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steven m.

steven m.

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Most Favorable Review

Solid uATX case with a handle.

SilverStone Sugo Series SG12 SST-SG12B-V2 Black Refinement of Classic Small Form Factor Case
SilverStone Sugo Series SG12 SST-SG12B-V2 Black Refinement of Classic Small Form Factor Case

Pros: Not many other options for a micro ATX case with a handle other than the Silverstone SG12 and the BitFenix Prodigy M. I wanted a well-built metal case with some actual anti-EMI properties so the SG12 it was. Very solid case that allows the use of standard components that conform to the form factor. Four eggs for the solid build. One off for some idiot design choices detailed in the Cons.

Cons: The engineers that designed the case ought to do a couple of performance builds with it. Getting an ASUS TUF Gaming B450 board into it is a bit like doing a Survivor puzzle. The case screws have to be removed from the bottom of the drive cage to allow that to slide around when positioning the motherboard. AND the drive cage blinds any horizontal SATA ports along that edge of the motherboard. On the ASUS board those are inactive when the M.2 slot is used so that isn't an issue on this particular board. The OTHER issue is that performance graphics cards tend to be either long or tall. Or both. Good luck with the tall ones as the 80mm fan bracket angels down at the rear of the case and obstructs the space if two fans are used. Long graphics cards are obstructed by the drive cage. The manual suggests substituting slim fans for the stock 120mm shipped with the case, which allows shifting the position of the fan cage. Actually doing this, however, requires filing material from the outside of the fan frame to get it to clear case screws that hold the front cover.

Overall Review: #1 Modify the drive cage by substituting a stock 15mm thick fan sized to fit INSIDE the plane of the drive cage. AND route the front panel cabling through the front cover instead of inside the case. This allows repositioning the drive cage which would improve access for BOTH the motherboard and longer graphics cards. #2 lose the angle on the 80mm fan bracket and run that straight across. I am having difficulty seeing what the current design accomplishes other than limit the height of potential graphics cards.

Most Critical Review

Power connection not adequately described.

Wavlink Aluminum 7 Ports BC 1.2 Charging USB 3.0 Hub, Charging Up to 5V/2.4A, Individual Power On/Off Switches and LEDs with 48W Power Adapter For Macbook, iPad, iPhone, Laptops, Tablets, Mobile, etc.
Wavlink Aluminum 7 Ports BC 1.2 Charging USB 3.0 Hub, Charging Up to 5V/2.4A, Individual Power On/Off Switches and LEDs with 48W Power Adapter For Macbook, iPad, iPhone, Laptops, Tablets, Mobile, etc.

Pros: Seems to work fine.

Cons: Shipped with a 240 volt power cord (round AC pins) instead of 110v US, with a wall adapter taped to the outside of the box, which is a completely silly thing to send to the US market. Standard PC cord connection on the at the adapter end so a standard US cord may be used. But that is what it should have shipped with.

VERY good router. Bought a pair to use the AIMesh.

ASUS RT-AX3000 Dual Band WiFi Router, WiFi 6, 802.11ax, Lifetime Internet Security, support AiMesh Whole-home WiFi, 4 x 1Gb LAN ports, USB 3.0, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, VPN
ASUS RT-AX3000 Dual Band WiFi Router, WiFi 6, 802.11ax, Lifetime Internet Security, support AiMesh Whole-home WiFi, 4 x 1Gb LAN ports, USB 3.0, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, VPN

Pros: Bought a pair of these on sale to take advantage of the AIMesh feature. Very pleased with the results. HUGE improvement over the N router and access point combo it replaced. The AIMesh feature is stable and much easier to work with in the most recent firmware releases so recommend upgrading if your unit shipped with an older firmware. I have had no issues whatsoever with direct firmware downloads and upgrades from within the router itself.

Cons: NOT ANY MORE! AIMesh appears to support the guest network as of firmware version 3.0.0.4.386_43406.

Overall Review: Would highly recommend as long as Ethernet is available to run backhaul for AIMesh. There is no reason to spend extra money on a tri-band unit. If Ethernet is not available for backhaul, spend the extra money and get the tri-band units, so the mesh feature is not consuming WiFi bandwidth.

Solid 1080p Webcam

Microsoft LifeCam Studio for Business
Microsoft LifeCam Studio for Business

Pros: Solid 1080p webcam recognized out of the box by Windows 10 and works without issues. Yes I know this is model is long in the tooth. But after having two different Logitech units fail over the years I want stuff that just works. The second one quit at the beginning of the pandemic when it was impossible to replace

Cons: The only annoyance is the manual focus ability available in the Windows Camera app doesn't appear to be available in Zoom. If there is more than one person in the field of view the focus seems to drift a bit. Haven't tried this in other teleconference apps. But I doubt this is not the fault of the camera.

Overall Review: Would recommend as a basic solid web cam for everyday use.

Fragile

[10 pcs] Jiandi 5-Layers Protective Face Masks, Single Use, Unisex
[10 pcs] Jiandi 5-Layers Protective Face Masks, Single Use, Unisex

Cons: Not useable unless you want to carry extras in your pocket or a tube of high tack adhesive to glue the ear loops back on.

Overall Review: Quality control might be something of a problem. An ear loop pulled off on first use of the first mask out of the box.

10/19/2020

Good router.

ASUS RT-AX3000 Dual Band WiFi Router, WiFi 6, 802.11ax, Lifetime Internet Security, support AiMesh Whole-home WiFi, 4 x 1Gb LAN ports, USB 3.0, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, VPN
ASUS RT-AX3000 Dual Band WiFi Router, WiFi 6, 802.11ax, Lifetime Internet Security, support AiMesh Whole-home WiFi, 4 x 1Gb LAN ports, USB 3.0, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, VPN

Pros: Bought a pair of these on sale to take advantage of the AIMesh feature. Using an ethernet backhaul so there is no reason to spend extra money on a tri-band unit. Very pleased with the results. HUGE improvement over the N router and access point combo it replaced.

Overall Review: Would recommend unless you don't plan to run ethernet between them. Then spend the bucks and get the tri-band units.