain about, really. It would be awesome if it was SSD-based, but certainly fine for a backup or transporting video, music or other large files

Overall Review: Not sure how rugged it would be, but I'll definitely be careful with it, since it is a traditional spinning drive and not SSD. Here are the results from CrystalDiskMark: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 114.708 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 113.365 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.579 MB/s [ 141.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.400 MB/s [ 341.8 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 113.887 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 113.662 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.544 MB/s [ 132.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.390 MB/s [ 339.4 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [K: 0.0% (0.3/1863.0 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2015/09/15 10:39:00 OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64) Real life data copy of over 100 GB of music averaged 30MB per second, reading from Samsung 840 Evo SSD. Took around 70 minutes for ~108GB of songs. So not incredibly fast, but still decent for an external drive. Copied 20GB of HD home movies averaged about 58MB per second, which is what I expected for larger files.

Most Critical Review

Average earbuds - had higher expectations

Rosewill Wireless Earbuds with Fast Charging Case, Bluetooth Headphones with built-in Microphone, LED Battery Indicator, 4 Hours of Continuous Playtime - RW-T52
Rosewill Wireless Earbuds with Fast Charging Case, Bluetooth Headphones with built-in Microphone, LED Battery Indicator, 4 Hours of Continuous Playtime - RW-T52

Pros: - Solid feel - both the earbuds and the case. Earbuds fit in snug and charge when you close the case. - Polished, clean look. - Small footprint compared to some that look like huge lug nuts sticking out of your ears. - Audio so far has not had a lot of "dropouts" like some I've owned. - Pair easily. - Decent range... left my phone upstairs, went downstairs and outside before losing signal. - For running, these stay in my ears well and don't have to fiddle with them as much as others with rubber flanges. - They do last 4 hours on a charge (although they are still new - time will tell if that holds in a year or so).

Cons: - Very average sound quality; very flat and almost muddy, as someone else mentioned. Needs the bass and treble boosted, and pull down the middle hertz range. I compared sound quality to my best set, and these were not even close. - Can cause a bit of an ear ache if you're not used to this style. - "One size fits all" makes these not as snug and maybe even fall out of someone's ears. They stay in mine, but they don't block sound as well as ones with rubber flanges. And you can hear a huge amount of audio by just pressing them in a tiny bit. - The touch sensor is sooo sensitive. I was constantly hitting it, and it has a delay. And I'm not really getting used to both of those annoyances ... yet. - The case is not pocket-friendly. You'll know the difference when you have a case that is smooth and rounded. If you just keep it in a backpack or luggage, then this is no big deal. - Phone call quality is acceptable but not good. I wouldn't use them on conference calls unless I was somewhere crowded and needed to (and didn't have my go-to earbuds charged :-).

Overall Review: I've owned 5 wireless earbuds in search of a "better" pair. These are middle of the road. I've had some that drop audio in one or both earbuds for no apparent reason. I had a pair in which one earbud just completely stopped working within a year. All the ones I've purchased ranged from $35-$55, so these ones are in that range too. This pair comes in above two of them, but below two others. These look really nice and feel solid, but the sound quality and the touch sensor diminish all the positives. I really wanted to like them more, but I will probably use them only as backups or for occasional runs. Maybe they'll fix those issues in the next version.

EnLabs Fan controller

EnLabs TX3CO8S 8 Channel Computer PC 3pin CPU Cooler Case Fan Speed Temperature Controller w/ Rubber Backed Tap for Internal & Mining - 8 Way 3 pin Fan Hub, Power by SATA 15pin
EnLabs TX3CO8S 8 Channel Computer PC 3pin CPU Cooler Case Fan Speed Temperature Controller w/ Rubber Backed Tap for Internal & Mining - 8 Way 3 pin Fan Hub, Power by SATA 15pin

Pros: - You can turn fans to a very, very low speed - or completely off if you want - It offers precise control, as well - Low price

Cons: - No software control - Have to mount it outside of your case or open your case if you want to change the overall speed - Doesn't have an "enclosure" around the entire device

Overall Review: Works using voltage and physical wheel. It doesn't control PWM, but that didn't matter to me. There are dozens of other ones out there that work well for that. It does what I need and I don't need to open my case and change the fans. I have the CPU fan controlled from the motherboard.

Great airflow and nice single color LED fan

Corsair AF Series AF140 LED (2018) CO-9050085-WW 140mm White LED Case Fan, Single Pack
Corsair AF Series AF140 LED (2018) CO-9050085-WW 140mm White LED Case Fan, Single Pack

Pros: - Moves a lot of air. I also have a TT 140mm fan in the same case. The TT fan came with the Tower 900 case and the Corsair AF 140 definitely moves more air. The fans themselves are larger, but the center of the fan is also larger than the TT fan center, so at first I didn't think the difference would be noticeable. It is definitely noticeable, though, and no difference in sound at low or higher RPM. - Looks good. LED's are only in the center, but it's a good look for a 140 mm fan if you just want some light and the larger size. - Corsair quality. Packaging and fan quality is virtually flawless. - Fairly quiet for a large, high-volume fan. No louder than any other 140 mm that I've used. In fact, lower decibels than most I've used in the past, I'd say.

Cons: - No RGB. I know. Not advertised as that, so why would that be a con. I guess with low costs now with many RGB fans on the market, this type of fan will soon be obsolete. But for single purpose, single color - it is perfect. - Not PWM. This is controlled by voltage only, as far as I can tell. Only 3 pin. But works fine on motherboard or in fan hub/regulator that can control it.

Overall Review: I'm using this fan in ThermalTake Tower 900 as top exhaust fan in the top (front side) so that it can emit light down onto the board and pull the radiant heat away from GPU and CPU. It has two major cons that will keep most from buying it. But it is a great looking fan and has specific uses that some people may love. For me, it was exactly what I wanted. I have other components for RGB, so this fan was a bonus just to match my white case and add some light - and pull some hot air out of the case. I wish I could attach a picture!

OK for budget case

Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid-Tower with Front Mesh Ventilation, Front Side Red Accent Mesh Intake & Transparent Acrylic Side Panel
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid-Tower with Front Mesh Ventilation, Front Side Red Accent Mesh Intake & Transparent Acrylic Side Panel

Pros: - Full, clear window to show off internals. - Price. With rebates, it's a cheap option for a windowed case. - Lightweight - this could be a pro or a con. It's not heavy to carry, but that also means that the structure isn't all that heavy-duty. - Has removeable dust covers on top and underneath (for Power supply). Top one is magnetic. Bottom one is held in by corner clips that are not that great. - Bottom has Power supply cover which looks good and has plenty of openings to route cables and lots of tie down spots. - Hard drive cage is also housed in with the power supply cover. There is a space on top of the cover to mount a 2.5 inch SSD. - Front has nice mesh intake, but no quick release to remove it for cleaning. - Has pretty good airflow, but you have to buy 4 or 5 fans if you're going to make use of all the fan locations.

Cons: - Only one fan included(non-LED). - Has single red color on front side vents, which may not be paired well if you want to go with different colors for internal parts and LED's. - Feels kind of cheap. Side panel is plexiglass, thin and light but not as nice as real glass. Also, it's not really easy to take off the side panel and put it back on. There are no stand-offs to hold your case in place while you put screws back in. - Not particularly nice looking case, but not horrible. - Intake area in front is buldged out as if you could put a radiator in there, but there really isn't room. Can't even fit fans in the "outer" mesh area in front. Could have been designed better in that respect, I think. - I don't think it is big enough inside to put in water cooling loop with two radiators and a tank. (then again, I doubt anyone is buying this to put in water cooling). But it is a Mid tower, so that should be known up front.

Overall Review: I'd have to say I thought it would be a little better. If the side panel was easier to manipulate and was real glass, I'd like it a little better. And I'm a little disappointed in how the front is designed. These things might not bother other people, of course, but those are deal breakers for me. If price is driving your decision and/or you're ok with the cons I've mentioned, then this will probably suit you just fine. I'm using this one to build for a friend, but I'd never use if for myself. Sum up: It's a decent case with a few quirks, but it didn't meet my expectations. If I were saving to buy a case, I'd keep saving and get something like a Corsair 570x, Phanteks Enthoo, TT Core X71 or TT Kandalf. There are lots of better options.

Great monochromatic printer

Brother HL-L2350DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer with Wireless Printing and Duplex Two-Sided Printing
Brother HL-L2350DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer with Wireless Printing and Duplex Two-Sided Printing

Pros: - Small footprint - doesn't take up a lot of space - Warms up fast and prints FAST - Easy to set up - WiFi works well - and you can print from mobile devices easily. - Holds a lot of paper inside (over 200 sheets) and you can load individual papers through the side (such as envelopes) - Solid feel and looks good in a home office - No ink smear with laser (vs. inkjet) - The ink cartridges print 1200 or 3000 pages, depending on the size you order - AND ink cartridges are fairly priced, compared to having to buy 4 cartridges for a color inkjet printer - Prints 32 PPM, which is fairly fast for its size - Price is great... I remember when all laser printers were over $1000 - Quiet. Even when printing many pages it's not too noisy - Two-sided printing (amazing for such a small device) - Not too complex - meaning, panels are easily accessible and there aren't many. Loading the cartridge is easy too.

Cons: There aren't too many cons, and even the ones I've mentioned are kind of minor, considering that it is just a b/w printer. - No color - No USB cord included - No Ethernet port to add to wired network (must use USB for attaching to a machine) - No scanner/copier capabilities (but... it is just advertised as a printer, not a multi-function device)

Overall Review: If you just need a printer (not a scanner or copier), and you are ok with just printing black and white, this is a great printer and I'd highly recommend it - especially if you need to print multiple pages quickly. I use it all the time for just printing copies of things that don't need to be in color. If it had a scanner, I'd get rid of my all-in-one Canon printer. I am impressed with this little printer!

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EK Water Blocks - Quality parts!

This company offers some of the best PC water cooling parts I've ever purchased, and they send them on time. Prices may seem higher for some items, but the quality is worth it.

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Great experience

Item arrived in a timely manner and was exactly as described on the Newegg website.

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10/13/2018