Date Joined: 12/14/08
Pros: - Glass and fans look amazing
- Feels Solid
- Lots of front panel USB ports
- Back tempered glass painted black to hide cables, with neat unpainted section showing back of motherboard
- Tons of RGB modes (see cons)
- Not too hard to build in
Cons: - (see "Other" section for update) Some pins on the fan controller for the header to the Aura sync cable were broken. It looks like the Aura cable was pulled on at some point, causing the pins on the control board connection to bend and break. I'm comfortable re-soldering a new header or wires in place on the board, so this isn't a huge deal for me, but not everyone has that ability, so this knocks the case right down to 3 stars. If the people building these are this careless to yank on a cable and break connections, I can't strongly recommend this case to others. The best I would say is "Buy it, but be prepared to RMA it".
- The psu space is tight for my 850W even after moving the HDD bay to the further position.
- (From pros) I don't see any way to lower the brightness of the LEDs or turn them off.
- The description on the newegg page says the fans have PWM ability, but DIYPC support confirms they are single-speed.
- There is absolutely no documentation provided describing this case's features or how plug other led accessories into the control board or what else is compatible.
- Front of the case is actually meant for 120mm fans, so there is metal in the way of the large 200mm fans blocking their flow and effectiveness. Seems like they ghetto-rigged the 200mm fans onto the chassis and developed the rest of the case front around the fans. I took tin-snips to the extra metal and it helped the case temps a bit.
Overall Review: - The fan controller board fried itself, but the DIYPC support email was actually extremely responsive and helpful. After some emails back and forth in which they confirmed the issue was not misuse, they agreed they would send a replacement board the next day. 3 days later, the replacement arrived in the mail. i installed it and am back up and running. I am extremely impressed by their customer support!
- Does anyone know what can plug into the 3-pin LED headers on the control board?
- This case is great except for the metal blocking the front fans, but but I don't have confidence in the care and quality control that the manufacturers put into them. Buy with caution.
Pros: Full range sound, great width and depth of sound, portable, can crank up the volume plenty loud without distortion, has BASS! Paired with a portable usb power supply with ac plug, these are golden. Also sound great on a car dashboard!
Cons: Slight hiss when using 3.5mm plug and Sansa e260. Speakers gain a "hollow" sound when placed on non-solid computer desk (wood top on thin metal legs).
Overall Review: I can't say how glad I am I bought this portable speaker system. For having an output of only 4 watts total, these speakers put out an amazingly full sound. Granted, the bass won't blow your socks off, but it's THERE and rounds out the sound perfectly. Sound seems to extend a foot out from the speakers and all the way to the listener's head. This system impressed everyone I showed it to.
For those saying the sound is tinny or weak, they might be picking up resonance off of their desk. When I placed mine on my computer desk, it picked up a "hollow" sound, but when I placed them on a more sturdy desk (kitchen and dining room table) or my bed or carpet they sounded so much better.
I bought this as a combo buy with a Rosewill 7-port USB hub, and both came with a free item, so I got these speakers, a Rosewill 7-port USB hub with AC adapter, a Rosewill 4-port USB hub mousepad, and a Rosewill wireless mini-mouse for $52. I love Newegg.
Pros: Compact, good sound, 5-band equalizer with presets, radio gets good reception.
Cons: Unintuitive controls, buttons slightly inconvenient
Overall Review: I'm not disappointed with my purchase. The sound from the sansa is very good in my opinion, and I like the added capabilities like viewing pictures and movies, recording the radio or using the microphone, and the equalizer is a nice touch. The main downfall is the control layout. I imagine the Fuze's button layout is more user friendly.
Pros: I've been using a 17" Sony Trinitron CRT and I am very satisfied with this upgrade. No dead pixels, and the color quality in games is fantastic - CRT quality. Images look so much more vivid compared to other LCD monitors I looked at, and I haven't noticed any ghosting or blurring so far. I compared images side by side on this monitor and the CRT and the difference is so small it's amazing. Also, it looks sexy, the blue light matches my cpu case lights, the stand seems very sturdy and the monitor only oscillates for a second before stopping if jolted.
Cons: Buttons on the side of the monitor can be a little annoying. The little menu that pops up next to the buttons when you press one isn't exactly lined up with the buttons, so it can get confusing at times. Oh and there is a slight color shift when looking at the monitor from vertical or horizontal angles, but it's not noticeable unless I'm looking for it.
Overall Review: No height adjustment, but don't need it, so not a con. Wouldn't recommend to those who need COMPLETELY accurate color representation. I'm not sure why people have had such trouble with this stand. I knew it was going to be a tight fit, so I put some chapstick on the ball joint and applied decent constant pressure to the stand and it slid in after about 10 seconds. And I'm no bodybuilder either. The whole assembly took probably 5 minutes and was easy to understand.
Pros: Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome heat sink. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 2.7ghz maxed at 55C on stock levels, and this brought it down to 40C. Overclocked to 3.1ghz, and it still only reaches 45C. Could not ask for a better heat sink. Plus, I got it for $19 after rebates. :D Gotta love Newegg!!!!
Cons: None whatsoever!!! If you want a heat sink buy this one!
Overall Review: Rubber fan mounts were a little difficult to push through fan, but it doesn't take more than 10 minutes to set up. Also it probably won't fit in smaller cases. It is literally touching the opposite side of my xclio coolbox advanced case, which is listed as 8.7" wide. Hey, more heat dissipation!!
Pros: Great fan, great air movement and works perfectly as an exhaust fan. The variable speeds are a nice touch. Fan is silent when set to low or medium, and only slightly audible on the high setting. When I turn the rest of my case fans up I can't even hear this one at all on its high setting. It's also clear, so it's like a stealth fan... a ninja fan, if you will.
Overall Review: Buy this ninja fan!!!
Pros: Cheap and effective. Good for a builder on a budget (like me XD), and good for a mild overclock. I've gotten mine to 3.1ghz so far with no errors.
Cons: Plan on buying an aftermarket heat sink and fan, because the ones that come with this are not good. At the stock 2.7ghz the temperature reached 55C. Not good, considering the max temperature of these is 55-68C. Slapped the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (which is AWESOME) on it and now at 3.1ghz the temperature doesn't rise above 45C.
Overall Review: Overclocked using Jetway HA07 AMD 790GX motherboard
Pros: Very comfortable to rest your hand on, not too heavy, not too light, instantaneous response, good battery life, and I love the fact that it shuts off after not being used for a few minutes. Makes saving the battery life real easy. Also, it feels just about frictionless on the mouse pad. I love it!!
Cons: It's difficult to click the middle mouse button without activating the tilt buttons it has. I have my tilts set up to go forward and backward through internet pages, and lots of times I go forward or backward a page when I want to scroll with the middle button. Other than that, nothing!
Overall Review: Great upgrade from a wireless optical mouse. Don't have to worry about the stupid cable getting hung up on something or resisting your movement.