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Austin F.

Austin F.

Joined on 01/26/07

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Most Favorable Review

Better than the price suggests

inland 87052 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Multimedia Headset with Volume Control
inland 87052 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Multimedia Headset with Volume Control

Pros: Great sound. Good range, good voice (not tinny / muddy). You can spend alot more and get something just as good. These sound better than the Dre Beats (too much base, muddled) with minor tweaking in my sound profiles (EQ) in Windows 7). With Background noise cancellation turned on, my recorded audio sounds professional from the microphone. These also look great and look like they cost more than they do. The leather cushioned headband looks and feels sturdy as well. The chord feels sturdy

Cons: Occasionally if I grab or move the cable just right I hear a faint thud in the audio (Typical of cheaper headphones, but this is rare and very minute). Its not enough to really even register and is surprisingly good for price. (microphonics) The volume control is upside down on the cable. It runs vertical, but up reduces volume and down increases. Its a small gripe, but it is weird when I reach to make an adjustment for a movie or game with a sudden volume change and it does the opposite of what common sense tells me it should do. Between these two minor cons I would deduct a half egg...

Overall Review: Sadly, it looks like these sold out too. If they come back buy a set. For the price you really aren't going to find anything this good and well rounded.

Good, cheap, and whines.

Cooler Master MasterFan SF120R RGB 120mm Square Frame Fan w/ RGB LEDS, Hybrid Blade Design, Cable Management and PWM Control Fan
Cooler Master MasterFan SF120R RGB 120mm Square Frame Fan w/ RGB LEDS, Hybrid Blade Design, Cable Management and PWM Control Fan

Pros: I threw this in a rebuild for a b350. It works, it has rubberized mounts , I'm mostly impressed .

Cons: The RGB doesn't seem to work correctly, but I suspect this is a motherboard software issue. Despite the rubber mounting points, the thing seems to whine and complain under load. For a pretty silent overall build, this fan might get replaced in the current system.

Overall Review: If you don't mind a little noise from a fan, it's a solid 8/10.

Cheap cases have come a loooong way

COUGAR MX331 Mesh-X Black Elegant Mid-Tower Computer Case with Powerful Airflow
COUGAR MX331 Mesh-X Black Elegant Mid-Tower Computer Case with Powerful Airflow

Pros: Everything was pretty good for a budget case. It felt sturdy, the fan is pretty decent. It came apart and went together easily . Cable management was good too!

Cons: Mostly mounting. Pci blanks are not replaceable. So if you remove the wrong one, or don't need a card anymore that slot will always have a hole. The 2.5 drive install is not a good design. The optical drive is a little weird in how it doesn't really fit flush. Front ports. There are blanks without ports, but also the USB 3 headers also run a 2.x header. If I use just the 3 headers, one front ports works. If I run both, neither works.

Overall Review: Cheap cases used to cut so many corners, you were nearly forced to spend more either on a better case, or upgrades to make them serviceable. But if it's a build it and forget it build, it's hard to argue with the price.

Good for the money

Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System
Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System

Pros: Decent sound, decent base for such a small sub. Price makes this a great buy.

Cons: Sound is a little muddy, and the volume control feels cheap and uncertain. I am never sure how much I have increased the volume from how much I have spun the dial, and there is no feedback, it feels like the dial is loose. Everything works, and the sound is good for the price if you care about getting that little bit of base. However, if you want a richer sound and can spare the base, look at Logitech's 2.0 speakers for the same price, many of them have a better sound but without the base.

Odd issues

Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0 & eSATA
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0 & eSATA

Pros: It works great, when it works. Fast swapping, secure fit and a nice release mechanism. The best caddy you can get for the money IMO.

Cons: I bought two of these, and they both failed withing two weeks. One of them worked once to zero a drive, and then never detected another drive. Then the second had the blue LED go out, and some other little problems. Newegg RMAd them both and I have had no further issue. I am chalking this up to bad luck, as we have 3 more of the Blacx Duet and have zero issues over the last couple years with those.

Great

Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 2.0 & eSATA Dual Hard Drives Docking Station
Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 2.0 & eSATA Dual Hard Drives Docking Station

Pros: Easy to use, fast to swap drives in and out. I use this to image drives and test drives daily, and it has never let me down. It seems to be one of the better caddys we have found at any price, and for ~$40 its a great deal

Cons: Even the newer Intel chipsets don't support multiple drives through the eSATA on these, so if you plan on using eSATA and this caddy, check your motherboards compatibility. This is a chipset problem, not a problem with this device.