Joined on 11/21/14
10/10 would buy again
Pros: - Sleek minimal design. The front panel is a brushed look plastic. It's hard to see on the product images but the Rosewill logo on the top left is made of metal with beautiful chamfered edges, similar to the HTC 10 - While not listed in the specs, 140mm fans can be installed. I installed two Arctic BioniX F140 fans in the front. - Included 1200RPM fan moves air quietly. I configured the fan to hover around 900RPM on idle and cannot hear it over the rest of the system - Good sized CPU coolers can be installed. I was able to install a 150mm Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE cooler with room to spare. There appears to be room for up to 160mm coolers - Various cable management routing options. I did not find myself without a logical way to route cables. I tucked the majority of the cables in the space between the hard drive cage and where the power supply is installed.
Cons: The only obstacle I ran into was installing the front 140mm fans. There are cutouts for 140mm fans but the USB 3.0 cable from the I/O panel prevents 140mm fans from being installed at the upmost position. 120mm fans can be installed at the upmost position without issue. I had to slightly bend the USB 3.0 I/O cable to get it out of the way of where the 140mm fan cutout is. The bottom front fan rests on top of the hard drive cage but due to me being unable to move the top front fan further up, I was only able to mount the bottom fan using the top two screws as the cutouts do not extend further down. While only being able to use the top two screws the bottom fan is still stable.
Overall Review: Multiple 140mm fans being a tight squeeze is most likely why 140mm fans are not listed as supported in the specs. As 140mm fans are not listed as supported I did not deduct an egg for the issues I ran into while installing the fans. Being able to install 140mm fans was not set as expectation, having the option to install them was a welcomed surprise. The only thing I would change about the case is the location of the USB 3.0 I/O cable. If it were routed another way it would allow for 140mm fans to be installed at the upmost position without issue. There are cutouts at the top of the case for 140mm fans but I did not attempt to install fans there. It would have probably been easier to install fans there but for better airflow I installed them at the front. While not listed in the specs there is nothing to prevent you from installing a 240mm radiator at the front. Prior to buying this case I had my system installed on a Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L, which had terrible noise suppression that really bothered me. After moving to the Rosewill FBM-X2 the system is noticeably quieter. While being under $30, even in the $50 range there is not a case I would rather use than this one.
Flash Openwrt or prepare for unstable connections
Pros: Openwrt support adds stability and features that you would see on more expensive routers. Compact router doesn't use much space.
Cons: Openwrt is not very intuitive or friendly. I have used DD-WRT before and had no issue learning how operate and work my way around the menus. The learning curve to Openwrt is pretty steep. For new users you will have to do a lot of research on how to use it. If you're not the technical type, don't buy it. I originally bought the router to use it as a client bridge but apparently it is only supported on Broadcom chipset routers (this router has an Atheros chipset). I would not recommend this router for gaming unless you're going to use an Ethernet connection.
Overall Review: Flashing Openwrt using the web interface bricks the router. You have to flash using TFTP Openwrt Barrier Breaker first and then you can upgrade to the newer Openwrt Chaos Calmer.
Pros: Purchased on sale for $129.99. It is a steal at this price for a 27" IPS monitor with - AMD FreeSync - Low response time - Great color range - No glare matte finish - The OSD has an on screen meter displaying how energy efficient the current settings are and updates in real time
Cons: At this price point trade offs are to be expected and I believe Dell made the right ones. The trade offs are, - No speakers. - Only two outputs, HDMI and VGA. - Non adjustable stand/VESA mounting points. - At the bottom of the OSD it accurately displays the current resolution and refresh rate as 1920x1080, 75Hz. However, next to that it displays the maximum resolution and refresh rate as 1920x1080, 60Hz. I was able to verify games were running at 75Hz, just a minor thing to note.
Overall Review: The out of the box calibration is probably the most accurate, however, I do prefer cooler colors with a little more pop. This was easily achieved by selecting the Movie preset and bumping saturation from 50 to 60.
Pros: -Power button, which is a feature seldom seen on modems. Great to see included in this price range. -Small space saving design -Rubber feet on bottom -Have had no problems on TWC
Cons: For this price range I can not think of anything negative to say. There was nothing unexpected about the product. The casing is not made of premium materials but that is not an issue as a modems primary purpose is to just work and be forgotten about.
Overall Review: The product is refurbished now it is just a matter of it withstanding the test of time. If it serves its purpose for 3+ years it will have been money well spent.
$10 like new drive
Pros: • Price, bought 2 of these for $10 each • Drives arrived in like new condition • Tested with HdTune software and no bad blocks were found
Cons: • Both drives arrived unformatted, if I would have paid $30 I would have knocked an egg off for this but due to them only being $10 and being in great condition, they are still worthy of 5 eggs.
Overall Review: Another reviewer bashed an excellent product for his ignorance. If the drive is not recognized, 1. Ensure the SATA port the HDD is connected to is enabled in the BIOS. 2. If after enabling the SATA port in BIOS the drive is not recognized in Windows then this means the drive is not formatted properly. MiniTool Partition Wizard will recognize unformatted drives, along with other active drives. Locate the WD Blue 250GB drive, beware not to select the wrong drive or you may wipe out your system. Create partition, primary, NTFS, default cluster size. Apply. The drive will now be recognized in Windows.