Joined on 11/06/05
Great Home Theater Case
Pros: Beautiful finish, well layed out component design and placement. Excellent cooling. Great inovative software when used with the right hardware ATI graphics.
Cons: Must use a good graphics card with drivers that support using non-DDC info for resolutions on the 7 inch screen. You must display native resolution as scaling on a small screen makes it unreadable. This is basic computing 101, so it's not the fault of the screen, but rather the windows operating system display options/3rd party graphics cards and drivers. Use and ATI card and this becomes a pro rather than a con.
Overall Review: To use this case with Windows Vista and use the software as intended, you must run ATI graphics cards. Nvidia cards do not support full screen video overlay on second monitor under VISTA. With an ATI card, you can set up the built in touchscreen with the media center view at its native resolution, and have the HD TV connected via HDMI at it's native resolution and play video full screen on the TV. Nvidia cannot support this under VISTA. Nvidia only does cloning at the lower screens resolution. In ATI it's called theater mode, and Nvidia no longer supports it. Thank the movie industry as this is due to HDCP. Do a google search on theater mode and see what I'm talking about.
Pros: Good sturdy housing, and nice integrated graphics, space for 2 laptop hard drives and a pci slot.
Overall Review: I know a lot of people are complaining it doesn't come with a heatsink but I bought the retail Regor 240 boxed that came with the perfect heatsink. This thing only has a 120watt power supply so you should really limit yourself to the 65watt CPUs anyway. The same people who say it's loud are probably running 80watt CPUs. I would not put anything but a 65 watt into it.
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Pros: In the picture, it looks like it's 2 tone black and grey, but it is just glossy piano black once you remove the protective plastic covering they ship it in.
Overall Review: I would recommend you don't remove the plastic until after you build it because the gloss black is beautiful and you don't want to scratch it.
Pros: Fastest mini system around. This will take a quadcore, mine is running with a q9100 with no heat issues. The fan does kick up once in a while but it never exceeds 70C wich is fine since mobile CPUs are rated at 100C. This is the exact same size and hardware as a MAC mini and it can run OS X. The slot load DVD is nice (not included). This is very good looking, silent, and powerfull.
Cons: Since it's so small, it's hard to put the cover on and connect the short cables to the front panel. This is not for the novice.
Overall Review: The ION graphics rock and this is confirmed to support up to a qx9300 CPU. There are no heat issues. The power brick stays cool and the only fan is a laptop style blower that cools the cpu and ion chipset. The case has a rubber end to stand up like a book or small rubber dots to sit flat. Good airflow either way with exhaust out the back. I'm using an X-25m drive and this thing instant boots Win 7. I found a slot load bluray Sony BC5600S works great. Like I said, this is exactly a MAC mini but upgradeable.
Very good enclosure
Pros: Nice for removing the drives, no screws required. Works well in both raid and JBOD. Instantly recognized in Windows 7. The included software works well to manage the raid options, data backup, etc. Doesn't come with a usb power only cable, but one from another drive does work just fine.
Cons: None Well ,maybe the manual but I just gave the best tips in the other thoughts.
Overall Review: A couple of tips not in the manual. To first set this up (choose the raid or other config) plug it in USB rather than E sata. I found that if I plugged in Esata first, it would recognize only 1 drive in the manager utility. Plugging in USB showed both drives and allowed me to configure raid. Also, I'm impressed that I can use a usb to 5volt cable from a dane-elec drive to power this without the wallwart. This even worked from my laptop with 2 seagate 72k 320gb drives in raid powered only with 1 usb port. Also, be sure to go to manage my computer, disk management to create or modify the volume. You can't format it if there isn't a partition. Windows gives you the tools you need.
Pros: This is an amazing laptop for the money. Full 1080 screen, the second highest gpu available here on the egg(ATI 5870 is the highest), and quad core. This will upgrade to a QX9300 which is faster than a new i7 720qm.
Overall Review: While the out of box the I7 model is faster, this takes the fastest CPU made. Selling the q9000 almost covers the cost of the qx9300. All 3 are still 45 watt so it's not like heat is going to be any worse. Since I'm going to work on this (school work) I'd rather have the fastest CPU and the second fastest graphics. Also, there seems to be a lot of these g72 models around which means a better parts support once it's out of warranty. (you might be able to get a battery in a few years).