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5 out of 5 eggs This is one GREAT platform to use for your next home-built PC 07/22/2016

This review is from: Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: The case is open and easy to work with. All hard drive bays are very accessible, and there is a cage specifically for 2.5 inch drives that mounts to the bottom of the case (it holds 2 drives).
The power supply is mounted at the bottom of the case, which makes great sense from a power cord management viewpoint. I've never understood why desktop vertical case makers always wanted to put the power supply at the top of the case instead of at the bottom.
The construction of the base is top notch. It is rock solid and has plenty of openings for fans, including some at the top of the case. The side panels on both sides of the case are removable, making access to all parts of the case easier.
The hard drive bays use a slide-in system where you attach two slip-on rails to each drive and slide them into place where they lock solidly, but are very easily released for removal or repositioning.
While there is no built-in USB/SD card front-panel slot arrangement, I did purchase a 3.5" third-party unit that I installed in the 3.5" bay that opens to the front, and that has been great.
All-in-all, I consider this one of the best built cases I have ever used, and I would heartily recommend it to everyone. I'm a Cooler Master convert for the future.

Cons: While I did compliment Cooler Master for placement of the power supply on the bottom of the case (and I still think that is a great position for it), there is a matter one needs to remember about that. I recently found my computer shutting down without warning. When I took the case over to a work area where I could set it on its side, I noticed that the power supply fan intake area was totally clogged with dust. I'm sure this was the problem that caused my power supply to overheat and force a shutdown. Once I cleaned away the dust from the mesh Cooler Master places over that fan intake area at the bottom of the case, everything is fine now.
BUT BEWARE!!! CHECK YOUR VENTILATION PATHWAYS EVERYWHERE FOR DUST!!! This is a problem for all computer cases, not just this case, but as this is the first case I've had with a bottom-mounted power supply, I thought I would mention it here. It never occurred to me that this dust build-up was occurring, as the fan intake was out of sight on the bottom of the case. I'm going to calendar a six-month case cleanup for all my computers. It just makes good preventive maintenance sense.

ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source Support - Certified Refurbished
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Many options, including dual-band capability and the ability to set up guest SSID's, so your friends can have Internet access without access to your home network.
Frequent updates to the firmware are available, so support is ongoing, even for this older model.

Cons: Support up to wireless-N, does not support wireless AC standard.
Detection of updates to firmware by the router are not solid. If I don't see an update offered after login as admin, I'll go the ASUS web site to check. Sometimes there is an update the router did not offer. Download and installation of the updates is NOT a problem.
Has only USB 2.0 ports instead of the faster USB 3.0.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this router from Newegg as a refurb, and have had good results with it. I have had NO hardware failures and everything I received has worked well.
As with anything technology-related, speed is everything. This is not the fastest router out there, and does not support the 802.11AC.
I have gigabit fiber Internet to my home, so my wired Ethernet devices are benefiting from gigabit Ethernet support, but I have no wireless AC devices, so (at least at the moment) having a wireless AC-capable router would not give me any significant advantages.

Sony ILCE-3000K/B Alpha a3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera 20.1 MP Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A fine camera at a great price 04/03/2015

This review is from: Sony ILCE-3000K/B Alpha a3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera 20.1 MP Black

Pros: Well-designed controls
Full-featured capabilities
Wide variety of interchangeable lenses
Default installed lens is a wide-angle to 'normal' zoom, perfect for travelers who want to take pictures of places they've visited.

Cons: Obviously, this camera will NOT fit in your pocket, so you have to really WANT the features and versatility it provides over your smaller point-and-shoot camera or your smartphone.

Other Thoughts: I purchased many SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses while I was in the US Navy overseas, and I really enjoyed them, but lugging around the camera and its accessories was not so pleasant due to the weight. The newer SLR cameras are made with lighter material, and this Sony does NOT have the feel of a cheaply made camera. While lighter than my older cameras, this new addition will give me great flexibility in what and how I shoot when I travel, without weighing me down.
I owned one of the early Sony digital cameras, and this is definitely a quantum leap in digital imaging technology that I will enjoy for many years.


David B.'s Profile

Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 01/03/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 02/16/15
  • Last Review: 07/22/16
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