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Acer Laptop Aspire E3-111-C0QT Intel Celeron N2940 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Affordable, decent specs versus cost and size, nice screen, runs pretty well, attractive. It runs as expected for the hardware. Do not expect to play shooter games or edit video on this. Over all it's a good value.
USB 3 and HDMI are helpful features.
Nice keyboard, large touch pad.

Cons: touch pad is loose and it moves a bit, it doesn't really harm anything but is awkward

Other Thoughts: The trouble is it arrived non-functional. Windows was not set up. The hard drive works. It appears they attempted to install Windows in BIOS mode even though it's a UEFI system. G-Parted finds the partitions but live Linux won't mount them as if they exist but are not formatted. There's the typical NTFS partitions for Windows and 'System reserved' but nothing in them. Even if I don't use it I want the Windows 7 I paid for. Acer is sending out a recovery at no cost. This is certainly easier and cheaper than sending it back for replacement. I'd probably wipe it and start fresh anyway but I expected it to at least boot up out of the box.

Newegg should have done much better in packing. There were only a couple *pillows* in the carton and the computer (tight in its box) was just flopping around. There appears to be no damage.

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iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis 1 External 5.25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, affordable, 2RU case was perfect for my needs. It is simple to work with and offers somewhat flexible drive mounting options compared to other similar size cases.

Cons: see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: Some complain of the loud front case fans. Mine did not ship with any which is fine since I planned to replace them anyway. A pair of Thermaltake ISGC Fan 8 AF0043 80mm worked out perfectly. There is very little room left with a Micro ATX board and depending on exactly where the connectors are you may have a difficult time with clearance when using a 3.5 inch hard drive. A right-angle SATA connector on at least one end might be required. I was forced to change the position of my drives from my desired because of this. I wanted them in a particular position for more clearance between the drives and the CPU cooler and for better placement behind the case fans. I have two 3.5 inch drives and one 2.5 inch SSD in a 3.5 adapter in this case.

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HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723020ALA640 (0F12455) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I needed large capacity and with these I can take advantage of 6G/s speed supported by the motherboard. They run 24/7, not just powered on but constantly actively transferring and to date have been perfect.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have had a defective drive or two over the years from Hitachi but overall they have been among the best I've used. I use them (these and earlier models) in FTP, video file servers, and video editing machines where they experience very heavy use for many years with almost never a failure. (A notable professional video and graphics rendering computer maker uses HGST almost exclusively. I have bought from them but generally prefer building my own.) I won't call them out here but in such environments I have had a 100% failure rate with 2 other very popular brands. Nothing is perfect. HGST has been close.

We'll have to wait and see how it goes now that Western Digital owns HGST since history has shown when one buys another the product quality often changes.

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Display Name: Eric F.

Date Joined: 06/22/05

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 01/25/17
  • Last Review: 01/25/17
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