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Pros: - Good looking case. There's no denying it. It is a good looking case, especially with that smooth front panel.
- Decent wire management. Anymore it's pretty much expected that a case will offer wire management options. This case does not disappoint. More than enough anchor points to secure things.
- PSU shroud and hidden HDD bays make for a clean interior.
- Built in RGB lighting. Im not a huge fan of all this RGB stuff, but I think a little bit does look good and the downlighting on this case is just perfect.
- Built in fan controller.
- Decent enough pricing for what you get.
Cons: - Pictures of grey case deceptive/Incorrect: Major Gripe One. That picture above shows a case that is concrete grey in color. That's what I wanted. Yes, I know that Anthracite Grey is a darker grey, but every company seems to have a different interpretation of what anthracite should look like, That concrete gray color is what first caught my attention and what I wanted. Had I known that the pics were over lit/over flashed I would have gotten the black case.
- PSU shroud not removable; Major Gripe Two. If you have a modular or semi modular power supply you'll need to attach all your cables prior to installing the power supply. With the limited space and room under there and dependent on how many things you have installed this can turn into a major hassle. Plus you don't have easy access for expansion. You'll either need to remove the PSU or have small hands and lots of patience.
- Stock fans are junk. Plan on replacing them.
- Cheap/Thin paint. Top panel on my case isn't even fully covered in spots. Also as previously mentioned, fingerprint magnet.
- Fan controller of limited use. It's of some use in regards to having a nice place to plug the front fans into, but useless in regards to controlling fan speed. The controller on my case powers the fans, but will not allow me to change fan speed.
- No 5.25 bays. Plan on using an external optical if you use an optical at all.
- Limited HDD/SSD space. 4 drives max, with 2 spaces limited to 2.5" drives only. This really isn't an issue for 95% of us out there.
- Side panels utilize the slot and hook method to hold the panels in place. This is a cheap case, so it's not surprising that Phanteks opted for that method. It's cheap, simple and it works. But it's still a pain to use.
- Sound deadening peeling off of window panel. Had to glue it back on.
Other Thoughts: I bought this case for a build that I was putting together for a friend and was looking for something a little different.
A couple of things to note that aren't really gripes. If you plan to use the SSD trays behind the motherboard, get long SATA cables. At least 24", otherwise your going to be dealing with sharp bends and unneeded strain on your SATA headers.
I personally found the velcro straps provided for wire management to be pretty much useless and removed them, choosing to use zip ties instead.
Personally, i will not choose this case for another build. This is not to say that it's a bad computer case. But neither is it a great computer case. This one settles solidly into the middle ground of "Okay".
This review is from: MSI DS502 USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: - In game sound recreation is good.
- Headphones are light and comfortable.
Cons: - Website drivers broken/non functional forcing me to use the supplied CD.
- Music playback is marginal. All the sounds come off really flat.
- Cheesy options and lights. Things like needless backlit and vibrating cans.
Other Thoughts: These headphones were packaged as a "bonus item" with my motherboard. I didn't want them and I didn't need them, I would have much preferred the 69.99 be deducted from the price of my mobo. They've been sitting unopened on a shelf for the last 2 months till I decided to break them out and give them a try. Maybe I would be pleasantly surprised.
Since I don't have and optical drive installed, I went to MSI.com and downloaded the needed drivers. They don't work. Or at least the ones I downloaded didn't work. Had to dig out the portable and use the disc. That cost an egg and a half.
After figuring out the software, I plugged them in and fired up some tunes. These things are HORRIBLE at music playback. Granted, I have a set of AudioTechnica ATH-M50 headphones, so that's a tough set of cans to beat. The MSI DS502's are just simply flat and textureless in their playback regardless of the tweaks I made. My earbuds blow these away in terms of music. That lost another egg.
Next I fired up a couple of games to see how they did there. This is where I was surprised and pleased. Did they blow my mind and how awesome they were? No they did not. But I was pleased to note that I could hear all the little noised going on, from the gunshots and explosions in the distance to my companions footsteps crunching in the dirt as they walked around me. Positional audio was decent as well. True 7.1? Hard to say as the game I tested with doesn't really support surround. But was it good enough to tell front from back? Absolutely.
Personally I don't like to game wearing headphones. I have a very nice set of speakers set up for 5.1 and I prefer that to headphones. When I do use headphones it's to listen to music without having to worry about bothering neighbors or family members if and when I turn up the volume. The DS502 will add another option. I can see myself using these in the late evenings when I want some volume, but don't want to disturb others with the bass rumbles of explosions and what not.
Pros: - 7 front mount, easy to access USB 3.0 ports.
- Decent looking design wise.
- L.E.D. to indicate active ports (Though LED is quite bright which might be considered a Con).
Cons: Nonfunctional device It's a total crapshoot if it's going to work or not.
Time after time I hear my computer sound its little connect/disconnect chime. Doesn't matter if there is anything plugged in or not. . I checked into updating the firmware. The firmware available for download at the manufacturers website is outdated and older than what is shipping on the devices.
Hub uses hard plastic nubs for feet. It could really use some nonskid rubber feet.
Other Thoughts: It's nice glossy black finish is a bit of a finger print magnet. Although this hub looks like it's big and heavy, it's not. It is a large hub, but doesn't have a lot of heft to it. (See Cons about the feet).READ FULL REVIEW