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iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-SILVER 1 x 5.25
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Love the 5 that I have, couldn't pass up a 6th for the current price after rebate 01/01/2016

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-SILVER 1 x 5.25" to 1 x 3.5" SATA/SAS 6.0 Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Using these in our PCs makes it easy to do backups at full SATA speeds without the need to open the boxes or use eSATA connections. Given the sale prices Newegg frequently offers I actually use another in each PC to hold the system drive as well, just because removing or swapping the system drive easily is convenient once in a while. Have never had any problems with the 5 that I already own nor with the two black ones that I bought before them, and significantly prefer them to alternatives that require mounting drives in caddies that I've used in the past. Nice rugged cage, though connectors may be fragile (see below). Attractive. Less expensive when on sale or after rebate than any other cages I've ever seen.

Cons: None for me, but possible ones include no fan (the aluminum cage conducts heat away well, our boxes have good air flow, and the cage has a mounting point and power connection for a 40 mm fan if you want to add one), potentially fragile connectors (comments for the black version say that when you attach the internal cables it may be wise to have a disk locked in the cage to give the connectors added support, though I tend to handle connectors gently and have not encountered any problem myself), and I have one drive (an old WD Black) whose connectors aren't quite ideally aligned when it's inserted and that thus requires some care in inserting.

ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs You may not get what you ordered 12/10/2015

This review is from: ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

Pros: Great price (at the moment), fast shipping.

Cons: If you order this you may instead get the 4 MB cache version (as I just did last week) which Newegg has been shipping under this product description for years (they say that there's no reasonable way for them to test the units that ASUS sends them so they just pass them along to the customer). The reported difference between the two is that the 8 MB version is made by Lite-On and the 4 MB version by LG, and many people believe that the LG version generates most of the problems that get reported here (which is why I asked Newegg to pay the return shipping on mine, which they did without demur; the 8 MB cache version that I bought about 3 years ago is still working fine, and I wanted another just like it).

You can use the free ImgBurn utility (Capabilities section) or the trial version of Opti Drive Control (Drive Info section) to view the drive's cache size, firmware revision (the Lite-On's is 1.03, the LG's is 1.0), or model number (the LG's has an 'a' appended at the end).

Mee audio HT-21 On-Ear Headphones (2nd Generation)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs 2nd generation pair not as good as the 1st 11/03/2015

This review is from: Mee audio HT-21 On-Ear Headphones (2nd Generation)

Pros: Price when on sale at less than half what the current price here is (if the price here was that low I'd have given them at least one additional rating star).

Light-weight and comfortable (not too tight but tight enough to stay in place even during moderate exercise).

Single cord to the left earphone rather than a 'Y' cord to each.

Efficient (higher-than-normal volume for a given input level).

Fold to pack flat in luggage.

Cons: Mid-range and bass are a bit muddy, bass is kind of boomy as well. High range is fairly clear but not exceptional.

A bit delicate (our first-generation pair broke at one hinge after 4 years of light use, and the new pair appears to be identical in that area).

Other Thoughts: We bought our 1st generation pair from Newegg on sale for about half the current price and at that price they weren't just good, they were phenomenal: clear and even throughout the frequency range, with the other advantages described above. When they eventually broke I managed to repair them so that they were usable but we decided to buy another pair as insurance since we liked them so much.

The 2nd generation pair were not on sale at Newegg (though I think they had been recently) but were available from an at least comparably reliable source at about the same sale price, so we don't believe they were damaged in any way: they simply didn't reproduce music as well (though some seem to think that headphones require a 'burn-in' period before reaching best performance so that could be a factor). Perhaps we just got a lemon, as many other recent reviewers seem to be very satisfied with them; if the vendor is willing to replace them with another pair we'll give them a shot and I'll report back if they're noticeably better (otherwise I'll just return these and perhaps try a different well-known brand mentioned by another recent reviewer here at a similar price that has had good reviews).


William T.'s Profile

Display Name: William T.

Date Joined: 09/06/03

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 04/11/08
  • Last Review: 01/01/16
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